Case Studies 

Our customers inspire us every day. To celebrate the achievements you are making and to encourage others, we’ve gathered some of your stories together to help show what we, as a registered charity, are all about!


Inspiring customer improves both physical and mental wellbeing

"I’m very proud of myself. Everything is coming together and this new-found love of exercise has filled a gap in my life."

A road accident left Karen suffering both physically and mentally. Determination, self-belief and support from family and friends has enabled Karen to work hard on her recovery - she now has a new outlook on life. 

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Jim's Story

"You get into a routine, you meet people and you feel part of a community…I just really enjoy it!” 

Keen to improve his health and wellbeing and aid his recovery Jim joined Lincs Inspire’s GP referral programme in December 2016 and, alongside his Slimming World programme, has now lost over four stone through his dedication and hard work. 

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Inspiring Lives Project

“The programme’s about getting people active and giving people with disabilities the opportunity to try new things."

As an inclusive sports programme, Inspiring Lives has engaged with people of all ages, abilities and genders. The programme has grown year on year to reach out to over 1600 people with over 44,000 attendances since it began in 2014.

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Stephen's Story

"I feel more relaxed and somehow it gives you a stronger feeling of wellbeing and it’s good for your mental health as well.”

Prior to using the Toning Suite at Grimsby Leisure Centre, Stephen didn’t exercise regularly and feels the Toning Suite, alongside his Navigo weight loss group, have been instrumental factors in him leading a more active and healthy lifestyle.

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Sandra's Story

“I feel healthier, more confident, and happier. I want to go out more. I’ve made new friends, I chat to people. It’s just like a family.”

Sandra has noticed significant benefits to her wellbeing since joining the Active Forever programme and has progressed from gentle exercise in the Toning Suite to more vigorous exercise in Grimsby Leisure Centre’s main gym.

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Andrew's Story

“I feel like I’ve moved mountains these last couple of months really.” 

Andrew has high praise for the Active Forever programme which he was referred onto after a small stroke, he explained: “It’s marvellous. If it hadn’t been for the young lady at the stroke place I wouldn’t have been on it.”

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Alan's Story

“Thanks to Tracey we have found my grandfather’s grave and also a member of our family that we never knew existed."

Alan attended one of Lincs Inspire’s local and family history workshops hoping to trace his grandfather. Armed with only his father’s birth certificate, his grandfather’s army service number and a small clipping from the ‘Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya’.

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Brooke's Story

“The guys there were fabulous. Without them I don’t think he’d have done it because they gave him loads of confidence.”  

In this case study we take a look at ten year old Brooke’s story and how special one-to-one sessions with Lincs Inspire’s Sports Development Team at his school helped him overcome a number of obstacles to learn to ride a bicycle and grow in confidence.

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Shelia's Story

“I’ve just got my confidence back. I look forward to getting in the pool and just going off. It’s brilliant, I love it."

Shelia regularly attends Lincs Inspire’s Disability Swimming sessions at Grimsby Leisure Centre, as well as the gym at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. After being diagnosed with osteoporosis and curvature of the spine Shelia got a GP referral onto Lincs Inspire’s Active Forever programme.

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Swim School Instructor Mary Clark Awarded MBE

“This MBE is for everyone, for everyone who has been part of our lives, to help us achieve what we’ve achieved”

Mary, who has taught thousands of children to swim in the local area through her work at Immingham Swimming Pool and Pilgrim’s Swimming Club, has been recognised for her lifelong charity work and services to the local community.

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Betty's Story

"I really don't know how I would have coped with early retirement without Lincs Inspire!”

Betty (58) joined Lincs Inspire in 2015 and has regularly attended a wide range of group exercise classes ever since. Having always lead an active lifestyle with a love for running, Betty has used her Lincs Inspire membership to help to enhance her running performance.

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The Day Alan Shearer Came To Town

“I thought it was brilliant, there’s so much energy in there. You can tell how much they all enjoy it."

Football legend and former England captain Alan Shearer recently paid a visit to Waltham Library where he took part in one of Lincs Inspire’s Sporting Memories sessions whilst filming for a BBC One documentary.

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Ladies Bodytone at King George V Stadium 

“I just love it. I love the instructor and I love the teamwork.”

The sessions, which make use of King George V Stadium’s gym facilities and outdoor Ropes, Hammers & Tyres area, ensure that individual needs are taken into account, so if you are a regular gym user looking for a fresh approach or are nervous about setting foot in a gym.

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Kids In Waltham Love LEGO Club

“It’s the interaction, the social side of it, talking to friends and other children as well as doing the actual activity”

Waltham Library’s monthly LEGO Club sessions are proving extremely popular with youngsters and parents alike. The sessions which run on the first Thursday of every month from 4pm to 5pm, have seen the numbers of children taking part keep rising.

