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January newsletter 2022

Dear reader, There’s nothing quite like being outdoors, even in the coldest winter days, and perhaps being outside is something that benefits us even more in the shorter months. Tons of research backs this up, which is why the Greenspace project in Nottingham is such a welcome development. Greenspace is all about improving people’s mental health through nature-based activities, and…

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Green Social Prescribing

There’s nothing quite like being outdoors, even in the coldest winter days, and perhaps being outside is something that benefits us even more in the shorter months.   Tons of research backs this up, which is why the Greenspace project in Nottingham is such a welcome development. Greenspace is all about improving people’s mental health through nature-based activities, and…

Rob and Lydia cutting a ribbon to open The Nursery garden

A thank you to Rob Wood by Richard Arkwright

All organisations have their unsung heroes, the ones rarely seen and barely known-about without whom the whole thing would fall apart. For STAA, it’s always the volunteers, and most particularly the management committee; giving up their evenings – and often a lot, lot more than that – to make sure budgets balance, procedures are adhered to and that staff are free to get on…

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Introducing our new trustee

Tell us a bit about yourself  I love to be outdoors as much as possible! Probably because my job in healthcare research keeps me close to a desk. Be it wild camping up in the lakes, cycling in the peaks, or digging in my allotment – I’m there! I find natural light, fresh air, physical activity and birdsong…

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Meet Meg Hale, a new trustee at STAA

We caught up with Meg Hale to find out what she’s excited about working on at STAA   Tell us a bit about yourself  I’m a tenacious self-starter with loads of enthusiasm and a can-do attitude. I’ve run my own business, and have experience in the service sector, specifically in hospitality and education. I’ve recently embarked on an MBA and am keen to develop my management and leadership skills.  …

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What makes a successful trustee? By Rob Wood (Trustee)

Perhaps you’d have thought that 12 months of being unable to physically meet together would’ve significantly disrupted the work of our trustees. Totally the opposite. In the Simpsons, Springfield’s Adult Education Centre promises to “teach old dogs new tricks”, and that’s really what’s happened here too, as some of us technophobes have been mentored and supported to use Zoom and…