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    BTCV is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity. BTCV supports 300,000 volunteers every year to take

    hands-on action to improve both the rural and urban environments.

    NATIONAL PRESS OFFICE: BTCV, Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB Tel: 01302 388 824 Fax: 01302 311 531 e-mail: pressoffice@btcv.org.uk www.btcv.org

    28 October 2009

    BTCV’s free, structured volunteering sessions in the environment are proven to

    improve mental well-being

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) today (28 October) published guidance

    on the treatment and management of depression in adults with chronic physical health problems.

    It advised that patients with chronic physical health problems such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes

    should be offered structured group physical activity programmes or group-based peer support (self-help)

    programmes.

    Leading environmental volunteering charity BTCV works extensively with people with mental health

    problems and BTCV’s free structured volunteering sessions have been proven to improve mental health

    among those taking part.

    BTCV is an environmental volunteering organisation. We involve significant numbers of volunteers with

    mental or physical health problems with local conservation projects across the UK.

We break down barriers, tackle exclusion and enable volunteers to build confidence and gain new skills.

    The most well known and pioneering of BTCV’s health initiatives is the Green Gym? - an innovative

    alternative to the traditional gym or leisure centre, which provides a natural workout in the outdoors.

The BTCV Green Gym is the only “health and nature” programme to be independently evaluated over a

    five-year period. The study, by Oxford Brookes University’s School of Health and Social Care, found that

    those who joined with the poorest mental health scores showed the most significant improvements. In

    addition, 99% of participants felt that their health and confidence improved.

Volunteers like Norwich mum Liz Howarth, aged 42, say volunteering with BTCV has improved their

    mental health and their life.

Liz had suffered from depression, agoraphobia and other mental health issues

Life was full of dread, anxiety, depression, tears, worry and frequent trips to my doctor. But since

    becoming a volunteer with BTCV, her life has changed.

INSPIRING PEOPLE, IMPROVING PLACES

    PATRON: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT ? PRESIDENT: The Lord Norrie Reg. Office: BTCV, Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB ? Reg. Charity 261009 Registered in England as a Company Limited by Guarantee 976410 ? Recycled paper

“My confidence and self-worth have grown and continue to do so,” says Liz, from Norwich.

“I feel a sense of purpose and the good feeling I get is benefiting my daughter. I can be quiet whilst

    volunteering when I need to feel peace.

    “I have spoken to other volunteers and this is a sentiment shared by others who also have depression,

    agoraphobic tendencies and mental health issues.

Fellow volunteer Bob Warburton aged 46 was severely depressed and in need of substantial NHS

    support when he joined BTCV. He has now been volunteering for five years and spends two days a week

    felling trees, clearing ditches and cleaning ponds.

He spends a lot of time with volunteers suffering from autism, depression and physical disabilities and

    says the experience has helped him turn his life around.

Ends

For more information, case studies, photos or statistics please contact the BTCV Press Office on 01302

    388 888.

NICE press release

    http://www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/pressreleases/press_releases.jsp?domedia=1&mid=91894DB7-

    19B9-E0B5-D44B76D294A48A81

Oxford Brookes evaluation

     http://www2.btcv.org.uk/gg_evaluation_0308.pdf

FOR INTERVIEWS, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR PHOTOS CONTACT THE BTCV PRESS OFFICE ON 01302 388 824 OR EMAIL

    pressoffice@btcv.org

BTCV, a registered charity, is now the world’s largest team of green volunteers. It makes a significant

    impact on the UK and International environment by inspiring 300,000 people to look after more than

    50,000 places.

    - Our work includes

    Regular conservation tasks across the UK

    UK & International Conservation Holidays

    BTCV Green Gym

    - Training, from practical skills like hedgelaying to NVQs in Environmental Conservation and

    helping unemployed people get back into work

    - Online shop, including native trees and plants, conservation handbooks and tools.

INSPIRING PEOPLE, IMPROVING PLACES

    PATRON: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT ? PRESIDENT: The Lord Norrie Reg. Office: BTCV, Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB ? Reg. Charity 261009 Registered in England as a Company Limited by Guarantee 976410 ? Recycled paper

INSPIRING PEOPLE, IMPROVING PLACES

PATRON: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT ? PRESIDENT: The Lord Norrie Reg. Office: BTCV, Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB ? Reg. Charity 261009 Registered in England as a Company Limited by Guarantee 976410 ? Recycled paper

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