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29 July, 2022

Commissioner Zoë”s Community Fund helps promote safety when visiting the Yorkshire Dales

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To keep people safe when visiting the Yorkshire Dales the Cave Rescue Organisation, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and Mosaic Outdoors have produced a set of videos asking people to prepare for their trip, before they set out.

You can watch the full range of videos, including versions in Hindi, Urdu and Mandarin, here: Mosaic Outdoors – YouTube

Two of the mountain rescue teams from the Yorkshire Dales have teamed up with Mosaic Outdoors to produce a set of short, simple videos, providing key safety tips for people visiting the Dales.

As well as showcasing some iconic Dales’ scenery, the messages include:

  • what to think about before setting out,
  • what to take with you and
  • how to call for help in an emergency.

These tips apply to everyone going out and about in the Dales, whether on foot, bike or other means.

Rae Lonsdale, one of the Cave Rescue Organisation’s controllers, explained:

‘As summer holidays start and more people visit the Dales, we wanted to get out our safety messages. Questions to ask yourself: Do I have the right gear? Do I know what the weather will be? Do I have the knowledge and skills I need?’

Sara Spillett, an Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association Director, said:

‘Our rescue teams are available for everyone who needs us. We wanted to show the reality of people who visit the Dales, so the videos are presented by people from diverse communities. The videos explain what to carry with you and how to ask the Police to call us out.’

Mohammed Dhalech from Mosaic Outdoors – a voluntary organisation which aims to connect diverse communities with the outdoors, added:

‘This is the first time we have worked with the Cave Rescue Organisation and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and we have really enjoyed it. As well as being good fun, visiting the Dales improves everyone’s quality of life, health, as well as having environmental and educational benefits.’

For more information on how to apply for funding from £500 – £20,000 from Commissioner Zoë’s Community Fund, visit: https://www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk/communityfund