The People and Parks Foundation

Connecting people to nature for health, wellbeing and sustainable natural environments.

About

Mission/Vision:

Parks and nature are important contributors to the prevention and treatment of many human health conditions. The People and Parks Foundation has long championed the link between a healthy natural environment and the health and wellbeing of people connected to that environment. People and Parks is in a unique position to develop resources in support of connecting people to nature for health, wellbeing and sustainable natural environments.

The strong connection between the health of the natural environment and human health has long been central to Aboriginal culture. This is captured in the saying “Care for your country, and your country will care for you”, as per the Victorian Memorandum for Health and Nature.

The People and Parks Foundation acknowledges the important link between healthy, happy people and a healthy natural environment. Supporting human health and the health of our planet. We develop resources to connect people to nature for health, wellbeing and sustainable natural environments.

Our vision is for all people to have access and opportunity to engage with nature now and into the future. Since our formation in 2004, we have collaborated with community, government, philanthropic and corporate entities to develop resources towards projects with the aim to facilitate a connection between people and parks. We engage in projects that seek to achieve one, if not more of our three key objectives, our 'pillars'.

We develop and implement special projects in collaboration with likeminded community groups that are aimed at improving park infrastructure via 'value-adding' to encourage positive interactions with nature, as well as facilitating the use of parks particularly by those in the community who have not yet experienced the benefits that time spent in nature provides, and those with identifiable health and wellbeing needs.

Pillars:

1. Connecting People and Nature: Healthy Parks Healthy People

2. Protecting Cultural Heritage

3. Conserving Special Natural Places

Pillar 1 – Descriptor:

Parks and other nature-based settings provide settings that enhance our wellbeing, Regular contact with nature, whether during physical exercise, relaxation, play or learning, enriches our minds and bodies. We develop resources and broker partnerships in support of key projects that improve people’s access to, and connection with, nature. We focus on projects that:

· Encourage all people to regularly engage with nature through the provision of improved parks facilities and programs

· Develop programming designed to mitigate the social and financial burden on society as a result of the increased prevalence of non-communicable diseases and conditions including diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, depression and anxiety.

· Improve the sustainability of natural environments, and health and wellbeing of people, by supporting conservation volunteering activities

· Broker the connection between communities, their parks, and land managers

· Build appreciation of, and support for, Victoria’s parks and reserves

· Contribute to the existing evidence base highlighting significant health and wellbeing benefits provided to people who regularly connect to nature

Pillar 2 – Descriptor:

We develop resources and broker partnerships in support of cultural heritage projects that serve to conserve, protect and celebrate Victoria’s cultural heritage in its many iterations. We support the immediate protection, future preservation and universal celebration of Victoria’s cultural heritage by:

· Engaging in projects that preserve, protect and celebrate Victoria’s cultural heritage

· Building and maintaining relationships between communities, government and the private sector in the interest of protecting and celebrating cultural heritage

· Prioritising the needs of Traditional Owners as these needs relate to the protection of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

· Providing support to Traditional Owners and their partners to raise awareness of and celebrate Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Pillar 3 – Descriptor:

We develop resources and broker partnerships in support of maintaining, enhancing and celebrating Victoria’s special places and world-class parks. We support of Victoria’s most iconic and popular parks by:

· Enhancing the visitor experience through the provision of, or improvements to, parks-based amenities, including improved visitor access for people with disabilities.

· Engaging in projects and programs with a focus on conservation, biodiversity and sustainability

· Supporting projects and programs that educate people on the ecological significance of Victoria’s world class parks

Our Projects

IT Review and Recommendations

The People and Parks Foundation

Seeking an IT wizard (or similar) to help us ensure that our IT systems and procedures are up to date, and compliant.

20 hours over 9 weeks
Apply by 31 Jul, 2019