Read about the challenge, our role and the active difference this project has made. Plus hear participant and partner views.
St Helens Council Public Health brought together a stakeholder group including MSP and local partners to look at designing a borough-wide campaign to promote increased physical activity levels. In addition to helping shape the overall campaign, MSP were asked to help promote the Active St Helens campaign in local workplaces; with 33.5% of the St Helens working-age population not meeting the minimum physical activity guidelines.
In February 2020 we worked with our partners in St Helens Council Public Health and Sports Development to deliver the inaugural Active St Helens Business Games. We booked St Helens Town Hall to host the event and worked with local providers and clubs including Sherdley Park Golf Club, Sutton Badminton Club and the Saints Community Foundation to host an evening of mini inclusive skills activities. We welcomed teams from St Helens based businesses including the Co-Op, Bachem, Rigby Civils, YMCA St Helens, Lucam Consultancy and St Helens Council, who all took part and benefitted from an opportunity to team build, network, try new activities and importantly let their hair down and have fun!
We also worked with various employers (including St Helens Council, St Helens CCG, Portico and Coral Products) across St Helens to train staff up as Workplace Physical Activity Champions, so that they could go back to their workplace and act as an extra layer of peer support to help spread positive messages about physical activity and encourage their colleagues to be more active and to move more whilst at work.