By 2024 provide 6,000 people from under-represented groups with activity days that enable them to access the special qualities of the National Park, and so increase their understanding, enjoyment, health and well-being.
Progress: During 2019/20 we engaged with just under 1,000 people from under-represented groups including the frail elderly, people from BAME backgrounds and people with disabilities in a range of activities including walks, arts and skills based activities.
Rationale: Defra’s ‘8 Point Plan for National Parks’ aims to make them accessible for everyone. The Local Access Forum has long recognised that there are large sections of our surrounding communities that do not access the Park, and will not do so unless support is given through organised visits. This can include people with disabilities, people from minority ethnic groups and older people with physical or mental difficulties. There are also people within the National Park that need this kind of support to appreciate the place where they live. The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust provides around 700 opportunities per year, and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Dales Experience programme provides 600, with the remainder coming from the National Trust and others.
Cost over 5 years: £500,000
Funding shortfall: None
Ecosystem services: Recreation
Trade-offs: Potential conflicts with e.g. retaining tranquillity are managed through the policies set out in the Special Qualities, Special Experiences document.
Baseline: 0 at 31 March 2018