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Well-equipped for healthier lifestyles

Published: 8 October 2019

A Buxton-based group is set to get even fitter thanks to one of our Action Grants.

Cllr Wharmby and members of Fitting In
Councillor Jean Wharmby (back row, third from left) with Buxton-based exercise group Fitting In, after the group received a £500 Action Grant to pay for exercise equipment.

‘Fitting In’ is a Buxton based exercise group that meets weekly in Fairfield and has instruction from a professional trainer. They have been running for 15 years and some current members have been involved from the start. Participants are mainly retirees and range in age from 60 to 87 but the group is open to all adults who want to keep fit.

Their £500 Action Grant was used to buy resistance tubes and dumbbells that had been recommended by their trainer. These increase the range of exercises that the class can do and make sure that everyone gets to participate fully.

Fitting In member, Anne Kenworthy, said:

“Being able to buy this new equipment is brilliant and has given a fresh impetus to the group. We can gently challenge ourselves a bit more and everyone feels included. A bonus is that we can take the equipment home to practice.

“We are very grateful to the county council for their support and I must say that applying for the grant was really easy and we got a decision very quickly.”

Our Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Jean Wharmby said:

“I went to visit this group and ended up joining in! Their enthusiasm was infectious and it was great to see their grant being put to such good use. Not only are participants keeping fit and having fun it was clear that many of them have become good friends as well. I wish I could get there every week! They’ve made their £500 go a long way and I hope their story will encourage other groups to apply for one of the grants.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about Fitting In should contact Anne Kenworthy, email: or tel: 07967 321674.

The Action Grant scheme supports community groups across Derbyshire with their activities. There are 2,000 grants of up to £500 to help groups fund projects and events which will benefit their local communities. There are also some larger grants of £5,000 and £10,000 for new projects which offer long-term benefits for local people and promote 2 or more of the Action Grant themes. We have now awarded Action Grants totalling £578,800 to 600 groups across Derbyshire in the first 5 rounds of the scheme since it launched in May 2018. The Action Grant scheme runs until 31 May 2020.