FIRST ECOTHERAPY INITIATIVE LANDS AWARD

BirdLife Malta and Richmond Foundation are about to start an inclusive ecotherapy programme of outdoor sessions in nature that enhances mental well-being and environmental values. The idea recently received a boost at the Malta Social Impact Awards, where it placed third after “Growing Generations Together” by Ċentru Tbexbix and “Step up for Parkinson’s”.

BirdLife and Richmond Foundation’s project “Blooming Minds”, which will be a first for Malta, will create opportunities for people with mental health problems to spend time in nature, enjoy its therapeutic effect and improve their mental health.

BirdLife Malta Education Manager Sarah Brady at the pitching session

With the support of local businesses and individuals, the Malta Social Impact Awards have so far given out almost €250,000 in financial and non-financial support to seven local projects. Since winning the awards, these projects have already made a positive impact on  over 1,000 individuals. Back in July the joint project was longlisted to the semi-finals together with 11 other projects from a total of 35 applications. Inf October, the project then made it to the final round and was then pitched to a panel of judges as well as the audience. This resulted in a €17,000 grant award.

The Malta Social Impact Awards is an initiative organised by The Gasan Foundation and Inspirasia Foundation, aiming to bring the private sector and innovative change makers together to develop exceptional projects that will have a positive social impact on Malta. Outdoor activities for improving mental health are also organised by Malta Girl Guides. In the past, BirdLife has organised various non-formal environmental education courses.