The Active Humber Board would like to thank all our partners who have done so much and continue to do so through the Covid-19 pandemic. The response of partners to keeping people active has been amazing despite Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools being closed. We have been promoting via our social media lots of the great local examples of keeping people active as well as ensuring that national partners got to hear all about the response across the Humber.
The Active Humber staff team during the pandemic has been working from home and holding virtual meetings. As a team we want to thank our partners who have kept in touch with us and helped us deliver what we needed to during the pandemic.
The Active Humber staff remain working from home, but we can be contacted via all the usual email addresses and telephone numbers. As the situation eases, we will on our website publish our revised working arrangements.
We thought we would let you know about some of the things we have been doing during the pandemic against our 4 objectives of Influence, Support, Deliver and Organised.
We have run one participation survey linked to the national Active Lives survey to understand people’s activity levels during Covid-19. A second survey for clubs on coping with the effects that Covid-19 has had on their activity levels. This has been most useful to amend our services in response to the pandemic.
Early this year we ran two ‘Star Chamber’ reviews on our work with Children and Young People and Older People offer to help improve our offer in these two areas. This helped us develop a digital young people offer during the pandemic and helped our Active Ageing offer to tackle digital poverty via an old-style paper leaflet approach.
We have extensively promoted the various Sport England campaigns like #stayinworkout.
We worked closely with our partners to support them at this time in a way that made sense to them. We also worked with partners to help the Humber secure from the Sport England Community Emergency Fund above the national average funding. We are now distributing the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund to reach those communities suffering most from the pandemic. We have also run numerous webinars to support the club, coaching and volunteer workforce to best manage their clubs at this time.
With the School Games being cancelled we looked for a new option in cooperation with the School Games Organisers and launched a virtual competition across the Humber schools. The dance and pentathlon competitions have been very well received and further competitions are planned to the end of the summer school term.
It has been vital that as a charity we remained as operational as possible. We remained on budget and successfully delivered our quarter one objective. We remained compliant with the Code of Sports Governance and the various forms of UK Government advice re Covid-19. The team has worked hard to ensure that high levels of team satisfaction remained despite the changes in working arrangements and methods.
So, thanks for all you have done to keep people active across the Humber during the pandemic and looking forward to working with you as we all cope with the new ‘normal’.