Ethnic minorities enjoy visit to the Dales with lottery funded project

One of the group’s to have benefitted from lottery funding to visit the Dales national park during their trip to the countryside

One of the group’s to have benefitted from lottery funding to visit the Dales national park during their trip to the countryside

First published in Keighley

Hundreds of people from minority groups in Keighley have enjoyed the Yorkshire Dales for the first time thanks to a lottery-funded project.

People and the Dales (PAD) was launched in 2009 with the goal of introducing ethnic minorities, refugees and other groups – who would not normally visit – to the Dales national park.

Originally started as a three-year project, its funding has been extended for a fourth year. More than 4,000 people have already gone on trips through the organisation, many of those from the most deprived areas of Yorkshire.

The manager of a Keighley community group said it had really opened up the “beautiful” countryside to people who did not realise just what they had on their doorstep.

PAD also targets people with disabilities and mental health problems, as well as those recovering from drug and alcohol dependencies.

While on the visits, the groups enjoy the sights and get to take part in activities like lambing and dry stone walling.

Run by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, it receives support from organisations including Natural England and Bradford Council.

Judy Rogers, a PAD community worker, said: “A lot of the people have been from urban deprived areas. The Dales are very close to Keighley and Bradford, but a lot of people have never experienced them.

“For a lot of them, it is the fear of the unknown – they don’t know if they will be welcome. I hope people feel comfortable enough to go back after these visits.”

One of the groups to have benefited is the Sangat Centre in Keighley.

Centre manager, Ghulam Rabani, said: “Most of us had never visited those beautiful places before. We all want to go again and again.

“I think people are so busy in their working lives they don’t think to visit. And a lot of people in the community don’t know about all the beautiful places on their doorstep.

“Those that went have been telling their children and grandchildren about it. All this would only have happened through this project.”

Of the groups who visited the parks, 65 per cent said members had since returned there, and 88 per cent said members had visited other green spaces since as a result of these trips.

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11:44pm Wed 6 Feb 13

J1mmy Z says...

Africa for the Africans, Asia for the Asians, White countries for everyone.

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third-worlders and "assimilating" with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to "assimilate" with all those non-Whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country and ONLY into Black countries?
How long would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?
And how long would it take any sane Black man to notice this and what kind of psycho Black man wouldn't object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of GENOCIDE against my race, the White race, liberals and respectable conservatives will agree that I am a NaziwhowantstocloneH
itler.

They say they are anti-racist.
What they are is anti-White.
"Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-White.
Africa for the Africans, Asia for the Asians, White countries for everyone. Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries. The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third-worlders and "assimilating" with them. Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to "assimilate" with all those non-Whites. What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country and ONLY into Black countries? How long would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long would it take any sane Black man to notice this and what kind of psycho Black man wouldn't object to this? But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of GENOCIDE against my race, the White race, liberals and respectable conservatives will agree that I am a NaziwhowantstocloneH itler. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-White. J1mmy Z
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9:29pm Thu 7 Feb 13

MorriseyRocks says...

I cannot beleive that Lottery funding is being spent on this? Can they not fund the bus fare themselves to visit the Dales? I might apply for Lottery funding to visit India as I've never been there and I fancy a trip to Goa, it will broaden my cultural awareness etc etc.
As for fear of the unknown, what's that all about? Are they worried they might get savaged by a lamb or get grass marks on their clothes. Flaming nora, what a joke.
I do, however, think the racist ramblings above should be removed.
There are kids denied advanced medical treatment in this country due to funding restrictions and we're spending Lottery money on this nonsense. I'm genuinely shocked.
I cannot beleive that Lottery funding is being spent on this? Can they not fund the bus fare themselves to visit the Dales? I might apply for Lottery funding to visit India as I've never been there and I fancy a trip to Goa, it will broaden my cultural awareness etc etc. As for fear of the unknown, what's that all about? Are they worried they might get savaged by a lamb or get grass marks on their clothes. Flaming nora, what a joke. I do, however, think the racist ramblings above should be removed. There are kids denied advanced medical treatment in this country due to funding restrictions and we're spending Lottery money on this nonsense. I'm genuinely shocked. MorriseyRocks
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11:28am Fri 8 Feb 13

TheGerihatrick says...

I agree with MorriseyRocks. And the National lottery want to double the cost of a ticket! Is that so they can fund even more jolly days out lambing and walling in the Dales?
I agree with MorriseyRocks. And the National lottery want to double the cost of a ticket! Is that so they can fund even more jolly days out lambing and walling in the Dales? TheGerihatrick
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