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Whitchurch, Wem, Broseley and Craven Arms have piloted 'Everybody Active Towns' to see how a 'social movement' approach can get everyone involved in helping their community to become more active.

The next stage of Everybody Active Towns is to open up the opportunity for the rest of Shropshire's communities to take action to reduce physical inactivity and help more people, get more active, more often.

This is a small grant for community projects that provide new opportunities for those who are less active to reduce physical inactivity levels and increase their physical activity levels.

Applications can be made for small 'Everybody Active' grants (£500-£5,000) for projects designed to engage those who are least active and at most risk. To complete an application please download the form here. You will find all details and guidance in the application pack.

The deadline for applications is 16th January 2017. 

Project must fit at least one of the following categories:

A. Older Adults

  • Active ageing: enabling independent living older adults to lead physically active lifestyles
  • Activities that are designed to improve the physical function of older adults and help those at risk of losing independence.
  • Activities aimed at those with or at risk of specific health conditions (such as diabetes, dementia, stroke) where physical activity is important for prevention and effective self-management.
  • Falls prevention
B. Pre-school Children

  • Projects that encourage and enable parents and carers to value physical activity, and build active lifestyles for pre-school age children
  • Projects that increase the capacity for pre-schools settings to engage 0-5yrs in physical activity

C. Active Places:

  • Active travel: activities to involve the least active and those most in need of support to engage in active travel (walking or cycling)
  • Access to green space & activities in nature

D. Skills and Knowledge

  • Training to deliver specialist exercise opportunities to meet the needs of specific groups (e.g. adults with dementia, stroke
  • Training to deliver therapeutic exercise to improve the clinical outcomes of people with specific health conditions.
  • Behaviour change: skills for those providing physical activity/exercise opportunities, to enable them to promote health lifestyles within their work
  • Training to improve the skill and knowledge of staff to enable them to build opportunities for physically active lifestyles into settings (e.g. care homes, pre-school settings, youth workers).

E. Active Community: Programmes designed to benefit a wide community of people in sustained, long-term programmes that engage those who are less active.

For ideas for projects: please click here.

Everybody Active Shropshire Grant Application is a competitive bidding process and not all projects can be successful. Applications will be assessed by Shropshire Council's Everybody Active Shropshire panel. Projects will be assessed against the Everybody Active Shropshire aims and objectives provide in the application form.

Please return your application to: 


Fact Zone

The benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks of getting hurt, so doing a little is far better than doing nothing.
Finding ways to reduce time you spend sitting can be your first step to being more active.
Walking is the perfect exercise: it'’s free, convenient and easy!
Physical inactivity is a major health risk and one of the main causes of ill health in the UK.
Adults need to be active for at least 150 minutes each week. Try to be active every day.
Almost 8 out of 10 adults believe they are active enough to benefit their health, but the truth is only 4 out of 10 men and 3 out of 10 women are active enough.
Physical activity can help prevent and manage a variety of health conditions and improve how you look and feel on a daily basis.
The more physical activity you do, the greater the benefit.
Sitting down for hours - at work, watching TV or playing on the computer increases your risk of poor health.
Getting started is easier than you think. Changing a few daily habits can soon add up to a more active lifestyle.
The potential benefits of physical activity to health are huge. If a medication existed that had a similar effect, it would be regarded as a ‘wonder drug’ or ‘miracle cure.’ Chief Medical Officer, 2009
Spending too much time sitting puts your health at risk.
You can expect to see short-term benefits within weeks of starting to be more active.
It'’s never too late to start. Whatever your age, being active will help you keep healthy.
You burn 50 more calories an hour when standing than when sitting.
Being active can help you sleep better, have more energy and feel more relaxed.
Move more, sit less. Sitting for long periods is not good for health so build in breaks when you stand or move.
The more active or fit you are the lower your risk of heart disease.
Did you know that you burn the same amount of calories if you walk a mile as you do to run a mile?