Properly managed and resourced interventions that use Green Care can provide benefits for individuals and for our public services, our economy and society.
Green Care can provide:
- health, wellbeing and social benefits for individuals from a wide range of vulnerable groups
- a more holistic approach to multiple health needs of an individual and can achieve multiple outcomes simultaneously
- opportunities for learning, education and skills development
- reduced reliance on health and social care services in the future.
Green Care offers a Tier 2 or step down service which moves people on from specialist medical health care. It reduces the emphasis on illness and promotes health, recovery or rehabilitation and social wellbeing.
Green Care interventions can also provide benefits beyond those for the individual. These include:
health services – reducing costs for, and pressure on, services through:
- actively tackling the effects of mental ill health, obesity and key conditions and diseases such as cardiovascular illness, stroke, diabetes and dementia,
- de-medicalising some conditions, such as mild to moderate anxiety and depression
social care – reducing pressures on the services through:
- the development of independent living skills and improved personal resilience
- tackling social isolation and the health consequences of loneliness
education – raising attainment levels through opportunities for non-classroom based learning and qualification routes
employability – offering skills development, support and employment opportunities for traditionally ‘hard to place’ groups,
social cohesion – through shared community actions and the creation of local green spaces, food growing projects and inclusive enterprises.