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Get active with the Active Belfast Grants Scheme

28 Mar 2019
Community, voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations across Belfast are being encouraged to inspire people to get out and get active to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Belfast City Council, in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA), will launch the Active Belfast Grants Scheme on Monday 1 April 2019. Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 1 May 2019.

Active Belfast, part of the Belfast Strategic Partnership, aims to tackle health inequalities as well as improve the health and wellbeing of citizens by encouraging more people to get involved in physical activity and eat more healthily to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Marking eight years of this dedicated fund, organisations implementing innovative and sustainable projects that encourage people to be more physically active and eat more healthily could benefit from funding of up to £25,000 for citywide projects.

Siobhan Toland, Operational Director of City and Neighbourhood Services in Belfast City Council, said:

“The Belfast Agenda has set out a vision for a city which is inclusive and welcoming, where people can reach their full potential, experience good health and wellbeing in a vibrant, connected and environmentally friendly way.

“We are committed to supporting local organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of local people, helping them to make healthier choices and tackling health inequalities through a range of programmes.

“Active Belfast carries out great work to address the health inequalities that exist in this city. Walking and cycling are the easiest forms of activity to build into our daily lives and help get us all a little more active every day. The Active Belfast Grant scheme provides organisations with a great opportunity to get more people, more active, more often - and I encourage as many interested groups to get involved.”

Chair of the Active Belfast Partnership and Head of Health & Social Wellbeing Improvement for Belfast and the South East at the PHA, Séamus Mullen, explains:

“We want everyone in Belfast to experience good health and wellbeing by being more physically active and eating more healthily. We want to support organisations to design and deliver sustainable programmes, which help people make healthy choices, ultimately benefitting their health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to work in partnership on this grants scheme, which will help provide enhanced opportunities for all age groups and abilities to be more physically active and increase their knowledge of how to eat a healthier diet. Living a healthy lifestyle is great for both our body and mind by helping to control our weight, and protecting against heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes.

“The benefits of regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet are wider-ranging, so I encourage as many organisations as possible to step forward and apply.”

To apply or to find out more information on the Active Belfast Grants scheme 2019/2020 please visit www.makinglifebettertogether.com or email bsp@bhdu.org.
Active Belfast Grants Scheme launches at the Frnt of City Hall David Tumilty, Health & Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager and Grainne McMacken, Belfast Health Development Unit Officer get on the move to promote the Active Belfast Grants Scheme. Hannah Dearie, Health and Social Wellbeing Officer at the Public Health Agency enjoys a spot of gardening to encourage people to get out and get active. Grainne McMacken, Belfast Health Development Unit Officer uses pedal power on her bike to keep active.