The Get Outside in Somerset project is a joint initiative from Somerset Activity and Sport Partnership (SASP), The Community Council for Somerset (CCS), Spark Somerset, and Somerset Wildlife Trust, funded by Somerset County Council Public Health.
We are here to help people gain confidence to get back outdoors and move more.
Being outside brings huge benefits for our physical and mental health, but for a large majority of people, the Covid-19 pandemic has created many barriers to getting outside. It has seen an unprecedented disruption to people’s lives and has had an impact on people’s engagement in physical activity. In fact, Sport England’s Active Lives Survey data for Somerset shows that 23% of the county are inactive, doing less than 30 minutes of activity a week.
The Get Outside in Somerset project is supporting people across Somerset to get outside and move in more ways that suit them. This could be anything from a short walk or a spot of gardening, to taking part in water sports on a local river or going for a run.
We are bringing together organisations from across the county to offer the people of Somerset the advice and tools they need to build their confidence and get outside, to spend time with family, have fun with friends, and enjoy the wonderful landscapes that Somerset has to offer.
Our new website provides a platform for tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active outdoors. Covering a wide variety of activities, events and challenges, as well as information on a wide range of topics across health and wellbeing, the website will be regularly updated with new activities to inspire the Somerset community. From yoga in the park, fishing, and geocaching, to cycling, climbing, and forest bathing, there is something for everyone.
Check out some of our ambassadors who have been sharing their stories of getting outside and moving in ways that suit them.