Environmental Inclusion

The environment provides both opportunities and challenges for inclusion. There is strong evidence to support the positive impact of the natural environment in engaging people of all ages who are marginalised, isolated, have poor mental and/or physical health and low self- esteem. But are we making the most of all our environmental assets to actively promote inclusion, and how do we know?

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The ability for everyone to play their part in positive action for environmental sustainability is also an inclusion issue. This might be through: access, the ability to re-use and recycle, access energy-saving and home improvement initiatives, reduce food miles and protect natural habitats.

Environmental Health and Wellbeing in Cornwall

A Dose of Nature in Cornwall: Consultation Document for a Nature-on-Referral Service

Cornwall Council have released a consultation on a new proposal, a referral service that will help Cornwall residents get a ‘dose of nature’.  Our proposal sets out an approach for establishing a hub that will coordinate and support work in this rapidly growing area; using our superb natural environment to make real changes in peoples’ health and wellbeing.

To do this we need to bring together all sorts of partners because – as the plan makes clear – thinking like this is about making gains environmentally, socially and economically.  This is very much in line with our Environmental Growth Strategy, as well as the emerging Sustainability and Transformation Plan for the health and care sectors.

The proposal is just that; a suggested way ahead. Your views will be vital in taking this work forwards. We have included the full consultation document and a summary on the webpage for those whose time is limited: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/doseofnature

Please send this email on to those you think might also have something to contribute to this discussion; we welcome all comments, and would be grateful to receive them online, using the link on the web page.  We would be grateful if you could provide your initial feedback by 17.00 on Friday 10th July, although the consultation will stay open until September to provide plenty of time for feedback from partners. If you have queries please contact us at cioslnp@cornwall.gov.uk.