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NHS Physical activity and mental health resources

A collection of print and digital materials that promote the benefits of physical activity on mental health. Materials listed on this page are: - Get Active - 1x1 social carousel frames - Top tips for easing anxiety - 1x1 social carousel frames - Did you know....? - 1x1 social statics - Dr. Ranj Singh's "Top tips for easing anxiety" - 9x16 digital infographic poster - Social assets featuring messaging 'small steps to lift your mood' and 'good for your body, good for your mind'- 1x1, 9x16 - Email signatures featuring messaging 'small steps to lift your mood' and 'good for your body, good for your mind' - Digital screens featuring messaging 'small steps to lift your mood' and 'good for your body, good for your mind' - 16x9 and much more Find out more

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Why Weight Hub

Cheshire and Merseyside's resource and information hub for voluntary sector organisations to promote healthier weight across the region. Find out more

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Liverpool City Region Cycle Parking Guidance

Cycle parking is a crucial component of building a world class cycle network. Highquality, secure and convenient cycle parking at home, work, and everywhere in between influences the decision on whether to cycle or not. This Cycle Parking Guidance explains the best way of providing and maintaining cycle parking across the Liverpool City Region. Find out more

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Get Active Toolkit

This toolkit will be useful for a broad range of people: from a person living with a neurological condition to a commissioner of health, wellbeing and leisure services as well as anyone delivering these services. We believe the toolkit could also be applied to a range of other long-term conditions. It explains how the Neuro Therapy Centre developed this project in Cheshire West and Chester with many partners. Find out more

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1,000 Young Voices

The Coronavirus Pandemic and now, the cost-of-living crisis, has impacted strongly on young people’s lives, the communities they live in and their ability to be active. That’s why StreetGames in partnership with Platypus Research have just undertaken a major research study to capture the views and opinions of 1,000 young people from lower-income households. Find out more

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Teach Active

The Active Cheshire and Teach Active project is an exciting initiative to help embed physically active learning into local schools – providing 25 schools with high-quality CPD and accompanying Teach Active resources to integrate Active Maths and English lessons within the curriculum. Find out more

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Barnies Rise and Shine Breakfast Club

Barnie Rise and Shine was a unique breakfast club experience supported by Active Cheshire and Sport England to target persistent absentees, children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who were not engaged in sport or physical activity. Find out more

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Football Psychosis

Early Intervention Team received funds from Active Cheshire through Sport England to run an activity timetable of football, climbing and cycling. These sessions we redesigned around participants who are diagnosed with psychosis. Find out more

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Recycle Bicycles

This project trained military veterans with disabilities and mental health problems to focus on a given project which would give them training, qualifications and a sense of wellbeing. Bicycles were supplied by Cheshire Police and serviced/repaired, then gifted to other veterans to increase their physical activity levels within the community Find out more

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Thrive Chronic Pain

Thrive Chronic Pain Support Group supports adults with Chronic pain of any description, some of whom have co-morbid conditions such as mental health, diabetes etc. Members vary in age and background; some are in work and others are reliant on benefits. The group was established to offer a wide range of support, including support through the benefits of physical activity. Find out more

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Bold Girls

Physical inactivity can be a root cause of poor physical and mental health. So can wider social factors. Find out how Bold Girls, a This Girls Can Sport England funded pilot, addressed some of the key barriers to women getting active through bouldering. Find out more

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Active Carers

Health Your Way provides support to the health and social care sector. We had identified that as a result of Covid-19, many paid carers that supported people with long term healthcare needs were moving less than before (which was already low due to demand shift patterns), mainly due to people shielding. This means that they had been going out less into the community with the person they supported and were in the person’s home more, where they were less active in their role than usual. Find out more

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Active Waterways

Active Waterways Cheshire is a Sport England funded programme to get you up and about and enjoy the beauty of canals and rivers on your doorstep. Find out more

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Champs Workforce Development

Population Health and Prevention Workforce Development Programme- To maximise public health skills across health, care and public health workforces for the promotion of health improvement and behaviour change in ways that address health inequalities for the Cheshire and Merseyside population Find out more

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All Together Fairer

All Together Fairer is Cheshire and Merseyside's collaborative approach to reducing health inequalities in the subregion, informed by the country's leading voice on health inequalities, Professor Sir Michael Marmot. Find out more

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Mersey Forest Natural Health Service

The Natural Health Service uses the natural environment to improve health and wellbeing across Merseyside and North Cheshire.  We see the natural environment – our parks, woodlands and other green spaces – as a vitally important health asset; places that can contribute to the prevention and treatment of physical and mental health conditions. Find out more

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Active Alliance Research Hub

Activity alliance lead the way in gathering insight on disabled people in sport and activity. This page contains relevant research, including al studies commissioned, published and released by Activity Alliance or in partnership. Find out more

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Breathing Point

This website contains lots of information and helpful resources to support people who have a lung condition, plus their family, friends and carers. Find out more

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Simple Things

Discover how and when to do those simple things that help prevent the spread of bugs and diseases. Find out more

