co-designing activity initiatives
Through various support from Active Essex, Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) have been able to ensure there was an accessible opportunity for any resident to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines.
After acknowledging that not all adults wished to attend a gym or activity class, EFDC were able to work with residents to establish a warm welcoming, initially free, programme for anyone aged 16+ who did less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week.
Individuals who fit the criteria of the programme were able to self-refer on to the Active Living programme or alternatively could be referred by their local GP. The programme was co-designed with an exercise specialist to ensure each participant would receive step by step guidance over the initial six-week period to include their own personal action plan and assistance booking on to join their local Active Living group. The groups were set up to also offer free advice and support when participants needed it, to ensure their personal goals were able to be reached.