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Local neighbourhoods awarded £150,000 to promote physical activity

Published on Thursday, 23rd November 2017

Local community groups and residents in Norwich are set to benefit from a £150,000 grant to help make a positive contribution to their neighbourhoods as part of a project called ‘Active Hours’.

The National Lottery money from Sport England sees Norwich become one of 32 projects across the country to successfully bid for funding which promotes physical activity to help tackle wider challenges faced by certain communities.

The project is set to begin in April 2018 and target areas in Norwich will be West Earlham, Lakenham, Mile Cross and Heartsease.

Councillor Chris Herries, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for safer, stronger neighbourhoods, said: “We want residents to feel a sense of pride in where they live and a desire to be a positive force in their neighbourhood.

“By working in partnership with other voluntary and community groups, we can make sure this grant benefits the maximum number of organisations and creates a truly lasting legacy in Norwich communities.”

About Active Hours

Active Hours will create a collaborative, networked partnership of organisations in neighbourhoods where the joint ambition is to improve the wellbeing and social capital of residents through activities which involve physical activity – although often in less traditional ways. The project will support these partners to create opportunities for residents to engage with delivery of local activities in a way which makes best use of their passion and skills and suits their lives.

People who join the project will earn ‘community currency’ for the time they give to their local community groups, allowing them access to other activities delivered across the city and in their own neighbourhoods such as leisure opportunities, training or family fun events. This can mean that one hour doing something to help make an activity happen for others can be exchanged for one hour taking part in another activity in your local area for yourself.

The project is a collaboration between the city council and Active Norfolk, supported by a myriad of other partners including Community Action Norfolk.

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