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press release05/5/2009

The Corris Buggywalk group, organised by Mentro Allan, is hosting a family picnic on Tuesday 19 May, at the Corris Institute, to encourage new walkers to join them.

"It can be hard to get out and meet people when you're a new Mum, and getting back into shape is one of the biggest challenges" says Imogen Pettitt, Activity Researcher for Mentro Allan Bro Ddyfi.

"Walking is one of the only forms of exercise that you can do with a baby in tow. And it's totally free!"

The buggywalk picnic group will meet at 10.30am, walk to the picnic site and return to the Institute in time for play, tea and cake - plus free massages for the mums and other guardians!

The group was set up by Imogen, who has a one year old baby herself and recognised the success of a similar Mentro Allan buggy walk group in Machynlleth, so thought she would start a group in her home village.

"Every Tuesday we leave Corris Institute at 10.30am for an off-road baby walk," she explains.

"People come with their babies in slings, backpacks or off-road buggies, and we all head off on a route that suits the group.

"After the walk we have tea and a good chat in the Institute while the babies play in a beautiful, safe room or in the garden."

On Thursdays, Imogen leads the buggy walk in Machynlleth, which leaves Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre at 11am. On a fine day, the walkers stop in a safe green space to give the babies a chance to crawl and the toddlers practice in their new walking skills.

Mentro Allan is a national health research programme. The local project, which is managed by community regeneration company ecodyfi and local partners, is particularly interested in working with young parents and others who are not currently very active.

Anyone wishing to join the Tuesday group (Tuesdays, 10.30am – 12.30, Corris Institute) or the Thursday group (11am – 12.00, Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre, Machynlleth) can email Imogen or Teresa at mentro.allan@ecodyfi.org.uk or phone them on 01654 703965.

Notes for editors:

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 people's levels of health-benefiting physical activity.

Mentro Allan Bro Ddyfi Venture Out: email mentro.allan@ecodyfi.org.uk

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 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 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: 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.