In our vibrant and multi-cultural town, our Active Communities Team play an important role working with many different groups in a variety of community settings across Luton.
What we do?
The Communities Team work specifically with groups that face barriers to participation. Often their work is linked to projects that are measurable to ensure there are pathways and opportunities in place for all of Luton’s residents. The team have a wealth of experience in engaging Luton’s diverse population and are passionate about creating behaviour change to enable people to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Their work revolves around tackling inequalities by developing opportunities for groups including but not limited to:
- Disengaged youths
- NEET young people
- Older people
- Those with challenging behaviours
- Economically deprived populations
- Women and girls
- BAME populations
- Families with children under 5 years.
Why is this team different?
The team believe in building resilience to support achievement and community cohesion, and pride themselves on being advocates for the community due to their extensive knowledge and understanding of local matters. Their non-judgmental and positive attitude towards creating change makes their work invaluable in contributing towards Luton’s Strategic Vision for Sport and Physical Activity 2018-22. By having a team that is able to go out into the community, we're able to meet those in need of help and support in familiar surroundings and develop activity programmes specifically for them in there local communities.
One of the Communities’ Team key areas of work is linking educational pathways to empower local communities and to promote economic development within the town. They work closely with Active Training and Development who have an extensive range of training opportunities for the local population.
Community and Wellbeing Manager, Catrina Lewis, describes the team as operating like 'a leisure centre without walls’.
Working in Partnership
Our team works in partnership with many like-minded organisations and offers a wide range of hugely successful, highly accessible programmes for all ages and abilities. These include:
- ME TIME - an award-winning project aiming to raise participation among women and girls (aged 14+) in Luton in physical activity
- ME TIME Family - part of the Flying Start programme to improve the life chances of children growing up in Luton by providing opportunities for parents to get active with their children from pregnancy up to five years old
If you'd like to find out more - get in touch! You may be entitled to a free Go4Less card and voucher - offering you 12 sessions for £2 per each activity.
Call: 01582 400272