A new project to tackle the barriers that prevent people experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits that AONBs bring.
The project will target communities who are currently not accessing the Hills, but for whom access to the natural environment may be of great benefit to them. The reasons for the current lack of engagement for these groups, may be mediated by social-economic status, ethnicity, age, disability and mental health. For the Quantock Hills the target areas are in Bridgwater, Taunton and Williton. The project will provide supported visits, volunteering opportunities, monitoring and evaluation.
Funded by Somerset Public Health, the project will focus on targeting communities that lie geographically close to the 3 AONBs, specifically:
Blackdown Hills: Taunton, Chard, Wellington
Mendip Hills: Wells, Cheddar and Burnham-on-Sea
Quantock Hills: Taunton, Bridgwater and Williton
Nature and Wellbeing Officer - Kristen Lambert says:
Having worked on and coordinated outdoor play, community development and active travel projects for various different charities and associations, I am really excited about working to establish health and wellbeing partnerships across the 3 areas of the county and supporting more groups and individuals to reap the various health and wellbeing benefits of these natural landscapes. I am particularly looking forward to working in beautiful Somerset once again!
As Nature and Wellbeing Officer I aim to:
• Increase awareness of what Somerset's AONBs offer.
• Engage with local health and wellbeing partners to develop a menu of activities that will lead to offering a range of introductory pilot sessions across the 3 areas.
• Encourage specific groups and individuals not currently accessing Somerset's AONBs, to visit and experience the benefits to physical and mental health and wellbeing.
• To ensure project sustainability, provide information and training to relevant professionals and groups, in order to develop confidence and knowledge in accessing Somerset's AONBs for future visits and activities.
I will work 3 days a week (usually Monday-Wednesday) across the 2.5 year project.
If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please don't hesitate to contact me:
Georgie Grant - July 2016