PUBLIC Health Dorset is encouraging schools to apply for money to help improve emotional and mental health and wellbeing through physical activity for their whole school community.
All primary, secondary and special needs schools in Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth have until November 5 to apply for the funding.
The team are looking for ideas which goes beyond just adding to their PE equipment and sports clubs. Successful bids will be those that take a whole school approach with creative ideas that can be built into the school day.
The Emotional and Mental Health Wellbeing Through Physical Activity Fund is a unlike other schemes because it is un-prescriptive. Schools are in control of how much they want to apply for and what the funding will go towards.
Councillor Rebecca Knox, Dorset County Council leader and chairman of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “This type of fund is a first for Dorset. There are no rules as such to what this money can be spent on apart from that it must be towards improving emotional and mental health and wellbeing in schools through physical activity.
“There may be a project that is already in place in your school and you want to develop it further or a brand new project that your school wants to introduce. The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see the innovative schemes that are submitted and developed.”
For more information, guidance and to fill in the application form visit www.publichealthdorset.org.uk/whole-school-approach/