Health project to boost activity levels in the Dyfi Valley
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You don't have to go to the gym to get fitter: now people who live in the Dyfi Valley can enjoy all kinds of outdoor led activities - from gardening to adrenalin-rushing outdoor pursuits - as part of the Mentro Allan (Venture Out) programme.
There's no getting away from the fact that regular exercise helps you stay healthy. It reduces the risk of illness, can help maintain a healthy weight and has a great effect on your energy and confidence levels.
Mentro Allan is a Wales-wide four year Big Lottery funded programme, aimed at getting people more actrive in the natural environment. Teresa Walters and Imogen Pettitt are co-ordinating the Dyfi Valley's own Mentro Allan project from ecodyfi's office, Ty Bro Ddyfi in Machynlleth, on behalf of a group of local partners.
The programme of activities, which will include group walking and cycling opportunities, woodlands activities and making sessions, games and outdoor art sessions, archery and orienteering, will develop over time, changing to suit what participants wish to do. Sessions will be at complete beginner level and really easy - so there is no need for people to be put off if they havenít exercised for a while.
The first activity was the youth mural painting sessions in Machynlleth and the next is the 'Get Growing' organic gardening course at Ynyslas, which will begin on March 16.
Participants might come to activities in family groups - or they may want some time away from them! They might wish to join in as part of a fitness programme, or just for fun. Everyone from the Valley is eligible to join in, although there will be a special welcome for parents of young children, 11-18 year olds, people with mental health difficulties and particularly those who live in Powys.
Anyone wanting to participate in the programme can contact ecodyfi by phoning 01654 703965 or emailing Mentro Allan. Teresa Walters said: "People are genuinely welcome to call in for a chat at Ty Bro Ddyfi (opposite Maengwyn CafÈ) during office hours. Please come and tell us what activities you would like to do."
Local partners in the Mentro Allan Bro Ddyfi Venture Out programme include: Community Action Machynlleth And District, Coed Lleol, US Mach, Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin, Play Montgomeryshire, NPHS Inequalities in Health project, Bro Ddyfi Communities First, Tir Coed and NCH Sure Start.
Mentro Allan in Wales: email Mentro Allan; web site: Mentro Allan
Mentro Allan is a collection of projects in Wales supported by the Big Lottery Fund and a national partnership. The programme targets specific groups that are generally less active than the wider population.
Each of the projects will be funded for four years to increase the physical activity levels of its target group, making best use of the local natural outdoor environment close to where people live.
The programme will collect evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventions designed to increase peopleís levels of health-benefiting physical activity.
Mentro Allan Bro Ddyfi Venture Out
The Bro Ddyfi Mentro Allan programme will engage individuals in the Dyfi Valley community to increase levels of their physical activity, using a variety of settings in the outdoor natural environment.
Our main target group is the broad population who experience rural isolation and who live sedentary lives. We are particularly concerned with individuals suffering from loneliness and social exclusion as a result of poor access to services and a dispersed population pattern, though activities will be open to all residents.
Our next target groups are:
We will target residents of the Machynlleth, Cadfarch, Glantwymyn and Llanbrynmair areas, but residents from other parts of the valley will be welcome to join in.
Ecodyfi is the lead body and other partners include:
Ecodyfi is the local regeneration organisation for the Dyfi Valley. It is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government through Environment Wales and the Department for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks.