Why we do what we do

320,600
Essex residents don't do 30 minutes of physical activity per week
64,003
children in Essex are living in poverty
125,891
people in Greater Essex live in the 20% most deprived areas in England

Why do we do what we do?

  • In Essex 31% of year 6 pupils are unhealthily overweight
  • The difference in life expectancy between the most and least affluent areas is 13.4 years for men and 16.1 years for women
  • People from lower socio-economic groups, those with disabilities or life-limiting illness, the unemployed and women are all less likely to lead active lives
  • In the East of England 11% of secondary school pupils accessed free school meals in 2019/20 and 14% of primary school pupils
  • 1 in 12 people in Essex are currently NEET and 4% of residents have no educational qualifications
  • Harlow, Tendring and Thurrock have significantly higher in-actives than the National average and all are areas of high deprivation
  • 6% of residents have a disability or life-limiting illness
  • Basildon and Tendring contain two-thirds of Essex's most deprived areas
  • Jaywick is the most deprived area in the country
  • Anti-social behaviour is by far the highest rated crime across Essex, significantly above the country's average.