National Lottery funding awarded in support of West Worcester Live at Home Scheme
Posted: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:57
West Worcester Live at Home Scheme has been awarded £600 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund which aims to tackle inequalities in activity levels through working with its partners to reach those most in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
The scheme will support people to live later life well by delivering community-based services and activities. Around 70 people will be supported, encouraging them to live more active, engaged and happier lives within their communities.
Sport England's work and contribution to Tackling Inequalities focuses on reducing the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring gaps between those who are active and those who are not do not widen during this period.
With a strong understanding of the needs and issues in their areas, Sport England has initially channeled £3.3m through the 43 Active Partnerships across England to support community groups in their areas as a result of the impacts of COVID-19.
This funding and support will enable community groups working with target audiences – Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC) – to continue to exist and engage with their communities with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages.
Stephen Brewster, Chief Executive Officer at Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said:
"At Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire we are firm believers that it is never too late to become more active and make the most of the benefits that an active lifestyle can bring. We are delighted to distribute funding in support of the West Worcester Live at Home Scheme. Programmes such as these are integral to promoting independence in later live and empowering individuals, groups and communities."
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England's Chief Executive, said:
"We are proud to be able to provide funding and support to the West Worcester Live at Home Scheme in this difficult period. This funding will help support our valuable community infrastructure that is so important in keeping the nation active and will also provide important connections and reconnections for people whose lives have been affected by COVID-19 and for whom remaining active is so important for their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We know from our research and data that there are existing inequalities between groups when it comes to activity levels and COVID-19 has re-inforced these.
"Thanks to the support of the National Lottery and its players, the Tackling Inequalities Fund will be both crucial and central to ensuring no-one is left behind when it comes to having the opportunity to be active during this period. This builds off the back of our £35m Community Emergency Fund that has already reached and supported over 7,500 community clubs and groups across England."