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