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19 Aug

The Horsham and Shipley Community Project are holding their next 'Health Walk' on Wednesday 21st August and Last Summer BBQ and Pentaque is taking place on Friday 30th August. Everyone is Welcome!

14 Aug

The University of Sussex are hosting a Volleyball Referee One Day Grade 4 Course on Monday 23rd Sep 9:00-17:00 at the University Of Sussex Sports Centre, Sport Centre Road, Brighton, BN1 9RB. This course is for anyone who has an interest in Volleyball and is the first step on the officiating ladder with Volleyball England.  The sign up deadline is Friday 13th Sep at 3pm and you can sign up online here.

13 Aug

NHS England is inviting applications from voluntary organisations with proven examples of patient, service-user or carer involvement work that has improved healthcare services in their community. The good practice being shared must focus on how involving citizens and/or patients or carers has made improvements to health care services.

Over 90 community groups across the District have already expressed an interest in participating in the Horsham District Community Lottery.  Have you signed up yet? This new weekly online lottery will raise vital funds to support community groups such as yours whose work benefits residents of Horsham District - and will also give ticket buyers the chance to win up to £25,000!

The Board of Trustees at local, independent charity Age UK Horsham District have appointed Simon Dowe as their new Interim CEO.  Simon replaces outgoing CEO, Sonia Mangan, who had been with the charity for 3 years. Simon will be working with Age UK Horsham District for up to 12 months, and his main focus will be to review the charity’s strategy and direction to ensure that the services older people living in Horsham District need are in place and accessible.

Booking is now open for the Active Sussex Conference on 18 September 2019. Born Barikor, who is founder and CEO of Our Parks, - the visionary initiative that brings group exercise classes to all ability levels and ages, will be the keynote speaker. The conference will also feature Marie Burgess, Head Teacher at St. Leonard's Church of England Primary Academy, whose presentation will focus on engaging families in physical activity. Rosie Sadler, Physical Activity Coordinator at Albion in the Community will also be discussing physical activity through and after cancer. Book Online here

8 Aug

Sport England has teamed up with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) to launch the Active Practice Charter. The charter inspires and celebrates GP practices that are taking steps to increase activity in their patients and staff. One in four people saying they would be more active if it was recommended by a GP or nurse, and the charter includes a toolkit that will support GPs to raise the subject of activity with patients and achieve Active Practice status.

7 Aug

West Sussex County Council are searching for a Local Offer Officer to help  West Sussex County Council’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service champion  the West Sussex Local Offer to parents, young people and professionals. The Local Offer Officer focuses on the development and maintenance of the Local Offer website, providing clear and accessible information for children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities age 0-25 and their families about the services and support available to them.

5 Aug

Ali Oliver, chief executive of  Youth Sport Trust, said: “We would like to congratulate the new prime minister. His recent acknowledgment of the importance of giving everyone the opportunity to engage in sport could not be more timely. “The wellbeing of young people is in decline and only 18 per cent are active for the recommended 60 minutes every day. This will have profound consequences for this and future generations.

A new government plan to increase the amount of sport pupils do at school aims to improve pupils’ "physical literacy" and enjoyment of activity so that girls and groups who are less active develop a positive view of sport. The School Sport and Activity Action Plan includes a range of programmes, such as the introduction of regional pilots to trial approaches to getting young people active; a commitment to raising awareness among teachers that young people should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day; and the creation of teaching hubs to support primary schools in making the best use of the PE and sport premium.