A new fund, Active Anywhere, aimed at getting communities moving has been launched by Active Cheshire, the lead organisation in Cheshire East for creating, supporting and building healthy active lifestyles. The charity has made an additional £68399 of its own funds available to change the lives of local communities.
Active Anywhere is a far reaching and innovative programme which will enable new means of access to exercise and activity for the people of Cheshire East and will improve lives. The fund was launched on 10th July at a conference of local partners at the Warrington Wolves stadium where the details were explained to prospective partners. Active Anywhere is now live and awaiting new applications and will run until 18th August.
Already this year, Active Cheshire have invested over £365,000 in Cheshire and Warrington in their mission to get 50,000 more people, more active more often by 2017. The cost of inactivity in the region is enormous, with sedentary lifestyles costing over £17.5 million per year across the sub region. As well as obvious healthcare savings, the new funds provide a means for communities to get active in a sustainable, measured and successful way. People who exercise at least half an hour a week are contributing hugely to their own future well-being as well as improving social interaction and lessening chances of mental ill health.
One of the key messages of Active Anywhere is to encourage new partners to come forward and work with Active Cheshire so that the joint aims of improving health, welfare and activity levels can be achieved together. As the providers and administrators of the fund, they are keen to work with these new groups and organisations so that maximum reach into non-traditionally active communities can be achieved.
Specifically, the fund has been created to improve levels of exercise and activity across the following themes:
Young People (19-25 year olds)
Older People (55+)
Disability / Inclusive Physical Activity
Connecting Schools and the Community
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Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Deputy Portfolio Holder for Adults, Health and Leisure said: “The Active Anywhere funding that has been announced today gives a great opportunity for local groups and organisations to make a difference to the people they work with. That coupled with the fact that the money is being targeted to specific people, not traditionally engaged with exercise, is a great opportunity. It is important that people know how to access facilities to have a healthy and active lifestyle because the impact it can have on them and the wider community can be hugely significant. Furthermore, Cheshire East is looking forward to working with Active Cheshire in order this to ensure that all monies spent are used to provide sustainable and long term solutions.”
Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire said: “It is an enormous privilege for the team at Active Cheshire to be able to make this fund available. This is money that we have earned from the work we do and we are now proud and excited to invest this into the future health and wellbeing of local people. We can see from the interest and response of our partners today that they are crying out for ways to support communities to be more active and we are looking forward hugely to the range of applications we will receive. We’re sure we’re going to be blown away by the dedication, imagination and innovation of local and national organisations.”