WLYF needs your help!

West Lothian Youth Foundation have recently applied for funding from the Aviva Community Fund to run our Smiley Miler programme.

WLYF ran a pilot project at the beginning of the year thanks to a small funding from West Lothian Council’s Community Health Improvement Team.

The project was successfully delivered in two primary schools and they were delighted with the results obtained from the pilot.

WLYF now want to roll the project through a number of schools across West Lothian, however, to do this they require funding!

So this is where you come in….

They need you to register as an Aviva Community member and vote for their project!

It is easy as that! Every person gets 10 votes which you can spread amongst projects or give to the same project!

To register and vote please follow this link below!


WLYF are applying for a grant worth £25,000 which will go a long way to help the WLYF deliver the Smiley Miler programme to a number of schools in our local area!

A brief outline of the project is below:

The Smiley Miler Programme has been created by the West Lothian Youth Foundation (WLYF), a charitable organisation whose key purpose is to use football as an activity to promote the educational and health development of members of the West Lothian Community.

Smiley Milers has been created to make children and their parents/guardians aware of how important it is to stay fit and healthy. This includes eating well and exercising accordingly.

Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health. Regular physical activity can produce long term health benefits. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits. The school years are a good time to promote healthier lifestyles among young people.

Our project includes a mixture of healthy eating education sessions delivered in schools and a ‘smiley miler’ campaign that will see our staff support the schools to get their children and parents to do 1 mile of activity each day. This mile can be achieved by walking, jogging or any other safe activity. We want to see what the impact of doing a mile a day has on the children and parents health and wellbeing and also the wider impact it could have on the school day.

The initiative has also been designed for children to spend quality time with their parents/carers and work on activities together to build stronger relationships and create a healthy environment at home. This will be completed through an afterschool activity that both children and parents are to attend.

Full explanation of the programme can be found by clicking the link previously.

If you could please take a couple of minutes of your time to register and vote for the Smiley Miler project, it would be greatly appreciated!

Also please send on to your family, friends, work place, colleagues and even the random guy walking his dog and get them to vote!

Your vote could be the difference in the West Lothian Youth Foundation gaining funding to make a huge difference in our community!

Any questions about what they are doing, please get in touch via info@wlyf.org.uk

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