Support for Disadvantaged Groups

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Date of issue: 8 March 2017

A programme of 50 inspirational events will take place over the next two years, providing opportunities for disadvantaged groups to experience the health and well-being benefits of spending time in the Yorkshire Dales.

Run by local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), the People and the DALES project has delivered education and outreach events for more than 8000 people since 2005.

Now a grant of £2000 from the Harrogate-based Sir George Martin Trust is helping to support this award-winning project, to provide life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged people across Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Before awarding the grant, Carla Marshall, Trust Manager at the Sir George Martin Trust, joined YDMT together with farmer Rodney Beresford and service users from Settle Resource Centre at the foot of Ingleborough during the busy lambing season to lend a hand.

Carla said: “It was great to experience first-hand the kind of events that we could support with a grant to YDMT, and to meet some of the people that benefit from the People and the DALES project. Now our grant is enabling many more people to take advantage of these valuable opportunities.”

Activities such as nature discovery walks, farm visits, conservation work and crafts provide opportunities for a wide range of disadvantaged groups to learn new skills, relax, enjoy the fresh air and explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales landscape, often for the first time.

Judy Rogers, YDMT community development worker, said: “We are delighted to be able to continue this work over the next two years, providing important opportunities for people to experience something new and positive in the Yorkshire Dales. It is so rewarding to see the difference a day in the countryside can make, and we hope to inspire the groups we work with to spend more time in green spaces – whether that is the Yorkshire Dales, or their local park.”

The People and the DALES project is supported by the Morrisons Foundation, the Sir George Martin Trust and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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