Nature for You

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Connecting disadvantaged South Australians to healthy and inspiring nature experiences.

How will the funding be spent?

Nature does amazing things for people, but it’s often hard to find the right experience. What’s needed is a simple, easy way to connect people who want to get into nature, and the social service organisations that support them, with information, places, transport, interpreters and other support. Nature for You will provide a free ‘nature broker’ service, enabling social service organisations to get their clients out and about in the great outdoors. Because nature is good for everyone.

How will the project be delivered?

Conservation SA will broker between environment groups and social services organisations to provide easy access to a range of free, safe nature-based experiences for their clients. Example activities include bush walks, volunteering in nature, coastal walks and community garden visits. We will arrange transport, interpreters (if needed) and accompany participants through activities. Participating organisations include Common Ground, Multicultural Communities Council SA, and Uniting Communities.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

300 approximately

How will you measure the impact of this project?

The impact of Nature for You will be measured using performance measures developed using the Results Based Accountability framework.
How much did we do? Measured by: number of social services organisations using our services, number of participants attending activities, number of activities provided, and number of different types of disadvantage experienced by participants.
How well did we do it? Measured by: % of participants satisfied with activities, % of participants happy to recommend our service to others, % of social services organisations satisfied with our service, % of social services organisations that repeatedly use our service, % of environment groups satisfied with our service, % of social services and environment organisations happy to recommend our services.
Is anyone better off? Measured by: % of participants who provide positive feedback about their experience, % of participants who report increased knowledge about nature-based activities and natural spaces to access easily, % of participants who report a desire to spend more time in nature, % of participants who report spending more time in nature after the project activity, % of social services and environment organisations reporting positive feedback from participants about the experiences.
Methods: feedback forms, anecdotal feedback, a one-month follow up (with permission).

Organisation details

Organisation Name

Conservation Council SA

What does this organisation do?

Conservation Council SA is the voice for South Australia's environment. As the state's peak environment organisation, we represent over 50 environment related community groups across SA. Together with our supporters we are creating a movement of people who care about nature and a sustainable future for our state. Together we are a force for positive change. Our projects focus on nature and well being; conserving land, water and air; protecting native plants and animals; and promoting sustainable living. We do this by empowering, engaging and educating our community. We champion the people who care about their environment and increase community awareness of challenges and solutions.

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Roy Hopkins

26 Apr 2016

These are all good initiatives; but your "voting" system is a dog. It's far too complicated, and demands too much time to finalise. Whoever designed it should take some lessons in simplicity.

Jenny Esots

24 Apr 2016

Providing easy access to a range of free, safe nature-based experiences for their clients. Example activities include bush walks, volunteering in nature, coastal walks and community garden visits. Sounds like a win win proposal.

Tony Hannen

22 Apr 2016

A thoroughly grea tprogram which will embrace people new to Australia, and give them an insight into both the natural beauty and the range of Australian fauna/flora. yay

Bob Hamilton-Bruce

21 Apr 2016

A thoroughly worthwhile program which will embrace people new to Australia, and give them an insight into both the natural beauty and the range of Australian fauna/flora.

Delene Weber

21 Apr 2016

Brilliant initiative. Would be an incredibly valuable project with far reaching benefits. Good luck!

Tara Green

19 Apr 2016

Fantastic project! The benefits to mental and physical health from spending time in nature are well documented and well important. Bet of luck with getting funding!