Active Chats - Launching in January 2022
Posted: Thu, 16 Dec 2021 12:45
We are pleased to announce that the New Active Chats programme will be launching in January!
The Coronavirus Pandemic has left a lot of older adults, isolated and shielding at home with no access to physical activity opportunities and in some cases completely unable to leave their home to exercise. Many have lost confidence in venturing out and therefore have become more sedentary.
What is Active Chats?
Because of this – Active Chats is a new project being developed by Northamptonshire Sport and funded by Public Health. To get the project going, we're on the lookout for local befrienders and volunteers who can carry out a weekly telephone or virtual video conversation with someone who is lonely, shielding or isolated. The aim of the call is to take individuals through a suggested conversation around being active while at home using the resources provided.
Examples of exercise at home include seated exercises that they can do without the need for any specialist equipment. The Active at Home booklet will be used as a guide to talk participants through some exercises they can do on their own.
Befrienders will be provided with the necessary training and ongoing support. It does not matter if they are not physically active, its more important they can build a rapport with people who are lonely to encourage them to make a few changes at home and ultimately, prevent falls and frailty.
If you would like anymore information about Active Chats, please contact Sarah Harvey: Sarah.Harvey@northamptonshiresport.org / 07749 720 357