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Adding to Social capital and individual Potential In disadvantaged REgions

ASPIRE

Specific Objective Social Innovation
Project Budget 10,258,764
ERDF Amount 7,087,847
Duration 09.2019 - 03.2023 (42 months)

Description

Obesity across the FCE area is a significant concern; high levels of obesity coincide with high rates of unemployment across the zone. A Gallup poll shows that the longer a person is unemployed, the higher the rates of obesity, with rates reaching up to 32.7% after a year or more of unemployment.

To address this issue, ASPIRE will target the obese and overweight unemployed population across the FCE zone, using food production as a way to increase awareness and engagement, reduce weight, increase self-esteem and improve employability via new skills and work experience.

ASPIRE will be innovative in 3 ways:

-  it will be the first project that regards obesity and unemployment holistically, not as two separate issues;

-  it will use food production as a means of information and upskilling;

-  it will be using partners’ unique engagement programmes the project will engage with the local community to co-create a needs-based response, involving all ages in the community to ensure a multi-generational, long term benefit for: creating a new model for service delivery combining healthy weight and employability services, embedded in statutory practices and creating a network of food-based centres tackling unemployment and obesity.

Of the ASPIRE participants, 50% will reduce their body weight and 10% will move from obese to non-obese. 80% of participants will rise at least 1 stage on the employability ladder and 40% at least 2 stages.

Lead Partner

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Health and Europe Centre
Kent, England

Project Partners

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Medway Community Healthcare CIC
Kent, England
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C3 Collaborating for Health
London, England
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Association Fédérons les villes pour la santé
Nord, France
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Betteshanger Country Park Ltd
Kent, England
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Bournemouth Borough Council (Sustainable Food City Partnership)
Dorset, England
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Les Anges Gardins
Pas-de-Calais, France
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Kent County Council
Kent, England
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Mission Locale Picardie Maritime
Somme, France
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Bournemouth University
Dorset, England
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Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Kent, England
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Maison pour l'Entreprise l'Emploi et la Formation Santerre Haute Somme
Somme, France
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Water Wellbeing
Kent, England
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Association centre socioculturel
Pas-de-Calais, France