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Awards for All Funding

May 31, 2014 in Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Uncategorized

If you’ve received our newsletter, you’ll see that this article follows on from the newsletter but we’ve started it from the beginning again just incase you didn’t catch the newsletter this month. It’s all well worth a read if you run a group or organisation:

Feature Fund – Awards For All

 

FunMeFit has a new section in this month’s newsletter that focuses on a particular funding scheme that would be suitable for community groups in Sheffield to apply for. Usually to apply for funding a community group would need a constitution, a small committee, bank account with signatories and a project proposal.

In this month’s newsletter edition we are looking at the popular fund awards for all. This fund is available across Yorkshire to help voluntary and community groups to resource their projects and ideas.  The fund is operated by the Big lottery and you can apply for between £300 – £10,000.

Awards for all fund a wide variety of community based projects ranging from active citizenship, environmental projects, developing skills and health projects. Because we are focusing on walking this month, as part of national walking month, awards for all is an ideal fund to apply for to develop walking groups and projects around increasing physical activity and improving health.

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Whether you already have a walking project or group or you want to create a new walking group consider awards for all if you require funding. If you are already a walking group, consider a new activity you could apply for funding for – an example could be an environmental project in the park you walk in.

To apply for funding you don’t need to be a charity and the application form is not as complex as some other funds. If you are a new community group you may need to show a simple cash flow forecast – a way to show the funder how you intend to raise funds and what costs you expect to incur as a group.

You must have a group bank account, at least two signatories on account, a constitution and a committee. These requirements are to demonstrate that you operate in a fair and transparent manner and that the funds are spent as you have outlined in your application.

All these requirements are relatively straight forward to set up. You may want to set a meeting up with people that want to be involved. You can use this opportunity to decide who wants to be chairperson, secretary and treasurer. Most high street banks operate a bank account especially designed for community groups.

In future FunMeFit newsletters we will include some more information on the individual roles of a committee. However the most important thing is to get organised and to find out who wants to be involved in your group so you can work together and spread the work out.

The Charity Commission has a wealth of useful information regarding how community groups – often referred to as unincorporated associations and Charitable organisations are set up. Don’t be put off by the initial setting up of your group. The key to getting your community project off the ground is commitment, community support, volunteers to help you and being organised.

Don’t underestimate the benefits your project can bring to your community. Remember the funder is interested in your application and wants to invest and be part of your community project whether it be improving people’s health, training opportunities or improving the environment.

Ideas for funding could be new equipment, providing new sessions or training for community members or creating an ‘outdoor gym’ area. Look at the funding criteria to find out more. However the awards for all fund is quite diverse in what it will fund – so get your ideas hat on. As long as your project fits the funding outcomes as listed on the awards for all website you are good to go.

FunMeFit can help you develop your idea. In particular if you reside in Sheffield, have an idea for a community project and people to help you but don’t know where to start, why not contact FunMeFit info@funmefit.com. In the month of June you can get a free telephone / Skype consultation, or drop us an email to help you get started and apply for funding.

To provide this service you will need to become a FREE FunMeFit member if you are not already registered. Because we are passionate about helping Sheffield become more active through physical activity, sport and becoming an active citizen, all we ask if you use our service, is that you help spread the word about FunMeFit to your friends and family – in fact everyone you know.

For now good luck with your community idea and we hope we have provided you with some useful information. Remember awards for all is one of many different funders willing to invest in community projects. Each month we will aim to highlight a particular fund that is available in Sheffield to help you decide who to apply to should you need funding. For now – let’s all keep on walking.

 

An American Sports Day

May 25, 2014 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Events, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Sport, Uncategorized

Many of us at some point in life have tried British-founded sports such as cricket, football and rugby. They’re a popular sight in our local communities; a culture that defines whole groups of people.

Let’s take Sheffield for example. You’re either a blade (Sheffield United FC) or an owl (Sheffield Wednesday FC). The city as many cities are, is segregated (during a derby match mainly) by two colours – red and blue.

In recent years, there has been an invasion. An invasion of ‘American Sports’ into British culture. Instead of being a trend that many of us would’ve envisioned as an outcome, they seem to be sticking around. These sports that have jumped across the ‘big pond’ like Baseball, American Football, Lacrosse and Dodgeball that we’re rarely played over here have become fashionable, interesting and in some cases, fun.

Image Source: Leeds Academy of American Football

Image Source: Leeds Academy of American Football

Over the last couple of years, the FunMeFit network has seen a growth in ‘American Sports Clubs’ popping up around the UK. As children, we never tried any of these sports. Perhaps we found a form of dodgeball fun in our sports halls and physical education lessons but very few of us have had the chance to get involved properly or had the opportunity to join a club and a league.

As an alternative to any sports event or community sports day this year, and to ‘throw a stone between the roses,’ we’ve decided to ask a few of the local ‘American Sports Clubs’ to come together and plan with us a sports day with a difference. The day also ties in with our annual Green Gym Day founded by our lovely New York partner, Nancercize. A day to celebrate local parks and enjoy all the green space they have to offer.

