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Save the date: Active Sussex Network 2018

Save the date: Active Sussex Network 2018

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We have a new date for your diary! We are happy to announce the date of our Active Sussex Network 2018 event, which will take place on 22nd February 2018 in Brighton.

What's new?

January marks the beginning of our new strategy and funding cycle for the next three and half years. We'll be looking at new ways at working with local partners, providers and sports clubs to reach new audiences and get local people active across the county. The title of this year's event is Activating Sussex: place-based solutions for local people's health and wellbeing.

We really want to engage with local partners to develop initiatives to help the most disadvantaged groups into activity (over 55s, people with disabilities, 14-19 year olds, those in the 24 most deprived wards). In essence, our focus is now less on traditional sport and supporting active people and more on regular people across Sussex who are time-poor, lack facilities or feel self-conscious about exercise. We know that by encouraging all sorts of people to get active, we will be doing our bit to build a healthier society focussed on wellbeing and active ageing.

Meet the speakers

  • Sadie Mason is Chief Executive at  Active Sussex. Sadie will begin the event by giving us the  ‘Active Sussex Strategic Update’ and laying out our strategy for the next 3.5 years.
  • Next up is Karen Creavin, formerly Head of Birmingham Wellbeing Services and as of 24/01/2018 CEO of The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS). In her talk on ‘Provoking Activity with Inactive Communities’ she'll talk about how to motivate inactive people and the best ways to encourage these communities to see the health and wellbeing benefits of getting involved in sport and physical activity.
  • Kerry McDonald will talk about ‘Using Insight to Support Funding Bids’. Kerry is Managing Director at The Bid Writing Business and has worked for in the sport industry for more than 25 years. He is a leading UK sports bid writer and was also one of the StreetGames Co-founders.
  • Paul Jarvis-Beesley, Head of Sport and Health at Street Games will be ‘Making the business case for public health investment in youth community sport’. Paul spent 22 years as Chief Executive before joining the Department of Health as Physical Activity Policy Manager. Paul has been in his current role with Street Games since 2010. Anna Card, Health Improvement Specialist at East Sussex County Council will be joining Paul to deliver his workshop on commissioning for public health.

Get your copy of the programme here (PDF).

A word from our Chief Executive, Sadie Mason OBE

With central to local government funding ever diminishing, health concerns rising and an NHS under pressure, there is no greater imperative for organisations and communities in Sussex than to seek more local and tailored responses to our health and wellbeing challenges. Inactivity continues to be a significant contributor to long term illness/disease and a hence a major cost consumer of primary care and other support services. Our Active Sussex Network event will offer delegates a different perspective on how these challenges have been addressed in other localities, along with some insights and tips into potential ways of funding programmes aimed at tackling inactivity. With some exciting keynote speakers and workshops, it is an event not to be missed!

Why should you go?

We would love to see you there on 22nd February and to talk with you about how our new strategic direction fits in with your plans for the future. We would also love to start having conversations with you around engaging inactive people and bidding for funding pots. This event promises to be a great opportunity to better understand the new funding landscape and learn from peers in local government about what has worked elsewhere in the UK.

Don't just take our word for it though, here's what some of last year's delegates had to say about one of our past events:

Registration is now open for this event. Buy your ticket early to avoid disappointment.

More information

  • Read about last year's Active Sussex Network event here