Funded by Sport England and led through GM Moving and Greater Sport, we are the lead delivery organisation for Stockport and work closely with the Stockport Council, Age UK Stockport and the Seashell Trust to manage the project which focuses on population scale change in physical activity behavior. We have a focus of our work in Brinnington and we are engaging residents and services to ensure a joined up approach to physical activity, health and wellbeing.
We have setup a forum called the “That Counts in Brinnington Forum” where residents, partners and the local community contribute to our planning and development to explore and increase opportunities in the area. This Forum puts residents at the heart of the decision making and we are grateful to be working with such incredible partners such as the Brinnington Big Local, Public Health and many more. We have fortnightly operations meetings, proposals to launch the local pilot community fund which residents will be able to access for projects which encourage physical activity. Below we have sections of how our work together is developing:
In December 2020, we launched the first of three maps to encourage residents to move around the community more easily. The maps will be integrated into the community to encourage various uses for activity and showcase Brinnington by sharing its local assets. Find out more here.
Walking plays a key role for a number of reasons including improving physical and emotional well-being, a community connector and exploring the local area. Alongside the creation of the Maps, we have a walking group led by local volunteers, setup to help build relationships with the community.
We are looking for more volunteers who can support walking in the local area, so please for more information contact Hannah Bowler.
As part of on-going conversations, we are coordinating a cycling programme to provide education, intervention and support throughout the community.
For the remainder of 2021 we have five cycling events taking place through Big Bike Revival funding. Each event is an opportunity for residents to drop-in and receive information, advice and tips towards cycling, whether or not that individual is a complete novice or an experienced cyclist. For more information, please check our poster here to see all the dates and the location.
In 2022, in partnership with the Brinnington Big Local and the Stockport Council we will be launching a That Counts Community Pot for the local community to access. Keep an eye on this space for more information!
Project lead, Ross McGuigan, has featured on a podcast with GM Moving & Sport England discussing physical activity campaigns and how we can encourage older people to be more active. Listen to the podcast here.
For more information regarding the Greater Manchester Local Pilot, please visit: