Important Reminders

Sport England are working with 15 other leading health and social care charities, many of which are already doing their great work in Shropshire to deliver a major new campaign  to support the 15 million people who live with one or more long-term health conditions in England.

We Are Undefeatable Open in a new window aims to help those with conditions such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis and Parkinson’s to build physical activity into their lives.

The campaign is led by a collaboration of 15 leading health and social care charities and benefits from our expertise and insight, along with National Lottery funding.

One in four people in England live with a long-term health condition, and they’re twice as likely to be inactive despite evidence that being active can help manage many conditions and help reduce the impact and severity of some symptoms.

New research released today shows the majority of people with a long-term health condition want to be active and are aware of the health benefits.

The campaign hopes to inspire, reassure and support people to be active by showing the real-life experiences of people living with a variety of conditions – both visible and invisible – on their own journeys to being active. It also  recognises the unique barriers people living with long-term health conditions face.

Our chief executive, Tim Hollingsworth, said he hoped the campaign would inspire more people to get active in whatever way that works for them.

“We are very proud to support our charity partners in delivering this new campaign because we know with the right support, sport and physical activity has the ability to change the lives of people living with long-term health conditions for the better,” he added.

“This campaign forms part of a longer-term drive by Sport England to change cultural and social norms around long-term health conditions and physical activity.”

Juliet Bouverie, chief executive of the Stroke Association and lead campaign spokesperson, said the campaign was about enjoying being active on the good days and getting through the bad.

“People want to be more active because it improves their mood and wellbeing,” she said. “I’m hugely excited about helping more people living with a health condition feel that physical activity is possible, with lots of ideas about the ways that you can keep moving.”

The campaign will run across TV, radio and social media, encouraging people to visit Open in a new window and use #WeAreUndefeatable for inspiration and tips on how to get active in ways that suit them.

Campaign support packs are also being distributed to every GP surgery and community pharmacy in England as part of a wider programme to support healthcare professionals to promote physical activity to their patients.

The Hive has developed creative workshops to engage with children and young people aged 8 – 18 in rural locations in Shropshire, rates are negotiable to ensure accessibility. If you facilitate a group who may be interested, here’s a flavour of what is possible:

Tech to Tune: in these 90 – 120 minute workshops, young people mix up the world of technology with the world of music. We create our own sounds, design and build unique instruments and put them all together to create an entirely new musical experience! A combination of music, science and technology.

Spoken word/slam poetry: in these 90 – 120 minute workshops, an award-winning performance poet conjures magic with words, supporting young people to create their own unique compositions to rhythm and rhyme.

Song-writing & recording: half a day song-writing followed by half a day in a recording studio to record their own original creation, examples of created tracks can be heard on The Hive’s Soundcloud and are also provided in MP3 format to participants.

Contact: Sal Hampson for more information and or just a chat about what may be possible.

The Hive Learning Programme

Following on from our successful event on County Lines, Drugs & Exploitation, The Hive is pleased to release our Autumn Learning Programme.

Impactful conversations

Wednesday 16th October 9.30am – 12.30pm at The Hive                

£25. Booking essential

(limited number of free places available to small community projects)

Presenters, Seeds of Change offer fresh perspectives on how to engage young people in meaningful conversations.

  • Time and resource constraints, pressure on paperwork, processes and results driven cultures can lead to a loss or dilution of young-people’s voices.
  • Without genuine conversations young people may start to feel resentment, disempowerment and disconnection.

High impact conversations help to build authentic connections for growth, develop meaningful relationships with shared understanding and responsibility.

Emma and Trina provide tools and techniques rooted in an empowerment philosophy, to maximise opportunities for young people to grow, overcome barriers and achieve potential.

Book here:

Young People’s Participation in Peace Building

Friday 15th November 2019, 6.30pm – 9.30pm at The Hive

£25. Booking essential

(free places for ages 21 and under)

  • Why are young people essential to making and sustaining peace?
  • How can we support and enable youth participation in peacebuilding activities?
  • What are the benefits of including young people in peacebuilding activities?

At a time when there are more young people alive than ever before and nearly half of the world’s population is under the age of 30, educating young people about ways to reduce violence, deal with conflict, and build peace is one of the largest, most global and important challenges facing humanity today.

Dr Phill Gittins is a specialist in peacebuilding and conflict transformation who started his career as a youth worker in Shropshire. Phill has helped to start and grow an international peace education, leadership development, and mentoring programme that equips young people to build peace in themselves, their communities, countries, and the world.

Book here:

Free home energy checks for older people

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is a local charity supporting older people and has once again been successful in securing additional funding to offer free and impartial home energy checks for the over 60s.

Keeping warm in the colder months is a huge issue for many homeowners who live in Shropshire. Many people live in poorly insulated houses which are not on the main gas grid and are therefore expensive to heat. Shockingly around 300 older people die every winter in Shropshire from cold-related causes.

The free advisory service is delivered in partnership with Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and Marches Energy Agency. The charity wants to stress it is not trying to sell anything, the one hour visit will offer impartial advice to make homes warmer and could save money on heating bills.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK STW, said: “With temperatures plummeting to minus 11 in some parts of Shropshire last winter we are urging older people to think ahead and prepare their homes for the coming winter months. This scheme is always very popular, I am delighted we have been able to secure the funding for a fourth year running to support older people keep their homes warm. Last year we visited over 100 older people who were desperate for help to reduce their energy bills but didn’t know where to turn, so please do pick up the phone and talk to us.’

If you would like a free Home Energy Check call Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin on 01743 233123.

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