Living Sport is looking to collaborate with groups who work with those worst affected by the pandemic, to support them to be active for their physical and mental wellbeing. 

The pandemic has affected all of us in many ways, keeping us from friends and loved ones, interrupting our usual habits, closing the groups and facilities we use, and causing stress and anxiety for so many.  

 For people who are at increased risk if they catch coronavirus, including people with disabilities or health conditions the impact has often been more keenly felt. And for those with mental health conditions the pandemic has made managing them much more difficult.  

 All these groups are more likely than the wider population to being doing less physical activity than they were in March. And the impact of not being active on a regular basis can be worse than for the wider population.

 What do we mean ‘being active’?

Being active means anything that gets people moving – regularly walking or pushing to the shop, taking part in a yoga class, dancing, gardening, or taking part in sports and other recreational activities.

 Being active can improve both physical and mental health and help us feel connected at a time when being connected is tough.

 Who we want to work with

We are looking for organisations and groups who work with and for people with disabilities, health conditions or mental health conditions, who can create opportunities for people to be active.

 Whether you offer a social group to adults with Learning Disabilities, a local support group for people with mental health conditions, or already offer activities but need funding to adapt them – taking them online or making them Covid secure, we want to hear from you.

 How we can work together

We can help you develop ideas, offer advice and guidance on offering safe activity, and link you to other providers. Through the Sport England Tacking Inequalities Fund, we can also provide grants between £50-£10,000 to set up and run up to six month activity programmes (all applications must be approved by 31st January.)

 Not sure if this is for your group or organisation?

You don’t need to be a ‘sports or physical activity group’ to offer activities, but physical activity can be a great way to boost wellbeing at this really difficult time.

 Some of the ways we’ve worked with groups:

  • Finding qualified instructors who can offer inclusive dance, ball skills, and other activities.
  • Setting up Zoom classes, offering advice and funding Zoom licenses.
  • Purchasing tablets to loan to people who wouldn’t be able to participate online, and helping to access training and support.
  • Purchasing fitness equipment to help people be active at home.
  • Covering the lost income from having to run smaller group sessions, or the additional cost of PPE.

 A bit more about the Tackling Inequalities Fund

Living Sport are distributing the Tackling Inequalities Fund on behalf of Sport England. The fund has been made available to help narrow the gap between activity levels for key groups.

 As the local Active Partnership, Living Sport has identified that locally the biggest gaps exist for people with health conditions, disabilities and mental health conditions.

 This is the second time the fund has been made available, and so far we have distributed over £40,000 to 21 local groups and organizations ranging from support groups to community gardens to community sports clubs.

 To find out how to apply click here.