Take steps towards a healthier decade – and win a Fitbit!


Many people look at the New Year as an incentive to improve things. Getting active doesn’t need to involve hours at the gym or buying lots of expensive equipment, though.

Adults living in North Somerset can sign up to #Your30MinutesYourWay and pledge to spend just 30 minutes a day being active.

Every minute counts and you can do any activity you like so long as it raises your heart rate, whether it’s gardening, walking the dog, dancing or more.

Everyone who signs up online and makes the pledge will be in with the chance of winning:

  • a Fitbit
  • a free month’s gym membership at Hutton Moor, Scotch Horn, Backwell, Parish or Strode leisure centres, or
  • a t-shirt.

Start small and increase as you go on. Download an activity calendar to track your progress.

Recent statistics show that nearly one fifth of adults in North Somerset don’t meet national health guidelines for physical activity – being ‘moderately active’ for at least two and a half hours each week.

Benefits of being active include:

  • good mental health
  • better sleep
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • managing stress.

Make your pledge, sign up and be in with a chance of winning at #Your30MinutesYourWay. Encourage individuals you work with to pledge to get more active.

Also follow Go4Life North Somerset on Facebook for regular updates, news and ideas on how to be more active.

Partners Bulletin & This Girl Can funding

Read out latest Partners Bulletin here –Bulletin January 2020

This is shorter than usual due to having key dates coming up. It includes:

  • 26th Feb: Physical Activity Raising Awareness workshop
  • 4th Mar: Walk Leader training
  • Grants available: Sportarry and Youth funding
  • Your 30 Minutes, Your Way – Win a Fitbit
  • This Girl Can – Me again

To read previous Partners Bulletins, please click here.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can have opened their community fund, until 25th February. This fund aims to support women aged 16+ to get active by offering National Lottery grants to local projects that will contribute to overcoming the barriers some women face in getting active. They are looking to support a wide range of ideas – from those that just need a few hundred pounds, to larger projects nearer £10,000.  For more info, visit their web page.

Tri January

Tri January is for everyone, no matter age or experience. Conquer those winter blues and feel great in 2020 by completing the bingo challenge. Sign up to receive your challenge pack by visiting – https://www.gotri.org/tri-january .

Participate in your own DIY TRI and follow simple steps to build your own triathlon that you pledge to go and complete in your own time, when it suits you. You can walk or run, swim or row, and bike. More info is available here.

This is a great challenge for all abilities and there are some great prizes up for grabs. All you need to do to be in with the chance to win is sign up to Tri January to receive your free activity pack, scratch your scratch card and send us a message if you’re one of our lucky winners!

Please promote this to individuals who may be interested.

Sportarray – Grants available

North Somerset Council’s Sportarray programme is offering an opportunity for clubs, coaches and providers to access grants to start new inclusive opportunities or access training bursaries.

The grant scheme has been made possible due to funding secured by the council from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund.

Sportarray is a North Somerset Council initiative to increase the provision of inclusive activities for disabled people over the age of 14. So far the project has supported clubs to access training, networking opportunities, volunteer support, equipment, promotion and guidance.

The council is looking to develop the Sportarray initiative, specifically to broaden the range of activities aimed at increasing the number of adults with mental health issues and children aged five to 13 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) participating in sport and physical activities.

Grants can be accessed in two ways:

  • awards will be made to providers and sports clubs who can contribute to the delivery of new inclusive activities in North Somerset
  • training bursaries can be accessed. Individuals can use these bursaries to fully fund or contribute towards the cost of any sports related qualification which will increase inclusive provision across North Somerset. Example qualifications include recognised National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualifications, first aid, safeguarding and child protection courses and officiating courses.

To access an application form and for full details, click here.

For more information about the grant scheme contact the council’s Physical Activity Development Officer, Catherine Devonshire, Catherine.devonshire@n-somerset.gov.uk or 01275 882 732.

