Investing in Communities

Energise Me and Sport England are offering support for Hampshire and Isle of Wight communities most affected by COVID-19 and/or the cost of living crisis. Community groups/organisations can access expertise and funding of up to £10,000.

Physical activity boosts wellbeing and reduces our risk of developing major illnesses by up to 50%. Energise Me and Sport England want everyone to enjoy these benefits. But some communities are less likely to take part in regular physical activity than others. COVID-19 research shows the pandemic has widened these inequalities, and the cost of living crisis is likely to make matters worse.

The Investing in Communities programme helps tackle these inequalities by supporting:

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

The walking group was a lifeline during a very challenging time. Our members found it helped them greatly and kept them motivated when life was difficult.

Basingstoke and District Disability Forum

How will Investing in Communities help?

We are investing in the above communities in ways that benefit them the most. Community groups/organisations can access expertise, connections and/or funding through the programme to support these communities to be active.

Projects could include anything from walk and talks to dancing, hula-hooping or home workouts. The important thing is acting now to protect the health and wellbeing of local people.

If you are helping people from these communities to be active – or you could be – and you are not already in contact with a member of our team, please register your interest below and we’ll get in touch.

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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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