Cheshire Wildlife Trust has been given £143,000 National Lottery funding from Sport England to help local volunteers make a positive contribution to their community using sport and activity. The project, Go Wild – Get Fit, will improve physical activity levels of more than 200 people currently furthest away from the job market and living in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford. Volunteers will have 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. Through getting involved, the volunteers will also benefit by developing their own skills and confidence, and experience improved wellbeing. These new projects aim to explore how the outdoors and the environment may motivate people to get involved in volunteering, and how volunteering we can help create new opportunities for people to get active.