New grant funding chance for four active towns – including Pocklington and Market Weighton

The ‘Active Towns’ pilot project – launched in the East Riding last October – is now in full swing.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 12:45 pm
The Active Towns scheme is aimed at encouraging and supporting communities and residents to be more physically, mentally and socially active in Pocklington, Market Weighton, Goole and Howden.

The scheme is aimed at encouraging and supporting communities and residents to be more physically, mentally and socially active in Pocklington, Market Weighton, Goole and Howden – and the next phase of the initiative will be launched shortly.

Active Towns is working closely in the community with residents, local clubs, groups and organisations to expand community resources, and increase the number of wellbeing activities for local residents.

An opportunity for new and existing community groups to gain extra funding will be launched on Monday, April 5 with the rollout of the Community “Small Grant Scheme”.

The Active Towns team will be working with local organisations to distribute grants between £200 and £2,000 aimed at supporting groups to develop strong governance, restart following lockdown and helping to start up new activities that support physical, mental and social wellbeing.

It is hoped that April will see the introduction of Bike Libraries in each of the four Active Towns.

The project will provide the opportunity for residents to loan bikes free of charge on short to medium term loans.

The team will begin consulting with residents from 26 April to gauge their views, which will hopefully shape the future of the Bike Libraries and allow the team to gain some understanding of local need and demand in each of the towns.

The timing of the Bike Libraries launch will depend on the Covid-19 restrictions in force at the time.

In late Spring, it is hoped to develop local infrastructure Cycle Codebreaker trails within each town to increase locations to lock bikes up and provide residents with easy access to fun bicycle wall anchors, and encourage active travel for cycling, scooting and walking.

Plans also include:

○ Working with leisure and other groups to plan outdoor activities when it is safe to do so, including yoga, Pilates, and sports

○ Ongoing support to voluntary groups, residents and partners in the four Active Town areas.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of the council, said: “Active Towns is a very exciting project, and I am delighted that we have been able to make so much progress, despite the pandemic.

“This will make a real difference to the lives of residents in the four towns.”

A pilot scheme for dementia suffers is currently underway which includes an activity bag for residents living with dementia within the four towns, including an activity book, quizzes, scented items plus lots more.

Over 200 activity bags will be delivered soon.

Visit www.activeeastriding.co.uk/ active-towns for more information.