Introduction

The Mentro Allan programme

There were fourteen Mentro Allan (MA) projects across Wales and the South East of England, running between 2006 and 2011. The aim was to learn about the most effective ways to support sedentary people to develop the habit of physical activity in the natural environment. The projects had a range of target groups: young people, older people, women, BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities, people with physical disabilities, mental health service users, carers, people at risk of rural isolation, people with low incomes.

The approach to project development was participant led; using a Participatory Action Research model of evaluation. A copy of the guidance notes given to project co-ordinators is available through the website. Projects such as free events and budget accomodation were encouraged and to focus on doorstep activities as being more easily sustainable and affordable.