Volunteers wanted for new project on the Yorkshire Wolds Way

14th September 2015

How do you fancy getting invovled with our work on the Yorkshire Wolds Way?  We are looking for Volunteers to attend a workshop in Thixendale for a new project to improve awareness of accessibility on the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail.

Our National Trails are a fantastic natural resource that should be enjoyable for everyone. However, for wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs, and others with limited mobility, uncertainties about path conditions and facilities mean they are often hesitant to visit, due to fears about accessibility.

Much of the Yorkshire Wolds Way is accessible, but a lack of easily available accessibility information means it is still off-limits for many people. By collecting information about the trail’s conditions, and letting more people know about access, we can get more people to take advantage of the trail and many of the fantastic benefits of going outdoors in a natural setting.

The project will use mobile phone apps to capture imagery of the trails, and identify particular barriers to access – such as steps, mud or gravel. If you don’t have a mobile phone, don’t worry – we can provide you with one for the activity, or you can use a paper map.

In this initial training workshop, led by Mapping for Change from University College, London, we will explore how the mobile apps work, and complete a small section of the nearby trail together. Come along and help contribute to making the National Trails more accessible for everyone! The session should take no longer than 2 hours, but if you want to carry on mapping for longer, please feel welcome!

The workshop takes place at Thixendale Village Hall on Tuesday 29th September between 2pm and 4pm.  We will be supplying the tea and biscuits!

The postcode for Thixendale Village Hall is YO17 9TG

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