September 2019 saw the launch of the Active Communities Awards – a scheme to fund projects created and run by local people, to give them a sense of place and belonging in their local communities. Active Communities is a partnership between The Active Wellbeing Society, Birmingham City Council and Solihull Council; as well as being one of 12 Sport England National Lottery funded Local Delivery Pilots.
The awards aim to encourage collaboration between new and established groups; supporting people to become more physically active and civically engaged. The funds support collaborative ideas from local people that can help change the environment, grow skills and enable communities to come together.
Karen Creavin, Chief Executive of The Active Wellbeing Society, said “We are very excited to see these kinds of innovative projects at a community level and very pleased to be able to support them through this funding from Sport England. We know that these projects are making a real difference on the ground and we want to ensure that communities are leading the way on the changes we need to make to have a more active and inclusive society.”
More than £17,000 has been awarded to 22 projects during September, October and November. Scroll down for a full list of the organisations and projects who have received funding.
Find out more about the application process and how much funding is available at: https://theaws.co.uk/active-communities/awards/
The following organisations have received Active Communities Award funding in the first quarter:
September funded projects
James Memorial Homes – Nechells, Birmingham
Funding to establish a film club for over 55s in a sheltered housing complex.
Athac CIC – Erdington, Birmingham
Funding to run monthly family activity sessions, including an hour of sports, creative activities and promotion of healthy homemade snacks.
B37 Project – North Solihull
Funding for a collaborative project between the B37 Project and Tribal that encourages the community to use, look after and enjoy their local green spaces and wildlife; encouraging more local people to become proactive in improving the spaces to benefit the community.
Hazelle Stage School – Balsall Health, Birmingham
Funding to run free taster sessions for lunchtime and after school dance and fitness activities across three schools.
Chinese Community Centre Birmingham – Centre of Birmingham
Funding to offer wellbeing classes, physical activity sessions and IT classes to 60+ males from the Chinese community.
Law, Leisure and Learning – Handsworth, Birmingham
Funding to purchase sports equipment for a youth club with various sessions aimed at children.
Capitol House – Kingshurst, Solihull
Funding to support a local community group which brings people together for a playgroup, breakfast club, swap shop, food bank, yoga and day trips.
MTF Coaching academy – Saltley and Bordesley Green
Funding for a multi sports holiday camp for young people, and workshops for parents around healthy eating.
60+ Talk, Chat and Craft Group – Chelmsley Wood, North Solihull
Funding to provide materials for a weekly craft and social session for an existing 30 member project.
October funded projects
Positive Birth and Beyond – East Birmingham
Funding to set up walking groups across the area, for pre and postnatal mums to come together and form a social group through guided activity.
Welcome Change – Shard End
Funding to purchase a large outdoor chess set and outdoor table tennis for activities suitable for children, adults and families.
Glebe Farm Local History Society – Glebe Farm
Funding to support historical walks and visible traces to attract a younger generation.
Trinity Close Residents Group – Olton, Solihull
Funding to run a variety of physical activity and arts and craft sessions for over 55s within a local school.
Saxon Court Residents Group – Chelmsley Wood, Solihull
Funding to support with hosting a series of workshops where people can come together to share and learn new skills from each other or from other supporting organisations. Activities to include those which involve touch, smell, taste, hear and doing.
November funded projects
Limitless Fitness – Across North West Birmingham
Funding to support a ‘Get Active’ Programme which runs over the course of 12 months, delivering weekly sessions with a different physical activity topic each week.
Spearhead Trust – Druids Heath
Funding to purchase sewing machines and materials to support with arts and crafts sessions. Scope to develop a visible trace of art work to increase activity levels/ participation.
Oasis Hub Hobmoor – Yardley
Funding to support with the set up and facilitating of a women’s football team as well as walking football and netball groups.
Cars – Smithswood, Solihull
Funding to support a soft Zumba class trial, with a view to creating an ongoing sustainable activity.
The Gap – Balsall Heath
Funding to support monthly sessions for local families with children to access activities inspired by drama games, play and movement exercises that are fun, free, sociable and physically active.
Colebridge Trust – Chelmsley Wood, Solihull
Funding to support with stay and play sessions which are fun and safe for local mums and families within the area.
Sport4Life – Ladywood
Funding to support 25 young people (11-29 years) with a new pilot and trial ‘active mentoring’ which is one-to-one mentoring whilst taking part in physical activity.
Music Therapy –
Mobile across South West Birmingham Funding to support an individual to move from different social homes playing music to lift spirits and encourage engagement and dancing from others.