The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) has been visiting the Warehouse Café in Digbeth once a month for this year’s Sustainability Sunday programme. We’ve worked with Birmingham Friends of the Earth and ecobirmingham throughout and had different themes each month, including Active Travel in June, Sharing in July, Food and Growing
People in Birmingham are breathing air that the World Health Organisation classes as unsafe for human health. What can you do about an invisible problem, which has many causes and needs as many solutions? The Birmingham Clean Air Community Conference, co-hosted by the Clean Air Justice Network and Asthma +
There was a surprise visit for our team in Essex yesterday (18/10/2023) when the Prime Minister arrived to see the work being done by Essex Pedal Power (EPP), as part of a day exploring the impact of levelling up funding in the area. EPP, which The Active Wellbeing Society is
Lorraine is taking on a massive challenge. Lorraine is 60 and lives in Basildon in Essex, she retired two years ago and now fills her time volunteering in her local community. Lorraine’s been using her car to get about but recently received a free bike through Essex Pedal Power, a
Acocks’s Green has received a gold award from the Britain in Bloom campaign, and a garden that we’ve been working on played a part! The site, at the Victoria Road surgery was overgrown and neglected, but our staff, alongside a team of patient volunteers have cultivated it, it now has
This recycling week (October 16th-22nd) we’re remembering recycling doesn’t just mean putting the bins out once a fortnight, it could be giving new life to a board game that’s been forgotten, or passing on a lawn-mower that’s no longer needed. Maybe, finding a home for those things that might be
The Active Communities programme has been running for nearly six years across six of the most deprived areas in Birmingham and Solihull. It was funded as the Birmingham and Solihull Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) by Sport England, with the aim of increasing physical activity in those deprived communities that are statistically least likely to be active. In addition to testing interventions, we were also interested to see if there was a link between physical and civic activity.
The Active Wellbeing Society’s Chief Executive Karen Creavin will be in London tomorrow, speaking at the Why Sports – Improving Health and Increasing Activity conference – at the Royal College of medicine. Together with partners Kerry McDonald, the LDP Senior Project Manager at Active Essex, and Rajinder Singh, the Head
We’re delighted that our team in Essex have been able to launch a scheme – similar to the Big Bike Upcycle Revolution – distributing recycled bikes in Essex. Essex Pedal Power Re:Cycles was funded by the Tendring Community Fund and the Essex Cycle Grant, and offers free quality reconditioned bikes
There has been a welcome move in recent years to combat food waste, and to make sure any leftovers go to feed bellies, not bins. This is something we are fully behind at the Active Wellbeing Society, we use surplus food in our cafes and our outreach food truck, and
Menopause is something that half of the population are likely to experience, and something that we at The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) are regularly asked about. It impacts people differently depending on their backgrounds, lifestyles, health challenges or gender experiences, and this perspective isn’t always at the forefront, or easily
Christina from Ladywood Share Shack describes how she creates a welcoming environment where people can re-discover, practice and share their skills. With an emphasis on enjoyment and learning, Christina sees co-design and co-delivery as enabling people to ‘have a go.’
The Big Bike Project exists to make cycling accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or how much money they have. After all, it’s hard to cycle without a bike! So, the Big Bike Project took 13 newly upcycled bikes to West Park in Wolverhampton for a group of young
Lucy is the Active Streets manager, she describes how the team co-designs and co-delivers with people each step of the way. From supporting people to hold meetings with their neighbours, plan activities and support with the practicalities on the day, people feel more empowered when they make decisions.
The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a community benefit society and cooperative, which has been working for the last five years to build happy, healthy communities living active and connected lives. We’re grounded in the areas where inequalities are highest and work with the people there to tackle them, while