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Get Yourself Active May Newsletter 🐧

Thursday 29 May 2017

Welcome to the May newsletter from Get Yourself Active

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This is a round up from the last month of blogs, news articles and information to help you get active.

Personal Experience | Meet Britta

Read Britta’s story ‘Why horses are my therapy

Britta was in need of pain management and physiotherapy and was recommended ‘hippotherapy’ – physiotherapy on horseback. This helped develop Britta’s core stablity, posture and balance.

“It gives me a huge sense of achievement and enjoyment. Importantly, it also gives me the opportunity to socialise with like-minded people, and make new friends.”

Personal Experience Blog | Meet Andrew

Read Andrew’s story ‘Why I run

The start of May saw Mental Health Week take place. For this reason we have taken the opportunity to reflect back on one of our blogs that shows how running can help with some mental health issues.

“I found that I was capable of far more than I thought I was. I could do things I never believed I could and I discovered a new me, a better me that had more self-belief, more ability and more confidence.”

Yes we can! Engaging Deaf and Disabled People in Sport and Physical Activity

Inclusion London has released a new resource to help you understand why physical activity and sport should be on a Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisation’s (DDPO) agenda and the important role DDPOs can play in ensuring that local physical activity and sport becomes fully inclusive.

Click here to find out more information.

Aspire’s InstructAbility Programme in the Charity Awards 2017 Shortlist

The Charity Awards is the charity world’s longest running, biggest and best known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice which other organisations can learn from.

Click here to find out more information.

Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon voucher

Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people. You can do this in your own home and it would take in total about 15 minutes of your time.

Click here to find out more information.

Social workers needed to support with health and wellbeing research

Disability Rights UK has partnered with the University of Birmingham and Sport England to develop evidence based guidelines to help social workers to have conversations with disabled people in receipt of social care support (personal budgets and direct payments) about how and where to be physically active and importantly why.

Click here to find out more information.

In other news

Aspire announces GLL and LCIL as first partners to lead InstructAbility
GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise which has pioneered new ways of delivering and investing in community sport, leisure and cultural services, is the first leisure operator to lead the InstructAbility scheme at a local level.

What is social work and how does it work?
The King’s Fund has pulled together a range of ‘bite-sized social care’ content to help explain social care in England. This includes a series of short videos on what social care is, how it’s provided and paid for, and how it works with the NHS and other services.

Opportunity for disabled people to share thoughts and experiences about volunteering in physical activity and sport
If you are disabled and have volunteers in physical activity or sport, what do you have to say about it? Was it rewarding? Were there obstacles?

Metro Athletics Open
Metro Blind Sport welcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join them in their annual competition’s 41st year.

Disability Sports Coach Summer Festival
The festival is a free event for all disabled people. There will be 20 sports and activities, special guests, performances, partnership tour, raffles, prizes, live music, giveaways, and face painting.

Inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance class launches in Central London
Coming this June disabled people and friends and family members can learn how to cha-cha, rumba or samba as Step Change Studios launches their inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance classes in London.

Inclusive Community Training
The Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training aims to support and improve your skills, know-how and confidence in delivering physical activities to all. No experience required!

What’s coming up…

Visit the Get Yourself Active events page for more events that may be going on near you.

Personal Budgets: Did you know… 

Personal budgets promote flexibility, choice, control and quality of life.

  • Personal budgets aim to give disabled people/carers control over the support they require to live independently
  • Local authorities have a legal obligation to offer personal budgets and conduct a care and support plan
  • When deciding your Personal Budget, your local authority must consider the local cost for the type of services you require
  • You can use your personal budget to attend day services and go to day centres

Click here to find information on how to get active in your local area.

Get Yourself Active Resources

Has getting active has helped you to be more independent and confident, to be part of the community or a team, to meet new people or to see friends, or just to have fun? Has it helped you to increase your balance, lose weight, improve your strength, improve your fitness, or improve your mental health?

Are you a health care worker, social care worker or sports provider who has helped anyone to achieve one or more of these outcomes through physical activity or sport?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then we want to hear from you!

Share your experience of getting active and help to inspire others. Email for more information.

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