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press release28/10/2010

Mentro Allan Celebration Day hailed as a huge success

Over 250 people attended the Mentro Allan Celebration Day at the Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre, Machynlleth on Saturday 23rd October. This free event was jointly funded by ecodyfi and Bro Ddyfi Communities First, and organised by the Mentro Allan project (which is part of ecodyfi and funded by the Big Lottery Fund).

The event offered a fun filled day out for all the family that included a healthy lunch and lots of activities including face painting, the very popular Bouncy Castle, making fruit smoothies, a guided Group Walk, making digital scanned pictures, bike maintenance and cycling. There were also activities organised at Gerddi Bro Ddyfi Gardens in Y Plas, with tea and cake provided by volunteers and a treasure hunt for the children.

There was also an opportunity to have a Basic Health MOT check, and to give views on being active in Bro Ddyfi in a specially constructed video diary room. Information and advice were available from local organisations such as CAMAD, the Children’s and Young People’s Partnership, ecodyfi and Communities First. A free raffle with prizes donated by the Holey Trail bike shop, Communities First, Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre and ecodyfi proved a popular incentive for having a go at the range of activities on offer.

Mentro Allan activities were a great way to get out of the house and meet other people in a similar situation who were pregnant or had young children”, said Tegwen Brickley, who attended the event with her partner Allan and their 1 year old son Tomos. “We thought the Celebration Day was absolutely fantastic and Tomos had so much fun on the bouncy castle and doing the treasure hunt at Gerddi Bro Ddyfi gardens.”

“It was great to see so many people attending the Celebration Day and trying out the range of activities on offer. I would also like to say a big thank you to the Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre Manager and staff, as well as the Coffee Shop staff for all their assistance in helping to make the day such a huge success. Big thanks also to Communities First, without whom this event would not have been possible,” said Jo Cooper, Mentro Allan Bro Ddyfi co-ordinator.

Cyril Evans, Coordinator for Bro Ddyfi Communities First, said “The Partnership have been involved with the Mentro Allan Bro Ddyfi programme from the beginning and are very pleased to be able to support what has turned out to be such a successful community event.” To find out more about the local Communities First programme and how it aims to provide local people with opportunities to play an active role in shaping the future of their community, call in at their office at Yr Hen Siop, Bryn y Gog, Machynlleth, or visit the website

Mentro Allan is a four year project to enable people to be active in the outdoors. Activities provided over the last three and a half years have included walking and cycling groups, gardening for adults and children, forest schools, buggy walks, picnics, climbing, pregnancy yoga and lots more.

Mentro Allan are very interested in hearing from anyone who has taken part in the activities over the last three and a half years (and those who haven’t too), who might be prepared to meet up for a quick chat (either one to one or in a group) during December (tea provided!).

For more information on Mentro Allan activities, please contact Jo Cooper, Mentro Allan Co-ordinator at ecodyfi, 01654 703965 or visit our website

Digital stories Julia Wilson with Alison Coleman

Julia Wilson creating her digital story of the day, using items she collected in the Plas grounds, helped by Alison Coleman

Treasure Hunt in Garden.

Treasure Hunt underway at the Community Garden in the Plas

Notes for editors:

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 is 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 collects evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventions designed to increase people’s levels of health-benefiting physical activity.

The Bro Ddyfi Mentro Allan programme is engaging 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 are open to all residents.

Our sub-target groups are: parents of young children, especially young parents; 11-18 year olds, especially those at risk of social exclusion; people with mental health issues, especially those not in regular contact with support groups and services. We 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: Community Action Machynlleth And District; Coed Lleol; US Mach; Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin, Sir Trefaldwyn; Play Montgomeryshire; NPHS Inequalities in Health project; Bro Ddyfi Communities First; Powys County Council; Tir Coed; NCH Sure Start; PAVO.

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