This 20-minute film, which will be launched on the 3rd October 2021, is a celebration of what the Westmorland Dales has to offer for everyone, including people with disabilities, whether they are local to the area or coming as a visitor. The aim of the film is to encourage people with disabilities and long term illness who live in the Westmorland Dales to get outside and be active.
• The Westmorland Dales is a rural sparsely populated community, made up of an ageing population, lying within the Yorkshire Dales National Park in Cumbria.
• Half of all people aged over 65 have a long-term health problem or disability.
• For a county so closely associated with being active in the outdoors, Cumbria has some of the worst obesity rates in the country.
• Just over 68% of adults are overweight and low levels of physical activity and poor diets give real cause for concern.
• Taking part in social and physical activities is vital for physical health and mental well-being, but such activities suitable for people with disabilities are not signposted in the Eden Valley.
There is a lot of concern regarding the impact of Covid 19 on social isolation amongst the community for people with disabilities and for people suffering with long term illness
The Get Outside in the Westmorland Dales film is being part-funded through a Love Your Landscape grant from the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme, a four-year programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with a vision to reveal and protect the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales. It has been produced for Upper Eden Community Interest Company, who have also part-funded the film, by Debbie North
and Holly Brega.