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Therapeutic learning activities with animals, plants, creativity and the countryside for people recovering from mental ill health.

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WELLIES is run by Julie White and Nick Platt, founders of the WELLIES Project and Staffordshire Care Farming Development CIC, a not for profit company.

WELLIES has been running for twelve years and as rural business advisors Julie and Nick often help other people to develop care farming enterprises.

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“I am so passionate about Wellies, the project has helped me to progress and grow as a person, I no longer sit at home unable to leave the house feeling depressed and anxious. I have learned to socialise with others, learnt new skills. I am the old me that I used to be. I do not know where I would be without this project “
WELLIES Participant

“I refer people to Wellies who are often at the lowest point in terms of their mental health and self-esteem, often to the point where they don’t feel they can step through the door by themselves. I have seen people’s confidence grow and their ability to form meaningful friendships has increased as a result of attending Wellies. Many of the people I refer to Wellies are very socially isolated, and because of the rural nature of the area, opportunities to meet people who are experiencing similar are few and far between. Wellies provides a safe space for people to access peer support and try out new skills and gives people a much-needed sense of community and belonging.

Of the people I have referred, one went onto employment after spending time at Wellies and credited the group with having helped him to see he wasn’t alone in how he’d been feeling. It also gave him the opportunity and confidence to form a friendship outside of the group with another participant and their partner, reducing his isolation. Prior to that, he had spent most days by himself in his flat as he was new to the area, having very little social interaction which worsened his mental health.

Another woman said she felt visiting Wellies gave her a sense of purpose and she would come back from the group with crafts and creations to show her daughter, as well as being able to share experiences she’d had that day. This helped her feel she had done something productive and valuable, which was so important to her recovery as she had previously been in a very psychologically abusive relationship which had chipped away at her self-confidence. I always recommend Wellies to my working age patients who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing because I know once they get through the front door, things will start to improve for them.

A Social Prescriber

Our latest news…

Summer 2022 Courses

Summer 2022 Courses

WELLIES has a variety of courses available for Summer 2022. Our courses include a variety of activities with animals, plants, creativity and the countryside and are specifically aimed at people recovering from mental ill health such as anxiety and depression. Summer...

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New – ‘Friends of the WELLIES Project’ facebook page

New – ‘Friends of the WELLIES Project’ facebook page

Have you liked our new WELLIES venture? https://www.facebook.com/welliesproject ‘Friends of the WELLIES Project’ has been set up as a social enterprise arm to The WELLIES Project to create opportunities for learners to make and sell some of the fantastic things the...

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Free WELLIES/Enable Traineeships available

Free WELLIES/Enable Traineeships available

Are you, or someone you know, unemployed and aged 16-24?Are you looking to learn a new skill?Are you resident in Staffordshire, Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire? Our new traineeships could be for you!! We are looking to offer a 70-hour work placement over 6 weeks in...

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