The Local Pilot is a Sport England funded programme that invests in a behaviour change approach in a place to enable sustainable change and gain valuable learnings that can be shared across the country. From July 2018, Bolton utilised research and insight to create their initial 12-month plan, starting from April 2019; this can be viewed here.

Bolton’ local pilot is focused in three key areas: Brightmet and Little Lever; Central and Great lever and; Farnworth and Kearsley. It is also focused on three key population groups: Children and young people aged 5-18 in out-of-school settings; People aged 40-60 with, or at risk of, long term conditions: specifically, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders and; People out of work, and people in work but at risk of becoming workless.

One of the projects that the Pilot team in Bolton have been testing is the 'Local Motion' walking project. This project helps residents to become more active and connected through a series of weekly one mile health walks through local communities across Bolton. Local Motion has tested how buddying can impact physical activity levels, particularly working with residents who have caring responsibities and are at risk of social isolation.

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