The Conservation Volunteers

Penge Green Gym

Our Big Idea combines social, economic and environmental benefits through a "Green Gym". Conservation work is great exercise! With support via the Big Give, BTCV can provide the community in Penge with the opportunity to learn new skills, get fit, and transform an urban green space.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 March 2012 to 12:00 PM, 1 May 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (261009)

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Situation

BTCV’s proposed Penge Green Gym project will benefit some of the most disadvantaged people in South London, by enabling them to look after local green spaces in some of the poorest areas, acting together for social and environmental benefits. The Penge Green Gym will solve 3 problems: 1. Address health inequalities by recruiting hard-to-reach participants from deprived areas. 2. Build a stronger community links. 3. Develop skills, knowledge, confidence and experience to improve well-being.

Solution

BTCV has worked with the National Health Service to develop the Green Gym model to maximise physical and mental health benefits (confirmed by independent evaluation) of conservation volunteering. Volunteer clients with physical and/or mental health issues will be recruited to take part in conservation, gardening, and food growing to transform a Penge park. This will bring multiple health and fitness benefits, as volunteers are trained and supervised (including warm up / cool down exercises)

  • "Working in conservation has made me feel mentally much better. My life is back to normal now and I now do more gardening jobs in my neighbourhood"

    — Walter, Green Gym, London In Bloom Award Winner

  • "My confidence has increased since joining the Green Gym. It has helped me to get physically and mentally active and motivated whilst seeking work"

    — Graham, Camden Green Gym

  • "My confidence has increased since joining the Green Gym. It has helped me to get physically and mentally active and motivated whilst seeking work"

    — Graham, Camden Green Gym

  • "Working in conservation has made me feel mentally much better. My life is back to normal now and I now do more gardening jobs in my neighbourhood"

    — Walter, Green Gym, London In Bloom Award Winner