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Changes to support during the Covid-19 outbreak

We recognise that with so many people experiencing uncertain times, isolation, loss of income and contact with friends and family, we have a key role to play in helping them manage their mental health and wellbeing. We are doing everything we can to design new services to help as many people as we can.

Please email if you need support with your wellbeing and we will do what we can to help you.

If you need urgent or crisis support with your mental health, please follow this link.

Spending time in green space or bringing nature in to your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. The GAP Project provides practical support by our trained staff and volunteers to those with mental health problems. Our aim is to improve the quality of life experienced by our participants. We achieve this by supporting them to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience whilst connecting with nature and other people.

Benefits of eco-therapy

Do you love spending time doing things like growing food or flowers? Being outdoors can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. It can:

  • Improve your mood, reduce stress/anger.
  • Help you take time-out and feel relaxed.
  • Improve your physical health.
  • Improve your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Help you make new connections.
  • Provide peer support.

Our Group Sessions

We deliver an ecotherapy group alongside our partners Meyers Estate Agents, based at Louds Mill in Dorchester. We offer two weekly sessions – on Monday and Thursday mornings, there may be other one-off sessions available too.

The GAP Project offers outdoors support from our facilitator and volunteers to help grow and tend 3 allotment plots.

We can provide bespoke programmes for groups or charities that could benefit from this service. In addition, we offer team-building days and/or projects for companies to work on the allotments.

The sessions run all year and the sort of activities you can expect include:

  • Sowing seeds and planting fruit and vegetables
  • Digging, weeding and pruning
  • Planning new spaces
  • Upcycling pallets into furniture
  • Creating wildlife habitats

Who can attend?

The aim of the service is to improve mental wellbeing through eco-therapy and to build and strengthen self-esteem, confidence and resilience in a peer-support environment.

Anyone with mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing challenges can access the service, if you are interested in participating please email: 

Volunteer roles:

Please check our volunteer vacancies for positions available at The GAP Project – follow this link.

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How did The GAP Project come about?

Dorset Mind, in partnership with Meyers Estate Agents, have created The GAP Project. The project was the idea of founders Mark and Claire Meyers as a result of lived experience in their family. They wanted to create a community project that would inspire people and bring them together to benefit the local area.

We became partners to bring our experience delivering mental health support groups for this service.

We’d like to thank the following people and organisations who have kindly supported the project already: David Taylor, David Upshall Insurance Services, The Dorchester Lions, Cougar Fencing, HB Gardening, Humphries Kirk and S & R Downton Ltd – Building Contractors to name a few.

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