ParkLives

Blogfest 2016: Introducing mums and dads to Coca-Cola Great Britain

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On 12 November, Mumsnet will be hosting their annual Blogfest in London, which celebrates sharp writing and big ideas. Look out for the team from Coca-Cola Great Britain, who’ll be there to meet and greet guests, and showcase all there is to know about the company. If you’re a parent then it’s more than likely you’ve heard of Mumsnet. One of the biggest online networks created ‘by parents for parents’, and visited by more than 9.4 million mums and

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Young film director from London puts local people in the spotlight for ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB

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In this interview, Coca-Cola GB speaks to film director Gundeep Anand about his unusual route into filmmaking, and how he approached creating two new films for its ParkLives programme.  Gundeep, a 27-year-old filmmaker from London, will be first to admit that his journey to becoming a film director is far from traditional. From civil engineer to sports coach, he's held down a number of different jobs, but his life completely changed when he

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82-year-old great grandmother gets down with local MPs at ParkLives Zumba session outside Houses of Parliament

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When we say ParkLives is for people of all ages and abilities, we really mean it. Joyce Belton, an 82-year-old great grandmother from London, has become a minor celebrity at her local Zumba class, and now she’s showing MPs how it’s done too! It all started after Joyce’s husband passed away eight years ago. She found herself alone in her apartment in Plaistow, east London. Back in the day, they would enjoy line dancing together, and the time would

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How 19-year-old Jay turned his life around with the help of StreetGames and ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB

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In trouble with the police and on a path to ending up in prison, 19-year-old Jason Smith, or Jay to his friends, has completely turned his life around. And he owes it in part to sports charity StreetGames, funded by ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB. Here, we tell Jay’s story… Jay grew up in the Scottish town of Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire. Unfortunately, he drifted into anti-social behaviour from a young age. “I was involved with bad people

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Members of Parliament enjoy special ParkLives session from Coca-Cola GB to celebrate second year report

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MPs come out to play, as ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB hosts a special session outside the Houses of Parliament on National Fitness Day to celebrate the launch of its second year report, showing how the programme of daily, free activities has expanded nationwide. Just when you think summer’s over the sun comes out for one last unexpected heat wave, and it couldn’t have picked a better day – the launch of our ParkLives second year report. Outside Parliament

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5 surprising ways people have been having fun this summer with ParkLives

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As well as favourites, such as Tai Chi and Zumba, some more unusual activities took place this summer in a handful of ParkLives parks. Up and down the country, ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB has been encouraging people of all ages to get off their sofas and enjoy the great outdoors. Classic favourites, such as Zumba, Tai Chi and pilates were happening in most places, but we’re taking a look at some of the more quirky and unusual ParkLives activities

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Photos: Hand-painted ParkLives murals brighten up Swansea's parks

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Local residents in Swansea got some much-needed colour this summer, with hand-painted murals decorating local parks and greenspaces thanks to a community project led by Fresh Murals and ParkLives. Young people from all over Swansea took part in a series of workshops, organised by ParkLives and Fresh Murals, a small company who specialise in painting murals on any scale, to brighten up their local area with 'park art'. Over the course of six sessions,

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Video: Why this father of three from London can't get enough of ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB

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Since 2014, ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB has brought together a whole host of different characters from local communities. But there's been no-one quite like Richard before... Richard Waithe, 45, an electrician and father of three from East London, is one of those locals who has found a soft spot for ParkLives. Now in its third year, and available across 10 different cities, ParkLives has given a number of people like Richard a reason to go outside

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5 things I’ve learnt as a ParkLives instructor

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Vicki Read has been working on ParkLives for 3 years as an instructor and is now the project co-ordinator with ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB. Here she explains 5 things that she’s learnt since joining the team. I’ve been involved with ParkLives since day one, back in 2014. In fact, I was the first person to ever instruct a ParkLives session! For those who don't know, the scheme offers fun, free, family-friendly activities in local parks and green spaces

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10 fun ways ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB is keeping families busy this summer

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Alleviating school-holiday boredom can be tricky and expensive, especially if it doesn’t involve a TV or a computer. Fortunately, ParkLives has lots of fun outdoor activities happening in parks all across the UK, and best of all, they’re completely free!  Here are 10 fun ways ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB is helping families to keep busy this summer.  1. Family Fun Days ParkLives runs mini-festival days across the country – these are great

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