As part of the Cultures and Values strand of IWUN (workpackage 2), A successful series of 6 workshops was run for women experiencing mental health difficulties around motherhood. The set of workshops, facilitated by creative practitioners Shirin Teifouri and Emma Gray, involved WP2 researchers exploring experiences of nature and wellbeing with a culturally and socio-economically diverse group of 12 Sheffield mothers. This group was able to come together through payment of the women’s travel, provision of refreshments, an on-site creche and reimbursement of childcare fees off site.
Using a range of creative methods, the group explored a wide range of subjects including gardens, travel to green/outdoor places, weather, seasons, safety, isolation and outdoor-memories from childhood. Early findings for this group indicate spatial, economic and cultural inequalities associated with access to and experience of safe, clean, beautiful and amenity-rich green spaces. An exhibition of this work is expected to be shared publicly in early winter 2018.