Investment project code: 14
Stepup is a community organisation based in Pollokshields, working mainly with BAME communities but open to everyone. It organises a range of outdoor activities and trips which help build confidence, skills, fitness and sense of belonging.
Heart attack, diabetes and stroke rates are much higher within BAME communities. There is a great need for exercise, but unfortunately gym membership is too expensive and many people can’t afford gym membership. There is also a local need to support mental health and well-being. Experience of poverty is a barrier to taking part in activities. To address this, Stepup want to put together a programme of activities including hiking, cycling, kayaking/canoeing, indoor sports and activities, community building and social events and environmental awareness. Stepup is applying for money to subsidise this 12 month programme of activities so that the cost can be reduced and affordable for a wider range of local families and individuals. Stepup will pay half the cost of bus hire. Partners Scottish Youth Forum will train Stepup volunteers on local environmental issues to improve the approach to protecting the environment. Funding request: £5,044 to fund contribution to bus hire, hiking and navigation equipment and mountain leader training.