Together we are tackling inequalities - the story so far
Posted: Thu, 07 Oct 2021 09:42
The Tackling Inequalities Fund was launched in April 2020 by Sport England in response to Covid-19, providing £20m of National Lottery funding from Sport England to support community groups across the country. The purpose of the fund is to help these local groups continue to exist and engage with people throughout the pandemic, and during the early recovery stages, with a view to keeping them active and connected. The fund has focused on the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, to try and prevent the inequalities gap from widening and to minimise the impact on activity levels.
• Culturally diverse communities
• Those on low incomes
• People with long term health conditions
• Disabled people
This is a story of how we all came together at a time when we all had to stay apart, to create real connections, with real people, to support them to be active when it was needed the most. Together, we are tackling inequalities.
2020 and the pandemic shook things up for everyone. Rethinking approaches and finding new ways to bring about positive change had to happen almost overnight. We all understand that at a time when so many people feel alone, making human connections is invaluable. And creating these connections with the communities and people who need it most – and fast! – really matters. Unique times like these call for a unique approach – working flexibly and collaboratively, and not being afraid to challenge the status quo.
This is the story of TIF and the journey we're all on together. It's a story of breaking down barriers, tackling inequalities and inactivity head on, and above all, rejoicing in the incredible resilience of our communities. Despite the challenges, we've had a real impact through working with people, right across the country. And the journey continues – we're still learning, still evolving and still encouraging others to join us. In a world of new normals, we're finding our way.
Watch the video here or read the full report below with more detail on what's happened around the country.
As part of Phase 3, SASP has been awarded £50,000 to distribute to community groups and organisations across Somerset. Phase 3 will run from July 2021 with projects needing to be complete by March 2022. If you are interested in applying for Phase 3 funding, find out more information and please complete the form here.