What is Active Communities?
Active Communities is an exciting initiative, led by The Active Wellbeing Society, Birmingham City Council and Solihull Council, that aims to create innovative solutions to make it easier for people to access social and physical activity.
We are doing things differently! This means working to find lots of opportunities to come together and to participate in creating happier and healthier lives in local communities.
In their previous strategy, Towards an Active Nation – Sport England set out a vision for what they wanted to achieve from investing in a range of local delivery pilots.
Active Communities is one of 12 national pilots supported by Sport England through the National Lottery funding, with the aim of bringing communities across Birmingham and Solihull together through social and physical activity.
The local delivery pilot brings together two local authorities, Solihull and Birmingham, working collaboratively to share knowledge and develop best practice across their administrative boundaries.
The project will focus on six key areas covering deprived wards across both local authorities. The pilot is looking to be able to demonstrate a significant shift in physical activity and community activism, so that people become more physically and socially active. The approach is a whole systems approach that ultimately shifts power to communities, making them more resilient and better connected.
The principles of the pilot will be to put communities at the heart of the decision-making process, so that delivery is based on their needs and that they are part of sustaining activities and interventions.