The Big Fit Walk is now in it's 14th year. It's aim is simple. We want to inspire communities across Scotland to come together for a walk to celebrate the benefits of being active. It's about having fun and staying healthy, anyone can host or attend a Big Fit Walk during the month of June!
Why should you organise a Big Fit Walk?
Being active through walking has many positive benefits. It's good for physical health, mental wellbeing and helps create social links. Walking is an activity that most people can do and counts towards our recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week.
The Big Fit Walk is a fun and social way to show people the joy of a short walk. Whether you are looking to showcase an area in your community, get your workplace or school more active, or recruit new walkers to your Health Walk, the Big Fit Walk is a simple and easy way to put short local walks on the map in Scotland.
Let’s get planning!
We provide Health Walk groups, community groups, workplaces, schools and others with free resources to organise their own 30 minute local led walk during June. From posters and invites to get people along to your walk to a guide on running a successful walk, our pack has all the resources you will need to make your Big Fit Walk a success! To order your Big Fit Walk resource pack or download resources please visit: http://www.pathsforall.org.uk/bigfitwalk
**NEW FUND** Persimmon Homes – Healthy Communities
Persimmon Healthy Communities is a brand new sports programme to support sport for young people in England, Wales and Scotland. Every month from May 2017 to December 2017 all 30 Persimmon businesses will donate up to £750 each to clubs, schools, organisations, charities and individuals who deliver sport to young people aged 18 and under. The main objective is for people to use the £750 to purchase sports kits. If you don’t need kit they will consider other entries to purchase equipment or spend the money on your facilities. You can enter a prize draw to win £200,000 that could be used to update your clubhouse or buy new equipment for your training facilities or fund new coaches.
The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back, this time with £300,000 to support renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK.
Last time around they distributed the money to inspiring organisations, shortlisted from hundreds of entries, that brought the benefits of energy initiatives to their communities.
In the end almost 80,000 votes were cast and the top 25 groups received the funding, including the seven judges’ prize winners.
Could it be you this year?
Applications for funding have opened on Monday 22 May, but you can get ahead with yours using this application guide.
You will need to supply all the information about you and your organisation in the online application. Are you a not-for-profit project that wants to use renewable energy
to provide community benefits? Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, this is for you.
There’s plenty to cover, so have a read through guidelines to make the best possible application. https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/files/M&S_2017-Application_Guide_v3.pdf
Nominations for the Highland Third Sector 2017 Awards are OPEN.
The Categories include:
Volunteer of the Year;
Youth Volunteer of the Year;
Board Member of the Year;
Social Enterprise of the Year (sponsored by Firstport);
Highland Partnership of the Year;
Community Initiative of the Year;
closing date for nominations is 23rd June.
To find out more go to http://www.highlandtsi.org.uk/