Get Yourself Active Newsletter

Welcome to your December Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter. This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have been up to during the month of November, and what to look forward to in December. Along with some opportunities, news and insight that we hope will be of interest. You’ll hear more from us in the new year!

Get Yourself Active Launches new Moving Social Work programme website

Last week, in partnership with with Durham University and Sport England,  we launched the Moving Social Work programme website, which aims to create resources and co-produce strategies for the education of the social workers of today and tomorrow.

This significant partnership seeks to make the resources to teach the social workers of the future.

The programme will progress through four stages: scoping, content production, effectiveness testing and final production. With the knowledge learned at each stage and resources tested, the team will then work toward a national rollout. You can learn more about these stages here.

Notably, the programme leaders are working together with different people to “co-produce” the work of the project. Co-production means everyone has the same say in what the programme does – working with social workers, social worker lecturers, social work students and Disabled people.

Many organisations are involved, including Social Work England, Sport England, Disability Rights UK, Disability North, Public Health England, Active Partnerships, and Northumbria Healthcare. Some Universities are also taking part: Durham University, Cumbria University, Northumbria University, Teeside University, and Sunderland University.

As part of the launch, the team has prepared several resources, including a detailed academic summary and infographics that detail the aims and timeline for the programme. These can now all be found on the Get Yourself Active Website here.

Mike Diaper, Executive Director, Children, Young People and Tackling Inactivity at Sport England:

‘Sport England is delighted to be working in partnership with Disability Rights UK and the University of Durham on this important programme. Prior to the pandemic, disabled people faced many more barriers to being active compared to non-disabled people; these inequalities have been exacerbated. Through upskilling social workers to promote physical activity, more disabled people will have the opportunity to benefit from getting active in a way that is right for them.’ Please get in touch with the programme leader, Professor Brett Smith, if you are interested in the project

Survey – Can You Help?

Last month we launched our Active at Home research. It is a report into the experiences of Disabled people and people with long term health conditions around getting active during the covid pandemic. The report focuses on learning the sport and leisure sector can take forward now restrictions have been eased, to ensure facilities are as inclusive and accessible as possible.

Now, we need your help. At the beginning of this year, Get Yourself Active focused its efforts on supporting Disabled people to be active at home during the pandemic.

This included creating our own accessible videos created from research with Disabled people and people with long term health conditions, as well as creating a new section of our website to house a variety of resources from other organisations.

We would now like to follow up with Disabled people to find out how useful this work has been and to plan how to support individuals moving forward. The survey will take around 5 minutes to complete – thank you for your time and we really appreciate and value your feedback.

Your Stories in November

Every month we ask our community to share their experiences of getting active in a way that’s right for them. Their thoughts on the latest news or what sport and physical activity mean to them.

We want to share their stories online to help raise awareness of the different ways of getting active. And help other Disabled people feel confident and empowered to take the first steps to a more active life.

We wanted to highlight some of the fantastic stories we’ve had the pleasure of publishing in November that will get you set for the month ahead:

1.Anna Denham, Get Yourself Active Programme Manager went on a road trip to visit some of our amazing TIF funding recepient organisations

2.Gail Curry, from the Age UK shared the news of an exciting new video series created to support people with health conditions to move more

3. DRUK’s own Rebecca Clarkson took a deep dive into the possibilities for co-production in the Fitness sector

Active @ Home

We understand that many of you may feel more comfortable getting active at home.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our Active @ Home section on our website. We’ve recently added a range of new accessible content from Videos to Toolkits so you can get active in a way that suits you. The page also includes videos from some of our TIF partners. As well as this, we have pages dedicated to other resources, such as worksheets and downloadable resources.

We want this page to always work for you. If there’s a resource you’d like to see more of – or you have a video of your own you think would be of interest to others in the community, please reach out to the team.

We want to hear from you! We were so proud to have launched our online pack designed for carers, support workers and personal assistants who support Disabled people and people with long term health conditions.

If you have been using our social care activity pack, we’d love to hear from you to find out what you think!

We have created a survey to assess how useful the pack is, who is using it, as well as finding out how to continue to support the social care sector in the longer term.

Spending a few minutes to complete this survey and sharing your views will ensure we can support the social care sector and keep our resources and training as high quality and relevant as possible.

The survey will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. All information submitted in this survey will be kept confidential. The data will be used for research purposes only and will not be used in a manner which would allow identification of your individual responses.

Click here to access the survey