Tackling Inequalities- Stepstember

By Llara Munn on November 30th, 2020 - comments

Following on from our first Tackling Inequalities (TI) case study (Amy’s story), we are delighted to bring another fantastic success from the first round of TI Funding.

This £80,000 of National Lottering funding was made available through Sport England and distributed to 17 organisations across the county to help make a difference to the lives of those severely effected by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Tackling Inequalities fund focuses on reducing the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring gaps between those who are active and those who are not do not widen during this period. These groups include, disabled people, those with long-term health condition, people from lower socio-economic groups, and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

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Carer’s first created a step challenge that encouraged Carers, and those they care for, to become more aware of their health by doing more physical activity and encouraged them to access their community after many months shielding.

This challenge reached 266 participants (234 of which completed the full challenge). Initially confidence levels to ‘get back out there’ were low, however the staff were very encouraging and participants who had experienced positive outcomes became ambassadors for the challenge, sharing their methods for ‘getting their steps in’ whilst being at home. Suggestions included incorporating the steps into their daily routines, such as using the upstairs toilet instead of the downstairs.

MCounty - Stepstember - Carers First - staff COLLAGE 7.9.2020any families took part in the challenge together and enjoyed family walks, searching for conkers, noticing wildlife, taking walks along the beach and taking their dogs for longer walks.

The original target was to walk the equivalent distance of Land’s End to John O Groats (603 miles) but by the end of the project participants had collectively covered more than 45 million steps between them, which took them around the world!

The project was thoroughly enjoyed and very well received with some being ‘amazed’ with how many steps they achieved during each week, one Carer completed a walk of over 4km which is the furthest she had walked in over 7 years.

Having a common goal helped participants feel part of something and they wanted to do the most amount of steps they could to ‘not let the team down’ and with a total of 45,482,018 steps completed it is clear that this challenge was an excellent success.

Find out more about all the projects that have been supported with Tackling Inequalities funding in Lincolnshire by clicking this link.