Investing in communities

Energise Me and Sport England are coordinating the Investing in Communities project. The project is supporting groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the wake of COVID-19. The aim is to reduce widening inequalities in physical activity and sport.

Physical activity boosts wellbeing. It also reduces our risk of developing major illnesses by up to 50%. Energise Me and Sport England want everyone to enjoy this benefit. But some communities are less likely to take part in regular physical activity. COVID-19 research shows that the pandemic has compounded this. It has led to challenges for voluntary groups too.

Investing in Communities is tackling these inequalities head-on. Energise Me is working across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to identify groups who are most in need. The project is supporting:

  • people from lower-income families
  • people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
  • people living with long-term health conditions
  • people with disabilities

We are investing in these communities in ways that benefit them the most. This can be financial but is also time, expertise or support to make connections. The important thing is acting now to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities.

If you are helping people from these communities to be active – or you could be – please contact us. What do we mean by active? That is for them to decide. It may be walking, gardening, dancing, hula-hooping or doing yoga or workouts at home.

If you are passionate about helping people to move more then we want to hear from you. Get in touch with Penny or Emma.

See how Basingstoke and District Disability Forum used Investing in Communities funding to support their members

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The programme is making a real difference to our local communities. Here are a few shared stories that bring this to life.

Winchster Go LD members enjoying walk and talk

Winchester Go LD launch Walk and Talk Programme

Winchester Go LD launch walk and talk project.

FolkActive benefit from Investing in Communities project

FolkActive share how our Investing in Communities fund helped.

Move Momentum get back into the swing of things

Move Momentum share how they have been able to get back to dance

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