A Sustainability Award from Successful Women in Business South West has been given to estate agent Claire Meyer.

The director of Meyers Estate Agents, which has a branch in Shaftesbury, was recognised for her role in setting up the GAP Project in Dorchester in association with mental health charity Dorset Mind.

Claire who founded the home-based estate agency, Meyers Franchising with husband Mark, was inspired to develop the community eco-project to help those suffering with mental health issues as the result of live experience within their family.

Claire said: “Spending time in green spaces or bringing nature into everyday life can benefit both mental and physical wellbeing. The GAP Project offers outdoor opportunities to grow and tend four allotment plots and the GAP Project’s trained staff and volunteers provide practical support to those referred to the project with mental health problems. We grow vegetables in raised beds, there is a poly tunnel and an eco-garden which is all wheelchair and mobility access friendly. The aim is to improve the quality of life and support our participants, young and old, to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience while connecting with nature and people. There is something for everyone.”

Nicole McCormack, Adult Services Manager, Dorset Mind added: “Claire and Mark’s vision, enthusiasm and contribution to fundraising efforts for the GAP project in combination with the structure Dorset Mind has in place to engage and support referrals has made the project a reality. The result is a safe space for those with mental health problems who prefer less intensity than focused one-to-one or group sessions. As well as helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, the eco project is another tool to help with the day-to-day challenges people face. For some of our participants it has been life changing.”

The Sustainability Award was presented to Claire Meyer at a virtual ceremony hosted by Successful Women in Business South West in December 2020.

More details: www.meyersestates.com or The GAP Project Ecotherapy ⋆ Dorset Mind Mental Health.

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