COMMUNITY ORGANISATION AWARD FOR MULTI-STRAND –
Founded by Ben Green in 2014, Activ8 Fitness Camp provides services to the public, supporting families who have children with social, emotional, mental health and other disabilities. The organisation has grown from strength to strength and Activ8 Kids now have a large amount of members who attend weekly from different boroughs. They have also formed good links with the LGBT community, bringing in others who may not feel completely comfortable in a normal fitness class setting such as children with ASD. Activ8 Fitness Camp also assist high sporting achievers, assisting schools and implements successful strategies towards health, fitness and wellbeing of the students. The health & fitness industry has a number of public figures for adults to aspire to, however nothing for children. Activ8 Fitness camp is on a mission to change this.
We spoke with [Ben Green) from Activ8 Fitness Camp after they won The Community Organisation Award for Multi Strand at The National Diversity Awards 2017. Here’s what they had to say:
What were your thoughts on the other shortlisted nominees within your category?
What a strong category! As soon as I received the shortlist I researched all organisations and I was blown away! I can honestly say I would have been happy seeing any of the other nominees receiving the award. I am very aware of the service Essex County Fire & Rescue provide as I have worked with students who have attend there provision, they are especially doing a fantastic job!
What were your thoughts after winning The Community Organisation Award for Multi Strand?
After winning the award I was well and truly in shock, I still don’t feel it has sunk in yet. I have such a great support network and following and it was great to return with some good news! I just wanted to thank all that had voted for Activ8 Fitness Camp and commit to delivering a bigger and better service.
What reaction have you received from supporters/fellow employees since winning the award?
I live streamed the awards on Facebook throughout the night so I could keep everyone in the loop, the reaction from EVERYONE was electric! My phone was constantly ringing and the notifications on Facebook were by the hundreds! My employees are the driving force and we dreamed of getting this award, we all have a very positive outlook on inspiring more children and families around the country.
Now that you have won a National Diversity Award, what are you going to go from here? What are your next steps?
Now we have won a NDA this has put us on such a great platform to do more and to get some great recognition. The next steps are to develop the organisation into more schools, we are also in the process of developing a simple step system to achieve good physical and mental health, this will be accessible to children and adults. We will also have a bigger presence on social media to create a support network.
In your own words, how do you feel the work you are carrying out is making a difference?
Children’s health and fitness services are completely overshadowed by adult health and fitness services, I am on a personal mission to change this. Through providing consistent health and fitness programmes we can have a major impact on childhood obesity, mental health rates and give out younger generation the solid foundations to feel confident and grow. Early intervention is key!
Why do you think it is important to highlight Diversity, Equality and Inclusion?
There is not one person in the world that is the same and we all have something beautiful to give to the world. We need to ensure everyone no matter any characteristic has equal opportunities to give and share their unique attributes and abilities. Everyone needs to feel a sense of belonging it’s a basic human need. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion needs to be in the forefront of people minds to build a stronger society for now and our future generations.
Who or What is your inspiration?
I am inspired everyday by the children, young people and families I work with, to see them overcome personal battels and to smile at the end of a difficult journey gives me so much inspiration.
What were your thoughts on The National Diversity Awards Ceremony? Did you enjoy your evening?
The evening was unreal, the setting was stunning! This was the first time if have been to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and I was lost for words. The event was full of so many inspirational leaders and was also surrounded by a few local celebrities as well! Myself and my team were truly honoured to be attending the awards, we will look forward to next year.
SHARING IS CARING!