Join us on ‘The Family Mile’


Sent on behalf of Anna Skeats: CEO The Mason Foundation

Dear All,

I’d like to invite you to a virtual forum to share news on an exciting project ‘The Family Mile’  we are launching across targeted communities within The Greater Manchester area (I have included a little more information about the programme below in blue).

Working with GreaterSport and a series of local partnerships, The Mason Foundation are planning to roll out The Family Mile programme across five areas of Greater Manchester from January 2022. 

We would love to collaborate with local partners from across Greater Manchester to explore opportunities to work together to support and connect communities, empowering them to help one another and to be more active, together, through doing ‘their mile, their way’.  We are delighted that conversations in Tameside with Onward Homes are progressing well, and we will be joined by several organisations from Tameside who may be involved in that local partnership.

Please join us on Wednesday 4th August at 11am-12 noon  via Zoom, when we will share more about the programme and provide opportunities for you to ask questions.  Register to attend here and GreaterSport will share a link to join the session on Monday 2nd August with all those registered.

Please do talk to partners you work with locally about the opportunity, including your local CVS and housing associations you work with, and share this invitation to join this forum.

We look forward to meeting you all (virtually) soon.

Best Wishes


A little bit of background about Family Mile

The Family Mile is a Sport England supported wellbeing initiative, striving to reduce health inequalities, by offering that first step to activity for everyone, with an emphasis on engagement of those from low socio-economic backgrounds, and those with physical and mental wellbeing complications, who may otherwise feel exercise is not for them. It aligns with both the new Sport England strategy ‘Uniting the Movement’ and the government strategic approach to use sport for more social benefit.

Through The Family Mile programme, we aim to support and connect communities, empowering them to help one another and to be more active, together, through doing ‘their mile, their way’. Regardless of fitness level, health status, ability, or age, we provide the starting point, that gentle nudge into fun, easy to do, regular activity, identifiable for all (I have attached a little more info).

We are currently working in collaboration with a number of partners across the South- East to embed the programme, building a community legacy, through supporting local people to become community-based ambassadors, setting up and delivering their Miles for the community, in a way that works for them.

As we are all aware, the impact of COVID-19 on hard-to-reach communities goes far beyond the period of lockdown, affecting peoples physical and emotional wellbeing, impacting on how they will return to normal life. The Mason Mile can offer an integral step towards connecting communities, promoting socialising & becoming more active in a way that is appropriate for them as part of the wider recovery programme.

We are seeking Greater Manchester partners who share our mission to support happier, healthier, active and more connected communities.

Best Wishes

Anna Skeats
CEO | The Mason Foundation