Case studies

A series of case studies have been collected from the Mentro Allan local projects covering the four Learning Outcomes for the main programme. These case studies will share a story, demonstrate the impact of the project and highlight the lessons learnt.

A practitioner guide accompanies the case studies, bringing together some of the common themes that emerged from the case studies to answer the question:  What made the participant-led nature of the projects effective for the participants?

Case study 1: Supporting the development of an independent activity group for older people.

Case study 2: Young People at risk of disengagement: Physical activity can be a trigger for wider behaviour change in young people.

Case study 3: Going against the trend: How two young white men successfully led a project engaging Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women in physical activity.

Case study 4: Creating a recovery pathway: Engagement in physical activity leading to paths into employment and training for people with mental health problems

Case study 5: Creating good practice: A project which meets policy objectives and leads to a model for mainstream services.

Case study 6: Making the outdoors accessible: Engaging Black and Ethnic Minority Women from Cardiff in physical activity

Case study 7: Gaining valuable outcomes from enjoyable social events: How "Fun Days" contributed to the development of a physical activity project.

Case study 8: Setting up a community garden: Finding a suitable location in a rural area.

Case study 9: Referral to exercise: How it worked for one individual.

Case study 10: Recruiting service users: Engaging with gatekeepers to create a sustainable physical activity programme for people with disabilities.

Case study 11: Making a challenging activity accessible: How a sedentary blind person became a rock climber.

Case study 12: Engaging disadvantaged young people: Working with a voluntary sector youth club to provide opportunity for members to be physically active in the outdoors.

Case study 13: Providing opportunities for progression: Engaging sedentary young people in a sustained involvement in physical activity.

Case study 14: Getting new mothers active: A tale of two buggy walking groups.

Case study 15: Getting young women to take up an outdoor activity: Establishing a friendly peer group to motivate each other's continued involvement in challenging outdoor physical activity.

Case study 16: Transport training: Enabling people with learning disabilities to sustain physical activity.

Case study 17: Recruiting service users: Organising water sports for people with learning difficulties.

Case study 18: Extending opportunities: Using conservation activities as a way to engage young people at risk of disengagement.

Case study 19: An Alternative Approach: Providing adventurous activities for young people at risk of disengagement.

Case study 20: The progression of a physical activity group: Using the indoors as a route to getting people physically active outdoors.

Case study 21: Developing a constituted management group from participants: How an effective 'Operational Group' developed over the course of a project.

Case study 22: Establishing an open access group: The benefits of setting up a walking group for mental health service users and others.

Case study 23: Developing and sustaining a cycling group: Exploring the measures required to establish a community activity group.

Case study 24: Swansea operational group volunteers.

Case study 25: Volunteers who emerge from activity groups.

Case study 26: Going against the trend: Volunteers referred by other agencies.

Case study 27: Volunteers involved in pre-existent groups.