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LED in the community

Posted on August 23rd 2021 by

LED in the community

LED in the community 

In this blog I will be writing about LED’s involvement in the community and outlining the work we do with different organisations to support local people in our community becoming more healthy, active and happy.

If you would like some further information on anything outlined in this blog and how to take part, please email outreach@ledleisure.co.uk


What does LED do for the community?

LED Community Leisure works closely with the community to provide exciting options for exercising to improve health and well-being. We work closely with a wide variety of organisations including EDDC, Sport England, Active Devon, NHS, Age UK, cancer charities and local colleges and clubs.

“Being active through all stages of life is hugely important to your health and wellbeing. We believe that age shouldn’t be a barrier and we are passionate and committed to helping the community achieve this” – Lottie Edwards Community Engagement Manager

There are many different activities that LED is involved in. These can range from a blissful stroll in nature to skateboarding and exercise classes. We have a diverse range of activities for you to get involved in and they’re all very fun and rewarding.


Activities

We are currently delivering on a Sport England funded project called CAN (Connecting Actively to Nature) and this project is aimed at the over 55’s to become active within the natural environment. Current activities are:

Strollercise: Strollercise running in and around Ottery meeting point Land of Canaan – gentle mobility exercises with a stroll.  Meeting every Wednesday for 8 weeks initially and targeting inactive Over 55s

Swim to Sea in Exmouth: a wild swimming project where participants start in the swimming pool then move to swim with open water swimming instructors.

Routes: An exciting 8-week programme which combines exploring Harpford Woods with a wellbeing walk and then being creative with an artist run session in a small supportive group.

Creative sessions include printmaking, photography, creative writing, laser-cutting and painting. Each participant receives a sketchbook journal to use over the eight weeks.


Walking for health

A free volunteer led health walks across East Devon. These walks are short and over easy terrain and are open to everyone but are especially aimed at those who are least active. We also support Honiton Memory Café with their monthly ambles for people living with dementia and their carers.

This is a scheme that has been introduced in East Devon to encourage people of all ages including those with health and mobility problems, and those recovering from illness, to walk for their health.  These walks are led by qualified volunteer walk leaders, who have undergone the National Walking for Health training.


Walking sports

Walking Football across our sites are still running in all locations – they were in (Axminster, Exmouth, Honiton and Sidmouth) and Walking Netball taking place at Bicton College.

Using funding from Sport England’s Make Your Move fund, we have linked up with Exeter City in the Community to deliver Walking Football in East Devon. Aimed at both male and female players aged over 50, Walking Football can help everyone have an active lifestyle no matter what age or ability

Click here to find out how you can get involved! 


As part of our commitment to the communities we serve, we have established a thriving Community Sports and Health Development programme. Within this program we run projects in communities that do not have easy or any access to our facilities. These projects can greatly vary in what they offer, this could be walking or skateboarding, we even offer exercise classes such as Zumba! 

How does LED Community Leisure achieve this?

LED have Lottie, Jane and Andrew who work in LEDs community team.  Supported by enthusiastic, passionate instructors, coaches and volunteers to delivery sports and health development projects across the locality.  We also have a wide range of partners and groups who we support within the community.

In this blog I have outlined the important work LED does within the community and the different exciting activities you can get involved in!

If you would like some further information on anything outlined in this blog and how to take part, please email outreach@ledleisure.co.uk

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