An award-winning social enterprise is to support Barnsley Council as it launches a new initiative to get more people walking in the town.
Funding for the two-year Walk Barnsley contract will target businesses, communities and households mainly along the A635 corridor between Town Centre and Hickleton to get more people engaged in walking.
Team Activ, which has been awarded the contract, is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to get people of all ages in Barnsley active.
The contract is part of the South Yorkshire Local Sustainable Travel Fund.
The project has already got a number of local partnerships including InMotion, which promotes public transport in South Yorkshire; Barnsley College and Active Barnsley with more organisations in the area ready to jump on board soon.
Individuals and organisations who want to get involved will be able to pick up or download a free Barnsley Town Centre Walking Guide with tips, helpful website addresses and other maps.
The booklet also includes a chart detailing the time and distance it takes to walk between many of the town centre’s main locations including the Civic Theatre, Barnsley Hospital, the markets and Barnsley Interchange.
Darren Padgett, founder of Team Activ, said:
“The whole idea behind the project is not only getting people to walk, but making people want to walk – it’s getting people to take the first steps to change.
“There is so much to see in Barnsley that people are not aware of and we are hoping that the walking guides will also educate people while they keep fit.
“Walking is a perfect opportunity for family bonding as well as allowing for screen breaks for both children and adults.
“There are a number of sights to be seen across Barnsley that people miss whilst driving.
“After the first health report for almost 40 years was published recently which shows that Barnsley continues to fall behind the national average in matters of health, we must push to catch up.”
The report found that only one in eight adults exercise enough and highlights the numbers of people dying too early and not living in good health in Barnsley, which is what Team Activ hopes to change.