Health and Wellbeing

Our Health and Wellbeing Award was started to help individuals get or get back into the outdoors following the Covid Pandemic.

The Award has now been discontinued, but we consider all our grants will benefit the health and wellbeing of the recipients. If, however, you consider that the skills training course or expedition you are planning will have a particular benefit to your health and/or wellbeing please indicate this, with the reason why, in your application.

It is well documented that being outdoors, pushing boundaries and learning new skills are all beneficial to physical and mental health.  We have all had to learn to live with varying stages of lockdown over the last year and this has had an effect on our health and wellbeing.  Everyone’s circumstances are different, but the fact that we have been isolated from others for much of the time has been difficult for us all. 

We already offer skills training and expedition grants – if you feel up to it why not read more about them and contact us, with any ideas you may have.  Both are helpful in all aspects of health and wellbeing, but as we come out of lockdown, and begin to mix again with family and friends and also other people, we, at The Neil Mackenzie Trust, are concentrating on less arduous outdoor exercise for those people who just need a little help to get back to a more normal existance.

To enhance positive mental health we are encouraged to connect with people, be active, enjoy the world and nature around us (and be out in it), keep learning and give something to others. This award is available to applicants who have experienced health problems during the pandemic and will allow them to participate in a new outdoor activity with other people. This may be to join a group, club or organisation, or, depending on the individual circumstances, may be available for one to one activity or instruction.  Download an application form from the link below or if you have any questions, contact us, and get the ball rolling.

If, on the other hand, you are considering setting up a voluntary group or organisation which you think would help to promote mental health and wellbeing in others, but require some financial help, we may be able to help.  Contact us to let us know your plans.