Everybody Active aims to provide sport and physical activity sessions for all adults across South Sefton. Many residents in this area face challenging social, economic and health inequalities. The programme identifies specific activities, highlighted through research and consultation, which meet the needs of the outlined target groups; women, older people and the unemployed. Parallel activities for children are delivered alongside ‘Everybody Active’ to remove the barrier of childcare for parents and also grandparents, who are increasingly responsible for families’ childcare.
National Lottery funding has enabled the delivery of the activities provided at the project, including Netball, indoor bowls and Active buggies, as well as employing ‘Community Activators’ to run the programme.
Since September 2014 Everybody Active has received over 1000 visits. Participants have included whole families, young and old adults, many of whom had not taken part in physical activity for many years. The project has really helped those who might not have access to sporting and physical activities improve their mental and physical fitness through having fun with friends and family.