09 June 2016
CASS Manager speaks at national nature event
The Manager of
Access Support Service (CASS)
has spoken at a national event
aimed at encouraging black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups
into nature for the benefit of their mental and physical health.
Monira Ahmed Chowdhury spoke to a packed audience at the Race
Equality in Nature event at Bristol Zoo this month, appearing
alongside speakers such as conservationist Bill Oddie, MP Kerry
McCarthy and 'Birdgirl' Mya-Rose Craig.
Monira spoke eloquently about the
BAME community being overrepresented in mental health services, the
challenges BAME people face accessing nature through local urban
parks and the rural environment and how these barriers can be
overcome - leading to improved emotional
"I was asked to get involved in
the event as a result of the Bristol Emotional Wellbeing: Share
Your Voice - Break Down Barriers, BAME and Mental Health event in
February. Physical and emotional wellbeing are so key and for many
can be as a direct result of engaging with nature both locally or
by going out into the region. It was a real privilege for CASS that
I was asked to participate in this national but locally held
event," says Monira.