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MORE than one million Scots are at risk of transport poverty

Last Updated: 11/20/2017

MORE than one million Scots are at risk of transport poverty, which would leave them without access to essential services or work, a study has shown. A study by sustainable transport charity Sustrans Scotland found that up to 20 per cent of neighbourhoods studied were at risk of transport poverty occurring. And the areas at higher risk were far more likely to be in accessible small towns (28 per cent) or accessible rural locations (30 per cent) than in remote parts of the country. Entitled Transport Poverty In Scotland the report was released at the start of Challenge Poverty Week. The research used data on household income, access to cars and public transport, and allocated risk ratings accordingly. Read more below:


Still too many barriers to participation in sport

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

A Scottish Parliament committee examining the levels of participation in sport says there is still work to be done in encouraging more people to take part in grassroots sport, over two years after Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games. The finding is included in an interim report of the committee’s inquiry into barriers to sport participation, the Commonwealth Games legacy and barriers to sport. Members of the committee visited Community Sports Hubs around the country and the committee also carried out a survey of over 3,000 people to gather views as to why people either do or do not participate in sport or physical activity. The biggest barrier to participation was a perceived lack of time. A shortage of local facilities and cost were also seen as significant barriers. The survey revealed that females (25%) were almost twice as likely as males (13%) to not take part in regular sport or physical activity. Feeling self-conscious and carer or family commitments were the leading reasons of non-participation for females. Read more:


Tackling the School Run

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

In February 2016, the Scottish Government commissioned research to provide the latest evidence on school transport choices and approaches which influence these choices. It aims to inform policies that minimise car use and maximise active travel. There is no single answer to achieving high levels of sustainable transport, but combining several elements can be successful. For example, provision of infrastructure for active travel, training to allow safe use of infrastructure, initiatives to encourage behaviour change (competitions, incentives) and achieving buy-in from the whole school community. Key challenges identified by the research include safety concerns, resource constraints, sustaining active travel rates as children move through the school system from primary school to secondary school, funding pressures and wider societal norms around car use, walking and cycling. The findings are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners working in transport, education, health, environment and planning with greater cross-departmental working integral to tackling the school run and promoting travel behaviour change. Read more below:


Children spending less time playing outdoors

Last Updated: 7/19/2016

Children spend less time playing outdoors and more time using technology than their parents did as youngsters, according to a survey by Sustrans.


Sport and Physical Activity Research is being undertaken

Last Updated: 6/6/2016

The Robertson Trust, sportscotland, Scottish Government and the Sport for Change Network are doing some research.


Paths for All Research Group Opportunity

Last Updated: 3/30/2016

Paths For All are looking for experienced Project Coordinators, Volunteer Walk Leaders and / or walkers to help with a piece of research.


Cycling Consultations

Last Updated: 8/4/2015

Glasgow City Council are currently seeking views to the following two consultation opportunities regarding cycling.


Health and Social Care Professionals Survey

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

Paths for All need your help to understand how best to support you, and others in your profession, to support people to become more active by walking.


Scottish LGBT Sports Charter

Last Updated: 5/29/2015

On 6 May 2015, at Hampden Park, the home of Scottish football, the Equality Network launched their Scottish LGBT Sports Charter.

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Opportunity to take part in Obesity Research Landscape Review

Last Updated: 2/20/2015

As the Scottish Government propose revising the Obesity Route Map (ORM), NHS Health Scotland in conjunction with the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) are undertaking a landscape review of all the existing, ongoing and planned obesity research that has and / or is being conducted on Scottish populations within the last decade.

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