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STAYING WELL FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS

Right now things are still a bit strange. As people start to get used to the ‘new normal’ lots of groups are considering how to resume in a way that keeps people safe.

For many groups locally its just not possible to meet indoors yet…

Staying Well knows that people with active social lives tend to be happier and healthier so its been especially heartbreaking to know that community groups serving the most isolated and lonely have not been able to continue running through this pandemic. Community groups especially those providing services for older or more vulnerable people have to consider the welfare of their members and volunteers, and the risk involved in meeting again.

Lots of groups and activities have done amazing things this year to adapt and keep their members connected and cared for, even when they can’t meet in person. As people start to look forward many are looking at what else can be done…

Activities with extra social distancing measures can be made Covid Secure for small groups. There are lots of ways we can start looking at how to resume some of the things we all love in a new, slightly different and safe way.

One thing we can do at the moment is encourage people to meet outdoors. However please check the current local and national restrictions. From 22nd Sept by law you must not socialise in indoor or outdoor public settings in a group of more than six people from different households.

Fancy turning your usual coffee morning into a singing session in the park? Maybe your indoor exercise class could find a way to move outdoors? Let no idea seem too zany – we want thoughts outside the box!

MICRO COMMISSIONING

Staying Well micro commissioning is designed to create more opportunities in the community for people to get socially and physically active. As always with Staying Well micro commissioning, community panels will have the final say on how money is spent in each area.

Here are some ideas of things we may fund, or have been funded in the past:

  • Community clean-up groups — It’s more than just Wombling. This group is taking pride in the community, volunteering and being active.
  • Pilates 4 All — Accessible gentle exercise group.
  • Outdoor pétanque area in Lighcliffe.
  • Tai Chi in the Park at Warley
  • Gardening projects
  • Run or walk leader training
  • Start up costs for a new activity

TIPS FOR A GOOD APPLICATION:

Make it inclusive – can your activity be accessed by people of differing abilities? How will different people feel welcomed into the activity and able to participate?

Make is safe – how will you meet national or local guidelines and restrictions. Consider who will attend. Do extra safeguards need to be put in place? Think about the addtional cost this may create for the group/activity.

Make sustainable – consider how the activity can continue to run after you have spent the initial funding. Or how will it will contribute to community capacity to enable other activities.

Got an idea for a project or activity? Give Rachel a call 01422 392708 to discuss, or email: stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk