Active Communities Stafford works with a wide range of local groups and national partners to get people of all ages and abilities more active across a range of programmes delivered in local communities and leisure facilities
Through our dedicated Active Communities services, Freedom Leisure aims to contribute to creating an active nation by working with our valued partners by developing bespoke local programmes to meet local need... where customers, clients and staff matterHannah Gilday, Group Active Communities Manager
As Active Communities Officer, my priority is to engage local communities through a wide range of activities. Our main aims for 2017-18 are; increased participation in physical activity, get more inactive people active, work with targeted groups and to train all of our staff to become Dementia Friends. We want to make sure Stafford Borough is an area where it is easy for everybody to be more physically active more often to promote healthy lifestyle and social inclusionJulia Kendrick, Active Communities Officer - Stafford
In Stafford borough, we develop a wide range of sporting programmes, working with the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Sports Partnership, local clubs, National Governing Bodies of Sport and the English Federation of Disability Sport. In Stafford we support and sponsor and award at the Stafford Borough Sport Awards to recognise local talent. We also support local athletes with our Talented Athlete Scheme to help them with their training.
Active Young People
We work with children, young people and families across Stafford borough of all ages and abilities to encourage them into a more active habit for life. We have a range of holiday activities including the Junior Summer Fitness Challenge, school activity programmes, learn to swim opportunities, youth programmes and more.
We encourage all people in Stafford Borough, regardless of ability to age well. We host and support a range of programmes such as walking Netball / Football and walking for health local walks to encourage those aged 60+ to have fun, socialise and focus on improving mental and physical wellbeing. We are committed to improving opportunities for those facing dementia to remain active.
We want to get all people more active, including those who find their working life in Stafford Borough a reason for not being as active as they may want. As ‘sitting is the new smoking’, we want to work with more local businesses to find out what their employees would love to do with us to get more active around their job. We work with Stafford College and Staffordshire University to provide opportunities to volunteer with our teams.
Across Stafford Borough we work with community groups and organisations to develop even more opportunities for local people to get involved in fun activities. We support events, deliver activities, support community groups and set up specific community-led programmes to help in making the most of where people live. Our /activecommstafford Facebook page is where you will find us next!
Health and physical activity come hand in hand and we know the importance of preventing health issues later in life. We support local health programmes including; GP Referral, Healthy Communities Project and engage with our Community Pharmacy network. Our staff across local facilities are trained to encourage everyone who wants to improve their health into an opportunity for them.