Active Communities Wealden

Active Communities Wealden 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 developing bespoke local programmes to meet local need... where customers, clients and staff matter

Hannah Gilday, Group Active Communities Manager

Working in partnership with Wealden District Council, and with local organisations including Active Sussex, AgeUK, HE & FE institutes, One You East Sussex, Badminton England, Swim England and Street Games, we have developed our 2018-19 Active Communities Development Plan/ Framework which focuses on developing fun programmes across our 6 themes.

To find out more or to get involved with our Active Communities Development Plan and programmes across 2018-2019, please contact 

Active Sport

In Wealden, we develop a wide range of sporting programmes, working with the Active Sussex, local clubs, National Governing Bodies of Sport and the English Federation of Disability Sport. In Wealden we support the Sussex Sport Awards to recognise local talent. We also support local athletes with our Talented Athlete Scheme to help them with their training. 

Active Communities

Across Wealden we work with over 21 community groups and organisations to develop even more opportunities for local people to get involved in fun activities. We support events, deliver sport and play activities, promote local opportunities to be active and set up specific community-led programmes to help in making the most of where people live. Our /activecommunitieswealden facebook page is where you will find us next!

Active Young People

We work with children, young people and families across Wealden of all ages and abilities to encourage them into more active habits for life. We have a range of holiday activities including the Junior Summer Fitness Challenge, Active Play outreach sessions, holiday clubs, learn to swim opportunities, youth programmes and more.

Active Ageing

We encourage all people in Wealden, regardless of ability to age well. We host a range of programmes such as Active 4 life, Walking Football, and Walking Netball 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. 

Active Health

Health and physical activity come hand in hand and we know the importance of preventing health issues later in life. We lead local health programmes including; GP referral, health coach toolkit, cancer rehabilitation, Active 4 All and accessible swim sessions Our staff across local facilities are trained to encourage everyone who wants to improve their health into an opportunity for them.

Active Workforce

We want to get all people more active, including those who find their working life in Wealden 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 Uckfield Community and Technology College to provide opportunities to volunteer with our teams.

“We want to ensure Wealden is a District where it is easier for everybody to be more physically active, more often and to promote healthy lifestyles and social inclusion. We want to continue to get Wealden more active by providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and physical activities, engaging further with hard to reach communities, we will look to enhance programmes to meet the local demographic and the latent demand across a range of existing and new programmes”

Alli Styles - Wealden Sports Development Manager
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