Three years ago I spoke at a conference hosted by Exmoor National Park to celebrate the work we had initiated together to promote the mental health benefits our National Parks offer to individuals and our communities. At the end of my talk, Megan Lowe, a community project worker for Butterfly Conservation, approached me. She was intrigued to consider how the Devon Recovery Learning Community might be able to pair up with their efforts to widen their audience around the conservation of butterflies and the preservation of their habitats. People with mental health challenges was not an audience that Butterfly Conservation had ever tried to engage with before.
The courses have proven very successful and enjoyable, and you can read about their development and results here on the DPT website.