|Young people rewarded with sports equipment for brand new project
Volunteers supporting a brand new project in Wigan have been rewarded for their efforts with £500 worth of sports equipment.
Four of the 20 young people who took part in multi skills activator courses provided by Inspiring healthy lifestyles and StreetGames, were presented with the equipment for their work on the Fit and Fed programme at Westfield Start Well Centre.
The sports equipment, funded by the Deal for Communities, was presented at St. Barnabas Church in Marsh Green by Wigan Council’s cabinet member for communities, Councillor Chris Ready, who said:
“It’s very important that we reward and support dedicated volunteers in our communities. The young volunteers in Marsh Green can now use their new skills and equipment to help reduce isolation and inactivity in local children and young people.”
The Fit and Fed programme is a response to demand from the existing StreetGames network and a growing body of research on the inequalities of holiday hunger and inactivity.
Six projects over twelve communities in Wigan Borough are working with the voluntary sector to deliver 460 hours of activities and provide 2880 meals, attracting over 250 children in areas such as Worsley Mesnes, Norley Hall, Marsh Green, Ince, Beech Hill, Platt Bridge, Hag Fold, Shakerley, and Lowton.
Chris Essex-Crosby, community engagement lead for Inspiring healthy lifestyles added:
“Our work to support the Fit and Fed project aims to maintain fitness levels of children and young people through the school holidays, when it’s estimated that up to 80% of fitness levels can be lost.
“Throughout the programme we will be able to further our knowledge of health and wellbeing within disadvantaged communities and help to build self-reliant communities through volunteering.”