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Active Neighbourhoods: Engaging Communities, Inspiring Lives

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Active Neighbourhoods Big Lottery Funded Project Reaching Communities A partnership between Devon Wildlife Trust and Plymouth City Council 2016 - 2019

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Why this project needed: health & wellbeing a big issue

12 year gap in life expectancy between least and most deprived areas. Rates of circulatory disease are higher in the most deprived neighbourhoods. Schools in our 5 key areas are within the worst 10 neighbourhoods for Early Years achievement with less than 50% of children achieving a good level of development

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AN Sites & Communities Plymouth

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Engaging local communities & inspiring the lives of those who live there

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What do communities want?

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Consultation with local communities and establishing Friends Groups

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volunteer involvement in the Project

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volunteer training & citizen science

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e.g. ID training sessions & monitoring

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Community involvement in habitat creation

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quick & easy improvements

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Improving the local environment

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Increased interest in greenspace & nature

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new LNR designations, Management Plans & increases in biodiversity

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Site visits to discuss future improvements

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Leading to bespoke seating furniture

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Site improvements to Nature Reserves

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Protecting what’s already there

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Nature reserve management: e.g. hedgerow maintenance skills

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Access improvements: footpath clearance

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site improvements: access to green

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Great for nature, great for people

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school holiday activities & events for city kids

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Doing things people enjoy: a bake-off!

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Family Wildlife Safaris

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If you go down in the woods today ..

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Just being free to be a kid ‌

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AN: a catalyst to a lifetime of loving nature

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Statistics: So far have engaged with over 11,200 people in Plymouth, have enlisted over 100 local volunteers, have run over 360 volunteer & family events, have 1200 Facebook followers/page likes, 8,600 volunteer hours, 2456 days of volunteering, c ÂŁ86k in kind value

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Partnerships with others e.g. NMA & Uni

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DWT Ranger Trainees

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Volunteers and Friends Groups spreading the word, joined up working

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Has had positive impact on how local people view their environment

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The Future?

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the next generation of Plymothians

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Active Neighbourhoods and Beyond ‌.

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Active Neighbourhoods: Engaging Communities, Inspiring Lives  

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