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Funding available to community groups across Highland to deliver 'green health' activities

By Louise Glen

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Highland-based community groups are being invited to tender for funding to support delivery of small-scale activities and events that provide fun, engaging, nature-based opportunities for the benefit of our health and well-being.

High Life Highland (HLH) is a key member of The Highland Green Health Partnership, which aims to improve people’s wellbeing through engagement with nature.

Toni Clark, HLH Green Health Projects Officer said: "We are looking to raise the interest of groups both large and small who are looking for support to provide opportunities to raise awareness of the health benefits of being out of doors.”

Over the last 12 months, at the height of the Covid pandemic, the partnership supported community resilience groups to provide activity packs to families and households. The packs contained ideas and resources to encourage a closer connection to nature while at home.

A further 22 community groups were funded to put on wide range of outdoor focussed activities for all ages and abilities.

This latest funding is thanks to an extension of the project as more and more of us appreciate the benefits of connecting to nature and the outdoors.

The Green Health Project is funded by Highland and Cairngorms LEADER Local Area Groups.

Ms Clark continued: “This funding package is particularly welcome and will help establish positive connections between individuals and groups, helping to reduce some of the inequalities in our communities. We are looking forward to seeing applications from across the Highlands.”

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