Practitioner guides

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 projects.

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 participants?

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 2010.

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 2011.

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 staff.

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 programme.

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 projects.