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February 2021


Hello, change makers!

Welcome to your February change maker update.

You can find the latest news, resources and support to help you and others enjoy a healthier and more active life in Gloucestershire.  

Champions of change 

We can move change makers are taking action (big and small) to bring about change and get Gloucestershire moving more every day. Take a look at what your fellow change makers have been up to here.  

  • What's going on in Gloucestershire? Share local activities and events to the we can move Facebook activities group. Fancy an extra challenge? Try and invite at least three friends to join the group!
  • Meet the change makers from Get Moving Whaddon helping their local community to keep moving during Covid-19. 
  • Have your say on the new design plans for the Gloucester to Cheltenham cycleway. Find out more

Active Ageing

Do you work with or help support older adults in Gloucestershire? Fall-proof is just one of many ways to get involved: 
  • 'Preventing the preventable' – the latest webinar from the Centre for Ageing Better looks at why working towards prevention across health and social care is essential to healthy ageing. Sign up
  • Learn more about safeguarding for older adults with practical top tips from Club Matters. Watch now
  • Hear how supporting older volunteers has helped organisations respond to the pandemic. Watch now.
  • Follow Fall-proof on Facebook for six simple strength and balance exercise videos to help older adults stay active at home.

Active Inclusion

Be a part of helping shape inclusive and accessible activity across Gloucestershire:
  • Join the LGBTQ+ Sport & Physical Activity Alliance for a series of workshops focusing on the latest insight and best practice for engaging LGBTQ+ people in sport and physical activity. Get in touch to book your free place. 
  • 'It's Your Move' is a new programme designed to help transform the conversation around persistent pain and physical activity. Read more.
  • What's next for Gloucestershire's Active Inclusion Network? Discover the people working together to create a more inclusive county. Read more
  • Gloucestershire Co-op is just one of many local clubs working to help their members stay active during Covid-19. Read more

Funding opportunities

Need funding for your project or know someone who might? Check out the latest funding alert for more information about the Gloucestershire Neighborhood fund and more. 

If you need any support with your funding applications or are aware of any local or national funding that we haven't mentioned, please get in touch.  

Sign up here to get the latest funding news straight to your inbox. 

Active Women and girls

International Women's Day takes place on 8 March 2021 and this year's theme is #ChooseToChallenge. Are you taking part? Let us know.
  • Join the group of women working across the health and care sector to challenge gender stereotypes in the workplace. Find out more
  • Take part in International Women's Day celebrations with Pulse Social, who will be talking about empowerment for union and equality in sports and wellness. Book your place.
  • Check out 'Create the Space: LGBT+ identity in women's football', the latest webinar from the National Football Museum. Sign up
  • Want to gain an understanding of different communication styles and their impact in the workplace? Join The Women Empowerment Series for this online workshop. Book your place

Additional resources to support you

Don’t forget to get in touch to share what you are finding useful. Here are a few more resources that you have shared with us:

  • GRCC – take a look at what local facilities are open in Gloucestershire with GRCC's Village Hall Finder. 
  • Sport England – find practical help and guidance for volunteers on recovering flood damaged pitches, courts and clubhouses.
  • We can move funding alert – receive the latest info on local and national funding opportunities. 

Active Youth

Young people and children's wellbeing has never been more important. Take a look at how you can support them:
  • Tom from Active Gloucestershire reflects on the latest Active Lives Survey and what it means for young people across the county. Read more
  • Take a look at free yoga resources designed to help support primary and secondary school teachers across Gloucestershire. Watch now
  • Discover eight simple activities from Stroud District Council to keep children entertained. 
  • Change maker Flo is helping young people to stay active at school and at home. Read Flo's story

Active Workplaces

Have you and your team been working from home because of Covid-19? You may be able to claim tax relief for additional household costs. Find out more
  • Join the Society of Occupational Medicine for 'Effectively managing change – from restructuring and redundancy to home working'. Book your place.  
  • Centre for Thriving Places has released a handy resource for employees working from home. Take a look
  • Check out Calm's take on why mental fitness is crucial to a healthy workplace strategy. Read more

Stay connected

Want to share local classes, activities and events taking place in Gloucestershire? Join the we can move activities group on Facebook. You can also follow we can move on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Change maker events and training

  • Develop a Covid-secure health and wellbeing strategy with this webinar from the Society of Occupational Health. Sign up
  • Learn how your words can help to transform someone’s life with this 'Effective behaviour change conversations' workshop. Book your place
  • Join Tim and Shell Perris from Imagine Schools as they discuss emotional wellbeing and resilience in children. Sign up
  • Thinking about setting up or changing your organisational structure to a Community Interest Company? Find out the dos and don'ts at this ask the expert session. Book now.
  • Join members of the Healthy Ageing Challenge Community as they share their findings in this online webinar: 'Removing barriers to participation in the context of Covid-19'. Find out more

Physical activity and mental health

  • Mental health first aid courses are available for local volunteers, charities and public sector organisations. Get in touch for more info. 
  • Discover practical tips and guidance from the Mental Health Foundation on managing your mental health during Covid-19. 
  • Isaac from Mind's Young Black Men Programme explores the long-held myths around black people accessing mental health support and services. Read more.
  • Check out Mind's response to the Mental Health Act Review. Read more

Gloucestershire and beyond

  • Take a look at Sport England's new ten year strategy, 'Uniting the Movement'. Read more or watch here
  • Gloucestershire Community Foundation are looking for volunteers to help make decisions about grant making funds. Find out more
  • Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and partners have developed a wellbeing space at Gloucester Services as part of 'Growing Communities'. Find out more
  • Want to help support the development of better conditions for cycleways and pedestrian routes across Gloucestershire? Take part in this local petition. 

Gloucestershire's physical activity clubs and groups

  • Have your say! Complete this survey to help the Sport and Recreation Alliance estimate the impact of Covid-19 on grassroots physical activity. 
  • Check out practical social media tips from Club Matters to help promote your group or club. Watch here
  • Athletes across the country are working to save sports facilities. Take a look at the latest news. 
  • Explore CIMSPA's new connectivity model to support the sport and physical activity workforce. Sign up

Be active your way

If you know someone who is looking for ideas or inspiration to be physically active, make sure to share the Get active page with them, full of ideas, local activities and support.

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