Working together to create a happier, healthier Withernsea

Active Withernsea

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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.

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Use our easy online form to let us know if you would like to:

  • Volunteer with Active Withernsea or a local organisation
  • Tell us your story
  • Come to a partnership meeting
  • Share your ideas

After you submit the form, a member of the team will be in touch within ten working days. We will only keep hold of your details for as long as necessary to complete your question. You can read how East Riding of Yorkshire Council uses your information in full online at

Does your idea need a little money to help get it started? We're supporting the community to apply for grants as well. Just ask!

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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

LDP's - The National Context

Not everyone finds it easy to live an active life. Yet, increased activity levels, such as taking part in sports or gardening, walking and moving more, have been shown to increase a person's satisfaction with life, improve wellbeing and mental health, reduce the risk of dying prematurely and delay the need for care in older people. And it's not just adults - children who are active in childhood are more likely to stay active adults for all of their lives.

Progress has been made, lots of people are more active, BUT there are some stubborn barriers which still remain. And unfairly, these barriers often impact more on some groups of people. Therefore if you are an older person, a person with disabilities, a woman, or a person on a lower income you might be unfairly impacted by lower activity levels.

To address this unfairness the Sport England Local Delivery Pilots (Withernsea's is called Active Withernsea) have been developed to really understand how physical activity can become a natural and easy life choice for everyone in a community.

We want the benefits of Active Withernsea to be felt far beyond the lifespan of the project and that is why we are working with the community to both deliver and foster real change.

Visit Sport England Website

Our Programme

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:

Walking and Cycling
It's important to get people out and exploring Withernsea. Here's a snapshot of some of the activities Active Withernsea is working on with the community to support walking and cycling:
  • Adapted bikes so everyone can enjoy the promenade
  • Walking and cycling routes
Open Spaces
Withernsea has some treasured open spaces. The Active Withernsea team are looking forward to supporting everyone to access these spaces including:
  • Launching family trails for Withernsea on the Love Exploring App
  • Better wheelchair access to the beach
  • Community bike hire
Activities for Young People
Active Withernsea are looking forward to helping the next generation achieve their aspiration and be part of the legacy for the town. That's why we have ensured there will ring-fenced funds for specialist training for young people and the team support young people to participate in the Skate Park committee.
Get Going Grants
As part of our programme there will be a Get Going Grant fund to provide support to set up new activities in the town that have physical activity at its heart. This can be practical help or grant based.

The scheme will open in Summer 2021.
Community SHAPER Opportunities
Active Withernsea are really excited to provide specialist support and opportunities for those who want to shape the future of Withernsea. Whether that's becoming a volunteer or maybe even joining up with like-minded people to develop a community project - Active Withernsea will help with specialist training and support. The team will also open a community space @170 Queen Street as a hub for information and ideas.
Community SHAPER Opportunities - ERYC
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.


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Health and Wellbeing

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