New funding helps older adults in Havant get active

Monday, 13 November, 2017

Selected from more than 750 applications, Havant Borough Council is one of only 21 projects nationally to receive funding from Sport England to help older adults get active.

The National Lottery funding from Sport England awarded Havant £147,000 to encourage residents aged over 55 to take part in physical activity with their family and friends.

Sport England has put tackling inactivity at the heart of its strategy Towards An Active Nation, and launched the Active Ageing fund to tackle inactivity in the over 55s.

Consultation is about to begin for the two year programme aimed at over 55’s with a ‘Can you keep up with the Grandkids’ survey available online asking the types of activities inactive residents would be interested in taking part in.

Following the consultation, activities that could be made available may well incorporate more non traditional, outdoor opportunities both land and water based pastimes in locations that are already regularly visited.

Various motivational tools to change behaviour will be tested, with the aim of increasing the number of residents achieving at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week, together with the people they trust the most.

Havant Borough Council is working in partnership with Hampshire County Council Countryside Service, Hampshire Public Health, University of Portsmouth and local delivery partners to provide sociable and fun opportunities to take the first steps into physical activity.

Councillor Leah Turner, Cabinet lead for Communities and Housing said "Securing this new funding is really excellent news for people in Havant. With the results from the current consultation we aim to provide activities that interest our residents specifically whilst working with our partner organisations."

“If you are over 55 and live in the Borough of Havant please take part in a short questionnaire to help us provide the activities you would like to undertake by visiting"

Mike Diaper, Executive Director at Sport England said: “Being active is one of the most important things people can do to maintain health and wellbeing as they age. We’re delighted to be supporting Havant Borough Council with National Lottery funding to help get older adults lead happier and heathier lives. We’ll be sharing learnings so successful approaches can be scaled-up or replicated across the country.”