£40m health injection for England
Today we announce £40 million of additional funding to top up our existing investment in Well-being. The new funding will be channelled into initiatives that increase physical activity, improve eating habits and tackle mental health across the country, targeting areas, groups and people experiencing the starkest health inequalities.
Projects we’ve funded over the years have done, and continue to do, amazing work to support people affected by obesity, unhealthy diet and inactive lifestyles and also those experiencing anxiety, depression, dementia or other mental health issues.
One prime example is Age UK’s Fit as a Fiddle programme. The programme is designed to encourage lifestyle changes and during its five years of BIG funding, 26 different projects have been delivered across England by over 400 community organisations, including 100 local Age UKs.
Over the six years Fit as a Fiddle has been in operation, the team has got close to 275,000 more older people taking part in physical activity. Norma got involved in Age UK Newham’s Fit as a Fiddle Nordic Walking project, after she became lonely after retirement and was prescribed medication for depression. A friend told her about the project and Norma hasn’t looked back. She has lost two stone, is no longer taking medication and has become a community activist in her area.
Fit as a Fiddle is designed by older people for older people, to ensure they have a say about what they want to get out of the programme. In the six years it has been running over 4,500 volunteers have played a vital part contributing hundreds of hours of their own time and improving their skills and confidence in the process.
Find out more
If you want to find out more, Fit as a Fiddle is running six Sharing the Learning webinars between the 19 March and 9 April. These bite size webinars will focus on six bespoke projects designed to improve the health and wellbeing of specific groups of older people.