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Joining forces to promote wellbeing

by Michael Ford last modified 11 Jun, 2021 10:55 PM

St Mary’s Weymouth has joined forces with Weymouth Town Council and the RSPB to produce a series of short videos to promote wellbeing.

Joining forces to promote wellbeing

Neil Biles speaks in one of the videos

Town Centre Chaplain Neil Biles says:

“I’m pleased with how the first set of videos have turned out and hope we can reach residents who need encouragement the most. It’s been a very difficult year, which has left some feeling isolated.

“Getting out for a walk and connecting with nature and the environment can be an immensely healing experience, for the mind, body and spirit.”

The videos encourage residents to take time to observe, explore and enjoy the Lodmoor and Radipole Lake Nature Reserves, known as the Weymouth Wetlands.

They will be available in the next few weeks on St Mary’s Church Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

Cllr Gill Taylor, Community Champion for Weymouth Town Council adds:

“We’re proud to have been able to help with facilitating this project for the community.

“As we come out of lockdown, we’re keen to inspire residents to make the most of the stunning natural environment that we’re lucky to have on our doorstep.

“Taking a walk around the Weymouth Wetlands is not only a great opportunity to spot some fascinating wildlife but can also help to reduce isolation and improve mental wellbeing.”

The Weymouth Wetlands are a haven for wildlife in the centre of Weymouth. The reedbeds are home to a variety of birds and wildlife, including kingfishers, marsh harriers, otters, and water voles.

Jill Vrdlovcova, Visitor Experience Manager for the RSPB comments:

“The dedicated members of our Warden team work extremely hard to keep our reserves in the best condition so they can be enjoyed by everyone, including - most importantly – the wonderful birds and all the wildlife that makes it their home.

“We want residents and visitors to get the best out of their experience with us. Our Rovers are hugely knowledgeable and can help explain to visitors about what they’re seeing and give tips on what wildlife to look out for, so please do say hello on your next visit.”

Neil adds:

“This is a great opportunity to work in partnership with others to help people to recognise that we need to look after ourselves, the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

“To not focus on all three makes us unbalanced as human beings. Nature, crafts, and other activities can help us to ensure that all three parts of us are feed, sustained and nourished.

“For me, like the 12 steps used by Alcoholics Anonymous, I believe in a higher power and that is God.”

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