Mental Health Awareness Week – 10-16 May 2021

This year’s theme is all around connecting with nature and getting outdoors has so many benefits to our wellbeing: Medway Recycles monthly gardening blog is full of tips from planting expertise to environmental advice such as composting, it’s a must read for any budding or keen gardener. If have access to a bicycle, it’s easy … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week – 10-16 May 2021

Flyer for Litter pick and Sensory Garden Task Day held by Friends of Rochester Churchfields & Esplanade

FoRCE Task Day – Sat 29 May 2021

The Friends of Rochester Churchfields and Esplanade are holding an activity day, comprising of both a litter pick and starting the process of creating a Sensory Garden in the three raised beds on the Esplanade park opposite the castle. The Suffrage Sensory Garden has been planned for some time now and will pay tribute to … Continue reading FoRCE Task Day – Sat 29 May 2021

Children playing with bubbles in an urban setting

Childhood air pollution exposure linked to poorer mental health

The Guardian has recently reported that scientists have found that young people who grow up amid heavy traffic pollution have higher rates of mental illness by the time they reach adulthood. “While we might like to think of our towns and cities as green and open spaces, it’s clear that there is a hidden danger … Continue reading Childhood air pollution exposure linked to poorer mental health

Rochester Castle Gardens and the Workers Memorial Tree

International Workers’ Memorial Day

Wednesday 28th May is International Workers’ Memorial Day, the day that Medway Council, in partnership with the Trades Unions, recognises and remembers colleagues who have lost their lives in service during the past year and previous years. In the past, the council has held a short ceremony at the Memorial Tree in Rochester Castle gardens, with … Continue reading International Workers’ Memorial Day

MUGS Forum Online AGM – Tue 4 May 2021 6:45-9:00pm

The MUGs Forum AGM is on the 4th May, 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start and will take place online via Zoom video conferencing. We are holding this meeting online as we are still unable to meet in-person in groups of more than 6 people and, even though the situation is improving, we must continue to … Continue reading MUGS Forum Online AGM – Tue 4 May 2021 6:45-9:00pm

A child being helped up a log in a woodland

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Nature

Nature is fantastic for physical and mental health, but for some people natural spaces can be unwelcoming or inaccessible.  Finding work in the conservation sector can be really hard too. The county’s leading conservation charity Kent Wildlife Trust want to know what these barriers are and what they can do to help.  The Kent Wildlife Trust want to provide … Continue reading Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Nature

A hand holding a green globe with some leaves on the top

Environmental Issues Survey

The outcome of the Earth Day Survey by the Medway Urban Greenspaces Forum has highlighted some real issues that we as a community need to address. On the big issues there was extreme concern for: Global warming (67%)Destruction of the rainforests (82%)Plastics in the oceans (89%) At the local level there is extreme concern around: … Continue reading Environmental Issues Survey

Friends of Rochester Esplanade & Churchfields group

Social Prescribing

The Better Connected team works with people over 65 and living in the Medway Towns who are in need of some support to build up their social networks. Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. … Continue reading Social Prescribing