Welcome to the Get Yourself Active January Newsletter, from Disability Rights UK
Welcome to the first edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter in 2021! This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have been working on over the past couple of months – and some opportunities that we hope will be of interest. We hope you find it useful. More from us next month. Until then, stay safe.
Active at home videos – Subscribe to our YouTube channel!
The Get Yourself Active team have been working with Sense and Durham University to find out how disabled people have been staying active during the coronavirus pandemic and to find out what resources can help people to stay active at home. Our survey was completed by over 450 disabled adults from across the UK and we also interviewed 40 people to talk to them in more detail about their experiences and what they would like from future resources.
We have used the findings from our research to co-design accessible and inclusive pre-recorded videos using the experiences and feedback of disabled people and people with long term health conditions.
We are now releasing these videos to support you to get active at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The timetable includes four series all led by different trainers and involving a variety of different activities that can be carried out from the comfort of your home.
Update on the Tackling Inequalities Fund by Sport England & how to apply
Disability Rights UK (DR UK) is one of the National Delivery Partners for Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund. The fund aims to reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 and any widening of inequalities in participation rates in sport and physical activity. To-date we have been able to fund thirty organisations of varying sizes across England, all supporting disabled people or people with long-term health conditions to be active during the pandemic. We have seen so many amazing and innovative projects ideas including: outdoor dance classes (see image to the left); pedal-powered smoothie bikes; “Harry Potter” themed Yoga; and walking puppies in the park!
The Get Yourself Active team at DR UK is still accepting applications from User Led Organisations (ULOs), or organisations which can demonstrate a user-led project idea, that supports disabled people, and/or people with long-term health conditions, to keep active in a Covid-19 safe environment (restrictions permitting – see below for more details) and in a way that is right for them. For more details, including how to apply, please contact: email@example.com or call Elliot on 0203 687 0771
Co-production with the sport sector
Disabled adults are twice as likely as non-disabled adults to be physically inactive and so it is essential the sports sector works alongside disabled people to co-produce solutions to inactivity. We believe this should be a key underpinning component of inclusive practice.
Get Yourself Active are working to develop co-production training/consultancy for the sports sector with the aim of embedding co-production in practice to improve physical activity provision for disabled people. We are currently ‘mapping’ out where there are Disabled People’s User Led Organisations (DPULO’s) and sport organisations who could work together to embed co-production in practice.
If you are a DPULO that is open to the idea of delivering co-production training to the sport sector, or a sports or physical activity provider open to the idea of co-production and improving activity levels for disabled people, please get in touch to find out more. Contact Liddie Bone – Get Yourself Active Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Model of Disability and Language
We recently wrote a factsheet for Disability Rights UK about the social model of disability and language. It is essential that organisations that work with disabled people are reflecting on their use of language.
Language is an important part of the Social Model of Disability because language reflects the cultural assumptions and thinking of the society around us. In the past, disabled people were described in a way that reflected a negative or medical view of disability and often showed us as powerless ‘victims’ or ‘objects’.
However, Social Model language rejects this negative or medical language and replaces it with more positive language that sees us as human beings. For example, “Disabled person” (not “handicapped”), “wheelchair user” (not “wheelchair bound”), “person with learning disabilities” (not “retarded”).
It is essential that organisations also engage in regular conversations with disabled people to find out an individual’s preference around disability and the use of language.
Travel Hands – matching VIPs and sighted guides to walk together
Travel Hands is a London-based service from VIP World Services, that pairs Visually Impaired People (VIP) with a verified & sighted volunteer to walk together towards similar destinations. A VIP can submit a trip request that is automatically sent to a volunteer near them, alerting the volunteer to their location. The accepting volunteer goes to meet the VIP and together they walk towards the requested destination.
The organisation is looking for more London-based volunteers for when restrictions ease. It is a flexible and fun volunteering experience and full training is provided.
Register here or contact +44 20 3966 1650 to find out more.
Uniting the Movement – Sport England launch new 10 year strategy
This week Sport England launched their new strategy – Uniting the Movement – a ten-year vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity. The strategy sets out how the sport and physical activity sector needs to change so that people can be given the opportunities they need now and in the future. More than anything, it seeks to tackle the inequalities we have long seen in sport and physical activity. The strategy identifies that for some communities – disabled people, people from lower socio-economic groups and people from Black and Asian backgrounds – there is a clear pattern of low levels of activity. There will therefore be a sharp focus on providing more opportunities for those who are being left behind.
As a result of the huge disruption 2020 has caused, and the inequalities it’s reinforced or even exacerbated, Sport England’s new strategy will aim to do things differently and confront these inequalities head on.
Sport England – latest guidance and exemptions for disabled people
With what seems like ever-changing rules and regulations during the pandemic, it’s a good idea to keep informed of how that impacts sport and physical activity.
Sport England regulalry update their news and blogs page in response to any government changes to regulations and guidance.
They also have an FAQs on the national lockdown restrictions section on their website. It includes a section on exemptions for disabled people, so is definitely worth checking out.