Brightstripe for CommunitiesOffering a wide choice of high-quality innovative projects in arts, sports and physical activity for all age groups and abilities. We’re passionate about delivering exactly what our communities need and we have a lot of fun along the way!

Active Now

12-week programme of activities tailored to individuals’ needs delivered within community settings, including more rural venues… Read more

Activities will include integrated motivational sessions within classes and are designed to act as exit route from specific health clinics (eg, falls prevention, cardiac rehab) and help to reduce obesity levels. Access to programme is either through patient-centred referral from health professionals or self-referral. Sessions running across the county in a variety of community based venues. To book your initial Active Now! appointment contact 01432 358 232.

Active Parishes

Brightstripe have been working closely with the communities in Ewyas Harold and Clehonger to increase the physical activity in their areas… Read more

People from the communities of all ages and abilities popped into an activity taster day at their local hall to have their say about what physical activity they’d like to see in their area. Following the taster days, multiple series of longer term activities are being programmed in each parish for the New Year, with the ambition that they become self-sustaining. Brightstripe will be working with a further two parishes in 2016 to grow their physical activity offer. Active Parishes is a project funded by Herefordshire Council Wellbeing Innovation Fund. For more information on Active Parishes contact Leoni Linton, 01432 358 232.

Back to Sport

Low-cost and low-commitment sociable sporting activities targeting non-sporty people or those looking to reactivate their sporty sides… Read more

Delivering roughly 12 weeks of sessions aiming to engage and retain 15 to 20 people and become self-sustaining. A further objective is to identify someone to take a leading role within the sessions so that when the paid coaching ends, the sessions can continue – funding for training is included within the package cost. We have a variety of sports that take place across the county and normally run for 12 weeks at a time. If you have a particular sport or a group of people who want to take part, then just let us know. Register your interest with Amy Chandler on 01432 358232 or 07508181174 or email Amy Chandler.

Community Learning

Accredited and non-accredited training for volunteers and those supporting people in need of increased levels of physical activity…Read more

Courses are delivered over an agreed number of sessions within the community, working with groups/organisations to understand and deliver the most appropriate training. Courses are based on increasing learners’ confidence, using workbooks and other appropriate resources, including technology. Certificates of achievement are awarded. If you are keen to learn more about supporting people to be active then contact Jan Perridge on 01432 358 232. We’ll be able to tell you what Community Learning courses are available and where and when these will be taking place.

Healthy Heart Trails

Design, development, advice and installation of trails to deliver locally-based, low-cost exercise in the fresh air… Read more

Delivery of sessions to engage and train people on how to use the trail. All projects are based on local identified needs to increase physical activity for health benefits and social cohesion. Projects are developed in partnership with local area groups to determine size, design and funding routes. Contact Jan Perridge to kick start the process 01432 358 232 or 07983495978.

Lets Walk Herefordshire

Walking for Health (part of national scheme) leads walks throughout Herefordshire (roughly 10 walks per week) all led by volunteer walk leaders, trained through Brightstripe…Read more

Free to participants, the short health walks are sustainable, low-impact social activity which also increase mental well-being. Walking is one of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise you can do. Almost anyone can do it and it’s very easy to get started. We also have a free pack of 12 mapped walks across the county that can be done independently. To become involved in joining one of our health walks or to train as a walk leader then contact Zoe and you can become one of the thousands of people involved in Walking for Health across the country. Contact us on 01432 358232 or email Zoe Hooper for more information on the timetable of walks and training dates.

Nordic Walking

A new and exciting way to increase your fitness in the outdoors. Regular sessions are held for six weeks at a time to introduce you to the skills… Read more

Brightstripe are running taster sessions, instruction and training for local community groups to enhance health and wellbeing for the participants. Brightstripe provides poles and training at an affordable cost in the community so get in contact with Zoe to find out dates, times, cost and places to meet. Email Zoe Hooper or contact the Brightstripe office on 01432 358232.

Sportivate

Four-year programme funded through National Lottery and Sport England, aiming to engage teenagers and young adults (aged 14 – 25) to receive six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice…Read more

Nationally, Sportivate is aiming for 300,000 young people to take part in the programme and inspire over 120,000 to continue to play sport regularly, as part of the legacy of the Olympic Games in London 2012. Funded locally by the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, who are aiming to retain 3,525 young people within sports over the four years. Sportivate aims to enhance health and wellbeing for young people involved – giving them more energy and tackling potential boredom. Wider societal and economic benefits include providing positive healthy outlets and reducing strain on NHS, while tackling potential antisocial behaviour and cost of crime or substance/alcohol abuse. Are you aged between 14 and 25 years and do you want to receive six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport? Contact Amy to find out about the range of sport on offer and see how you can get involved. Contact Amy Chandler on 07508181174 or 01432 358 232.

y.Art

y.Art Inspirational project, leading to increased skills and aspirations for young people and building capacity of both established and emerging artists in Herefordshire. Artists (Arts Award trained) lead creative sessions offering young people the opportunity to work in a variety of artforms, including film, animation, media, music and visual arts…Read more

The y.Art artistic team is supported in each venue by a youth worker who leads on behavioural issues and provides an ongoing relationship with them. We work closely with HVOSS (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service) who provide a link to the youth centres and groups across the county.The opportunity for young people to take an Arts Award qualification while involved in the project.On the job vocational training for trainee artists, led and supported by professional artists, overseen by Brightstripe practitioners, who provide personal development plans.Art College placement students have also been offered a chance to experience real-life creative projects – increasing their understanding and knowledge of the local arts’ sector.Working closely with voluntary organisations and local artistic providers means y.Art can be tailored for you. If this sounds exciting for your local group, then make contact with Deborah Allison on 07983495993 or 01432 358 232 to discuss further.