Active Lancashire

Active Lancashire is the strategic lead for Sport and physical activity in Lancashire. Locally, we connect like-minded organisations and individuals to help bring about active lifestyles. Nationally we also represent one of many Sport England- led active Partnerships that drive a sports delivery system across the country. We believe that sport and physical activity have the power to influence behaviours and develop skills which can have a broader , positive impact on people’s lives.

Our partners all share the same vision and understanding of the importance of sport in changing lives for the better. We are committed to working together to increase the number of people participating in sport and physical activity across Lancashire, from all socio-economic groups. Our partners include local government, other charitable organisations, sport governing bodies, police, education, the health sector, volunteers and media partners.

One of our flagship projects is the Challenge through Sport Initiative (CSI), CSI is a bespoke behaviour change programme for people in recovery: mostly from substance and alcohol misuse, but due to recent adjustments, the project now works with people with mental health issues and families too.

The implementation model which is supported within a framework of specialist support agencies is led by support workers who are themselves in recovery. The support workers work alongside peer support volunteers to help navigate people (and their families) into local provision and enable the development of self-sustaining activity based groups. Our key focus is to get participants who are often in poor mental and physical health engaged in physical activity and sport to improve their long term health and economic profiles.

CSI fills an NHS Commissioner identified gap and has proven outcomes for clients; prior to the programme, services in Lancashire had been providing some physical activity for clients but this was only available in one or two “hot-spots” and did not happen on a regular basis. Over the last 36 months we have engaged with just under 3,000 new participants and over 80 peer support volunteers. Key impacts have been a marked reduction in readmission to specialist health services and increased levels of employment in the target group.

CSI provides much more than a way of getting active. For some participants, it is the first time they have engaged with anything in their community and for most it provides a new support network; something which motivates them to lead a healthier lifestyle; an opportunity to gain and build self-confidence and esteem to then be able to consider developing their skills.

All CSI activities are offered free to participants and run across the breadth of Lancashire.

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