One of the funds we look after at DCF is the Devon On Earth fund which, as the name suggests, is concerned with connecting people with planet. It seeks to promote the practice of interweaving all things human with all things nature to the benefit of both, by helping ecological environments to thrive, and the re-balance and well-being of those working in them to be addressed.
It’s a hot topic at the moment and one we only predict will become more-so as we planet dwellers are beginning to pay more attention to all things green.
One thing we do know is that this particular green ambassador, Devon on Earth has been so successful as a DCF fund that it is in need of a few more seeds for planting to grow into great big money trees!
In our latest funding round we were thrilled to tell three Devon groups that they had been successful in securing funds from Devon on Earth.
Sirona, based in South Devon, provide equine-based therapy to young people and adults who have physical, mental, social and/or emotional support needs. With this grant they’re about to further develop the natural element of their services, by providing a forest school, mindfulness pony walks, ‘forest bathing’, wildlife education, foraging and by planting trees and hedgerows, encouraging wild flowers and creating a butterfly bank.
Write to Freedom’s home is Dartmoor National Park, and they use its natural landscapes as a place to both deliver support programmes and to help inspire self-discovery in the adults that they support in their recovery from addiction. With their Devon on Earth grant they will be able to facilitate a four-day residential for up to 16 participants, where they are offered physical activity, creative writing, team-building, bush craft skills, group sharing and storytelling in the open air.
“We believe that spending time in nature heals us, enlivens us and brings us back to what we should be; free, open, connected, strong.”
Thanks to their Devon on Earth grant High Nature Care CIC tell us they will be able to continue to extend their outdoor based work to various groups in the South Hams area of Devon. By offering tailored experiences, they give their participants the chance to gain knowledge and skills, coping strategies and life-skills, benefit from therapeutic activities and companionship as well as from the enjoyment of taking part. Forest school, yoga, woodcraft, willow weaving, wild food, tree planting, permaculture, and many more are on offer to participants that may otherwise not be able to access the countryside due to barriers of finance, health, domestic abuse, caring responsibilities, lack of transport, rural isolation, and many others.
Are you a Mother Nature champion? Would you like to make a contribution to the Devon on Earth fund to help organisations like these? If so, we would love to hear from you. Grants from this fund range from one to five thousand pounds and we would love to support groups at every one of our funding rounds if we could! To find out more please call our philanthropy team on 01884 235887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.