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Active Forever One Year Celebration

“Since launching, the programme has received over 690 referrals” 

Grimsby Leisure Centre Health and Wellbeing Centre hosted a special one year celebration event to mark one year since the official launch of Lincs Inspire’s wellness scheme, Active Forever.

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Threads Of The Past Project Proves A Great Sucess

“We have heard phrases such as ‘I’m a changed person. I never used to see anybody’ and ‘this lady is transformed"

Threads of the Past was an innovative heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and delivered by Lincs Inspire’s Library Service and local textiles and mixed-media artist Nicky Dillerstone. 

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Improving Health & Wellbeing at Grimsby's Toning Suite

“Many of the participants we spoke to reported noticeable improvements to both mobility and an increase in the quality of their day to day living.”

In November 2015 Shapemaster awarded Grimsby Leisure Centre a special recognition award for their innovative approach and integration of power assisted exercise equipment, within a wider centre setting.

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Debbie's Story

"When I first came here I was in a wheelchair and now I can drive myself."

Debbie first came to the Toning Suite at Grimsby Leisure Centre after suffering a stroke. Watch this short film in which Debbie tells her truly inspirational story and how the Toning Suite has helped play a part in her recovery process. 

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Paul's Story

"Great activity for the over 50s. Age is no limit - we just keep on going and keep enjoying it!"

Paul regularly attends Over 50s Badminton at Grimsby Leisure Centre. It's a great way to keep active and enjoy Badminton with like-minded people. Take a look at this short film which shows what the sessions are all about and what Paul enjoys most about the sessions. 

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May & Matt's Story

"This group is unbelievably important to me, for Matt."

This short film focuses on May and Matt Tees' experience of attending our Sporting Memories group at Waltham Library. Sport is something that many people are comfortable talking about and these sessions, although not exclusively for people with dementia, help to combat social isolation.

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Mick's Story

"As well as the physical wellbeing they get from it, they've told me about the mental wellbeing and how that's improved."

This short film focuses on Mick's experience attended our Over 55s Walking Football sessions which take place at Bradley Football Development Centre. Walking football is football but at a walking pace, take a look at what it's all about. 

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On Our Street Project at the Bert Boydon Centre

“We know that members of the group looked forward to our meetings each week and it really did make a difference to their lives."

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery players people in North East Lincolnshire have been reconnecting with their past by using historical maps, street directories and heritage artefacts to revive memories thanks to Lincs Inspire’s On Our Street: mapping our memories project.

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Karen's Story

“Coming to something like this you’re mixing with people from different age groups. It’s really good and the staff are lovely."

Karen was referred onto Lincs Inspire’s Active Forever programme by her doctor 18 months ago. Karen said: “I’ve recently been diagnosed with arthritis and he thought it would help with the joints. So we decided that I’d come and give it a go.”

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"She loves seeing all her little friends here, she’s made lots of friends coming.” 

In this short film we speak to a parent who regularly attends LITTLE LINCS at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre with her daughter. She said: “She loves coming to do all the activities here. Going on the bouncy castle and she loves going in the craft room; it’s something different every week.”

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Beginners Line Dancing

"If you don’t use it, you lose it and I don’t want to lose it.

In this short film we talk to one of the regular participants of our Beginners Line Dancing which takes place at Grimsby Leisure Centre. She said: “We come, we have a laugh and welcome new people in. I think it’s great and it does actually keep you going. It keeps you moving, which I think is important, especially as you get older.”

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Cycle Confidence 

“The course lived up to its name and my daughter enjoyed the session very much, developing and advancing her cycling skills.”  

In this case study we get Yvonne's opinion on how Lincs Inspire's Cycle Confidence session have helped her daughter to develop her cycling skills and grow in confidence when riding a bicycle.

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Sonia's Story

“Not only was it fruitful contacting Lincs Inspire, I wish I had begun my research there, as it would have saved me nearly 18 months of a fruitless search.”

Sonia got in touch with Lincs Inspire Library service in a 'last ditch' attempt to try and find a photograph of a Grimsby trawlerman who had been taken as a prisoner of war in Germany during WW1. 

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Jennie Wins McCulla Award

“Winning this Award feels like recognition, not only for me, but for my extremely supportive colleagues, and for the Local History Collection itself.”

Jennie Cartwright, a Development Officer for Lincs Inspire Libraries, was recently awarded the McCulla Award for Local Studies Librarian of the Year at the CILIP Local Studies Group Conference at the University of Leicester. 

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Olive's Story

“The mental health of people with Dementia and Alzheimers is so dependent on photographs, stories and events from their past." 

Staff in Grimsby Local History Library were recently contacted by a lady who wanted to try and help her 85 year old mother-in-law who has dementia. During the Second World War, Olive made a friend of a young lad called Tony, who joined the RAF, she wanted to find out what happened to Tony. This is her story. 

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Junior Gym

“I'd say go because it just helps you, it just makes your life easier.”

In this short film we speak to one regular user of the Junior Gym at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre to find out what she enjoys about it most and why others should give it a try. 

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