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Newsletter 8

Hi all Been an exciting week! Last night was the Children And Young People Now Awards and I was very honoured to be invited along. It was a great evening, honouring many amazing projects - including several fantastic play projects - and a great chance to catch up with past colleagues from across several careers! Sam Gyimah, Childcare Minister, gave the keynote speech and using the opportunity to talk about children's mental health and launch a new cross-department strategy to improve mental health services in schools.
"The very fact I’m talking here today shows that children’s mental health has a place on the political stage that hasn’t been seen before. In fact, I’m the first ever DfE minister to be appointed with specific responsibility for children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)."
It remains to be seen whether he or his colleagues will see the MASSIVE link between simply getting outdoors, roaming wild and playing free and good mental health. Yesterday too Outdoor People, in partnership with Hackney Council, had honourable mention at the British Heart Foundation's National Conference entitled "Promoting Physical Activity by Stealth" where we were delighted to be asked to present a poster. What do you reckon?? Wild Walks Poster BHF You can see it full size here: Wild Walks BHF Poster The other big news, as you may have seen, is we are off to the East London Design Show! For more check out the previous blog ;) And finally the online shop is neeeeearly here. It is actual online, here, but not yet linked in to the website. Hope it will be very soon! my goodness it takes a long time to upload everything... Oh one last thing, on Monday I'll be speaking at The Hospital Club's Sustainability Week as a board member of The Wild Network, discussing the links between kids being outdoors and future sustaibility. Afterwards there is a foraged dinner!! I understand there are still a few tickets, book here. Have a great weekend! And make it easy to #GetOutdoors and get yourselves so #wildtime!

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