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Hub of Hope

The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time. Find out more

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MECC Moments

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is a behaviour change approach that encourages people to make positive choices through individual, organisational and environmental interactions. The MECC Moments website is a resource for professionals to learn more about MECC and the services available to residents across Cheshire and Merseyside linked to health priorities and the social determinants of health. Find out more

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Lower My Drinking

The Lower my Drinking campaign is an opportunity for you to help anyone, who lives or works in Cheshire and Merseyside, to manage their drinking habits to a safer level. Find out more

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Stoptober

Tired trying to quit smoking and going back to it again and again? Well it happens with all of us no need to burnout:) We all have been there and to be genuinely speaking it is tough. But, today it’s a modern world and there are many great innovations that can help you quit smoking without being too tough on yourself… We are here with an initiative to take these cancer rolls out of your life for good Find out more

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Kind to your Mind

Being Kind to Your Mind has never been so important. In these challenging and unusual times, it’s understandable if you are experiencing a sense of stress or anxiety, maybe eating more, struggling to sleep, drinking excess alcohol or lacking motivation. Just remember to Be Kind to Your Mind and your body. Find out more

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Happy Hearts

The aim of Cheshire & Merseyside’s Happy Hearts website is to help you reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on keeping your heart happy. Find out more

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NHS Better Health

Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health is here with lots of free tools and support. You can also find simple ways to lift your mood with Every Mind Matters. Find out more

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Access to Exercise Evaluation

The Access to Exercise pathway aimed to develop access to exercise for people with neurological conditions. The primary aim of the evaluation is to understand what extent the AtoE project effectively support and sustains people with neurological condition into an active lifestyle. Find out more

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Engage the 51%

This Girl Can and ukactive have joined forces to work on behalf of the sector to better understand the barriers which girls face in taking part in physical activity in the setting, and to translate these findings into actionable advice that the sector can use to attract more women and girls to their facilities. Find out more

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Cheshire & Merseyside Resilience Hub

The Cheshire and Merseyside Resilience Hub is here to ensure all NHS, Social Care and Emergency Service staff within the region have access to the right support, information and confidential psychological interventions they need (n.b. the Cheshire and Merseyside Resilience Hub is closing in March 2024) Find out more

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NHS North West Games

The NHS North West Games is an annual series of events to encourage NHS employees to come together to take part in a series of fun and friendly inter-Trust sport competitions. Find out more

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Move it or Lose it

The FABS Training Programme combines all of the essential components for health and wellbeing as per CMO/NICE guidelines for older adults i.e Flexibility, Aerobic, Balance and Strength. We train instructors to deliver evidence-based exercise enabling them to teach and adapt seated and standing exercises to the over 60s. Find out more

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Chair Based Exercise Training

The skills for care recognition CIMSPA and Active IQ endorsed Chair-based exercise (CBE) instructor certification equips you with the skills and understanding to lead your own seated exercise class. Find out more

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Sir Muir Gray Masterclass: Live Longer Better in Hertfordshire

The first in a series of Live Longer Better in Hertfordshire Masterclass Webinars led by Sir Muir Gray Masterclass. The webinar delves deeper into the theory that underpins the national movement and discusses what we can all be doing to develop this work further in our Hertfordshire Find out more

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Live Longer Better

A revolution is underway to enable people to live longer better, reduce the need for health and social care and reverse the effects of lockdown through the Living Longer Better network Find out more

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ELFH Prosper Cancer Training for Leisure Operators

The Prehabilitation, Rehabilitation and Personalised Care (PRosPer) elearling programme aims to support healthcare colleagues who work with and care for people with cancer, as well as physical activity instructors and those in the leisure industry, in developing their skills in providing personalised care. Find out more

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UK Coaching

UK Coaching courses develop your skills to help you deliver excellent and inspiring coaching sessions to people from all works of life. Find out more

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StreetGames Training Academy

StreetGames training develops the workforce to active change by building skills and knowledge in the areas of sport, physical activity community safety mental and physical wellbeing. We work with organisations to build on talent and develop new areas or expertise. We deliver training to staff, students, apprentices, volunteers, youth workers and young leaders. Find out more

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This Mum Moves

This Mum Moves is an educational programme which aims to empower women to make informed physical activity choices throughout pregnancy and beyond by providing professionals with the tools to discuss physical activity during the childbearing years. Find out more

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Personalised Care

A range of free courses suitable for all health care professionals, regardless of profession or seniority. Find out more

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Making Every Contact Count

Make Every Contact Count (MECC) enables the delivery of consistent and concise health and wellbeing information and encourages individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and populations. Find out more

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All Our Health: Physical Activity

A bite-sized session to give health and care professionals an overview of physical activity- including key evidence, data and signposts to rusted resources to help prevent illness, protect health and promote wellbeing. Find out more

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Active Conversations

Active Conversations is a practical, evidence-based online learning resource developed by clinicians for clinicians. It teaches you how to have quick, effective and positive conversations that encourages patients to do more physical activity. Find out more

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Moving Healthcare Professionals

Moving Healthcare Professionals is a national programme, led by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and Sport England, to support Health Care Professionals to increase their knowledge and skills, and incorporate physical activity within routine care to support quality improvement and better patient outcomes. Find out more