New Physical Activity Plan for County

Northumberland Sport has launched a plan aimed at getting everyone more active for life.

The Northumberland Physical Activity Strategy provides a framework to tackle the challenge inactivity presents in Northumberland. The strategy has been developed with a range of organisations who have a vested interest in reducing inactivity levels in Northumberland, such a NHS Trusts, Northumberland County Council and Sport England.

The aim is to have an impact on the collective long term health, social, educational and economic outcomes associated with tackling high levels of inactivity.

Find out more and read the strategy at the More Active for Life website.

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Being Active Matters – Volunteers wanted

As mental health awareness grows, we all know that the benefits of sport and exercise are far greater than just physical. Exercise is also great for the mind and our mental health.

Volunteers are being sought in North and West Northumberland for an exciting project, funded by Sport England and Northumberland County Council. The role of the volunteer is to support and encourage people to become physically active to improve their mental wellbeing. Some people just need confidence and motivation to partake in an activity, and this project will create a ‘buddy scheme’ where volunteers will be matched to someone who needs support. It will also invite sports clubs and organisations to learn how they, as a club, can be supportive.

Whether it be a walk, trip to the gym, game of hockey or recreational game of badminton, we want as many opportunities as possible. Can you share your activity with someone else? Training will be provided and you can volunteer for as many hours as you can give, in an activity of your choice. This is a very rewarding volunteering opportunity and is flexible – you are in control of the activity you can support and the times that you are available.

For further information on volunteering in the North Northumberland area please contact Karen Renner (, telephone 07483326881) or Helen Brown for information on volunteering in the West Northumberland area (, telephone


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Active Young Carers Free Sports Event

The event is a free and fun afternoon of sports activities for young carers including basketball, dodgeball, cricket and lots more. Family and friends are welcome to come along. Refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, would like more information or need help with transport, please contact Caroline Friend: