Active Communities was established as a result of the success of Jogging Buddies, which was set up in 2003 to promote walking and jogging in the Paisley area.
In 2010, Jogging Buddies changed its company name to Active Communities to better reflect the range of work undertaken in local communities. The company is based in Paisley and works in Renfrewshire and surrounding local authorities.
Active Communities aims is to create happy, healthy and active communities where people enjoy being healthy, physically active and active citizens in their communities.
It delivers physical activity, community sport and health and wellbeing classes and programmes. They want to encourage and support local people to get involved regardless of age or ability. Their youngest member is two months and their oldest is 91!
Active Communities believes that increasing emphasis should be placed on preventing ill health and not solely treating illness. It is committed to a community led approach where it engages, supports and enables local communities to take action to improve their health and well being.
The organisation delivers a wide range of programmes and services that provide opportunities for the whole community to become healthier and more active in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Active Communities provides a range of programmes aimed at:
* Increasing physical activity – weekly sessions take place at venues throughout Renfrewshire with over 500 people participating – offering a range of classes including: walking, jogging, buggy buddies, Girls On The Run, Active Families and physical activity for older adults.
* Improving social and emotional health & well being, promoting citizenship through offering personal development sessions, health issues in the community.
* Recruitment, training & supporting local people through education and training programmes for volunteers & staff, enabling local people to become ‘active community’ champions for their area.
* Improving community consultation through a range of fun and innovative events including family fun days, development days for volunteers/staff & team building events.