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Spending time in green space or bringing nature in to your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing.

Dorset Mind in Partnership with Meyers Estate Agents offer an eco-therapy service, The GAP Project; providing tailored support by our trained and experienced staff and volunteers to those with mental health and wellbeing problems. The aim of The GAP Project is to improve the quality of life experienced by participants. We achieve this by supporting participants to build confidence, self- esteem, self- efficacy and resilience. The GAP Project  participants develop positive mental health through meaningful and therapeutic ecotherapy.

It does this through connecting with others; and helping to develop and tend our allotment plots in Dorchester.

Please note, we have not yet launched this service, but anticipate to be ready soon. Keep an eye on this page for details!

Volunteer positions

  • GAP Project Volunteer
    This will involve maintaining the plots as well as offering support, encouragement and engagement with service participants undertaking gardening. We ask our volunteers to commit to 4 – 16 hours a month on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • GAP Project Service Support Volunteer
    We are also looking for service support volunteers who are able to offer a commitment of 3-6 hours per week. As well as the day to day running of the project, these volunteers will support the Dorset Mind Project Coordinator with tasks such as providing welcome inductions for participants and creating structured session plans. A DBS will be required for this role.

Service Participants

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 – and must be referred by a professional such as GP, CMHT, Counsellor or housing provider, support worker etc.

Anyone with mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing challenges can access the service – but they must be referred by a professional via email to: louise.regan@dorsetmind.uk

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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 were asked to become partners as we have experience delivering mental health support groups and services. We also have several mutual connections in Dorchester, who have kindly supported the project already, namely 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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