A new project called ‘Nature Buddies’, led by the Stepping into Nature project, is being trialled in Dorset which aims to link a Nature Buddy Volunteer to a person that would like some help and companionship to enjoy activities surrounded by, or inspired by, nature.

The Nature Buddies Network will take place across Dorset and is embedded into organisations such as Age UK that are experienced in looking after volunteers and matching them to people that would like help.

The project is looking for people that are interested in becoming a Nature Buddy Volunteer. Could this be you?

Please read the information below to find out how you can become involved.

Become a Nature Buddy

Do you enjoy nature? Are you friendly and compassionate? Do you like to help others? Yes…then this could be for you!

A Nature Buddy Volunteer will support individuals to help gradually increase their confidence and ability to enjoy engaging with nature again. A Nature Buddy will tailor their support to suit the individual’s interests and abilities and help them on their journey to living happier and healthier.

For example a Nature Buddy may:
• Walk with the person their local park or open space.
• Have a picnic and enjoy sitting on a bench outdoors
• Enjoy some indoor nature inspired hobbies like getting the binoculars out and looking at birds or starting some ‘green’ crafts

Time Commitment

• Minimum of 4 hours a month for visits and occasional training/networking.

Skills & Qualifications

• No qualifications or experience needed – just a patient, empathetic and good listener personality.
• Interest in nature but don’t have to be an expert!

Click here for a full breakdown of the roles and responsibilities.

Get in touch

If you are still interested then get in touch with stepin2nature@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or call Jules (Stepping into Nature Project Coordinator) on 01305 224785 for an informal chat to find out more.


This project is being led by the Stepping into Nature project and is part of a wider partnership, led by The Arts Development Company which aims to embed green social prescribing in health care. Thanks to funding partners National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England, Natural England and Historic England.