Help shape the new Somerset Physical Activity and Sport Strategy
Posted: Mon, 02 Aug 2021 17:32
We would like your help in developing a new Physical Activity and Sport Strategy for Somerset.
We can all play a role in making it easier and more appealing for people to be active. By doing this we can improve lives and enable people across Somerset to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that activity, exercise and sport brings.
The last 18 months has been a critical year for health and wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on individual's health. Many people are now working in more agile and flexible ways, a shift that is likely to be permanent with less commuting. Restrictions have significantly impacted the network of individuals and organisations across Somerset providing physical activity and sport opportunities.
Jane Knowles, Chief Executive Officer at SASP comments, "As we have grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of physical activity and sport has taken on new significance. Never has physical activity and sport been more important. We really want all views on how we can support and empower people in Somerset of all ages to get active in ways that work for them".
At the same time there is a need for us to respond to new emerging national and local contexts to ensure that together we keep creating the conditions for activity levels to grow and particularly to tackle the barriers that prevent people from living active lives. The new strategy will provide the opportunity to respond to these changes, particularly those occurring in health and social care, in local government, and the new 10-year vision for sport and physical activity set out recently by Sport England.
This is our opportunity to refresh, refocus, re-energise and adapt our collective approach in the context of the pandemic, the key national and local changes, inequalities and for the long-term future. It is also our moment to be able to confront the realities of where we have gaps, challenges, blockages and barriers to change.
As we embark on the development of the new strategy, we recognise the journey to prepare it is as important as the final strategy we create. It is a chance to co-design and do the work, together. Building understanding, trust and advocacy for the things that matter to us all.
To get this moving we want to initially understand more about what matters to you most about the new strategy and why, through asking you to participate in our online conversation platform. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas to help us create a strategy that enables everyone across Somerset to become more active.
Share Your Views – Join Our Big Conversation
You can access the online conversation platform by clicking on the below target audiences that represent you.
We are using padlet to capture all your responses, but also have 3 dedicated virtual sessions to capture your discussions and to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas and opinions with us.
Addressing Health Inequalities Workshop
Wednesday 8th September - 2021 9:30am-11.30am
Community Sport and Leisure Providers Workshop
Monday 13th September 2021 - 18:30pm-20:00pm
Children and Young People Workshop
Wednesday 15th September 2021 - 15:30pm-17:00pm
We hope you will join us on our journey, so together we can ensure the new strategy supports all of us and our priorities, in a way that is relevant our residents and communities across Somerset, in all their diversity.