Thanet Coast 'Footprints in the Sand' - Partnership
'Footprints in the Sand’ (FITS) is a new
partnership project coordinated by the Thanet Coast Project for
reaching local people that don’t normally access - or
know more - about our internationally important coastline!
The project encourages local people that
may have barriers to access – such as those from deprived
communities, from the very young to the old, or from different
ethnic backgrounds or for those with disabilities. Some local
people have mistakenly believed that the usual local publicly
advertised events that attract thousands of people each year are
not for them!
The Thanet Coast Project and FITS run specific
activities with local groups to engage and courage local
people to join in.
In particular, we want to:
so that we can all help look after the coast
for future generations..
- encourage local communities to access and enjoy the Thanet
- local people to gain pride and ownership for their coastal
- develop interest in, raise knowledge and awareness of the
wildlife and natural features
- address health inequalities
- increase participation
- develop skills foor conserving and interpreting Thanet's
Priority community groups:
- Economically disadvantaged groups
- through events and activities to help interpret
the internationally important wildlife of the NE Kent European
- Young people - providing learning
opportunities in a fun way, such as toddler sessions; or family
sessions; and through local school excursions for rocky
shorelife safaris and beach cleans.
- Disabled people, with physical and learning
disabilities, will be provided with opportunities for learning
about the Thanet Coast, supported by skilled helpers, and
space for all abilities to explore.
- Older people with shorter walks, such as the
health or Rock Doc walks
- Young parents will be given help by
experiencing the natural environment through events such as
the Thornback Tales Eggcase Hunt stories, or
within a new family safe zone - within a proposed new
"Coastal Community Beach Hut"
- Dads form a socially excluded group and will
be provided with weekend dads and lads events - including cycle
- Communities suffering health deprivation - a
new annual Fit & Healthy day on the beach will enable
partners to contribute to getting people out and about - such
as a 'green gym' volunteer task on the Sea Garden
The FITS project partnership is funded £98k
over two and a half years by Natural England as part of its
Access to Nature programme (funded by £25m from the Big Lottery
Fund's Changing Spaces programme).
The new Project Officer is on a salary of
£17,000 a year pro rata
(4 day week) and is based within the Thanet Coast Project.
Voluntary and partnership 'in-kind' contributions come to
The project is managed by Thanet District
Council through a new project partnership of local organisations.
It commenced in 2011 and will run until September 2013. The
steering group partners include:
- Kent County Council Children Centres in
- Millmead Children’s Centre Partnership
- Orbit South Housing Association
- Kent Extended School Services
- East Kent Mencap
- NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent and East
- Natural England, and
- Thanet District Council
Access our 'What's On page for for
public events and activities
Alternatively, you can contact one of our
partners, or the Thanet Coast
Project, to help run a local community event
tailored to your local groups' needs.
Thanet Coast Project
Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672
Fax: +44 (0) 1843 577686