The Mentro Allan National Partnership have created a
series of practitioner guides to support people implementing
projects in the field. These guides will be of use to anyone that
is interested in physical activity, health, equality, the natural
environment, volunteering, project management and participant-led
Case Study Lessons. August 2011.
As the fourteen Mentro Allan projects around Wales came to the
end of their Big Lottery funding, a set of 27 case studies were
gathered together, covering a range of different aspects of their
development as well as exploring the lessons that had been learned.
This practitioner guide brings together some of the common themes
that emerged from the learning that answer the question: What made
the participant-led nature of the projects effective for the
Engaging and Working with People with a Disability
in the Outdoors. August 2011.
This guide outlines the lessons that have been learnt for
engaging and working with people with a disability to be physically
active in an outdoor environment. It outlines some of the issues
that participants, project coordinators and activity providers face
when organising outdoor physical activity, and draws on the lessons
learnt from Mentro Allan research to show how they can be overcome
in order to make services accessible for different groups. During
the five years of the programme, Mentro Allan projects worked with
children and adults with physical and sensory impairments, learning
difficulties, and autism spectrum disorder.
Working with Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
on a physical activity project. August 2011.
The following practitioner guide draws on the experience of the
two Mentro Allan projects that worked specifically with BME
communities, in Newport, and in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
As with all Mentro Allan projects, these two projects were
participant-led, with project development guided by feedback and
ideas from the participants. Feedback was gathered both formally,
through regular evaluation events using a participatory group
discussion process, and informally, through chatting to people
during the activity sessions.
Engaging older people in physical activity
outdoors. October 2010.
When Mentro Allan project staff initially started to try and engage
older people in the programme, they found an immediate barrier: the
older people they wanted to work with often had no habit or culture
of using the outdoors...
Support for Young People. October
This paper outlines emerging findings from the research on the
types of support people in different sedentary groups need to get
involved, change their behaviour and sustain that change.
Mentro Allan Guide to Using Action Research in the
Development of Participant-led Projects. August
This guide is aimed at project managers / leaders, but could
also be used by project staff who are or intend to be implementing
participatory action research within their project. In addition the
guide may be useful to senior managers and project steering groups
in order to give support, advice and direction to project
The guide provides an introduction to using a Participatory
Action Research model for developing participant-led projects. The
information in it is based on learning from the Mentro Allan
Participatory Action Research: Using participatory
methods. August 2011.
This short practitioner guide gives practical guidance on using
participatory methods in a community project, based on the
experiences of those involved in the Mentro Allan