Clients from Hafal Pembrokeshire have been recognised with a John Muir Award for their work with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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Service users from West Wales took part in five sessions designed to encourage people to make the most of the great outdoors. The sessions involved Discovering, Exploring, Conserving and Sharing Wild Places for the John Muir Discovery Award and activities included walking, creating beach art, wildlife identification and exploring different habitats as well as practical action to look after a woodland near Haverfordwest.

Hafal Tenby Resource Initiative Practice Leader Jennifer Losada, said: “Our clients worked really hard on the sessions and got a lot from them; the benefits were second to none. Participants got out and about and away from their everyday stresses. This helped them with their illness during each session and improved the quality of their sleep. Everyone who took part from Hafal had a great sense of achievement and are keen to keep up the work with Pembrokeshire National Park going forward.”

Tom Moses, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Discovery Ranger, said: “As well as getting Hafal clients outdoors, we have had a real focus on developing the ability of Hafal staff to carry on taking people outside themselves; the biggest benefits of going outdoors come from doing it regularly and throughout the year. Thank you to everyone from Hafal for taking part and reflecting on what Pembrokeshire’s wild places have meant to them over recent months, it was great work. Really strong foundations have been laid for Hafal staff and clients to take up the challenge of enjoying what the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has to offer. Onwards and upwards!”