Getting active in Cannock Chase with new online guide

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

ACTIVITIES for people in Cannock Chase have been tried, tested and rated by people with physical and learning disabilities.

And now the resulting reports, videos and ratings can be viewed on a brand new website——to help others with disabilities to get active and involved in their community.

Taking a year from start to finish, adults, carers and young people from Hednesford Valley High School tested a wide variety of activities to see how suitable they were for people with physical and learning disabilities.

The students then worked with film makers, web creators and graphic designers to create visuals to communicate the different activities that can be done in and around the district of Cannock Chase.

During the process many of them visited local venues for the first time to assess their suitability, or tried out a variety of activities from wheelchair ice-skating to walking the Heritage Trail.

The resulting website, produced with the help of Staffordshire County Council and WLCT’s Community Wellbeing Arts team, which carries out services on behalf of Cannock Chase Council, now provides local residents and carers with a useful tool that helps them choose suitable activities.

The group also wanted inspire local providers to further develop or improve their services, and show other people with disabilities that they can make their own decisions, boost their personal confidence and get fit and healthy.

The new website complements the Staffordshire Cares and Staffordshire Marketplace websites. gives on the spot advice about leading healthy, active lives in local communities, whereas lists a whole host of available local services.

County Councillor Mark Sutton, cabinet support member for social and health care said: “We understand that living healthy lifestyles is more than just about being healthy; it’s about connecting communities and enjoying life. We want everyone in the county to enjoy a life which involves not just living here, but enjoying the space, facilities and community opportunities around them.

“The people behind this website are truly inspiring; they have not only helped themselves to take control of their lives and be more independent, they will inspire many others to do the same. Because the activities are rated, it means businesses will be able to see how they can make the activities they offer better suited for people with physical and learning disabilities.”

Ryan, 19 from Hednesford Valley High School, worked on the project.  He said: “The Well Active project was an amazing experience. I got the chance to try things I’d never done before and help to create something the whole community can use.”

Anita Rattan, head teacher at Hedesford Valley High, said: “Creating the Well Active website gave the students at Hednesford Valley High experiences of working with different professionals, extending their creative work in school and exploring new leisure opportunities, giving them the confidence to try new things for wellbeing and leisure. The students have experienced a complete process from concept to outcome.”