Project information

Fit as a Fiddle Project supporting older people

The aim of the fit as a fiddle project is to support BME older people to become more physically active through training Volunteers as Activators to help enable greater wellbeing in communities. This will replicate the existing faaf model and scale up interventions working with local partners.

December 2016 - December 2019

Charity information

Sporting Equals

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  • Need


    Research findings have demonstrated the failure of current mainstream services to engage with BME older people and that people from deprived or ethnic communities are less likely to interact with mainstream health and leisure services thereby having a negative impact on health and wellbeing. (Sporting Equals Policy Paper 2012). We find that these communities are isolated and require specific interventions to change behaviour to enable them to start leading more active lifestyles.


    Through fit as a fiddle, we will empower the most disadvantaged communities, providing them with support, through the volunteer empowerment to live healthier, fitter, more informed and less isolated ways of life. We will replicate the national model using training to help promote behavior change.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support older people mainly from BME communities to lead active and healthier lifestyles


    » We will work with delivery partners to put on targeted interventions to engage BME older people in sport and physical activity sessions.

    We will measure this through questionnaires to see the impact our interventions have had on changing behaviour.

    Aim 2

    To empower the third sector BME organisations through upskilling and training volunteers.


    » We will training volunteers as Activators using the existing faaf training model which is a tried and tested approach who will engage older people.

    We will aim to upskill around 50 volunteers in each region supporting up to 4 older people each.

    Aim 3

    To enable wider messaging for BME communities through roadshows.


    » We will work with partner agencies to put on events to raise awareness of the importance of leading active lifestyles in key locations.

    We will deliver at least 2 roadshows in each region engaging a further 1,000 people each year with messaging around leading healthier and active lifestyles.

  • Impact


    The project will help support community groups and build the capacity of their staff and volunteers through the provision of training, resources and one to one support.
    The legacy of this work is a pool of skilled and culturally sensitive personnel who can continue to engage and support older BME people after the fit as a fiddle project has come to an end.


    The main risks to the project are the recruitment of volunteers, however we can minimise this risk by working collobartively with our partners.
    Risk of loss of project worker – this can be offset through our Head of Research & Project who can take over in the event that the project worker leaves.


    We will draw up a detailed project plan which will be supported by quarterly monitoring reports which will be submitted to funders similar to the set up of the national project. We will have set KPIs to be delivered each quarter linked to the project plan which can be monitored against.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £285,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £150,000 Salaries To cover cost of one full time project worker and one day of head of Projects time
      £30,000 Delivery Partners funding to help support delivery partners with targeted physical activity/sport interventions
      £30,000 Travel & Expences Travel to each key location
      £45,000 Management and Overheads Office costs and overheads
      £30,000 Tel, Stationary, Photocopying, Cost of publications design and
  • Background


    The project will be delivered in three key cities which are Birmingham, Manchester and London. These link to our work with Sport England and have the largest BME demographics. We also have some good established links in these key cities.


    The model is aimed at those from black and minority ethnic communities over the age of 55 who are inactive and likely to be suffering from a number of health conditions. The model is however an intergenerational model which supports volunteers from all backgrounds who are trained up to support older people to lead active and healthier lifestyles. The messaging from a national model helped not only educate volunteers but also the people around them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully delivered this model in the past to help support BME third sector organizations and have a database of over 5,000 groups nationally which we could engage to help scale up and deliver this model. Our experience within the sport sector is also an important element in helping to engage the older BME audience who are often inactive and often disengaged from mainstream services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Delivery Partners

    We will engage at least 30 delivery partners to help support the training roll out and supported interventions in key locations.

    New Post - Project Officer

    Will oversee the day to day delivery

    Shaheen Bi - Head Of Research & Projects

    Will ensure the project is kept on track, KPIs are being met, quarterly reports completed for funders and attend any meetings to feed back progress.