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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.



Source: Sport England 08/12/22

Our latest Active Lives Children and Young People Survey reveals strong growth, particularly for teenage girls, within the past year - showing that efforts to help children get active again are working.



Source: Human Kinetics Journal  13/12/22


Background: Our study investigated the effect of elite sport on physical activity (PA) practice in the general population. Methods: Structured Boolean searches were conducted across 5 electronic databases (PubMed, JSTOR, Web of Science, SPORTDiscus, and PsycInfo) from January 2000 to August 2021. Peer-reviewed studies in English were included if the

Source: Report of the Director of Public Health 20/01/23


Did you know that during the pandemic a million more adults across the UK become chronically lonely?

Gloucestershire’s Director of Public Health has just published a comprehensive report, reflecting on our learning from the pandemic and the importance of connecting for our mental and physical wellbeing.

No Person is an Island: Social Connectio

Source: Department for Education 07/02/23


This report collates and analyses published evidence about the wellbeing of children and young people over the academic year September 2021 to July 2022, including:

  • statistics on the personal wellbeing of children and young people in England and the UK
  • indicators on their:
    • mental an

Source: UK Active 23.06.22




ukactive has called on the Government and its partners to work with the fitness and leisure sector to get the nation’s workforce physically active, as new research from Deloitte shows i

Source: GOV.UK 25.06.22




Children across the country are to be supported to find and develop their passions through increased opportunities to study music, learn instruments and take up sports and activities thanks to a multi-million-pound investment into sports and music education.

The announcement made by the gove

Source: blackscantswim.com June 22



Ed Accura has been working on a new documentary interviewing the black community as to why issues exist around barriers to swimming.

Ed Accura is a London born songwriter, producer, rapper and host of ‘In The Deep Side’ podcast. He is also the screenwriter and producer of both film documentaries in the Blacks Can’t Swim franchise, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mysterex (MO-AM).

Blacks Can’t Swim: REWIND is a new film document

Source: Street Games June 22



A new collaborative programme between StreetGames and LifeLine will support young people across Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge for the next two years.

The joint programme follows the news that LifeLine has been awarded £500,000 from the Mayor of London’s New Deal for Young People fund to deliver their award-winning SW!TCH mentoring programme to schools across the area.

The New Deal