Shmapped!

Bee in Sheffield city centre, Paul HobsonBee in Sheffield city centre, Paul Hobson

This summer, why not give Shmapped a go and be part of your local community science project?

Shmapped has a launch event on the 20th of July! For more information and to book a place, please click here.

What is Shmapped? Shmapped is an app for your smartphone that invites users to map the good things about Sheffield’s green and built spaces. It is part of the innovative IWUN (Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature) project run by the Universities of Derby and Sheffield which aims to better understand how different aspects of city living affect our wellbeing.

Why should I use it?

For a number of reasons! Firstly, Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust are engaging local communities with the app by organising guided walks in your area to try it out. They’re a fun way to get out and about with people who know about the green spaces near you and you can learn about the research behind the app.

Secondly, by downloading the app you have a chance to win up to £500 in vouchers, with more entries the more you use it!

And finally, the valuable information you provide about your experiences will be used by town planners to design better spaces in the future and help people to enjoy their surroundings.

How do I use it?

When you download the app, you will be presented with a five-minute questionnaire that asks about your current health and wellbeing. All information you provide is anonymous and you can withdraw it at any time. For 30 days, the app will ask you to note the good things about the area around you. It’s very simple and allows you to share your thoughts and photos in seconds. After the 30 days, you will be asked to complete another questionnaire plus a final short one two months later.

Sounds great! How do I get my hands on it? Just search for 'Shmapped' in your phone’s app store!

To learn more about the IWUN project, visit http://iwun.uk/

To take part in one of our Guided Walk events, please search for "Shmapped" on our events page. You can register there or feel free to turn up on the day!

Facebook: http://fb.me/shmapped
Twitter: @Shmapped_IWUN
Instagram: @shmapped

If you would like more information or want to request a talk about the project, contact the IWUN Engagement Officer, Eleanor Comley, on 07754843450 or at e.comley@wildsheffield.com.