Free Virtual Myplace Sessions available now for people living  in Blackburn with Darwen, and beyond. Myplace is an ecotherapy offer run by Lancashire Wildlife Trust in partnership with Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. The project is for anyone aged 16 years and over, that is feeling anxious, isolated, or has poor mental health, and lives in Lancashire or Greater Manchester.

Originally Myplace happened outdoors to help people connect with nature. Due to the current lockdown, the project has moved online.
Virtual Myplace sessions now take place weekly. The project offers small groups of people the chance to learn about nature and wellbeing alongside our trained team. For example, we might make bird feeders, sketch from nature, or learn to connect to the 5 Ways of Wellbeing.

Myplace aims to help you feel better connected, meet new people, learn about nature, improve your wellbeing and start to look positively to the future. Connecting people to nature and improving our wellbeing is at the core of what we do.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the sessions?

The sessions run once a week, and last an hour and half. Currently you can join these sessions for up to 3 months. This might be extended.

How much does it cost?

It’s free. We are funded by Our Bright Future, Reaching Communities and The European Social Fund through More Positive Together. We are a partner of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Is it safe?

Yes, it is. Only people registered can join the online sessions. No personal details are passed to anyone else. Every session is delivered by experienced staff and volunteers. All the staff that run the sessions are fully trained to provide a safe, nourishing environment. Steps have been taken to reduce the risks interacting with the virtual world can bring, you will never be on your own with someone during a session.

How big are the groups?

There are never more than 8 participants in a session, there may also be up to 2 volunteers and there is always 1 member of staff present. The groups are no larger than 8 people. We make sure the groups are very friendly and supportive.

How does it work?

We use an online platform called “Goto Meetings”. To join a session people are sent an email with a link, they simply click on the link and this will take them to the session.