Active Cairngorms is a unique, multi-stranded programme with aims to help the inactive become more active, and to encourage and enable the active to stay active in the Cairngorms National Park.
The programme used funding from the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Award to achieve these aims. One year on they have published an Evaluation Report to highlight the great work that has been done to get people more physically active in the park. In summary, this is what they achieved in each of their 6 key strands:
- Physical Activity Tracker Programme – 13 walkers from one Medical Practice took part in a 12 week programme where they wore activity trackers and took part in weekly health walks, and a further 3 Practices were recruited for 2017. A 'Physical Activity Pathway' was also developed in collaboration with the Practices.
- Active Cairngorms Health Walks – 3 new health walk groups were set up, and additional support provided to the 27 existing groups, including delivery of several training courses and a volunteer celebration event.
- Paths for All Step Count Challenge – free entry and pedometers were offered to workplaces in the Park and 19 workplace teams took part, walking a total of 10,344 miles!
- Wee Walks Week Festival – this informal celebration of short local walks took place in September 2016 and saw 455 people took part, walking a distance equivalent to more than 4 times around the Park boundary
- Active Cairngorms Social Media Strategy – using Twitter and Facebook attracted more than 1,400 new followers
- Strategic engagement and partnerships – the Active Cairngorms Partnership engaged 14 organisations in the coordination and strategic delivery of the Active Cairngorms Strategy. The park also joined the Our Natural Health Service Steering Group and 3 Local Authority Community Planning Partnership Delivery Groups.
The report also includes some interesting recommendations to support those who may be looking to deliver similar activities, and inspiring quotes from participants of some of the successful activities.
You can download the report here:
Active Cairngorms Evaluation Report (2.45 MB)
The park will continue to help the inactive become more active, and to encourage and enable the active to stay active in the Cairngorms National Park. You can find details of their Health Walks here.