Active Local is a new initiative from the Partnership and will focus on a target area within each of Hertfordshire’s ten local authorities. Through discussions with Stevenage Borough Council, the Bedwell area has been identified and we are currently working alongside community groups and organisations to better understand the area; focussing on the people and places within Bedwell to design and deliver opportunities that are accessible, affordable and appropriate for all members of the local community.

Our aim is to respond to local need to improve physical activity levels and get more people more active. We are currently undertaking extensive consultation, one element of which is a survey open to all those working and living in Bedwell, Stevenage. If you are a local resident, please feel free to complete the survey by clicking here.

Tackling Inequalities Fund Case Studies

Irish Network Stevenage
Irish Network Stevenage (INS) support older and vulnerable people in Stevenage, providing social opportunities for their members such as film clubs, bingo nights, craft clubs and lunch clubs. They also support members to engage with community, statutory and health agencies. INS received a TIF grant so that they could continue to run their popular line dancing sessions in smaller groups, targeting those older residents that were suffering most from the effects of the pandemic.

Elaine Connelly, Projects Manager, said: ‘The impact has been huge. Being able to re-engage with our members has had a big impact on our ability to support them and find out how they are coping with lockdown. We have identified many issues concerning isolation and the sporadic support that some members are receiving. There are very few organisations within Stevenage currently offering face to face support to older people during lockdown which has made our services even more important and we are so pleased that we have been able to step in to plug this gap.’ 

This was particularly important for one lady whose scheme had stopped all activities. She was struggling to cope with the isolation and loneliness of lockdown: ‘She cannot read or write, and this has previously made her reluctant to engage with new things. She now attends three of our activities that she previously wouldn’t have attended.’

For more information about Active Local Bedwell please contact:

Shelley Woods