Sight Support HEY has been awarded £4,600 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund which aims to tackle inequalities in activity levels through working with its partners to reach those most in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

The funding award will allow the charity to develop outdoor activity sessions including tennis and outdoor exercise sessions for visually impaired people to help reduce the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their activity levels.

With a strong understanding of the needs and issues in their areas, Sport England has initially channeled £3.3m through the 43 Active Partnerships across England to support community groups in their areas.

“We liaised closely with Active Humber on our proposal, “says Sight Support HEY’s Fundraising Manager, Angela Gregory. “Their support meant the application itself was incredibly straight forward and we received a decision within days.”

“I am delighted and extremely grateful to Sport England and Active Humber for supporting us in this project,” says Roy Turnham, SocialEYES Coordinator at the charity.

“Whilst the current government guidelines have allowed for people to return to a level of group activity, this remains a challenging and stressful experience for many of those with sight-loss, particularly in the unpredictable environment of busy public places. This funding will enable our service users to enjoy the health and social benefits of outdoor small-group activity in a safe space, where they can feel confident enough to express themselves without fear of breaching social distancing guidelines.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:

“We are proud to be able to provide funding and support to Sight Support HEY in this difficult period. This funding will help support our valuable community infrastructure that is so important in keeping the nation active and will also provide important connections and reconnections for people whose lives have been affected by

COVID-19 and for whom remaining active is so important for their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We know from our research and data that there are existing inequalities between groups when it comes to activity levels and COVID-19 has re-enforced these.

“Thanks to the support of the National Lottery and its players, the Tackling Inequalities Fund will be both crucial and central to ensuring no-one is left behind when it comes to having the opportunity to be active during this period. This builds off the back of our £35m Community Emergency Fund that has already reached and supported over 7,500 community clubs and groups across England.”



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