Wellbeing sessions in ancient woodland

BCP Council has helped local business and communities bounce back from the pandemic by tackling its toll on mental health. Surviving Minds Foundation was awarded grant funding from BCP Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant scheme to offer BCP based friends and colleagues free access to their renowned wellbeing sessions and stress reducing activities in ancient woodland near Dorchester including:

  • Shinrin Yoku – the practice of wellbeing through being immersed in nature
  • Wood-lore and stories of the woods and trees
  • Ancient Woodland skills

A brew and a chat by the campfire

Mick Cowles, Director of Surviving Minds Foundation, said “This grant gave us the opportunity to assist the BCP by delivering our renowned wellbeing activity based on the three R’s Relax, Reconnect and Recharge. Our program is proven to deliver both immediate and residual wellbeing for up to a month, adults and children from the BCP area benefitted from visiting our ancient woodland. Learning some ‘old’ forgotten skills and wood-lore, laughing, relaxing, reconnecting with nature, family and friends and colleagues and re-charging whilst immersing themselves in nature.”

There are a small number of free places remaining as part of the grant scheme though this immersive woodland experience will continue to welcome local BCP based staff teams and individuals joining like-minded colleagues throughout the year.

Find out more about Surviving Minds Foundation

Town Centre BID celebrates Independents

The Bournemouth Town Centre BID campaign to celebrate and promote the town’s independent businesses in Bournemouth town centre is running for the whole of July with the theme of ‘Proud to be Independent, Proud to be Bournemouth.’

The latest in a series of videos featuring independent businesses has gone live on YouTube channel for all to see and share.

Find out more about our Shop Local ❤️ initiative

T-Levels and Work Experience event success

A networking event hosted by BCP Council Economic Development and partners took place on 5 May 2022 at Merley House in Wimborne and brought together business and expertise from the education sector. The event comprised three speakers followed by a Q&A panel session, which gave delegates the very latest information on T-Levels and how to capitalise on work experience programmes.

Duncan Newman, Economic Development Officer at BCP Council said: “The positive feedback and passion from all those that attended this event just goes to show how important events like these around skills and bringing both the business and education communities together are. Some may say it’s fundamental to ensuring a strong vibrant economy where our people and businesses can thrive and grow.”

Look out for future events on our newsletter coming soon.

📺 Watch the event highlights video

More useful resources

Free webinar on 25 July: Shine on TikTok in 2022 
Government directory of funding and support
Investment opportunities with Dorset Business Angels
Growth Grant from Dorset Growth Hub
Free access to Climate Essentials for BCP businesses
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