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Hi all The online shop is open! (Apologies if you've seen the posts of last few days and knew that!!) IMG_5735 And if you check the last blog you can see a 15% discount too :-) I'd never actually heard of 'black Friday', but as everyone else seemed to be offering a discount this weekend... However I'm with all the environmental organisations out there, I'm pushing a sustainable brand of consumerism... buy a Kleen Kanteen and re-use people! IMG_5772Another exciting week - Monday especially. As a Director of The Wild Network I was invited to speak at The Hospital Club's Sustainability Week, focusing on Project Wild Thing and discussing, amongst other things, how we can get children and young people to really, really care about sustainability, and of course how simply getting outdoors as kids is one of the solutions. Then today I enjoyed popping over to the Play England AGM where we heard from, amongst others, Tim Gill talking about his synopsis of the evidence for Play Provision "The Play Return".

Did you know 10% of the NHS budget goes on addressing type 2 diabetes? And that exercise is a known preventor of that disease? And that active kids make active adults?
Sounds like a pretty clear case to me, but we've a way to go before every public health lead across the country sees it. We also heard from Professor David Ball, a guru on all things risk:benefit. If you have to do risk assessments for any reason please do check out the simple risk:benefit proforma he (with Tim Gill and Bernard Spiegal) developed, sponsored by the Play Safety Forum. Rest of the week I've been working on the online shop and prepping for the East London Design Show - do take advantage of the 2 for 1 offer if you can! ELDS_2for1_voucher Have fun this weekend, and do share your outdoor adventures!

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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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