Having lived in Colchester my entire life, I studied for a Masters degree in Public Health in London as a mature student, before returning to Essex to promote Health and Wellbeing in my local town. I previously worked in Health Improvement and Mental Health and saw this newly created role – the Local Delivery Pilot Coordinator - as a good way to encapsulate all my passions.
The Essex Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) is a novel opportunity to make a difference to the people of Essex, addressing high levels of inactivity in our most deprived communities. Currently 25.2% of Colchester residents are inactive (defined as less than 30 minutes of activity a week). Essex was chosen by Sport England as one of 12 areas in England to undertake this ground-breaking work because of the range of significant problems and opportunities which exist in the county.
Colchester will receive a share of the £10 million allocated to three towns in Essex to support communities with the greatest need. I really enjoy engaging with our target groups of families with dependent children, people with poor mental health, and older residents to seek out their views on why that may be the case and what would make a difference to their lives. Our aim is not only to decrease levels of physical inactivity, but to also improve wider social and economic outcomes in a way which benefits whole communities and connects people to their neighbourhood in a more systemic way. My hope is that the LDP can work with our local population to seek solutions which are meaningful to the people of Colchester and leaves behind a positive legacy.