Wellbeing

Five ways to wellbeing

Langdyke Countryside Trust (LCT) aims to support people’s mental wellbeing in the following specific ways.

The five  steps set out below have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation.

They underpin the work of local charities CPSLMind and Mindspace who we are very pleased to be working in collaboration to support their activities.

1 Connect 

There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.

LCT runs numerous events throughout the year providing you with opportunities to meet others with an interest in the local area’s natural and built environment.

  • These events provide an opportunity to meet and talk to others.
  • We encourage you to share the journey to and from these events with someone else who lives local to you.
An evening Langdyke walk in the Hanglands to hear Nightingales sing

2  Be active

Regular physical activity, as well as helping your physical health, is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

LCT encourages you to be active by facilitating access to a range of options such as walking or cycling in our countryside, gardening and participation in our reserve management programme. 

  • Advice on gardening for wildlife
  • Providing access to routes to walk and cycle in John Clare Countryside
  • Organising group walks.
  • Running weekly work parties to help maintain and improve our reserves
Bonfire time at Etton Maxey during one of the Monday work parties.

3 Take notice

Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities. 

So Langdyke encourages you to take some time to enjoy the natural and built environment around you, seeing the details and paying attention to the relationships.

  • Close observation of the natural world and observing what is present in our built heritage
  • Providing information on what you might see in our local countryside
  • Helping people to visit and explore new and different places with different habitat and wildlife. 

4  Learn 

Continued learning enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

Education is core to LCT objectives. The enrichment of our John Clare Countryside cannot occur without an understanding of what we have, what threatens it and how it will change with simple interventions.

  • The strong links to the poet John Clare introduce his poetry to many people
  • Our very active social media platforms provide information, links and activities
  • We encourage and help people to identify the local wildlife and there is always opportunities to learn the name, or a new name for a familiar creature or plant
Turtle Dove
Purple orchid
Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Grizzled skipper, Swaddywell.

5  Give

Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of positive attention in improving people’s wellbeing.

LCT is a ‘bottom up’ local charity which only exists because of the voluntary work of members of our community. We therefore require people to contribute in lots of different ways:

  • Posting and commenting regularly on our social media platforms
  • Participation in events helping with set up, catering, running the event and clearing up afterwards
  • Joining in with both regular weekly and ad hoc volunteer work parties across our reserves
  • Meeting up and discussing topics at the local area group level to ensure LCT remains relevant to all of our communities
  • Joining one of the organisational committees and even becoming a post holder within our LCT management structure