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Active Billing Community Project receives funding go ahead

Posted: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:00

Active Billing Community Project receives funding go ahead

Bellinge Community House, in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport have been successful in their application for Northamptonshire Community Foundation funding.

A new project set up in the Billing, Bellinge and Ecton Brook provinces of Northamptonshire has been awarded £9857.05 to provide a low cost, accessible programme of sport and training opportunities that will impact on the long term participation levels of those living in the area.

The project will officially launch in January 2017 as it begins to deliver its Beginner Jogging Group, Health Walks, Nordic Walking and Weight Management Programmes.

The programme will aim to engage with the local communities living in the wards of Billing, Bellinge & Ecton Brook, but will specifically target those who are inactive and especially those from the following groups: Women and girls, older people, disabled people and those from Black and Ethnic Minority Backgrounds.

The activities provided will be "community needs led" and tailored to the target audience ensuring the activities provided are what the community wants, at the right time and price. There will be a range of activities on offer and these will include activities such as; weight loss programmes, dance & fitness activities (eg: zumba, yoga, pilates, boot camps etc), outdoor activities (eg: Jogging Groups, Health Walks, Nordic Walking), various sports (eg: netball, tennis, rounders), activities suitable for the older generations and disabled (boccia, table tennis, curling, seated aerobics, short mat bowls etc). Barriers have been identified and considered in the programme delivery and planning, to enhance the likelihood of the project's success.

The project is currently recruiting volunteers for the roles of Local Activators and Community Champions. The Champions' roles will include; helping with the coordination and day to day running of the activities (eg: meet & greet the participants, collection of the session fees etc) as well as helping promote the activities in the local community through word of mouth, and distributing flyers and posters etc. Meanwhile the Local Activators will help to plan and prepare for activity sessions, support the delivery of fun and customer focused activity sessions as well as supporting the basic administration and reporting tasks on behalf of the ABC Project.

If you are interested in applying for either of the roles mentioned, Local Activator or Community Champion, please contact Fraser Lodge for an expression of interest and application form. (Fraser.Lodge@firstforwellbeing.co.uk).

Active Billing Community Project receives funding go ahead

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