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The Brecks Wellbeing Festival

A festival connecting health care organisations and social prescribers with local heritage, nature, and arts organisations offering wellbeing activities.

Delivery Lead Organisation: The Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme in collaboration with the Restoration Trust

The Brecks Wellbeing Festival was a event hosted by the Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER) in collaboration with the Restoration Trust.

Held on Wednesday 13th March, the event took place in Thetford in the heart of the Brecks. The event provided an opportunity for health care organisations and social prescribers to learn about and connect with local heritage, nature, and arts organisations offering wellbeing activities. 130 participants, stall holders, activity providers, and speakers attended the event.

The event launched with presentations from:

  • Darren France, Restoration Trust
  • Nick Dickson, Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER) Project Manager
  • Laura Drysdale (Director, Restoration Trust)
  • Helen Shearn (Arts, Health, and Wellbeing Consultant)
  • Olivia Dean (East of England Creative Health Associate, National Centre for Creative Health, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board)
  • Sarah Walker (Nature and Wellbeing Manager, RSPB)
  • Dawn Bainbridge (Senior Engagement Manager, National Lottery Heritage Fund, East)
  • Imogen Radford (BFER Project Lead, Healing Waters: Breathe in the Brecks)

 

A market place of exhibitors showcased a variety of local healthcare, creative, heritage, environment, and wellbeing organisations and initiatives:

Art Branches, Brandon Angling Club, Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme, Bush Adventures, Department for Work and Pensions (Thetford Job Centre), English Heritage (Grimes Graves), Greenlight Trust, Imogen Radford (Healing Waters), NFST Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney, NSFT Recovery College, Primary Care Partnership, Restoration Trust, River Lark Catchment Partnership, Run Breckland, Sound and Ground, Thetford Conservation Group, West Suffolk Council, Wild for Woods, Wild Oak Workshops & Fen Zen

Participants also enjoyed a variety of taster activities including:

Natural wild crafts with Jon Tyler (Wild for Woods)

Campfire marshmallow toasting with Bush Adventures

Forest bathing taster experience with Sound and Ground

Singing for Wellbeing with Lynn Whitehead

 

The day closed with facilitated group discussions on topics including barriers, opportunities and enablers in the context of social prescribing and connecting social prescribers with local activities and initiatives.

 

 

Overview

The Brecks Wellbeing Festival

An event to provide opportunities for health care organisations and social prescribers to learn about and connect with local heritage, nature, and arts organisations offering wellbeing activities. This event was hosted by the Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme in collaboration with the Restoration Trust.

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