Working Together to Create Green & Healthy Future for Frome
The Edventure Frome team is delighted to be kicking-off a new partnership with Frome Medical Practice and Frome Town Council. We are working together to build a greener, healthier future for Frome by asking, “What can we do locally to improve our wellbeing, whilst also improving the health of the planet?”
Edventure Frome is coordinating the partnership and is running the Future Shed offering ways for the local community to get involved – join a workshop activity, contribute your ideas or get support to get your own project off the ground.
Projects that create benefits for both climate and health come in many shapes and sizes. Getting on bikes rather than in cars both reduces our carbon footprint and is good for our health; growing veg can be good for mental health and is greener than buying produce from supermarkets; car sharing can help people make closer friendships and save on petrol; time spent active in nature can reduce our need for more medication.
Johannes Moeller. M.D. Edventure: Frome
We held our first public event online on April 29th. Here’s a video of highlights – including how to register for the free electric bikes we’re offering, how to access help to make your home warmer and healthier, how to sign up for free training to become a Green Community Connector, and how to come to our free Future Shed events.
We are really excited as a practice to continue working with Frome Town Council, Edventure Frome and our community. This grant will further support us working together and accelerate our work towards a healthy and sustainable future. Our long term health and the wellbeing of our community relies on each one of us playing our part in supporting the health of our planet.
Dr Helen Kingston. Senior Partner, Frome Medical Practice
Edventure Frome CIC will focus on coordinating the partnership and organising weekly events across town, including both practical activities such as DIY secondary glazing or draft excluders as well as start-up support for residents, groups and organisations to develop climate and health projects.
A Green Health Connector and Green Community Connector programme run by the Medical Practice will help local people connect to green health opportunities across our town, and a Choosing Wisely campaign will help patients to make informed, green choices about prescriptions.
Frome Town Council will organise a Healthy Homes and Cycling by Prescription project, giving residents the opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and the chance to try out an electric bike for a month.
As one of the first councils to declare a climate emergency we set a commitment to be zero carbon by 2030. We could never as a council meet this in isolation and that is why working in partnership with Edventure Frome and Frome Medical Practice, but also with residents in the town is so very important, and that the twin priorities of well-being and climate action are seen as one and the same. The award from the Climate Action Fund will enable us to move forward with real projects which will meet these aims and help us to really make a change in people’s lives: Ensuring warmness and wellness, whilst really committing to a cleaner, greener, healthier future.