At the recent Notts Getting Active Together Awards 2020, Feel Good Families took home an accolade after being shortlisted as a finalist in the Project/Initiative/Innovation of the Year category.
Feel Good Families is a new initiative developed by Ashfield District Council along with other members of the Ashfield Health and Wellbeing Partnership, which is made up of Ashfield Voluntary Action, Everyone Active, Nottinghamshire County Council, Everyone Health, Active Notts, Sutton Academy and Mid Notts Integrated Care Partnership.
Feel Good Families aim to engage inactive people, encouraging families to play, smile and be active together as a family in their local community. It launched July 2019 targeting families with children age 5+, with the aim of providing free or low cost activities, in Ashfield.
Since launching last year, over 400 families have signed up to the scheme, with over 1,000 residents benefiting from the free activities which have been running over the past eight months. The free events have included five themed trails around the District’s parks, healthy cooking lessons, craft workshops, dance sessions, and free activities at the District’s leisure centres such as ice skating, swimming and roller skating.
There were several other finalists and one winner from Ashfield, including:
- Kevin Henshaw, Starbox Gym in Stanton Hill – winner for the Community Coach/Activator of the Year Award
- Alex Ross and Lisa Morris, Pretty Heavy Lifters in Kirkby in Ashfield - finalist for the This Girl Can Award
- Scott Johnson, Acre Young Peoples Centre in Kirkby – finalist for the Community Coach/Activator of the Year
- Sentley Wilson – finalist for Change4Life Award
The Notts Getting Active Together Awards are run by Active Notts, who is one of the 44 Active Partnerships covering England. The Notts Getting Active Together awards celebrate the efforts and achievements of individuals and groups who are using physical activity to help improve the lives of people across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Cllr Keir Barsby, Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure at Ashfield District Council, said “it is fantastic that the hard work and dedication of the officers at ADC, and their colleagues from the Ashfield Health and Wellbeing Partnership, have been recognised by Active Notts. Feel Good Families is a wonderful initiative that we are very proud of, the fact that over 400 families have signed up to the project just goes to show how valuable it is.”
“Feel Good Families provides the opportunity for our residents to engage in free activities that they might not have had the chance to try before, due to cost. As a Council we are committed to ensuring that all of our residents have the chance to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, and Feel Good Families is just one of the ways which we are achieving this aim.”