Branching Out: Arts in nature experiences to tackle mental health inequalities in primary schools There is increasing concern about the growing number of children requiring support for their mental health, which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. We know the benefits of time outdoors and contact with nature for mental health and wellbeing, yet children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. Arts in nature experiences – described as ‘artscaping’ – delivered in primary schools presents a new way of addressing this issue and has been shown to promote children’s agency and confidence, provide creative inspiration, and enhance overall wellbeing.
Open Until: 31/08/2022
The Branching Out project explores how ‘artscaping’ arts in nature experiences can be scaled up to reach more children by engaging volunteers as ‘Community Artscapers’ in order to tackle mental health inequalities in primary schools. The research is led by Professor Nicola Walshe from University College London, along with researchers from Anglia Ruskin University. Delivery of the Branching Out approach will be tested by arts charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination alongside Cambridge Acorn Project and Fullscope. Branching Out is funded by a partnership led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the UK Research and Innovation ‘Scale up health inequality prevention and intervention strategies’ fund.
Organisations and practitioners delivering arts in nature experiences:
We are looking for organisations and practitioners who are already delivering arts in nature experiences for children to take part in a survey. The survey aims to map existing activity across the UK and to register interest in joining a national network and potential future involvement in the Branching Out project. It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open until the end of 31st August 2022.
You can complete the survey here: https://angliaruskin.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/branching-out-survey. We would appreciate it if you could also share the survey with your networks. You can share via Twitter here: https://twitter.com/GeoWalshe/status/1536448976337215488.
Primary school staff involved in children’s mental health:
We are looking for mental health leads and other staff in primary schools to take part in the second round of a survey. The survey aims to explore how Branching Out could work in different contexts and inform the development of the Branching Out approach. It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open until the end of 31st July 2022.
You can complete the survey here: https://angliaruskin.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/branching-out-primary-schools-survey. We would appreciate it if you could also share the survey with your networks. You can share via Twitter here: https://twitter.com/GeoWalshe/status/1536595519312732161.
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