Active Lincolnshire has been awarded a further £80,000 of National Lottery funding from Sports England’s Tackling Inequalities fund, which aims to reduce the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on activity levels.
This is the second round of funding that Active Lincolnshire has received to disseminate to community and voluntary led groups and organisations across Lincolnshire who are supporting people disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to maintain or increase their activity levels. These groups include: disabled people; those with a long-term health condition; people from lower socio-economic groups; and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
The first phase of funding was distributed to 21 projects in the county which are engaging with people from some of these groups. The funding has enabled organisations to provide support and resources to enable people to be more active, and the projects are already having a significant impact on the groups and individuals they are working with, improving health and wellbeing and helping people to feel more confident and socially connected.
Tackling Inequalities projects funded in phase one include: two walking challenges encouraging carers and adults with learning disabilities to improve their fitness levels; projects working with children and young people from LSEG groups, encouraging them to get active through holiday clubs, dance sessions, challenges and activity packs; online exercise videos and classes targeted to a range of ages, and those with disabilities or long term health conditions; outdoor exercise sessions in community spaces, including garden yoga and walking football for those with a disability; and the development of a range of new accessible activity sessions and groups.
Read more about all the projects which have been funded so far here
Read a case study of one of the participants taking part in the Voiceability walking challenge here
Navaz Sutton from Active Lincolnshire commented:
“We are delighted to have been able to award 21 grants to support projects across Lincolnshire focused on keeping some of the groups of people hardest hit by Coronavirus active. Now more than ever remaining active is vital for people’s wellbeing, with physical activity helping protect against a range of health conditions and building resilience against diseases such as Covid-19, as well as positively impacting people’s mental health and levels of social engagement.
It is fantastic to see the positive impact these projects are having on people’s activity levels, and we are pleased to be able to continue to further support community and voluntary organisations to get people moving more through continued investment.
We are now looking to extend our reach ever further to work with more organisations that engage with our target audience of people from lower socio-economic groups, BAME communities, disabled people and people with long term health conditions.”
Any groups, charities or sports clubs who are currently working with people from the target audiences (outlined above) for the project, and have original ideas for projects raising activity levels are invited to get in touch with Active Lincolnshire to discuss their ideas – contact Navaz.firstname.lastname@example.org