Withernsea is part of something exciting. It's one of only 12 areas chosen by Sport England to understand more about what makes happy and healthy communities. It's a completely new approach which puts people and their ideas at the centre of a bold approach to unlock new and exciting ways for everyone to enjoy a more active life, regardless of ability or background.
We want people to live longer and healthier lives by living more active lives - in every way - physically, mentally and socially. We need to help create a change that will encourage communities which demand and embrace health and happiness creating opportunities.
About Active Withernsea
We want to create a happier, healthier Withernsea.
Starting the change
Active Withernsea is different. We know from our conversations with our community that "activity" means different things to different people and that it means more than just lycra and trainers. For some people, just feeling safe in their community and knowing people will welcome them comes far before asking them to join a walking group.
We want the benefits of Active Withernsea to be felt in the future, well beyond the lifespan of the project and that is why we are working with the community to both deliver and support real change.
It's the #withernseawellbeing movement. It's not a thing, it's a feeling.
So when you learn about Active Withernsea we hope you'll feel:
- Everything is community led; our activities are shaped by people and we've built in flexibility and communication in to the heart of everything we do
- People wanting to support each other
- People doing new things, trying new things and asking for new things
- A community which encourages all types of activity - physical, social and mental
- People doing things together and joining up so their voices are heard.
- EVERYONE enjoying a happier healthier Withernsea.
Active Withernsea is also part of something bigger, the Sport England Local Delivery Pilots (LDPs) which are trialling new and innovative ways to make activity levels rise. A large part of our work is evidencing the progress made in Withernsea and making sure our successes can be replicated in other communities. Visit SportEngland.org
Community Kickstarter Grants
As part of our programme there will be a community kickstarter grant fund for activities which stimulate change. This can be practical help or grant based.
The scheme will open in Autumn 2020
We're ambitious and we're excited
Ok, we know that this is not an easy fix. We know it's going to take time and commitment. But we have a plan and we have key areas to focus on. We'll take every bit of help we can. There is no contribution too small. We can all make a difference, if we work together.
These are the areas where we think (and our community have told us) that real change can happen:
- Adapted bikes so everyone can enjoy the promenade
- Walking and cycling routes
- Launching family trails for Withernsea on the Love Exploring App
- Better wheelchair access to the beach
- Community bike hire
For all East Riding of Yorkshire employees who either live or work in Withernsea, it has been agreed that the Council will support them to volunteer in Withernsea. This innovative approach will bring a wealth of skills and support in to the town.
And this is just the START. This is just the start of what the community can get involved in.
We think Active Withernsea can help the town create the changes that inspire and empower social and active ideas that are co-developed with the community and bring people together.
A series of postcards from Withernsea in lockdown
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Health and Wellbeing
Want to find more ways to improve your wellbeing? Visit East Riding Health and Wellbeing and search for nearby groups and clubs for sports, activities, creativity and learning new skills. Find local and national services for your health, such as dementia support at home, anxiety and stress, help to quit smoking, losing weight, how to improve wellbeing in the workplace and much more.Visit HappyAndWell.Me