Sports and physical activity charity, Living Sport, has worked tirelessly to support the local community’s most vulnerable through its work with Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund.

The funding is enabling the charity to support community groups working with underrepresented groups in society. In recent months there has been a determined focus to ensure funding is allocated to supporting groups who have kept people active and fit, both physically and mentally, during the lockdown.

The Living Sport charity, which aims to improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of the people of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, has so far supported 28 groups across the county, providing funding for PPE and cleaning resources, additional sports equipment, volunteer travel expenses, and coach and instructor costs.

Chief Executive at Living Sport, Simon Fairhall, said: “The Tackling Inequalities Fund has been created to try and help reduce the negative impact on activity levels brought on by Covid-19 in underrepresented groups, and we are so proud to play a key role in connecting local systems and allocating funds.

“We are thrilled to be able to make a positive change and offer support to such important groups, enabling them to continue doing the great work they do every day.”

The Norris Museum in St Ives is just one of the organisations that Living Sport has supported through the fund.

The museum wanted to restart its Love to Move sessions, a chair based, dementia friendly gymnastics exercise programme for people with dementia and other similar conditions. The fund supported the cost of online sessions through the Zoom platform and helped provide technical equipment, as well as the instructor’s time to run sessions.

Susan Bate, Community Development Officer at The Norris Museum, said: “We are so grateful of Living Sport for supporting us through the Tackling Inequalities Fund.

“We wanted to support people and allow them to reconnect with the world, working on communication and movement skills at the same time. Thanks to Living Sport, we have been able to offer people a meaningful activity to break up their day, socialise and engage with other people in a safe way.”

Living Sport has also supported the Westraven Community Garden and Café, in Peterborough, and helped resume exercise classes there. The funding has helped residents out of their homes safely, providing chair yoga and tai chi sessions.  

Living Sport provides a range of direct support and partnership opportunity for organisations and businesses in the county.

To find out more about Living Sport and how your organisation can get involved, visit: https://www.livingsport.co.uk/