Active Dorset selected to take part in Design Council's Ideas to Action programme

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Active Dorset selected to take part in Design Council's Ideas to Action programme

Posted: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 11:35

Active Dorset selected to take part in Design Council's Ideas to Action programme

We have been selected to take part in the Design Council's Ideas to Action programme in partnership with Sport England, to help combat the deep-rooted inequalities in sport and physical activity.

Ideas To Action is a programme focused on finding new ways to overcome inequalities in physical activity based on what people want and need – to bring about positive and lasting change. This is vitally important. Inequalities in physical activity have existed for many years and have persisted or even worsened for certain groups during the pandemic.

Ideas To Action participants work closely with Design Council's design experts to develop their ideas, projects, products or services. This will leave them better equipped to address physical activity inequalities in their communities. The programme is delivered by Design Council and supported by Sport England with funding from the National Lottery.

Organisations from across England were invited to apply with the outline of the idea they wanted to develop and 15 projects were selected to participate in the programme.

Our project focuses on building Health and Nature Dorset (HAND) – a collaborative network, working together to increase the access to, use of and connection with the natural environment to support and enhance physical and mental wellbeing across Dorset.

Active Dorset is a founding member of the steering group looking to develop the collaboration, which aims to bring together the health and environment sectors to grow a strong network of organisations, communities, and individuals where gaps in provisions can be identified and sustainable solutions can be sought using the skills, knowledge and strengths of its members.

The initial focus will be better supporting people with one or more long-term health conditions, those who are vulnerable to social isolation and/or who are disabled.


  • To gain local insight of the challenges of increasing access to and connection with greenspaces for physical activity and wellbeing by working with communities and engaging our target audiences.
  • To engage and support communities/ organisations to deliver the co-production of nature-based opportunities.
  • To improve communication, between activity providers, service providers and signposting services and coordinate activity in the growing environment/health sectoral overlap.
  • To improve monitoring and evaluation through development of a common framework.
  • To influence local policy and strategies related to this agenda through a collective voice.

Tags: Design Council, Health and Nature Dorset, Ideas to Action, Sport England

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