New year, new you? ‘Go Wild – Get Fit’
Cheshire Wildlife Trust has been given £143,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to help local volunteers make a positive contribution to their community using sport and activity.
Their project ‘Go Wild – Get Fit’ aims to improve the physical activity levels of more than 200 people in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford.
The volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in a range of nature-based activities during the programme – including: practical conservation, wildlife surveying and monitoring and nature walks.
The programme also offers opportunities for training in wildlife skills, and broader life skills.
Go Wild – Get Fit is funded through Sport England’s Opportunity Fund, which aims to encourage people to volunteer to help tackle challenges their communities face.
Projects are being funded in areas that may experience economic disadvantage, ranging from inner-city areas with high levels of crime and social exclusion, to remote rural areas with few services.
Martin Varley, director of conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We are grateful to the players of the National Lottery who have enabled this project to go ahead.
“Wild places are great spaces to get people active. Thanks to this funding many people who need support the most will have a chance to benefit from getting out into nature and give some back through volunteering.”