Get Yourself Active Resource Pack
The new Get Yourself Active resource pack aims to help facilitate further participation in physical activity by educating and empowering those who are in care to help disabled people to get active in a way that suits them.
Developed during the coronavirus pandemic when the inequality of physical activity hit the headlines, the pack looks to address some of the barriers that disabled people face when they want to get active.
Sport England's Active Lives Survey (2020) showed – only 47% of disabled people or those with a long-term health condition are active compared to 67% of those without. Resources like the social care pack can help change this.
Get Yourself Active targets carers and support workers because of their roles as essential and trusted messengers to the people they care for. Ultimately, if they understand more about the importance of physical activity and what is on offer then they will be better placed to support a disabled person to lead a more active life.
The new interactive social care activity pack offers practical help, tips, and advice that can be used to support disabled people to participate more in sport and physical activity. It is free and available online for all – designed to be shared and consumed with the sole purpose of breaking barriers to participation in physical activity.
The pack shows that there are many ways to be active which can be easily included in anyone's daily routine. It also includes interactive worksheets that social care staff and the people they support can use to encourage conversations around the importance of physical activity and how they can make the next steps to live a more active life.
The resource was co-designed with experts in the social care and physical activity sectors including Durham University, Sport England, Sense, Sport for Confidence, Activity Alliance, and Community Integrated Care.
Resource Hub for Disabled People
The social care charity 'Community Integrated Care' has recently launched the 'What To Do' resource hub, supported by Sport England and NHS Cheshire and Merseyside. The charity began sharing accessible ideas and resources for people who accessed care and support during the lockdowns, to help them stay active. Now, they have opened up their online hub which provides ideas to help people get active, do something creative or explore new skills, as well as offering regular online events like Accessible Dance.