In June 2017, YBY was awarded £5,000 from Leeds city council’s ‘Well Being’ fund to run a Healthy Living Park programme in Bramley Fall park, 4 miles west of the city centre. Work has just started on contacting local schools, other stakeholders and potential partners. From previous research we have carried out in West Leeds, we are aware of what the over 55’s would be interested in doing in a park setting (e.g. guided walks, tennis and organised sports). But, we also need to find out what other target groups such as young people, and those with physical and mental health issues would like to do. So, we need to find a partner or 2 to help raise awareness of healthy living and healthy lifestyles, to run alongside the active programme.
As of August 2017, our new Healthy Living Park began and so far it has been a great success! We kicked off with multi-sports in partnership with Health For All, where over 40 young people attended. We have also run dance sessions with DAZL and yoga! Lots more activities are coming up in the next few weeks, including a cycling session and guided walks. We hope this project could open many new doors at YBY as well as contributing to a healthier Leeds!