Shaping North Ayrshire process
one answer to this question is MONEY not everyone can afford to join a gym or a fitness class so these kinds of activities that would be beneficial for depression, anxiety and self esteem are out of reach for most people, these basic activities should be available to all.
North Ayrshire has many affordable opportunities for residents to get involved in fitness, for example - Not for profit Karate classes in Woodlands Primary school and Redburn Center where members can take part three times per week for £2 and also be part of a friendly social environment. There are many clubs like this throughout North Ayrshire.
A walk on the pavement or to a nearby greenspace/ park is free.
We are lucky to live in an area with lots of green space, beaches, parks and walking/cycle routes. And it's all free to use. The Active Travel Hub has so much potential to help change levels of activity to improve physical and mental health.
I would say that time, transport and cost are three main challenges. I think for children the free clubs being run at their school are a great opportunity as there is normally no cost and children don't need to be taken to these clubs. However, they may still need picked up at 4 o'clock. The clubs start immediately as school finishes. So, this means that parents, carers and children don't lose time travelling to the club as the child is already there. It is also a safe and familiar environment. As for myself as an adult nearing 40 I fit in activity by cycling to work, walking to the shops and being active outside when I have the chance. With the exception of kit and equipment this is free and being outside boosts my mood.
Inability to access facilities due to location or cost. Centralising all facilities in what are regarded as strategic areas, mean that those living outside of these strategic areas have to spend time and money travelling to use these facilities. Many can't afford the additional cost, so cannot participate.
We are very reliant on the role local community clubs and groups play in providing local opportunities for people across North Ayrshire to participate in sport and physical activity. There are a range of grants and supports available for groups who wish to do this and anyone wishing to access support and funding should visit the Council's website to ask for assistance. We're also keen to hear ideas about what might work within the current financial envelope. Our Active Communities partnership will soon be seeking local views on sport and physical activity - watch this space!
Connected Communities have excluded me from community development issues allegedly by request of unknown members of my community. Apparently for challenging NAC. Seriously doubt if your partnership will be actively seeking my views, or those of anybody else who doesn't agree with what NAC want to do. Consultations are directed by NAC staff, not facilitated by them. Garnock Valley Active travel - public consultation held in March 2019, funding applications approved by Cabinet in JANUARY!
Experience has highlighted that when facilities are being planned, this is based more on a funding than the outcomes and benefits to the community. The new Ardrossan Academy proposals for example. If the pool moves from Harvies, much of the cost will be met by the Scottish Government. otherwise NAC will need to pay for the repairs from their own budget. What about the socio-economic impact of losing the facilities on Stevenston? Money may be saved from one area, but how much more will the health budget increase due to deterioration in physical and mental health levels in Stevenston?
Funding groups doesn't help individuals with financial hardships facing additional transport costs to participate. More willingness to assist in seeking external funding for communities to develop and run facilities in non-strategic towns would help reduce inequalities. NAC would not be responsible for maintenance and operation costs, and in some cases may be able to close ageing buildings.
Free fruit in some local supermarkets is to be applauded as a snack to eat whilst walking around.
I think the outdoor acctivities led by the Council's ranger service are great but they are focussed around Eglinton Park which is ok if you live nearby. School is a good place to start developing an active lifestyle in children. Also, outdoor gyms in parks and open spaces for adults and teenagers. Just saw a programme on TV where a school pupil (in England) applied for a grant to install an outdoor gym in her scholl ground for the whole community to use. It was funded by public money gained from the Police sale of assets owned by convicted criminals. Might be something to think about?
my grandchildren wanted a stay over last saturday,being as it was a nice day we eventually and with some reluctancev from them managed to agree to go down to what was the annick playing fields with a bat and ball and a football.when we arrived the grass was about 23 centimteres ( 9 inches) tall.it was impossible to kick a football and we lost the ball for the bat after about 10 minutes.
Result we were back in the house. With the grass not being cut and therefore no where for children to run about i think this exercise of asking for our views as to what we require is another headline grabbing gimmick.
I would think that most people want this council to go back to the basics ( and not the council spending the money on their pet projects)IE cutting grass, fixing paths,roads etc maybe then we will get the kids out.
I would have thought that after the ridiculous nearly 5% increase in council tax then we could have a least an area where the grass was cut