Active Surrey worked with Surrey County Council and the eleven local authorities to coordinate a universal leisure offer (discounted/free access) to council run leisure centres for looked after children, foster families and care leavers.
Previous research found that almost a fifth of CYP in care in Surrey did not undertake any effortful exercise on any day in the week before the survey. Awareness of local opportunities and cost can often be limiting factors.
This topic had been ‘live’ for over 10 years, but a consensus had never been reached. At the outset, five out of 11 LAs had different concessions, while six had no offer at all. Of the offers in place, very few young people or foster families knew of them.
Read more about the work to help change the local systems to enable their young people and foster families to have access facilities and become more active.