Lucy Beattie, Project Manager and Ailsa Strange, Project Administrator were pleased to attend the Highlands and Islands Ecosystem Event at Inverness College on 13 May 2019.
Highlands and Islands Ecosystem was launched during November 2018 and is a collaboration between The Scottish Rural Health Partnership (SRPH) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The partnership focuses on rural mental health and active health ageing with the dual aim of improving the delivery of rural health and social care services and providing economic benefits.
It was the ideal opportunity to launch our Gaining Ground project. Lucy told the audience about the project – how it was funded and its aims and objectives.
Lucy said crofts and crofting can provide the ideal opportunity for the provision of green care. Working with the land and animals has been proven to have numerous health benefits. Developing social crofting will not only benefit users of services but will also benefit crofters who, at times, can feel isolated and suffer poor mental health themselves. It's a win win situation.