Communities Engage and Thrive
Communities Engage and Thrive is a Community Interest Company is situated in Sparkhill to support ethnic minorities of all ages to lead healthier lifestyles resulting in independent living, social interactions and help to reduce isolation. To aim to help individuals discover their creative side to build confidence, happiness and decrease stress levels within their daily life and workplace.
What was their programme?
- 10-week programme
- 80 sessions of 'walk and talk' in outdoor spaces (Aston, Handsworth and Perry Hall Park).
- Provide mindfulness activities to those with mobility issues.
How did the organisation use the funding?
- Staff training
- Partook in training where there was a skill gap.
What was the impact of the funding?
- Safe space to socialise / partake in physical activity.
- Providing talks on heart health, anxiety, depression, women's health, sleep management, stress management etc.
- Engagement from the younger ages as they would join their parents on the 'walk and talk'.
- The 'walk and talk' exceeded the 10-week programme.
What did the organisation learn?
- Discovered how important green space is for health and wellbeing.
- The accessibility of the programme allowed new people to join.
- They would like to stay in contact with Sport Birmingham as they have benefitted from this funding.
A, aged 40
- She had a history of mild anxiety and depression and the pandemic heightened this vastly.
- She was referred through a sister organisation 'Saathi House' and focused on mindfulness activities.
- Virtual calls increased anxiety so meeting at a local park was arranged.
- She then got involved with 'walk and talk' which made her feel like she had a purpose.
- She remains being a volunteer that is heavily involved even after the programme ended.
- She now attends regular online wellbeing sessions and can manage to her own health and fitness die to the programme.