Innovative Rotherham project shortlisted for national award

Published Thursday, 13th July 2017
Active for Health
The Active for Health Team.

An innovative project which uses exercise to help Rotherham people manage long-term health conditions has been short-listed for a prestigious national award.

Led by Rotherham Council, the Active for Health research project has helped over 800 people on the path to a more active lifestyle during the first 18 months of the scheme.

It has now been named as a finalist in the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Best Health and Wellbeing initiative category, winning through to the final nine in the category, with over 300 entries to the awards in total. 

The project provides patients with a range of conditions – including cardiac problems, heart failure, stroke, cancer, COPD, lower back pain and falls – with the opportunity to be more active.

It brings together health clinicians, physical activity providers and researchers to deliver tailor-made activities to help transform the lives of patients.

Cllr Roche, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are proud to have been recognised by APSE and know that all the users of the scheme will be equally proud.

“I had the pleasure to be at the celebration to mark the project’s first anniversary back in November and the stories people shared clearly show the impact that physical activity can make on people’s lives.

“We will find out if we are winners on 7 September and I’m sure Rotherham residents will be behind the project and wish them luck!”

Rebecca Atchinson, Project Lead, added: “Over 800 people have taken up the opportunity and seen the benefits that activity tailored to their condition can have on their lives.

“The recognition by APSE in shortlisting us as a finalist demonstrates how much we have achieved in a short time.”

The project is jointly funded by Sport England (National Lottery), Rotherham CCG and Public Health and it runs until December 2018.  

Paul O’Brien, APSE Chief Executive, added:  “Local government is currently facing many challenges, and the road ahead remains uncertain. These awards highlight that local councils are still determined to offer their communities excellent local services through developing exciting, innovative projects and new ways of working. These finalists are a credit to their councils and their communities and should be proud of their excellent achievements.”

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