External Links: health & wellbeing
Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. More and more evidence proves that getting outdoors and connected to nature is crucial for wellbeing. And that a certain level of risk is important for healthy development and learning. Safe and sensible precautions and planning are the bedrocks of free play and inspiration.
We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on health & wellbeing, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.
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We do our best to keep these links up to date. If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.
We’ve gathered the access & disability links from across our category headings here, as well as adding a few more.
Aim to give children, particularly in disadvantaged areas, access to a wide range of quality local sport. Supporting volunteers to set up & run local sports clubs, with funding, advice & networking.
Helping disadvantaged children – fostering or adoption; intervening early to stop neglect & abuse; making life better for disabled children; influencing policy & advocating for change.
“Don’t let disability, age or accident stop you…”. Give grants to people all over the UK in order that they may continue to garden. Also advice, newsletter, events & design.
Governing & co-coordinating body of all sports for people of all ages & abilities, developing opportunities & improving performance in disability sport for children, athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability.
Encourage the development of sustainable, integrated quality sports provision for people with learning disability, from grassroots through to elite international opportunities.
“Our mission is to transform children’s lives through meaningful daily connections with nature.” How children’s connections with the natural world can affect wellness & development.
Using the outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life, with adventurous & challenging outdoor learning programmes that equip them with skills for education, work & life.
Sharing a common belief in the irreplaceable value of wilderness and the ancient link between humanity and nature: and how by visiting unspoiled places this connection is rekindled.
Run by disabled photographers for disabled photographers. Promoting photography for people with disabilities, or their carers, or groups or anyone with an interest in helping the disabled.
Free outdoor sessions undertaking practical activities such as planting trees, sowing meadows & establishing wildlife ponds, with an emphasis on health & fitness & activities to suit all abilities.
Networks of local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity. Partners include national governing bodies of sport and their clubs, and school sport partners.
Supports clubs, operators & governing bodies to develop health promoting policies & practices at stadia that contribute to improved levels of public health amongst fans & local communities.
3000+ members include LA leisure centres, outdoor fitness providers, trainers, education and training agencies & charities. Aim to get more people, more active, more often – improving the health of the nation through promoting active lifestyles. Formerly the Fitness Industry Assoc (FIA).
Encourages people of all ages and abilities to take part in sensory-rich visits on farms, city farms & nature reserves, to explore and enjoy food, farming and nature. Online resources too.
Supports counsellors and psychotherapists in taking their therapy practice outdoors and promote, develop and research the practice of counselling and psychotherapy in the outdoors.
Therapeutic intervention programme created by ex-soldier and bushcraft practitioner: a healing process using nature-based activities to develop a relationship with nature and effect change.
UK Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies – promoting the use of play and creative arts as ways of enabling children to reach their full potential: research, resources, training etc.
Social & therapeutic horticulture – the process of working with plants to improve physical and psychological health, and communication and thinking skills, for people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.
How play providers can replace current risk assessment practice with an approach that fully takes into account the benefits to children & young people of challenging play experiences. From Play England.
“Serious poisoning by plants is very uncommon in the UK. Some garden plants present a hazard, but the risk of severe poisoning, skin reaction or allergy is generally low.” Useful info & harmful plant list.