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On Sunday 15th June 2014, officially Father’s Day in the UK, FunMeFit is helping to co-ordinate and promote the first American Sports Day in Stannington Park, Sheffield as a way of celebrating these sports, one of our local parks and getting more families outside in the fresh air, enjoying some active fun. What a better way to spend time with dads and granddads than some friendly inter-family competition? With help from FunMeFit member Leeds Academy of American Football, a Leeds-based club that is starting to branch out into Sheffield, who have developed a Flad American Football Academy for children and young people, the event promises to be lots of fun for all ages and abilities.

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No community games event would be complete without a charity to send any profits to. In keeping with the local community focus, the day will be in aid of local charity and nursery, Jack and Jill Pre-School Stannington where the raffle and donations will go towards purchasing new sports equipment for the children at this small village nursery.

With the introduction of American sports to the mostly rural community of Stannington, it will be interesting to see how the locals and those from the surrounding areas take to an alternative sports day and whether it can be the start of a more active lifestyle for some. Perhaps some children will develop an interest for these sports and subsequently the local schools will look to embrace them into their activities.

Image Source: Leeds Academy of American Football

Image Source: Leeds Academy of American Football

Either way, the day proves to be a trial and an introduction to these sports for the local community and if there’s no uptake or new members for the clubs following it then we’re sure that the majority of people there will at least have some fun! That’s what life’s about.

We look forward to seeing you there on Sunday 15th June between 10-1pm. The schedule for the day will be posted in due course.

You can join the group for Stannington American Sports Day or view it on our Facebook Page. If you’d like more information or want to get involved in the day, please e-mail us at: info@funmefit.com.

 

It’s National Walking Month

May 8, 2014 in Community Issues, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Other, Uncategorized

It is that time of year again when we are encouraged to walk more. But why walk? Well, let’s look at the advantages of travelling by foot – after all there are so many, and with May and National Walking Month being upon us, there’s no better time to get striding out.

Here at FunMeFit we love walking, it’s FUN, it can be done by ME (and you), and it keeps us FIT. In fact it spells our name, ‘FunMeFit’ so why wouldn’t we love walking?
The Department of Health recommends we should all walk more; in fact, they even have a goal for us to aim for – 10,000 steps a day. That’s a lot of steps! So how far is 10,000 steps anyway? Well it’s around 5 miles, dependent on your stride length of course, but the easy thing about walking is it is so natural and convenient to do.

You don’t require a gym membership, special equipment or clothes, just a little motivation, some basic comfortable footwear and a little commitment. You can choose to plug your ear phones in, enjoy the sounds of nature, walk alone, walk in a social group and enjoy the fresh air. Create the perfect walk that suits you and your lifestyle, that way it is much easier to stick to. What’s more, you can incorporate it into your everyday life. It’s kind of fun to create these little opportunities to walk more. Got a half hour lunch break at work, make use of the time and slot some walking in. In a shopping centre, hit the stairs instead of the escalator. Travel by bus, get off a stop earlier and walk the extra distance. You see a sprinkling of imagination and we can find the time to do a little extra walking.

We are probably all aware of the many benefits walking can bring us, but the real challenge is committing to actually walking more. So devise a plan, set a goal and aim to stick at it. Rally your family and friends around you for extra support, even better get them involved, you could even award points and prizes for the person who has walked the most during the week or month.

It’s not just about us but about our children too:

           “Children who can walk on their own should be physically active every day for at least 180 minutes (3 hours). This should be spread throughout the day, indoors or outside.

            The 180 minutes can include light activity such as 
            standing up, moving around, rolling and playing, as 
            well as more energetic activity like skipping, 
            hopping, running and jumping.

            Active play, such as using a climbing frame, riding 
            a bike, playing in water, chasing games and ball
            games, is the best way for this age group to be
            physically active.” Source: NHS

 

You may think it is a little childish having competitions and winning points, but let’s be honest it has to be fun, and I have to admit I still love a prize as an incentive even as a ‘mature’ adult. Besides, the long term physical and mental health benefits of walking are too good to be ignored, which is the very reason why the NHS wants to encourage us all to do more of it. And it’s not only the NHS, there are lots of organisations offering free advice on walking such as Living Streets and the Ramblers – Britain’s walking charity.

So, let’s throw away the excuses, take advantage of the supposedly better weather coming now summer is around the corner and let’s all get those steps in. Want some extra motivation or want to read more on the benefits of walking? Check our links page below for some handy online tools. And don’t forget between the 12th–16th May its National Walk to Work Week and between the 19th – 23rd May National Walk to School Week. FunMeFit are up for the challenge – are you?

NHS walking information
37,000 lives saved by walking
NHS 10,000 steps video
Walking for Health

Source: NHS - Walking for Health http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/getting-started-guides/Pages/getting-started-walking.aspx

Source: NHS – Walking for Health