Using expertise to oversee the allocation of Active Southend Funding
The Active Southend Fund is a community-led initiative that provides funding to not-for-profit groups in Southend who are working to increase physical activity levels among residents. Active Southend enlisted the expertise of the Community Investment Board to oversee the allocation of Active Southend funding.
The partnership between Active Southend and the Community Investment Board exemplifies a collaborative endeavour driven by a shared vision of a healthier, more engaged community.
The mission is underpinned by several key objectives:
- Empowering not-for-profit groups to promote physical activity
- Diverse project support to cater to the unique needs of different communities
- Measurable impact to ensure that the investments made bring tangible and positive outcomes
- Cultivating an active culture that contributes to the long-term wellbeing of the community
A clear set of funding criteria was outlined, to ensure the objectives of the Active Southend funding could be met. Projects had to be designed with the aim to increase physical activity levels among people who currently take part in little or no physical activity at all in Southend. Budgets were set up to the limit of £1,000 and the fund was available to any not-for-profit group (including clubs, faith groups, registered charities, CIC’s or small constituted groups), however projects would need to be delivered and completed by the 30th June 2023. A full evaluation report of the project would also need to be provided and include details such as attendance, impact on participants, quotes and photos to highlight the benefits, successes and learnings of the project.
The projects that were funded through Active Southend funding have proven to help improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people in Southend, as well as created a sense of community and belonging to make Southend a more active and healthy place to live.
Project highlights include:
- Enabling active participation has not only promoted physical activity, but also fostered a sense of community and togetherness among participants.
- Empowering neurodiverse young people through bouldering has demonstrated positive outcomes in both their physical and mental wellbeing.
- Empowering women in sports has been pivotal in breaking down barriers and increasing female participation in football, making a step forward towards gender inclusivity in physical activity.
- Fostering community connections has proven invaluable in bringing families together. This initiative centred around sport, has not only encouraged physical activity, but has also strengthened communities by providing a platform for families to connect and interact.