New Get Active Directory

CoverNorth Somerset Council’s new edition of the Get Active Directory is out now.

The flagship publication for community sport and exercise groups in North Somerset provides information on a whole range of physical activity sessions in the area – anything from yoga and dance, to badminton and bowls.

The Online Active Directory is a fantastic place to start if you’re thinking about getting more active and healthier this January; providing information on a wide range of physical activities on offer in North Somerset. All activity information is available online, and leaflets have been distributed to libraries, leisure centres, GP surgeries and selected pharmacies.  You can also download a copy and activity information now at www.go4lifens.wordpress.com/active-directory/

It is an ideal tool for GPs to use for referring patients who would benefit from more physical activity.  Many practices in North Somerset already use the directory, often for patients looking to lose weight or for those with diabetes who want to increase their physical activity levels. On the website there is also details available about Age UKs Staying Steady classes, as well as inclusive Sportarry opportunities.

For further information about physical activity in North Somerset  contact the Physical Activity team on 01275 882 730, email sport@n-somerset.gov.uk or visit www.go4lifens.wordpress.com/ 


Super 1s Cricket Launches in Weston Super Mare 🏏 🏏

Somerset Cricket Board, with Future Stars Support, are launching a weekly inclusive cricket club at the Priory School on Thursday evenings from 6-7pm.  Sessions are ideal for young people aged 12-25 with a disability.  Sessions are free to participants.

Super 1’s  not only provides an active activity that offers physical benefits, but also offers participants the opportunity to meet and make new friends! One-to-one support is not provided, but we welcome the support of parent or carers! 👍 🤗

To find out more  👇 👇 👇


WSM cricket

A Tea Dancing extravaganza at the Winter Gardens Pavilions

If you are inspired by the glitter and the glam of the stars on “Strictly” but aren’t quite up to dancing the TV Strictly way, then you might enjoy taking part in a fun and inspirational event to be held in Weston Super Mare on Thursday 3rd October, 2pm-5pm.

The annual fundraiser for Age UK Somerset is well worth attending. With music provided by Mark Helmore, glamourous dancers of all ages twirl their way around the dance floor to popular ballroom, Latin and sequence dance music.

The Tea Dancing event last year was well supported. Organised by Tansin Benn, who is a Trustee and Volunteer of Age UK Somerset, she and her dance partner, Chris Burtt, did a demonstration in the interval, to highlight some of the fantastic work being done by the charity in Somerset and North Somerset. It was a truly memorable afternoon. This year’s event promises to be even more exciting.

Whether you want to join in the dancing or just sit and watch in good company, you will be sure to have a good time. The tickets cost just £7.50 and can be purchased from the Age UK Somerset’s website or by calling 01823 345626. All money raised will benefit Age UK Somerset’s Ageing Well programme and support their activities in North Somerset.


tea dance

Active Directory – deadline approaching for entries

We are looking for sport and physical activity instructors to promote their activities for the seventh edition of our Active Directory – the flagship publication for sport and exercise groups in North Somerset.

Don’t forget to submit your activity entries by Friday 20th September. 

Active Directory activity form

The Go4Life Active Directory has been proven as a fantastic way to promote local physical activities. Entry in the directory is free on the basis that the instructors / clubs / groups included show support for Go4Life – a North Somerset scheme encouraging and supporting people to live healthier and more active lives. It’s a recognised brand associated with healthy and active living in North Somerset.

Once published this autumn, you will be able to pick up an Active Directory leaflet in most libraries, leisure centres and GP surgeries, and access activity information online.

The online Directory advertises activities for which participants do not need an advance membership. This rules out some more formal settings (e.g. golf in a members-only club, league football club). Thus, we cannot guarantee to publish every activity submitted.

In order to promote your activity in the new edition of our online Active Directory please complete the below form to provide us with information about any physical activity session that you deliver – anything from yoga to walking, badminton to boxing. Please return the form to sport@n-somerset.gov.uk .