A whistle stop tour of our initiatives

Wondering what Shift is all about and want to know more about the work we do? Here’s the low-down on our current and past initiatives. If you’d like any more information please feel free to get in touch.

Current initiatives

Jog Derbyshire (2012 – present)

Jog Derbyshire is a network of fun, social and friendly jogging groups spanning the length and breadth of Derbyshire. It’s been part of the Shift family since 2012 but started way back in 2009. The fully qualified leaders and co-leaders welcome anyone regardless of age, fitness or ability so it’s the perfect environment for beginners to be introduced to jogging – often resulting in them catching the running bug. From making friends to improving both physical and mental health the groups have supported hundreds of people across the county.

For more information about Jog Derbyshire visit www.jogderbyshire.co.uk

You can read some stories from Jog Derbyshire here

Chapel Parks Community Engagement (2021 – present)

We’re working with Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council to give the community a say in the future of their local parks. Questionnaires have been sent out to residents and a summer of family activities in the Memorial Park will give community builder Emma the opportunity to further engage with the community.

You can read the full press release about this work here

Lloyds Bank Foundation’s People and Communities initiative (2021 – present)

We’re really excited to be working with Lloyds Bank Foundation in Bolsover. We’ll be working with partners to see how they can work together to get to a better place for everyone  – with sustainable services available for those who need them.

You can read the full press release about this work here

Amber Valley Community Champions (2020 – present)

The Amber Valley Community Champion project aims to empower residents and workforces in the region with the information they need to lead the way in the community. Community Champions are provided with consistent, timely and accurate information around Covid 19 to establish effective communication networks which will function beyond the pandemic.

Family Mile (2019 – present)

Family Mile is all about creating local, sustainable and accessible routes for families to enjoy being active together in the great outdoors. We’re working with communities in Nottingham and across Derbyshire to map out routes in safe spaces like parks, woods and residential areas. Where the route goes and how it is used is in the hands of the community – from cycling and skating to skipping, hopping and scavenger hunts.

Read more about Family Mile here

Mindshift (2018 – present)

Mindshift is a programme of courses which will completely transform the way you work and think. If you’re ready to join the movement and think outside the box you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve searched high and low to bring you some of the best learning and development professionals. Not only do they have fantastic expertise but they’re also super nice, interesting people. The courses are designed to be engaging, practical and quite a lot of fun.   With a range of cutting-edge thinking, skills, tools and behaviours, they’ll enable you to fulfill your potential and be your best self at work and beyond.

You can find out more about Mindshift here.

Past initiatives

Active 4 Life (2015 – 2021)

Our top-notch team of community builders were at the heart of Active 4 Life. Working in Fairfield in the High Peak, New Bolsover in North East Derbyshire and Petersham in Erewash they established meaningful relationships within communities to build trust and create a magical spark which helped to transform the lives of the people who live and work there.

Active 4 Life was based on a new way of working. All about harnessing the skills and passions of local people to enable them to take ownership of activities for themselves. It was about doing things with people, not to them. It was an adventure watching this work unfold and changed the way we work going forwards.

You can read some of the stories from Active for Life via the links below.

Building capacity with Fairfield Foodies Group 
The journey of collaboration
A catalyst for change in Fairfield
Systems change in Petersham 

Fit 4 Life in the workplace (2018 – 2021)

Call Derbyshire

Taking place during the Covid pandemic meant our latest Fit 4 Life initiative looked a little different, but the results were still the same.

We worked with staff at Call Derbyshire, Derbyshire County Council’s customer contact centre providing the same one-to-one support, albeit remotely via phone and video call. The challenges posed by remote working meant this time we used Fitbits to track progress.

Derbyshire Constabulary (2020)

We worked with staff in the police control room at Derbyshire Constabulary in Ripley to offer the same Fit 4 Life service,

You can read Jasmine’s story here

Chesterfield Royal Hospital (2018 – 2020)

We joined forces with Derbyshire County Council’s workplaces team to support social care staff as well as people working at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. They had access to high quality one-to-one support to enable them to find local physical activity sessions which worked for them – breaking down barriers such as shift work in the process.

We were really chuffed to have Nottingham Trent University on board again to evaluate the work. Plus we had Activinsights involved so people could opt in to wear an activity tracker which provided in-depth data of their activity levels over time.

Generation Games (2015 – 2019)

It’s no secret loneliness is a big deal in the UK today, more so amongst older people. And if people are lonely they’re more likely to be spending more time in the house on their own and less time being active. Funded by Derbyshire County Council, Generation Games brought positivity and togetherness to the older people of Eckington and Shirland in North East Derbyshire. By taking the time to listen to what residents enjoy and want we created opportunities for them to be more physically active at the right level but also brought them together for fun and friendship. All with the aim of improving health and wellbeing and reducing social isolation. A number of groups set up through the initiative have gone on to be self-sustaining with the members taking control for themselves.

Fit 4 Life Nottinghamshire (2015 – 2018)

The original Fit 4 Life initiative was all about supporting people with pre or type 2 diabetes across Nottingham and South Nottinghamshire to become more active. Through tailored one-to-one sessions our super friendly gurus enabled people to identify and break down barriers as well as discussing activities they enjoyed to find local, affordable opportunities. On average over three months people lost 3kg, reduced their sitting time by one and a half hours a day and doubled the amount of moderate intensity activity they were doing.

It was also a research project, working in partnership with Clinical Commissioning Groups and Nottingham Trent University. It gave us an amazing insight into the part GP practices and other clinical networks can play in engaging with community based physical activity to improve the health of their patients.

Derbyshire Village Games (2010 – 2017)

Derbyshire Village Games led the way and built the foundations for much of the work we do now. Working within communities across Derbyshire our Village Games Officers engaged more than 6,000 people a year in regular sport and physical activity – liaising with them to find out what they wanted to do and helping to make it happen.

It was funded and guided by a partnership of eight district authorities, Derbyshire County Council and Sport England until 2017.

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