Arden Active CIC Launches 48-Week Program to Promote Physical Activity for Disabled and Isolated Older Adults

Solihull's Arden Active CIC project launches a 48-week activity program to help disabled and isolated older people become more physically active. The £21.95 million project, funded by the Fairer Futures Fund, aims to promote social interaction and physical activity among vulnerable populations.

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Arden Active CIC Launches 48-Week Program to Promote Physical Activity for Disabled and Isolated Older Adults

Arden Active CIC Launches 48-Week Program to Promote Physical Activity for Disabled and Isolated Older Adults

Solihull's Arden Active CIC project, funded by a £21.95 million grant from the Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System's Fairer Futures Fund (FFF), has launched a 48-week activity program aimed at helping disabled and isolated older people become more physically active. The project, run by social enterprise community group Arden Active CIC, caters to individuals aged over 60 with mental ill-health, disabilities, and/or those living in isolation.

Why this matters: This initiative addresses a critical need to promote physical activity and social interaction among vulnerable populations, which can have a significant impact on their overall health and well-being. By investing in such programs, communities can reduce health inequalities and improve the quality of life for their most vulnerable members.

The program offers a range of activities designed to promote social interaction and physical activity, including bowls, archery, tennis, table tennis, orienteering, and yoga. Alex Thompson, Director at Arden Active CIC, expressed enthusiasm for the project, stating, "It's well documented that sport can help mental and physical health, and we are delighted to have been awarded a FFF small grant to help residents in Solihull."

The Fairer Futures Fund has allocated a total of £21.95 million, with £18 million designated for Birmingham and £3.95 million for Solihull. Over 50 new and innovative projects are currently underway, all designed to improve health care in local communities, particularly for underrepresented and underserved groups facing health inequalities. David Melbourne, Chief Executive of NHS Birmingham and Solihull, commented, "We are delighted to be able to invest in such a broad range of projects, all designed to improve the way our patients and citizens receive care in their local communities."

Arden Active CIC works with a diverse range of groups, including schools, social care, disability groups, refugees, and asylum seekers. The organization's commitment to promoting physical activity and social interaction among these communities has been recognized through the FFF grant, which will enable them to expand their reach and impact in Solihull.

The Arden Active CIC project's 48-week program for disabled and isolated older adults in Solihull is a significant step towards addressing health inequalities and improving the well-being of vulnerable populations. Through the support of the Fairer Futures Fund and the dedication of organizations like Arden Active CIC, communities in Birmingham and Solihull can look forward to more accessible and inclusive health care initiatives that prioritize the needs of those who have been historically underserved.