Welcome to our March Newsletter
Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter from Disability Rights UK! This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have been working on over the past month – 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…and enjoy the longer, hopefully(!) warmer days.
Check out our new ‘Active@Home’ section on our website!
As well as releasing our own accessible and inclusive exercise videos developed from research, which are available on our YouTube channel, the GYA team has also been interested in finding a way to collate all of the other useful resources from partner organisations that are available to support disabled people to be active at home.
To showcase these resources, we have created a new section of the GYA website so that disabled people and people with long term health conditions can easily find resources to support them to be active during this time. We have collected videos that individuals can find according to which activity they are interested in. As well as this, we have pages dedicated to other resources, such as worksheets and downloadable resources.
Liddie Bone, Get Yourself Active Project Manager, commented: “Disabled people’s activity levels have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and during this difficult time, it is more important than ever that we are supporting disabled people to be active in a way that is right for them. Creating this new section of the website means disabled people can easily access resources that have been created by organisations that are doing amazing work to support people to be active during this time.” . Click here for to see the Active@Home section of the website
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 over thirty-five organisations of varying sizes across England, all supporting disabled people, or people with long-term health conditions, to be active during the pandemic. Projects have included online exercise classes tailored for people with particular health conditions, group cycling sessions, nature trails, dance groups and more! Funding has helped to pay for a range of things including, the cost of instructors, specialised equipment and volunteer costs.The Get Yourself Active team at DR UK is 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: tacklinginequalities@
Join the Moving Social Work co-production teamThe Moving Social Work project, led by Durham University, aims to produce the first research-led teaching and community-based training materials and resources on physical activity.
To ensure the project is co-produced, Disability Rights UK will be developing and leading on a co-production team to help to steer and deliver the Moving Social Work project.
If you have lived experience of using social work as a service, are a student/ post qualified social worker, social work programme lead or community leader and wish to express your interest in joining the group, please email Liddie – Get Yourself Active project manager.
Participants needed for cycling research project
Disability Rights UK, along with Wheels for Wellbeing and Professor Brett Smith from Durham University, is supporting CFE Research with their research project into disabled people’s experiences of cycling. CFE Research is particularly keen to hear the views of disabled people who currently don’t cycle, but would like to.
To register your interest in participating, please visit https://bit.ly/3cGvDdd and complete the online form. If you are selected to take part (a short interview by video, telephone, email or any format you prefer), you will be sent a £20 high street shopping voucher to thank you for your time. Find out more about the research here. An Easy Read version is available here.
Sport England – keep up to date on latest guidance as restrictions ease
Dates for restrictions easing vary across the four nations. Sport England regulalry update their news and blogs page in response to any government changes regarding sport and physical activity in England. Please check regularly and sign up to their newsletter to stay informed. They also have an FAQ on the national lockdown restrictions section on their website. It includes a section on exemptions for disabled people, so is definitely worth checking out.
The forgotten guideline: strength based exercises
The Get Yourself Active team recently joined a fascinating webinar by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy: “The forgotten guideline: strength messaging insight webinar”. Experts spoke about the importance of strength based exercises for everyone and how the language we use to talk about strength is equally as important. You can find many different strength based exercises on our Active@Home webpage (details in our first news item above) and watch the webinar – Watch the webinar here
‘Get Ahead’ is an initiative by Disability Rights UK which is co-produced with and for disabled young people. In their monthly newsletter, Get Ahead provide information and resources on post-16 options and support in education, training and work. It is a platform where young people can have their voice heard and share the many talents they have. Click here to view the Get Ahead March newsletter
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