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Pioneering fitness challenge for Inverclyde gets set to launch … with a million miles the target

GM 35001A pioneering fitness challenge, organised as a practical demonstration of Inverclyde's commitment to improving the health of local people, is being formally launched on Thursday 11 August with a walk setting off from the Municipal Buildings in Clyde Square, Greenock, led by the Inverclyde Tourist Group.

The goal of the Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge is to encourage the local community to start walking, running, cycling or swimming, and join together to notch up a combined one million miles. This is equivalent to walking 40 times around the world or going to the moon and back – twice!

The unique challenge is being led by Provost Robert Moran, funded by Inverclyde HSCP and Awards for All, and managed by CVS Inverclyde. It is also being supported by Inverclyde Council and Inverclyde Leisure.

Commenting on the initiative, Sarah Jane Gregson, the Inverclyde Millions Miles Challenge Coordinator, said: "The project, which is the first of its kind in Scotland, is a fun way to combat health inequality and promote healthy lifestyles here in Inverclyde. As our aim is to get the whole community involved, we are asking everyone to round up their family, friends, school pals and work colleagues and sign up today at www.worldwalking.org/millionmiles."

The Challenge, open to everyone no matter how young, old, or fit they are, starts on Thursday 11 August 2016 to coincide with the Rio Olympics and will run until Friday 30 June 2017.

Using the World Walking website, inspired by Inverclyde Globetrotters, people will be able to log the distance they walk using their own pedometer, Fitbit, Jawbone activity tracker or Apple Health Kit.

They will also be able to download World Walking's very own iPhone or Android apps to complete virtual journeys to some of the world's most amazing and best known places. This will allow them to explore the sights of the Great Wall of China while they walk to work or enjoy the highlights of Rome while walking the kids to school. World Walking will be able to track the progress of people walking, swimming or cycling towards the Million Miles Challenge target who have signed up to take part via its website.

More information is available by contacting Sarah Jane Gregson, Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge Coordinator, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 01475 711733.

Picture Caption: Sarah Jane Gregson (left) and Kay Clark, Coordinator of the Inverclyde Heritage – Quest for Learning Project, with Alex the Anchor. The two-legged anchor mascot, which was created by St Columba's High school pupil Sally Kane as part of a design competition, is helping promote Inverclyde's heritage trail and will be signing people up for the Million Miles Challenge during a heritage fun run/walk along Greenock's mile-long Esplanade on Sunday 28 August. Each step walked or mile ran will add to the Million Miles Challenge total.
Photograph courtesy of George Munro, Greenock Telegraph.

People, Partnerships, Prevention … the Inverclyde Third Sector Conference 2016

CVS Inverclyde has announced the programme for its Inverclyde third sector conference 2016, People, Partnerships, Prevention, taking place at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock on Wednesday 14 September 2016. Early bird discounted delegate tickets are now available for those booking their place by mid August.

Registrations can be made online at the Eventbrite page, People, Partnerships, Prevention and further information is available by contacting CVS Inverclyde on 01475 711733.

"The conference will focus on the Public Sector Reform agenda, looking at how we can empower people and communities to take on greater responsibility, work in partnership and help tackle inequalities, as we look at early prevention and the benefits it can bring," said Ian Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, CVS Inverclyde.

"While the question of Brexit and its implications for the third sector will undoubtedly permeate many of the subjects being covered on the day, it is the main focus for one of our 12 workshops, as we discuss its impact.

"We look forward to another line up of national speakers, coupled with informative, lively debate during our question and answer panel session and workshop sessions. We would encourage delegates to ensure their place at People, Partnerships, Prevention by booking early and benefiting from the discounted rate, which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day."

Wilma Bain, Inverclyde Council's Corporate Director of Education, Communities and Organisational Development, will be joined in the speaker line up by Tam Baillie, Children & Young People's Commissioner Scotland; Professor Ken Gibb, Director, Policy Scotland and Co-director of What Works Scotland; Derrick Pierce, Quality and Development Service Manager, Inverclyde HSCP; and Alex Meikle, Partnership Integration Facilitator, CVS Inverclyde.

Hosting the speaker session will be Annie Gunner Logan, Director with the Coalition of Care & Support Providers in Scotland, who will also facilitate the panel question and answer debate to round off the morning.

The range of afternoon workshops include sessions around changing the landscape of health and social care in Inverclyde, the implications of the Children's & Young People's Act, Brexit, good governance, procurement, volunteering and how HMP Greenock engages with communities. The Community Empowerment Act and what it means locally, from asset transfers to participation requests, will also be on the agenda. Rounding off the day, delegates can enjoy relaxation techniques and learn how to eliminate stress with holistic health practitioner and life coach, Gordon Anderson.

The conference is being supported by the Oak Mall Shopping Centre.


Community Awards 2016 - 4IT'S REACH FOR THE STARS
... as the spirit of Inverclyde's third sector community is celebrated

Winners from 2015 joined this year's category sponsors and TV presenter Jean Johansson to launch Reach for the Stars - the Inverclyde Community Awards 2016.


... as team aim for healthier working lives

Major changes introduced all in one go is never a good thing for building healthier lifestyles, according to Ross Davey, owner and head coach at Greenock-based CrossFit Caber.

It was part of his seminar on nutrition with the team at CVS Inverclyde, who are now working towards silver accreditation with Health Working Lives (HWL), an initiative that helps employers create a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce.

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