Our projects increase physical activity in Hampshire and IOW.
Take a look back at a few highlights of our year in the Energise Me Annual Report and Accounts.
The report charts our progress towards tackling the things that prevent active lifestyles. It also includes our audited accounts, which explain where our money has come from and how we’ve spent it.
Our trustees are responsible for preparing these reports in line with the law and UK accounting standards. We publish a report in the autumn of each year.
For too long the people with the most to gain from being active have been the least likely to take part. In 2021 we brought together the voices of over 800 individuals and organisations in a new strategy for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The We Can Be Active Strategy sets out a joint mission to inspire and support active lifestyles so we can all be active in a way that suits us.
I’m delighted to share our top highlights of the charity’s work from another year, my sixth as a Trustee and fourth as Chairman.
2022 marked the first full year of working towards the We Can Be Active Strategy. As co-ordinators we set out what we would do to bring the strategy to life, as well as maintain our role in influencing and encouraging partners to embed movement and activity into healthcare, education, planning and transport systems.
Developing Bold Leaders across the wider workforce has been core to our success again this year. We have provided space for individuals and organisations to connect, learn and share experiences. From social prescribers to local yoga instructors, we’ve covered broad ranging topics including mental health, inclusivity, youth violence and Long Covid. Thank you to all of the attendees that have shown a commitment to listening to our communities and continue to learn how best we can support them.
I’m also particularly proud of the funding we’ve been able to invest in our communities this year. Alongside distributing over £300,000 of Sport England funding, we’ve committed our own Energise Me resources to projects we believe in, such as Good Gym, Active Through Football and a second round of The Agency. As Trustees it’s been rewarding to see the Energise Me Team working so passionately on these programmes.
Finally, my thanks go to our core funder, Sport England, and the National Lottery, without whom we would not be able to serve many of the underrepresented communities that gave their voices to the We Can Be Active strategy.
A return to in-person activities and engagement has been hugely valuable to our work this year... Despite this return to ‘normality’, we are still seeing the effects of the pandemic on activity levels, in addition to the cost-of-living crisis, adversely effecting underserved groups. Yet, I continue to find myself incredibly inspired by the pockets of community collaboration and work of our Bold Leaders bringing the We Can Be Active Strategy to life.
Julie Amies, Chief Executive
To view our charity’s up-to-date annual reports, please visit the Charity Commission website.