What is the Essex Local Delivery Pilot

The Essex Local Delivery Pilot is part in a new pioneering pilot programme from Sport England aimed at increasing participation in sport and physical activity.

Inactivity is a national issue, and radical change is needed to decrease inactivity levels , this is at the heart of the Essex Local Delivery Pilot.

This Pilot is a unique opportunity to tackle the issues of inactivity in Essex head on and for our county to become a beacon for best practice. Essex is one of 12 places in the country to be part of this game changing approach and will benefit from a share of around £100 million of National Lottery funding that will be invested in the 12 Local Delivery Pilot areas.

The Essex Local Delivery Pilot will initially run until 2021.

 

Why was Essex’s bid selected to be part of the Sport England Local Delivery Pilot?

In our bid, the strength of leadership for the Essex vision and willingness to embrace change was significant.

Essex is one of the UK’s largest and most diverse counties, however with approximately 22% of the population in Essex classified as inactive at a cost of around £58million to the NHS every year.

The Essex Local Delivery Pilot will run in Basildon, Colchester and Tendring. Together these three areas represent 37% of all inactive people in Essex and represent areas with a range of barriers to physical activity such as post war urban planning, coastal deprivation and poor social mobility.

By working with these areas, we can learn what works, (and what doesn’t) in terms of getting people more active.

 

Who is involved in the Essex Local Delivery Pilot?

The Essex Local Delivery Pilot will be led by representatives from lead partners including: The Essex Health and Wellbeing Board, Essex County Council, Active Essex County Sports Partnership, Basildon Council, Colchester Borough Council, Tendring District Council, CVS Basildon, CVS Colchester and CVS Tendring, North East Strategic Partners, Basildon & Brentwood and North Essex CCG’s, University of Essex, Intelligent Health and Collaborate.

 

How will the Delivery Pilot work?

The Essex Local Delivery Pilot will run in Basildon, Colchester and Tendring. Together these three areas represent 37% of all inactive people in Essex and represent areas with a range of barriers to physical activity such as post war urban planning, coastal deprivation and poor social mobility.

By working with these areas, we can learn what works, (and what doesn’t) in terms of getting people more active.

The pilot will not follow a ‘one size fits all approach’ but instead be built around the individual needs and requirements of local communities in the three test pilot areas.

To enable the pilot to succeed, Essex has committed to a new ‘whole system change’, meaning closer working between Essex County Council, local councils and grass roots organisations such as clubs, schools and voluntary groups, will be at the heart of the approach to getting more people active both now and in the future. In order to really change behaviour, we need to understand how the whole system works in a place. During the first phase of the pilot (Spring to late Autumn 2018), a full audit into sport and physical activity provision in the pilot areas will be undertaken as well as setting up an evaluation framework to measure the progress of the pilot over the three years.

 

How will you measure the results of this pilot? 

The University of Essex, IFF and Intelligent Health are central to the measurement and evaluation of the Essex Local Delivery Pilot. We want to include contemporary approaches to behaviour change to help increase the success of the pilot and then share our learnings so that local communities around the county can all benefit from increasing the levels of physical activity.

 

How would you allocate the budget?

In order to reduce inactivity in Essex we need to have a sustainable approach to whole system change. The inception phase which will be developed with Sport England and our team of partners will identify the short and long term goals and outcomes. Only once this is understood and agreed, can we identify how we would allocate any resources.

In the meantime, we are asking organisations and groups who reach its own communities in Basildon, Colchester and Tendring and want to increase local participation to get in touch here.

This will help us build a picture of the needs in the Local Pilot areas. We may be in touch to ask your views about living in your communities, how do we understand lived experiences and what is needed to help people be more active

 

Can ECC guarantee their commitment to reducing inactivity?

This pilot is an integral part of the Essex Vision whole system change process and is a priority for the Essex Health and Wellbeing board. The leadership team includes senior politicians and managers from a wide range of partners.

 

Why does Essex need the support when whole system change is already underway?

We are in early stages of our Essex Vision and this pilot has come at the right time for us to test the whole system change approach to tackle long term and stubborn levels of inactivity. We know that there is still a lot of work to do, but with the right commitment and the building blocks in place, we know we can deliver successful and sustainable results.