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Interesting new report on the charity sector:


  • PBE study finds women in sector contributed £19bn to economy in 2019
  • Women make up 68% of employees and 64% of hours worked
  • Yet only around 1 in 3 of biggest UK charities has a female CEO
  • Men outnumber women on charity boards by 2:1 ratio
  • Concerns also raised about male-dominated funders – just 7 women in latest Giving List, compared to 69 men
  • Report calls for sector leaders, charity boards and funders to drive change


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University of Bath, 2023

Talking to Children about Weight_2023.pdf

Healthy weight Digital Leaflet.pdf


The aim of this guide is to help parents and caregivers talk with their children about weight in a positive way. It gives tips and advice on what to say and do to help children be healthy and feel good about their bodies. This guidance is for parents and caregivers of children of all shapes and sizes.

"There are times when you may decide it is useful to talk with your child about their weight. 

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Jago et al; International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 20, 42 (2023) Pub: 27 April 2023

Short and medium-term effects of the COVID-19 lockdowns on child and parent accelerometer-measured physical activity and sedentary time: a natural experiment (springer.com)

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in marked impacts on children’s physical activity, with large reductions in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) reported during lockdowns. Previous evidence showed chi

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Womens Sport Trust May 2023


The Women’s Sport Trust has revealed that the first four months of 2023 brought record TV viewership for women’s sport in the UK.

20.6 million people, according to data from Futures Sport & Entertainment, watched 3 minutes or more of women’s sport coverage from 1st January to 30th April, in comparison to 18.9 million in 2022. This inclu

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Lodi, C. & Vidal, V, Black South West Network (BSWN)  April 2023

The Community-Led Momentum in Gloucestershire To Tackle Healthcare Inequalities Through The Strategic Rebuilding of The Black And Minoritised Voluntary Sector

11450289678?profile=RESIZE_710xThis project began in early 2021, when the Gloucestershire Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Alliance identified a gap in the VCS representation for Black and Minoritised people in the county. The Black South West Network (BSWN) was therefore commissioned by the NHS Glouce

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Youth Sport Trust 2023

PE & School Sport: The Annual Report 2023

11449887298?profile=RESIZE_584xIn 2022, as part of the development of our new strategy, the Youth Sport Trust brought together in one place the latest research, evidence and insight on the importance and impact of Physical Education (PE), school sport and physical activity.

The ‘PE and School Sport Report’ highlighted the issues facing children and young people today and reinforced the need to raise public awareness of these issues to inform and stimulate actio

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Women In Sport March 2023

Sport, Stereotypes and Stolen Dreams - why girls still feel they don't belong in sport

11442588279?profile=RESIZE_400xGirls deserve a positive start point with sport and physical activity. We want them to develop a real passion for being active so that they can enjoy it throughout their lives.

Currently, girls are starting out surrounded by expectations that will limit their enjoyment of and participation in sport and physical activity. By the time they are teenagers many girls have already decided t

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Sported May 2023

Cost of living pressures putting grassroots sport at risk


Cost of living pressures, including elevated energy, facility and insurance costs, are putting the future of many grassroots sports clubs at risk – and threatening to freeze young people out of participation, research from home security company Ring and Sported has uncovered.

The Community Pulse survey from among Sported’s network of almost 3,000 community-based groups across the UK found that over nine in ten were “extr

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Yorkshire Sport Foundation July 2022

Make Space for Us - Women In Sport

This research is an important first step to understanding how teenage girls feel about being active outdoors in their local parks and green spaces. Girls use parks less and face many barriers to exercising. This comes from a lack of understanding of their needs in park design and the way society sees and treats them when they get there. These stifle enjoyment and limits their right to enjoy the wealth of health and wellbeing

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The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee   May 2023 

Rural Mental Health

The report on Rural Mental Health, published by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, aims to shed light on the challenges faced by rural communities in terms of mental health and provides recommendations for improvement.

 The available picture of rural mental health across England is complicated and incomplete due to gaps in health data, the suppression of demand by over-centralised s

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What do we mean by ‘active environments’? Put simply, it describes everyone being active everywhere - not just in the places we might immediately think of, such as sports halls, swimming pools and pitches, or parks and open spaces, village halls, community centres and schools, but also the spaces we move through between our homes and the places we visit, or where we study and work.

Support for the concept of active environments is gathering pace:

  • Sport England have prioritised it as one of the
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Sport England  August 2022



Sport England have utilised data from the Moving Communities platform to report a Social Value one-pager. They were able to report that between August 2021 - July 2022 the average social value per person across the sector was £114. The report also concluded that total health savings as a conseque

The Lancet  05/12/22



Physical inactivity is an important modifiable risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health conditions. We aimed to estimate the public health-care costs associated with these diseases because of physical inactivity, which will help policy makers to prioritise investment in policy actions to promote and enable more people to be more active.

National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and Ipsos September 2022 https://www.shu.ac.uk/advanced-wellbeing-research-centre/projects/moving-healthcare-professionals-programme-evaluation The Moving Healthcare Professionals Programme (MHPP) is a national programme led by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) – formerly Public Health England (PHE) – in partnership with Sport England. The MHPP aims to embed physical activity into clinical care for the prevention and mana
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Source: Mind November 2022


In 2021, we launched our new strategy. It identified three audiences we willprioritise moving forward:Supporting young people– with a focus on trauma. Fighting for the mental health of people in poverty. Becoming a truly antiracist organisation - supporting people from racialised communities. We commissioned research to find out more about the experiences, needs and pre

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Source: Chiles Webster Batson Commission  January 2022


The Chiles Webster Batson Commission has published its final report and recommendations on sport and low-income neighbourhoods, with a reception held at the House of Lords attended by MPs and celebrities supporting the launch. 

The Commission was set up to explore some of the significant inequalities experienced by children and young people living in l

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Source: Women in Sport  October 2022


Some key achievements include our research into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s lives, our ‘Big Sister’ pilot programme which is supporting teenage girls in four disadvantaged areas of England, and our trailblazing #TimeTogether campaign which unites multiple sporting and outdoor partners to inspire mothers and daughters to be active.

Source: BMJ Open 13/12/2016

Social prescribing less rhetoric and more reality.pdf

Social prescribing is a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within
the community to help improve their health and wellbeing. Social prescribing programmes are being widely
promoted and adopted in the UK National Health Service and so we conducted a systematic review to assess the evidence for their effectiveness.

Source: Healthy London Partnership     January 2017


This document complements the HLP self-care resource “Steps towards implementing self-care: A resource for the NHS” (available in early 2017) and provides additional information and resources to support local action on social prescribing. It is aimed primarily at NHS commissioners but is likely to be useful to others involved in local partnerships which are crucial to the

Source: BMJ Open 25/05/2017

BMJ - Link_Worker_social_prescribing.pdf

To describe the experiences of patients with long-term conditions who are referred to and engage with a Link Worker social prescribing programme and identify the  impact of the Link Worker programme on health and wellbeing.