Active Communities

Our Active Communities team use the power of physical activity and sport to help those in need improve their health and wellbeing. Our Active Communities progamme deliver on the following strategic priorities:

  • We enable the inactive to be active and the active to stay active throughout life.
  • We support and develop wellbeing in individuals and communities through physical activity and sport.


  • 27% of Scottish young people do not meet the recommended amount of physical activity
  • 37% of Scottish adults do not meet the recommended amount of physical activity
  • 65% of Scottish adults are overweight
  • 1 in 5 households are affected by poverty and experience poorer health and life expectancy
  • 1 in 4 people live with a long term health condition
  • 1 in 4 will experience a mental health condition
  • 1 in 6 deaths are caused by inactivity. That is the same as smoking.

Active communities improve the health and wellbeing of local people by deliver targeted projects that:

  • Help people incorporate activity into their daily lives
  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Create opportunities for people to connect socially and reduce isolation
  • Empower people to lead healthier lifestyles
  • Remove barriers that prevent people being active
  • Use physical activity and sports as a tool to tackle inequalities

  • Additional Support Needs Provides opportunities for people with disabilities or additional support needs to be more active.
  • Ageing Well Activities that encourage people to stay or become active in later life.
  • Community Access Programme Supports community groups, organisations, and charities to get the people they work with active.
  • Exercise After Stroke Supports the rehabilitation of people affected by stroke through gentle physical activity sessions.
  • Get Going Helps children and their families get active, eat well, and achieve a healthy weight.
  • Get Moving with Counterweight Supporting adults to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Healthy Active Minds Improves the mental wellbeing of those living with depression, stress, or anxiety through physical activity. 
  • Fit for Health Supporting people with long term health conditions to self-manage and live better through physical activity.

  • Looked After and Active Using the power of physical activity and sport to improve the lives of children and young people in care.
  • Macmillan Move More Edinburgh Physical activity sessions for people affected by cancer.
  • More Families, More Active Supporting families in North East Edinburgh to get active together. 
  • Movement for Memories Supporting people living with early, early on-set and mild to moderate dementia to be active.
  • Open All Hours Offers teenagers the chance to get active on Friday evenings.
  • Positive Destinations A personal development programme to help young people aged 16-25 get into jobs, education, or training.
  • Steady Steps Falls prevention programme supporting adults who have had or are at risk of having a fall.
  • Youth Exercise Referral Supporting young people with various medical conditions to be more active to improve their health and wellbeing.