The Our Back Yard program is working to empower the community of Connah’s Quay in Flintshire to improve green spaces for current and future generations.
The project started in November 2017 and since then it’s focus has been on improving green spaces in the Connah’s Quay and making positive and sustainable transformations to the local natural environment.
Recent achievements include the collection of over 500 bags of rubbish, 15 local green spaces that have been improved through conservation and litter picks, 77 community and engagement events held in local green spaces, 11 history and wildlife walks, and much more. The project is about much more than practical conservation work it is also about social wellbeing.
The pandemic obviously hit the project hard as no volunteering sessions could be held, however the OBY team kept in contact with the volunteers via text, phone calls, on social media and with a few visits to see people on their doorstep. This ensured that relationships were maintained, and people felt less isolated.
The team also wanted to do something as a thank you to volunteers so they also delivered food parcels and treats to them which were much appreciated by the volunteers.
Some volunteers continued with local wildlife walks and litter picks, forming a group on social media, sharing wildlife pictures and information. One volunteer even ran a quiz for the team to enjoy during lockdown.
One of the volunteers felt particularly isolated since they live alone and don’t use social media or video calls. They also struggled with hearing loss making it difficult for them to communicate on the phone. The OBY team kept in touch with them via text, and even though they were not attending official OBY sessions though encouragement from the program they were proactive and went for lots of long wildlife walks in their local area.
The team were delighted to welcome volunteers back to the Our Back Yard volunteer sessions in April with the lifting of Covid restrictions.
Kay from the OBY team said “We are so glad to be able to offer volunteering and training opportunities once more. Staying mentally healthy is just as important as staying physically healthy, and even in lock down the Our Back Yard project has really helped our volunteers improve their social wellbeing by nurturing a sense of belonging to the community and contributing to society. ”
For more information about Our Back Yard, you can contact us at 01978 757524 or visit our social media at: