Friday 16 June 2017
We’re getting more disabled people active by providing one to one support from a mentor who is themselves a disabled person.
This is part of the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Peer Support project which is all about disabled (and non-disabled) people taking part in fun, inclusive activities together in their local area.
Working with a mentor can be life-changing – it boosts confidence, helps people to find new solutions to problems and reduces isolation.
Here is one of our mentors Morris meeting his mentee Stephen for the first time. They’ll be working to get Stephen more active and boosting his confidence.
“I know I need help with motivation. I think Morris’ enthusiasm will be brilliant. We have the same sense of humour and, as cheesy as it sounds, I think he’ll actually make fitness fun! I’m really looking forward to having fun together.”
“I think Stephen will really help me, as mentor I know I’ll learn from him.”
Why is this important? Lots of work has been done looking at why getting active can help disabled people improve their health and wellbeing but this new project gives disabled people an extra boost by providing a mentor who themselves has lived experience of living with a disability or health condition- this is known as peer-support or buddying.
They can share experiences, skills and find ways to remove some of the barriers that stop them being active- things like low confidence, not knowing what activity is right for them or where to go to find accessible activities or leisure centres. This project can help remove these and more barriers to being active.
What are you waiting for?
Get support to get active
Become a mentor
Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is an exciting new programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together.
If you have any questions or wish to register your interest, contact Kate Pieroudis (Peer Support Lead) at Disability Rights UK:
Telephone: 0207 250 8111