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Our Work in the Community

The Active Billing Project

Northamptonshire Sport has embarked on several place based projects to support the development of a 'workforce' from some of the most statistically inactive wards in the county.

The Active Billing Project was launched in November 2016 working in partnership with Bellinge Community House. Several approaches were used to develop a local group of activators and community champions to encourage others to get active. The area now boasts a jogging group, weekly health walks and a seated exercise class, most of which are run by volunteer community champions. These activities have then provided a pool of people that have been motivated into participating by 'someone like them' who have in turn been recruited to support these activities.

The activators came from a mixture of backgrounds with a variety of motivations. For some it was an opportunity to give back to the community, or helping others in whatever way they could. For others activity was being part of an amazing weight loss journey.

The workforce driving the activities were supported with leader and activator qualifications (which was made a possibility by funding through the Northamptonshire Community Foundation), peer to peer support, additional supporting qualifications (i.e. first aid) and mentoring.

The learning from this project was invaluable and has helped to shape future projects in our hot spot areas.

Learn2b Active Project

The Learn2b Active pilot project was aimed specifically at people experiencing poor mental health, particularly mild to moderate disorders such as depression, anxiety and stress, with the aim of engaging them in sport and physical activity and informal learning. The project was a joint collaboration between Northamptonshire Sport, Northamptonshire Learn2b Service and Corby Borough Council.

Delivered over 12 weeks, Learn2b Active taught participants how physical activity could lead to a greater sense of well-being and/or act as a medical intervention. It combined structured educational and physical activity focussed sessions lasting 2.5hrs. Each week different activity taster sessions were delivered by coaches and instructors from local clubs and organisations. The sessions were delivered at an appropriate level to the group in a safe, supported and social environment with the aim of improving overall mental wellbeing.

At the end of the programme the participants were provided with an option of progressing to a Sports Leaders qualification to enable them to become involved in the community volunteering and leadership opportunities.

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