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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Gender-sensitive greenspace development: a co-designed approach with adolescent girls in Bradford, UK

Three greenspaces across inner city areas of Bradford were co-designed with local adolescent girls, to enhance the safety and appeal of these spaces. The girls valued their involvement and felt empowered by the process. This way of working influenced other community consultations and will be embedded in local design guides.

Supporting women and girls to be more active

Manchester City Council’s healthy weight strategy follows a life course approach to support Manchester residents to live healthier lifestyles and is comprised of four strands, one of which is physical activity.

Us Girls

Us Girls is an award-winning initiative designed to increase and sustain young women’s participation in sport and physical activity in low-income communities across the UK. Underpinned by the principles of Doorstep Sport, it is an evidence-based methodology that enables young women to take part in sport and physical activity in a way that suits them.

Pit to Pitch

Featherstone Rovers Foundation combined culture and heritage with increasing movement with a collaborative approach

Sunderland City Council: Sunderland Active through Football

This case study explores the impact of community engagement with women and girls as a platform to address barriers to sport and physical activity and offer practical approaches to engagement and participation.

Frickley Women’s Football

Following a consultation with local groups, football sessions were formed which have evolved into Frickley Ath FC Team which has seen great success.

“Women & Girls Find your…” campaign

Building on the success of the national “This Girl Can Campaign” from Sport England, Tower Hamlets developed a local digital campaign to inspire women and girls to participate in sports and physical activity, and to promote the range of activities available to them in the borough.

Supporting a single mother to find time to look after herself

A mother was referred to the Physical Activity Social Prescribing service in her area by her GP for back pain. She was six months pregnant, solo parenting her toddler and living on the top floor of her block of flats. Life was physically tough, and she also felt very isolated. A Physical Activity Link Worker contacted the mother, and helped to put in place solutions.

Women and Girls Programme at Palmer Park

For Muslim women exercising around men is often discouraged due to modesty and practicalities of clothing. Palmer Park Leisure Centre had an underutilised space which has been transformed into a programmable gym space, with designated female only hours

UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 legacy – Trafford Council

Trafford Council have used the legacy of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 as a huge opportunity for women and girls across Trafford to engage in a healthy lifestyle through football.