What is active neighbourhoods?
People living in five areas of Plymouth will be embracing healthier lifestyles and enjoying the great outdoors on their doorstep, thanks to a new project.
Active neighbourhoods has been awarded £419,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to get cracking on a programme of health and community-related activities in and around woods and green spaces across the city.
The three-year project, which is led by the Council, will be delivered in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust and work intensively with residents in Stonehouse, Ernesettle, West Park and Honicknowle, St Budeaux, Kings Tamerton, and Efford.
Active neighbourhoods builds on the success of the Stepping Stones to Nature (SS2N) project, which ran for four years in Plymouth until 2013. The SS2N partnership, aimed to make it easier for people to enjoy the city's fantastic green spaces. It involved residents, community organisations, schools, children's and youth centres in and around Plymouth and encouraged people who do not normally think of the parks and nature reserves on their doorsteps when it comes to enjoyment, entertainment and health.
The small team behind Active Neighbourhoods works closely with partners and the community to put on lots of exciting events and activities to encourage residents to get to know these spaces better, to use them more often, get more involved in their community and try out different things. The team includes a Community and Volunteer Officer and Urban Ranger and volunteers to set up/develop friends groups to take more ownership, and help improve the quality of five natural green spaces for both people and wildlife.
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