Active Suffolk Impact Report 2020-2021 - Flipbook - Page 4
Health & Wellbeing
One of our key aims is to Improve local people’s health and wellbeing through increased participation in
sport, physical activity, and movement.
The Active Wellbeing Service is designed to support
older adults (50+) who are currently inactive to find
physical activity that suits their needs. In addition,
this project also supports the local workforce and
offers Physical Activity Champion training for local
health professionals, partners, and physical activity
advocates within the community.
Fit Villages is a well-established project that makes a
real difference to local communities by bringing people
together to socialise, have fun and become more active.
Our team, work with local activators to consult residents,
source instructors and support with the promotion and
initial funding, allowing for the first 8 weeks of activity to
be subsidised for local community.
I was referred to the Active Wellbeing
Service at a really difficult time in my
life, I was battling with a number of
health problems – arthritis mainly!
The service helped to guide and motivate
me to be more active and completing a
Functional Fitness MOT was a revelation! It
proved to me that there was more I could
do which really boosted my confidence.
Through his support I committed to regular
This year’s successes
gentle exercises at home and
started doing more in my garden.
I found the more I did, the more I
could do and once I recognised the
benefits of regular movement, it
encouraged me to continue.
- I am delighted!
Daphne, Active Wellbeing Client
Villages are often left out of group exercise activities because it is so
difficult to build a financially viable group. Fit Villages allows instructors to
go out from the towns to reach those in rural area, helping to strengthen the
community, bring income into village halls, reduce social isolation and most
importantly inspire people to get active.
Trevor Rawson, Tai Chi Instructor
for Corton Fit Villages Project
Following the Physical Activity
Champion training I arranged
an ad hoc game of Boules at the
Dementia Group I volunteer with.
11 out of 12 participated and I now
have more plans to get the group
Kat Standing, attendee of the
Physical Activity Champion
It has been an extraordinary
year for all, but despite this with
the help of the Fit Villages team at
Active Suffolk we managed to launch two
significant new activities at the Coddenham
Centre for the benefit of the community
and beyond. Both sessions have been key
contributions to the growth and success of
the Centre in what has been our first (and
very turbulent) year.
Andrew MacPherson, Chair of The
Coddenham Centre CIO
I participated in the
Fit Villages Pilates
It was lovely to be
able to learn and take
part online under
the guidance of an
instructor. Thank you
for the opportunity
Active Suffolk and for
making this possible.
Attendee of the first
virtual Fit Villages