Our Livewell team is celebrating winning two awards at the Towards an Active Derbyshire Awards!

The efforts and achievements of individuals and groups who are using physical activity to help improve the lives of people across Derby and Derbyshire have been recognised at the first Towards an Active Derbyshire Awards.

The event showcased individuals who have used physical activity to achieve outstanding change in themselves, as well as some incredible tales of what others have done to transform the lives, health and wellbeing of members of their communities.

The awards celebrated all of the amazing work happening in our communities and Active Derbyshire, who organised the event, wanted the opportunity to thank the volunteers, groups and staff who help to make physical activity the norm.

The inaugural Towards an active Derbyshire Awards, organised by Active Derbyshire, were held at the Sports Direct Auditorium in Shirebrook on Wednesday, March 6, and sponsored by Chesterfield College, Derby City Council, the University of Derby, Strategic Leisure, Legacy Leisure, Active Nation, and Derbyshire County Council.

The winner of the Change4Life Award was 64-year-old Norman Todd, who joined Livewell, Derby City Council’s free healthy lifestyle service, four years ago. Through physical activity and healthy eating Norman lost ten stone in one year alone, and is now physical active for up to three hours every day.

There was another award win for Livewell in the form of the Livewell Volunteer Team for Oakwood and Chaddesden, who won the Community Group of the Year award. The volunteer team of Lee Blurton, Lisa Fairbrother, Andrea Wightman and Mark Wightman have supported numerous Livewell health hubs and exercise sessions in Oakwood, Chaddesden and across the city, as well as leading running sessions and groups, having previously been through the Livewell programme themselves.