Walsall Public Health are developing a children and young people healthy weight strategy.
Weight impacts on a child, their future physical and emotional health and also their life chances. In Walsall in 2018/19 25.9% of children in Reception (5 year olds) enter school either overweight or very overweight which increased by the time they left primary school at age 11 to 40.4%
Given the influence that family and carers and the community play on a young person’s lifestyle, it is essential that the family and other carers are considered as a part of any work to promote a healthy weight. Without support from the family and the community that a young person lives in, it is hard for a young person to change their behaviour.
As a part of the strategy, we need to tackle over eating and sedentary behaviour in the community, in children, young people and in families recognising that this is not a matter of individual choice but more down to the environment and culture of an area; whether support is available and people feel safe and good about themselves. We are looking to increase the times that families get together doing activity that makes them feel good about themselves, reducing screen time and increasing family and community wellbeing.
The approach used within the strategy will be a strength based approach where the residents are the answer to help change the culture of an area. We want to focus on residents in Walsall and enabling them to identify and share their strengths, work together on what they know will make a difference to lifestyle and co-create their own social movement.
Walsall Public Health team and partners are seeking organisations that can support the community to embed a culture of healthy weight including reducing sedentary behaviour and encouraging families and communities to work together in local areas to help families live well.
Opportunities for change highlighted by local consultees included:
- Improve the infrastructure to be more appropriate for active travel – a perceived current focus on cars.
- Improve safety so parents are happy for their children to be out on their own.
- Better promote available facilities/services – there was a sense that many people are unaware of what’s on offer.
- A more joined up approach amongst providers so that everyone knows about everything that is on offer.
The funding available is up to £5000 with small grant applications welcome.
This grant will not fund one-off events unless it can be sufficiently demonstrated that the event will have a longer-term or wider community benefit.
Eligibility – Who can apply?
Walsall based projects, or organisations currently working within Walsall to support families to live healthily. Groups who have previously received a family healthy weight funding are welcome to apply but needs to show how the original bid is being built upon and further developed
Project groups funded will include:
- Community groups
- Voluntary organisations
- Local charities
New groups can be formed for the purpose of this project. Such groups will need to be supported by an already established project.
Funding cannot be awarded to:
- Profit-making organisations
- Statutory organisations (e.g. the NHS or the police)
- Local government (e.g. district or borough councils)
- Projects who received community healthy weight funding in Round 1
What can this grant pay for?
- Community activities/initiatives
- Changes to community infrastructure (based on demonstrated community support)
- Work in, and changes to the local environment
- Training fees (e.g. for volunteers) – rationalisation required
- Volunteer out of pocket expenses
All bids must demonstrate the potential impact on the healthy weight culture of the community
The closing date for bids is as follows
Round 2; end of Friday 28th February 2020