Active Families

Active Families Cycling Project

 

Active Families is a new project aimed at encouraging and supporting families to cycle more for health and wellbeing benefits. You can enjoy the beautiful outdoors, spend quality time together and feel happy and healthy for it.

Free Cycle Confidence Sessions

 

These are a great way to:

 

• Boost your cycle confidence and improve your skills
• Get tips for riding as a family and how to use a trailer

 

To read more about the Active Families project head over to the Active Devon blog – Happy Cycling With Active Families 

Get involved in the Active Devon Active Families Cycling project and feel the health and wellbeing benefits, whilst spending quality time with your family.

Tiverton

5th, 12th and 19th August

Location (where to meet)

Amory Park
Tiverton
EX16 6DH

Times
9:30 – 11:30am

Newton Abbot

8th, 15th and 22th August

Location (where to meet)

Pro-Cycle Centre
Wharf House,
Wharf Rd,
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2DA

Times
9:30 – 11:30am

Exeter

6th, 13th and 20th August

Location (where to meet)

Ride On Exeter
61 Haven Rd,
Exeter
EX2 8DP

Times
9:30 – 11:00am

Get involved in the Active Devon Active Families Cycling project and feel the health and wellbeing benefits, whilst spending quality time with your family.

Become a Ride Leader

 

Are you already a qualified Ride Leader, or, would you like to become one?

If so, we’d love to hear from you. As a Ride Leader you can:

• Be active and feel happier and healthier for it
• Get more connected with people in your community
• Encourage families to be active
• Enable families to enjoy rides together and quality time outdoors

We’re keen to get more Ride Leaders on board, so that we can offer more Active Families Cycle Rides across areas of Devon.

If you are interested in getting involved please email hello@activedevon.org or call us on 01392 925150

Get involved in the Active Devon Active Families Cycling project and feel the health and wellbeing benefits, whilst spending quality time with your family.

Family Cycle Ride Sessions Coming Soon

Our first family cycle rides will be launched in Crediton, Newton Abbot and Wonford, Exeter from September.

These are a great way for mums, dads and grandparents to:

• Be active with your children and feeling happier and healthier for it
• Ride with other families and enjoy being outdoors together

There is a small charge of £3 which includes hire of bike and trailer. The rides are open to children aged up to five years old and they must be accompanied by an adult and ride in the trailer provided.

We will be publishing dates, times, locations and booking details during August, so watch this space.

Fiona nets tennis award thanks to help from Enhance Social Enterprise Programme

Image from Fiona nets tennis award thanks to help from Enhance Social Enterprise Programme

A Devon social entrepreneur has attended the President’s Lunch at Wimbledon after winning a prestigious tennis award.

Former physiotherapist, Fiona Murphy, founded her social enterprise, Double Bounce Inclusive Tennis South West CIC, to combine her love of tennis and helping others. Double Bounce Inclusive Tennis South West CIC provides tennis based sessions for people with physical and learning disabilities. It caters for adults at the Plymouth Life centre, as well as holding sessions in special needs schools and young adult support centres.

Fiona’s work has been recognised after winning the Devon LTA Disability Tennis Programme Award and the British Tennis Awards Disability Programme Award for the South West region. Winning the award earned Fiona an invite to the President’s Lunch at
Wimbledon, and she was also given a Centre Court ticket where she got to see eight-time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer play.

Fiona said: “Double Bounce Inclusive Tennis South West is for people with a disability or severe impairment who would not normally find it possible to access tennis. Winning the award and being invited to the President’s Lunch at Wimbledon was a fantastic opportunity to chat to the deputy President of the LTA, David Rawlison, to tell him what we are doing in Devon regarding Disability and Inclusive Tennis.”

Jill Osleger, of the Tennis Foundation, praised Fiona for helping to ‘kick start activity in Devon’. She said: “Fiona has shown such dedication and passion for increasing provision for people with a disability to get involved in tennis. Her drive and passion has encouraged others around her to get more involved so that many people can now enjoy the great physical and mental wellbeing benefits playing tennis can bring. We are delighted to work with her and support her work, and are very proud of her achieving such amazing results!”

The Enhance Social Enterprise Programme provided Fiona with business support to help her develop and grow her business. The European Regional Development funded programme which is supported by both Devon and Somerset County Councils, offers social enterprises in Somerset and Devon 12 hours of free business support tailored to their needs. Fiona added: “The European Regional Development Fund has enabled me to progress and develop my business as a Community Interest Company.”

To find out more about how the Enhance Social Enterprise Programme helped Fiona develop and grow her social enterprise watch this video

Fiona has also started providing walking-tennis based sessions for people with dementia, working with the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance to help promote these sessions. Fiona has also worked in partnership with Improving Lives Plymouth, who have leant volunteer support and provided funding for her tennis-based sessions. If you are a social entrepreneur in Plymouth, Torbay, Devon or Somerset looking for business support to grow your social enterprise fine out more information here.

Further information about the Enhance Social Enterprise Programme:

The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme is receiving up to £1,053,610 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding. The accountable body for the Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme is Devon County Council, working with the following delivery partners: Devon Community Foundation, Cosmic, School for Social Entrepreneurs – Dartington, Somerset Community Foundation, Iridescent Ideas and Real Ideas Organisation.