As unusual as it sounds, you can make a positive impact on your life by engaging with bees.

Bee-keeping is on the rise as awareness spreads about the environmental hazards faced by these incredible creatures. And they don’t just benefit our planet – many of the skills needed for bee-keeping are the same that people learn in support settings.

Bee-keeping provides the ideal community setting for people to solidify their recovery, and get the problem-solving skills they need to maintain change in their lives.

It offers the following things:

  • Emotional regulation skills. You have to calm yourself before handling the bees.
  • Problem solving skills. There’s a lot learn, and often challenges to think about.
  • Exposure to calculated risk. An alternative to the risks people face during substance misuse.
  • Team building skills. Bee-keepers have to work together to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Communication skills. Bees are great at this, but the bee keepers need to be, too.
  • Business skills. Hive management within a budget, and marketing our new Buzzin’ products.
  • Practical skills. You’ll need to learn these in order to build the flat-pack hives.
  • Environmental awareness. Understanding the need for a sustainable planet, and connecting with the world around you.

Isn’t it a bit niche?

Perhaps, although the UK’s got a decent number of beekeepers. But we take the point that it’s not particularly common – and that’s part of why it’s working.

Re-building your identity, and discovering who you are or want to be, are key parts of recovery and wellbeing. Activities like beekeeping help you define that identity; the fact that it’s not something you come across every day only adds to that.

How can I get involved?

Buzzin’s not just for people in active substance misuse recovery; there’s a wide range of wellbeing that caring for our bees can help people with.

If it sounds like something that might be right for you, talk to our volunteering team, or call us.

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