working with academic colleagues in the Universities of Newcastle and Durham and youth workers the project has secured an AHRC research grant for just over £177,000. The project called ‘Rooted in nature’ adopts a creative photo-elicitation methodology and walking interviews with young people aged 13-24 years to identify relevant mental health and wellbeing outcomes relating to involvement in nature based activities.
The project will involve an embedded researcher model, creative facilitation and visual arts practice to bring together young people, youth workers, mental health professionals and academic researchers to identify the challenges of joint working, and to reach consensus on solutions to scaling-up nature-based activities to address health inequalities in economically disadvantaged communities. The project is based in North East of England, with a plan to evaluate the potential for scaling up and implementing in other regions in the UK.
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):