Health Charities Get £1.3 Million To Tackle Inactivity

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    28th June 2018

Tags: funding, Sport England, Disability

There are 15 million people living in England with one of more common long-term health conditions. The majority of these people are statistically less likely to be physically active and studies showing they experience more barriers to being so.

This £1.3 million investment hopes to allow more people to be active, with Age UKAlzheimer’s SocietyBreast Cancer NowBritish Lung FoundationMS SocietyRethink Mental Illness and Stroke Association joining Diabetes UK in conducting projects to identify and challenge the barriers to activity that people face.

“Exercising when you have a long-term health condition can be hugely beneficial to your mental and physical wellbeing but it can also be daunting,” said Jennie Price, our chief executive.

“We have chosen to work with the leading health charities to help people get active, because the charities already have the confidence of the people living with long-term health conditions.

“Together we want to help people answer those questions they might have about which activities are suitable, or how much exercise they should do for example.

“We are committed to sharing what we learn about how to help people get active, and think this has real potential to help people lead happy, healthier lives.”

The Richmond Group of Charities consists of 14 of the country’s leading health and social care organisations and have the aim of improving care and support for the 15 million people living with long-term conditions in England.

The group’s chairman, Chris Askew, welcomed the new partnership as a positive step towards achieving their goal.

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Sport England to understand more about how best to support people with long term conditions to become and stay physically active.”

For more information about the eight individual projects, click here.