TaAF want more people to be more active, improve mental wellbeing and help people live happier, healthier lives.


Sport England Return to Play Programme launched
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Sport England Return to Play Programme launched

On Tuesday 20th October Sport England announced the launch of its Return to Play programme of support for community sports clubs, organisations and other local providers where their primary focus is on physical activity. Nationally, Sport England have committed an additional £16.5 million to support this programme.

Subject to the specific needs of an individual organisation, the Return to Play funding opportunities may help support revenue or capital costs through grants to respond to the impact of Coronavirus and the changes or adaptions which are now required to offer sport or physical activities. In addition to the grant based opportunities and subject to the need, the organisation may access Return to Play Active Together initiative where Sport England have partnered with Crowdfunder.


Unlike the Community Emergency Fund, Sport England will be prioritising organisations who operate in areas which are ranked in the top 1-3 declies for Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). Based on this, there is a significant opportunity for sports clubs, organisations and providers from Blackburn with Darwen to seek support from the programme.

For information, it is worth noting that if a club is predominantly focused on football separate arrangements for support will be put in place through the local county FA structures with the support of the Football Foundation.

As this is an ‘open’ fund, demand for the support available is expected to be high.


If you are an individual, business, community group or an employer and want to do more, why not make a commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Blackburn and Darwen?  Complete our pledge and we will keep in touch with further information and how you can be involved.


    Health and Social care organisations join forces to Make Every Contact Count (MECC)

    Did you know? In Lancashire and South Cumbria alone 3,500 deaths a year are considered preventable and 40 per cent of premature deaths are thought to be lifestyle related.

    In response, local health and care organisations across the region have launched a new campaign ‘A small chat can lead to a big change’ to help encourage people to take action.

    Having a quick chat with someone about what is going on in their life can be all it takes to make a big difference to their health and wellbeing.

    MECC Online training will be available:

    Course one: 27th & 28th January 2021, 9am – 10.30am
    Course two: 23rd & 24th February 2021, 1pm – 2.30pm
    Course three: 25th & 26th March 2021, 11am – 12.30pm

    To book a place visit www.MECCWORKSHOP.eventbrite.com


    Physical activity means different things to different people.
    For some it is going to the gym or taking part in a sporting activity, for others it is walking, gardening or undertaking household tasks. Being physically active has many benefits including improving mental wellbeing. TaAF wants to help those people who aren’t active to go from nothing to something and something to more.

    Over the next few years, TaAF will work with people across Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale to understand the barriers to engaging in physical activity and how we can work together to overcome them.

    ActiveBwD represents what is happening locally in Blackburn with Darwen. This website will be used to highlight the work being done as part of the project as well as helping to create a movement of residents, services and partners with the common goal of creating a more ActiveBwD.

    Together an Active Future – Blackburn with Darwen Local Delivery Pilot

    Pennine Lancashire (Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle and Rossendale) is one of twelve areas selected as a Local Delivery Pilot by Sport England; exploring and better understanding the challenge of physical inactivity with the potential to access up to £10m of funding.

    This isn’t about more of the same, it’s about understanding what needs to be different to make a difference for those people who aren’t physically active and this pilot needs to create sustainable, long term change. This isn’t just focused on getting more bums on seats!

    It will be critical to form lasting partnerships and relationships to help create stronger, more connected communities where being active is easy and enjoyable.

    This pilot will be shaped by input, ideas and involvement from the people of Blackburn with Darwen and led by communities; this is bigger than any single organisation.