Funding round now open: create your project and pitch to the Our Vale Fund by 10th February.
Leap will deliver 6 x 8 week taster sport/physical activity projects offering sustainability and affordability. We will be working with partners, scaling up sustainable projects that have worked and show evidence of behaviour change. Projects will be delivered in priority areas that Leap identified of ‘inactivity risk’ across Aylesbury, including Elmhurst, Gatehouse, Central and Walton, Southcourt, Riverside and Walton Court. Projects cover a wide range of activities appealing to females of a variety of ages, (BuggyFit/Kettlercise/Couch to 5K/Yoga/HIIT sessions). We will use This Girl Can branding to attract females, whether this is teenage girls, young mums and older females, sessions will be suited to each local area and link with clubs/organisations.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Feedback from sessions (which have proved extremely popular), women told us benefits have been many, 'they feel better about themselves, more confident, increased energy levels & made new friends', ‘this course will change my life. At the beginning of January I joined, so self conscious & so unfit, the thought of joining a gym petrified me.’ B) ‘Running has literally saved me - I don't know quite where I would be without the running endorphins and support. Promoting positive mental health is very close to my heart’. Residents will have the opportunity to try new activities or join in mother & baby sessions. We understand some women in communities can experience isolation and are often overlooked when it comes to looking at poverty, deprivation and health/well-being, we want to address this balance. Our Facebook & private WhatsApp groups provide additional benefits by encouraging peer support, sharing information (i.e. pictures of their sessions, achievements) and community networking.
Steps to get it done:
Success will be monitored by regular attendance at sessions, continuation of the activity, whether this be joining a club/regular session, strong exit routes will be in place for each project. Our marketing uses pictures of normal people, i.e. This Girl Can campaign or from local sessions, we will utilise support from our established local networks/partners to engage residents. Every female will complete an application form that embeds a Wellbeing questionnaire, which we will repeat at the end of the sessions to see if these sessions have had an impact/improvement. This method has been used on other projects with great results and will help demonstrate the impact. Research: Women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem¹ & are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders ² Inactive individuals have three times the rate of moderate to severe depression of active people. Being active is central to good mental health & feelings of general wellbeing
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