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Physical Activity

Making Connections Walsall (Active) funding is now open. The closing date for applications is: Friday 18th of January 2019. 

Making Connections Walsall (MCW) is a friendly service for residents of Walsall addressing loneliness and social isolation. It offers people in Walsall an opportunity to explore their social needs and interests.  It also provides support to people to build their social networks, improve their emotional health and wellbeing and engage in community activities.

MCW provides the health community and social care professionals with a single route of referral into appropriate local community-based support networks. This utilises a “social prescribing” approach to help engage people (particularly vulnerable and marginalised groups).

MCW (Active) is also designed to address social isolation and improve social networks amongst adult residents (aged 16 and over) utilising physical activity and/ or weight management support as a vehicle to achieving this.

We are interested in your project

Walsall Council Public Health are interested in funding a range of innovative projects and activities to directly benefit Walsall’s population. We would like to receive proposals for projects and activities that provide solutions to loneliness and social isolation, physical inactivity and increased weight.

Eligibility – Who can apply?

Walsall based organisations such as;

  • Community groups
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Local charities

Walsall Council are particularly interested in programmes in community based settings such as:

  • Parks and green spaces (e.g. community gardens)
  • Voluntary and community sports clubs (e.g. activities for non-playing members)
  • Community centres (e.g. weight management programmes, dancing)

The minimum grant available is £500 and the maximum grant available is up to £5000

Please contact Lydia Bird (Tel: 01922 653703 or e-mail: in Walsall Council Public Health for a copy of the MCW (Active) specification and application form.

Adults should be aiming for 150 minutes of physical activity each week to help reduce your risk of;

  • Heart Disease – up to 35% reduced risk
  • Stroke – up to 35% reduced risk
  • Type 2 Diabetes – up to 40% reduced risk
  • Mental Health – up to 30% reduced risk of depression and dementia

Young People should be aiming for at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Physical activity does not have to be expensive and involve going to a gym or taking part in sport. Physical activity can be incorporated into everyday life, by just walking or cycling rather than taking the car, or doing something you enjoy, such as going for a swim or joining a walking group. Some ideas on getting more active and local services are available below.

How to access local services

  1. Fit Walking into your daily routine by parking further away from the office, taking the stairs rather than the lift, getting off the bus one stop early and walking at the weekends. By taking 10,000 steps a day you can burn up to 400 calories.

  2. Cycle to Work – Cycling to work is very easy way to get yourself more active

  3. Make use of Walsall’s Parks – Walsall has lots of green spaces which are an ideal place for a walk at lunch time or after work with colleagues

  4. Start a new sport or activity – The Sport Development webpage will give you details on a range of sports clubs available across Walsall for a number of different sports. Sport and Leisure have a number of structured physical activity sessions taking place locally. Sport and Leisure sessions include specialised sessions for people who suffer with medical conditions – call: 01922 658080 for more details

  5. Get yourself a Move It Card – If you are:-

  • Overweight

  • Medical Condition that my GP has advised would benefit from increased physical activity

  • Disability

  • Family income of less than £16,000

You can access most leisure centre based activities for £2 and have a gym membership from £10/ month.

Find out more

1. NHS better health page has some great ideas to get you up and moving more

2. More information on physical activity guidelines

3. Home exercises – Try out these home physical activity routines from NHS Choices Website:-

4. The ‘Couch to 5K’ App has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. Apple users should use the App store and Google Play users should visit the Google Play store.

5. Challenge yourself to increase the number of steps you are taking get yourself a ped-o-meter or download a free app on your smartphone, such as “BUPA Groundmiles”