The Green Gym

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Reynolds, Veronica
Date of publication
1 April 2000
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 2; Number 2
Social welfare
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This article summarises the findings of the evaluation of the Green Gym, a project pioneered by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) to encourage sedentary people to become more active by taking part in conservation activities. The research found that taking part in the Green Gym benefited the health and well-being of participants and confirmed that conservation activities can be used to promote fitness. The Green Gym has attracted a new breed of conservation volunteers and the research into this pilot project indicates that volunteering may have the potential to reduce social isolation, to alleviate stress, depression and anxiety, and more generally to lead to improvements in health. It concludes that more research is needed to explore the implications of promoting volunteering in this way.

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