In 2018 the Tamar Valley AONB team set up a pilot walking group in Bere Alston, supported by Active Devon’s Connecting Actively to Nature (CAN) project. Thanks to the support of our wonderful volunteer walk leaders the initial 12-week pilot evolved into a weekly local walking group on the Bere peninsula which is now in its second year.
A spokesperson from Active Devon says; “Believe it or not we are now 18 months into our 5 years of CAN. We have achieved so much in that time so a big pat on the back for all of you making it happen in the field! In 2020 we will continue to sustain activities and provide new and innovative projects for people to engage with.
The spokesperson continues; “Since the programme started in 2018 we have engaged more than 1,200 over 55s in physical activity outdoors, which is amazing! The CAN project is now becoming synonymous with high quality, thoughtfully planned outdoor activities for over 55s and not just in Devon. CAN has been noticed on a national stage as a model of good practice as organisations, such as the NHS, appreciate the impact CAN has on people’s health and wellbeing.”
If you are an organisation, group or individual, and would like to get involved, please contact Active Devon. Individuals might want to be an ambassador, or participate in an activity, and the project does, occasionally, fund individuals to deliver an activity subject to certain criteria. The CAN project team would also like to hear from organisations that can reach and engage inactive over 55s and/or deliver suitable outdoor activity, or if they just want to find out more.