01 July 2016

Wellies in the woods: get out, get active and geocache!

Wellies250We are, frankly, beside ourselves with excitement to be launching our new Don't Ignore Your Mental Health geocaches!

Geocaching is basically a huge treasure hunt.

Geocachers hunt for hidden caches - containers - using specific GPS co-ordinates and occasional extra clues. Caches always contain a log for you to record your find and some contain items to swap. There are hundreds of thousands of caches hidden in the UK with a thriving online community supporting it.

Our DIYMH caches will encourage people to look after their mental health by getting active and having fun in the fresh air. Our caches contain fun items for finders to take away including badges and stickers - and one or two larger DIYMH items for the lucky first people to find them.

Franki and Lucy from the AWP communications team have been out and about in their wellies setting up geocache trails around Chippenham and Iron Acton in South Gloucestershire. Some of our early intervention teams are planning to set up more over the next few weeks.

So get geocaching! You just need to register for free at www.geocaching.com then grab a friend or two to help with the search, get out and have some fun!

If you send selfies with any of our DIYMH caches to awp.communications@nhs.net we'll post them on our social media.

Could you find them all?

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