Babergh District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 8 We’ve helped make communities stronger and healthier We know the importance of digital inclusion, which is why we started a scheme for residents to borrow iPads from Suffolk libraries, and offer training. We know loneliness can be debilitating, so commissioned Active Suffolk to deliver a project addressing social isolation and inactivity in Long Melford, Lavenham, Bildeston, Capel St Mary, East Bergholt, Glemsford, Holbrook and Shotley. We know the value of a healthy start in life, so joint-funded work with 20 schools across Babergh and Mid Suffolk with a higher prevalence of childhood excess weight at reception and year six. We know the power of sport to inspire, so got behind the elite Women’s Tour cycle race as it passed through our district in June 2022 - helping get schools involved, and showcasing the area. 45,000 people watched, an estimated 71% said the event made them feel prouder of the area, with 61% inspired to cycle more. ‘I’ve improved my strength and balance’ We’re working with Abbeycroft Leisure to grow the number of GP referral programmes at their leisure centres. These are helping people get healthier, tackle medical conditions and rehabilitate. People like Nigel Westwell, who was referred to Hadleigh Pool and Leisure due to his Parkinson’s disease. He said: “I was very concerned about my body strength, as most people with Parkinson’s are susceptible to trips and falls. 'Before I joined the scheme I would often stagger when I walked, but now I have improved my strength and balance.' Cycling & Walking Friendly Babergh published its first Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, alongside Mid Suffolk District Council. The 10-year strategy identified and prioritised around 80 schemes or routes across all parts of Babergh to improve the safety, comfort and appeal of walking and cycling. This list was developed through extensive public consultation, with over 1,800 contributions, about where and how infrastructure could be improved. The district council continues to work with the highways authority and public rights of way teams at the county council to deliver on the plan. Photo Credit: SWpix