We’ve been looking for the People Who Make Bradford Sparkle – those people in our communities who have gone the extra mile to make us smile. We want to shine a spotlight on the individuals that have spread a sparkle of joy throughout the district this year.
This week’s People Who Make Bradford Sparkle are the team from Join Us Move Play – JU:MP – an organisation that was founded to promote the benefits of exercise and play for children and young people between 5-14 years old. They’ve been nominated for their commitment and enthusiasm for getting kids active and their resourcefulness in helping families stay active during lockdown.
Join Us Move Play’s mission is to bring together families, communities and organisations to create a healthier, happier and more active place for children to grow up in.
Before the COVID-19 lockdown, JU:MP was working with schools and families in north Bradford organising events in parks and outdoor spaces, nature trails, building adventure playgrounds and developing unused spaces to make them more attractive for people to use.
JU:MP’s activity fun days in parks and schools attracted hundreds of families and have been a great success. Children even delivered some activities to their families and friends, the idea being that if children can teach and encourage others to get involved, they’re more likely to continue the activities at home and share them with siblings and friends. Young sports activity leaders are also being trained locally to support active and healthy lifestyles.
Since lockdown, the JU:MP team has worked hard to continue to support families and children. 50,000 activity packs have been sent out to local homes and over 700 families are now part of the JU:MP at Home online programme. Why not join them? There are videos on the website, a daily activity calendar to try, and digital apps to explore areas close to your home – have you seen the T-Rex in Lister Park or the fairies in Peel Park? JU:MP’s whole ethos is that exercise and fresh air can be fun!
Kammy Siddique and Caroline Swain are two of JU:MP’s Community Engagement Managers, whose work takes them into schools, parks and local communities.
Their enthusiasm for their work is obvious from the moment you meet them. Kammy said “The best part of my job is getting to see so many innovative projects going on in neighbourhoods, all with one aim to get children and families to live happier and healthier lives. I love that every day is different, one day I could be out delivering physical activity in a park with families and another day meeting with strategic partners and stakeholders to embed physical activity into policy.”
“I love supporting communities, children and families to discover what inspires them to get out, get active and make it happen! The best part of my job is meeting so many different people with the same vision, to make Bradford a happier, healthier place to live.” said Caroline.
Both Kammy and Caroline are excited about JU:MP’s latest campaign promoting outdoor play – whatever the weather. There is no bad weather, just bad clothes as the Swedes say. So the campaign #outdoorplaymatters is perfect for this time of year and especially in these difficult circumstances, where we all appreciate the need to stay active and get some fresh air, but need to abide by government restrictions to stay close to home. And with kids at home during the day too it becomes ever more important to keep them occupied and burn off some energy! This is where JU:MP is here to help children and parents alike – all activities can be done in your garden or local park with equipment you can find at home.
You can join in the fun online, the JU:MP website is full of tips and ideas to keep kids active both outdoors and at home. Why not try balloon volleyball, lava leap, go on a scavenger hunt or take the 10 second challenge?!
For more information visit the Join Us Move Play website: https://joinusmoveplay.org/
The ‘People Who Make Bradford Sparkle’ campaign will run from December to February and will showcase the unsung heroes across the district, including those people who work in retail, tourism or hospitality. To make a nomination, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on the Visit Bradford Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/visitBradford
Remember to follow rules and restrictions during Coronavirus. Please wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when required, and maintain a safe distance from others.