A Covid recovery scheme which gave vital support to Stockport residents during the pandemic has reached the finals of a national award.
The Stockport Moving Together physical activity scheme was set up by Life Leisure, Stockport Council, the NHS and Stockport Homes to aid the town’s residents during the pandemic.
Delivered by Life Leisure, which manages 12 sports and leisure facilities in and around Stockport and runs a number of neighbourhood activity programmes, the scheme has been shortlisted for a special award introduced at the UKactive Awards to recognise those in the Leisure Industry that have developed and supported communities during COVID-19.
Michaela Pennington, CEO of Life Leisure, said:
We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for this award. Despite being closed to the public for much of the past 18 months, it was very clear to us that we had a role to play in helping the town’s residents build up their strength, keep active and be in the best health possible.
“Stockport Moving Together has been a great success and we are very proud to have been a part of it – receiving an award for our hard work will be wonderful recognition for all our staff who have made it happen.”
As part of Stockport Moving Together, Life Leisure delivered 100 physical activity packs to 11 care homes across Stockport, and worked with ICU Consultants and Respiratory Physiotherapists to deliver an additional 40 recovery packs for people who were shielding or recovering from the virus.
The programme was designed to help care home residents and individuals rebuild their strength and stamina as they gradually return to health. It also supported those who may have become deconditioned or experienced declining physical or mental health due to the negative consequences associated with shielding.
Cllr Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said:
“Through the power of physical activity, the Stockport Moving Together partnership has been successful in supporting the people of Stockport, who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. We are delighted that this work has been recognised by UKActive Awards as the programme forms an important part of our mission to build back better from COVID and our strategic vision for Active Communities.”
The scheme has been so successful, partners are now planning to continue the support in the recovery phase of the pandemic.
UKactive winners will be announced at an award ceremony in August. Life Leisure is hoping to add the ‘Developing and Supporting Communities during COVID-19’ gong to the National Health Club of the Year and Transformational Leadership awards earned in previous years.
Image: Alan Gillatt, one of the Stockport residents to have benefitted from the specialised activity packs.