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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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Active Friends

The programme offers small group training for six to eight people. The idea is that six friends access the programme and are ‘taught’ by a personal trainer how to train together as a group using any equipment and any venue. They then are encouraged to continue this after the six-week programme to provide support and motivation for one another

Girls Active

Insights showed that girls from Black and South Asian communities and/or from families living on low incomes have disproportionately lower levels of engagement and participation in physical activity.

The Legacy Project - Empowering Women in Wrestling

British Wrestling formed The Legacy Project in 2022 to provide grassroots support to communities to help get them involved in wrestling.

Swim for Confidence

As part of ‘This Girl Can Nottingham’ we understood there was a demand from the South Asian & Muslim community to learn to swim

Physical Activity Referral Scheme (PARS)

The Active Westminster Physical Activity Referral Scheme (PARs) is delivered by Everyone Health in partnership with Westminster City Council’s leisure contractors Everyone Active, and was previously known as the Exercise Referral Scheme.

Everyday Active in Kent

Everyday Active is a campaign created and developed by Active Kent & Medway, the Active Partnership for Kent and Medway, which is one of 43 Active Partnerships in England and hosted by Kent County Council.

Trafford Moving

Trafford Moving is the borough’s physical activity and sport strategy. The strategy aims to address the issue of physical inactivity in Trafford by maximising community assets such as parks and leisure centres, and is a key part of Trafford’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Trafford Together.

Families Active Sporting Together (FAST)

The FAST programme is funded by, and working in partnership with, Sport England. It was launched in 2018 and initially based in the targeted wards of Bicester and Kidlington with the aim to make it easier for families to access and enjoy physical activity and sport together.

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Healthy Stevenage Strategy

The Healthy Stevenage Strategy provides a comprehensive and ambitious approach to improving health and wellbeing in the town. It has been created through collaboration with Hertfordshire County Council, the local NHS and Hertfordshire and West Essex STP.

Northampton Leisure Trust

In 2010 Northampton Borough Council carried out a business review of leisure services to ascertain the best way forward for the town.