ActivNess

Registered Charity Number SC048297

Total raised
£236.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid = £261.00
Fundraising
£110.00
+ £2.50 Gift Aid
Donations
£126.00
+ £22.50 Gift Aid

About ActivNess

ActivNess is a charity that helps people get more active around the Inverness area, with the purpose of improving their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Our Vision is a society where everybody has the opportunity to improve their mental and physical wellbeing through the participation of natural movement, exercise, and recreational activities. 

Our Mission is to break down barriers, connect with people that wouldn’t normally engage in activities, and act as a gateway for people who wish to embark on a healthier, happier, more active lifestyle.

Our Social Mission is to help people who experience chronic stress, anxiety disorders, or depression restore mental balance through the participation of natural movement, exercise, and recreational activities.

Our Services: we provide an inclusive service that offers information, advice, equipment, and 'stepping stone' coaching programmes.

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Stepping Stone Coaching Programmes

ActivNess is an Inverness based charity that helps people become more active with the purpose of improving mental health, and facilitating self management. Our aim is to break down barriers and connect with people that wouldn’t normally engage in recreational activities due to mental health challenges. We operate as a gateway service that supports people through the journey back to a more active life.
ActivNess Coaching Services are all about building confidence and skill in a friendly, supportive environment, they focus on developing the service user’s physical skills, and building their confidence in an activity environment so they can then go on to experience the wide range of recreational activities available around Inverness and the Highland Region. There are many health, social, and economic benefits to having a more active society.
Our 'stepping stone' activity services offer ‘Back to Basics’ sessions which aim to give service users a solid foundation in functional fitness for daily life, sport, and play. We take things back to the beginning, and start from there. We focus on mobilisation, balance, coordination, gross motor skills, strength, and flexibility. We also try a range of different recreational activities in a safe, fun, non competitive environment. This practice helps to improve technique, and develop skill using a variety of equipment.
Our 30 day 'stepping stone' coaching programme supports people through the journey from inactive to active lifestyle. We take the time to discover where their skills lie, which skills need to be developed, and what type of activity is enjoyed most. We then help the service user find activities locally that interest them, and give continued support through the entire process of starting the activity by way of a buddy system. Each programme includes a 30 day plan to follow, plus 12 hours of personal coaching and support to help facilitate behaviour change. Sponsored individuals are referred from local mental health organisations.
Coaching sessions last one hour and can be held indoor at an Inverness studio, at the clients home, or outdoor utilising the free local sports facilities or green spaces. They are offered on a one-to-one (or one-to-two, usually a friend or carer) basis, and conducted in a relaxed, friendly manner that creates an environment that allows for open dialogue.
If you would like to help sponsor someone through a programme please donate here, or contact [email protected] for more details.

Malcolm MacSween

  • Health

Active Inverness Project

The Active Inverness Project provides community members from Inverness and surrounding areas free access to sport and exercise equipment through a resource lending library.
The purpose is:To improve the health and wellbeing of community members.To encourage public participation in sport and exercise by removing the financial barrier associated with having to purchase equipment.To provide volunteering opportunities for community members to develop new skills and gain experience in a customer based environment.To provide a welcoming space for community members to visit in a bid to help decrease feelings of isolation.To have a positive impact on our environment by giving donators an innovative route to recycle
sports and exercise goods, and by encouraging the reuse of activity equipment within our community.The project is run entirely by volunteers from the local community, all of whom have a say in the organisation and development of the equipment library.
All funds raised will go towards the running costs of the free sport and exercise equipment library located on Canal Road, Inverness.
Drew Hendry MP:"I believe the social benefits of this initiative, particularly for people experiencing mental health difficulties and isolation, will be far reaching in our local community. Undoubtedly, inequality is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society. ActivNess has the potential to help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, reaching out to them through exercise and by providing access to health and wellbeing expertise. I was particularly enthused by Malcolm’s idea of having a sports equipment library here in the heart of the city. It will help reduce financial barriers to sporting activities for those who would, otherwise, struggle to take part. It also offers others the opportunity to recycle their unused equipment and become part of the fabric of a project that promotes community and inclusion. I would encourage people in the city to get behind this innovative initiative, be that through financial support, or by donating unused sporting equipment to the library, allowing others to benefit from its use."
Rhoda Grant MSP:What a good idea! Sports equipment can cost so much these days and so cutting the cost is a brilliant idea.
David Stewart MSP:As Scottish Ambassador for Diabetes, I applaud any initiative which helps people get active and cuts the cost.
Councillor Carolyn Caddick:“I believe that health is vital to the physical and mental well-being of us all and participating in sport enables us to improve our physical health and widen our social contacts.
I think ActivNess has the potential to support people of all ages in our community, to provide practical assistance through the Inverness Sports Equipment Library.
The provision of sporting equipment will enable those who may not consider participating in particular sports, to do so and provides others with the opportunity to recycle their unused equipment - a win-win for all. I would encourage everyone actively support this innovative initiative, by offering financial support and/or by donating unused sporting equipment to the library.”


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Charity Number: SC048297

Malcolm MacSween

  • Sports
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