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Urban young get their kicks in the countryside

This is an archived press release

Thursday 6 April 2006

6 April 2006

Urban young get their kicks in the countryside

Young people found how easy it was to go wild in the Peak District National Park – and made a DVD of their adventures to show others the way.

“Go Wild in the Country,” a short DVD made by the Young Adult Action Forum at the Earl Marshal Youth Centre in Sheffield, is aimed at encouraging other urban young people to discover how to get there independently, find out what there is to do, then have a ball doing it.

It is all part of the Peak District National Park Authority’s equality drive – aimed at breaking down barriers and widening the appeal of the National Park for more people to enjoy it – and the Authority would welcome feedback on its draft Equality Policy.

Cycling, walking, fishing, climbing are all featured in the DVD, which shows the young people using a frequent, cheap bus-service to get around, finding out what to do in a Visitor Centre, getting active, and even enquiring about jobs in the National Park.

“It’s easy to do and it’s for everyone,” reassures one of the youngsters: “It’s a chance to escape the traffic and experience freedom,” says another. “It’s friendly,” “You can learn new skills,” “You can expand your horizons.”

It was produced at the request of the National Park Authority’s Equality Steering group, which asked Shebeen (the Sheffield Black and Ethnic Environmental Network) to help set up a pilot access project with young people.

The youngsters planned their trips beforehand, explored some of Sheffield’s green spaces, visited Castleton, took a free guided walk with a ranger, went down caverns, then visited again for two days when they hired bikes. They suggested places to stay and appropriate clothing.

Richard Campen, National Park head of environmental education, said: “The DVD has been produced by young people for young people, and we’re hoping it will be a tool to generate discussion about getting to the National Park and ideas for things to do.”

To borrow the “Go Wild in the Country” DVD contact Richard Campen on 01433 620373 or Shebeen on 0114 281 2320.

The National Park Authority reached a key milestone recently when it achieved level one of the national benchmark, the Equality Standard for Local Government.

The Authority’s Draft Comprehensive Equality Policy, aimed at tackling all forms of unfair discrimination, inequality or injustice on grounds of race, gender and disability, is available from Customer Service on 01629 816361, text phone 01629 816319 or email at aldern@peakdistrict.gov.uk . Comments welcome by May 18 2006.

Other aspects of the National Park’s equality work include ranger-guided walks tailored to particular groups, such as single-parent families, the elderly, Asian and Chinese communities, people with disabilities and disadvantaged youngsters.

The Authority is also part of the Mosaic Project (with three other national parks and the YHA) encouraging black and ethnic communities not only to visit the National Park but to see it as a place to work or volunteer.

In addition, an Equality Outreach specialist is working to promote the National Park as a place to work or volunteer among black and ethnic groups in Sheffield.

This is an archived press release

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