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Want to help make a change in the information disabled people receive about physical activity?

Thursday 22 February 2018

Help shape national guidelines aimed at disabled people and their supporters to help increase take up of physical activity and receive a £30 Amazon voucher

Disabled people are less likely than non-disabled people to take part in physical activity on a regular basis. One of the main reasons for this is that disabled people do not have access to the knowledge and information we need to make informed decisions about the benefits of physical activity and how we go about it.

The current Chief Medical Officer Guidelines are designed to inform the population about the benefits of physical activity. However, we have heard from many disabled people that they don’t feel the guidelines relate to them due to unrealistic expectations about what they as individuals can do.

The University of Birmingham is leading on a project in partnership with Public Health England to write a new set of evidence based guidelines coproduced with disabled people and disabled peoples organisations and academics.

Would you like to get involved in helping to shape these guidelines? If you are disabled and would like to take part in our focus groups please read on!!

Researchers will be running workshops in London, Leicester and Birmingham to get the views of individual disabled people, supported by Disability Rights UK and local partners.

How long?

Approximately 2 hours

Where?

London – Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London

Birmingham – University of Birmingham

Leicester  – LCiL, West End Neighborhood Centre, Andrewes Street, Leicester  LE3 5PA

When? 

London focus groups – 12th March at 11am and at 2pm

Birmingham – 13th March at 11am and  at 12noon

Leicester focus group – 14th March at 4pm

What’s in it for me? You will have the chance to help shape national guidelines aimed at disabled people and their supporters to help increase take up of physical activity. You will also receive a £30 Amazon voucher and get your travel expenses paid up to the amount of £110.

How do I sign up? Get in touch with Disability Rights UK to register your interest by Wednesday 28th February. Here are the contact details; Email: Leanne.Wightman@disabilityrightsuk.orgPhone: 0203 687 0781

We would love to hear from you, please get in touch!!

19 thoughts on “Want to help make a change in the information disabled people receive about physical activity?”

  1. I would like to participate but I live in the North East it’s too exhausting and expensive to travel to London. Why aren’t more groups and activities held up here? They aren’t accessible if they’re always held in London.

    1. Hi Patricia, We will be running two more sessions in Leicester and Birmingham but are in the process of confirming the dates for these. These will be advertised in due course. We can keep your details on file too in case the researchers decide to do one-to-one telephone interviews. Thanks, Kirsty

  2. Why does everything have to be based in London which makes most things not openly and equally accessible to all parties, UK is not just London. I live in North East Scotland and there is no way I am able to travel & stay in London on my own would need my husband with me.

    1. Hi Cheryl, We will be running two more sessions in Leicester and Birmingham but are in the process of confirming the dates for these. These will be advertised in due course. We can keep your details on file too in case the researchers decide to do one-to-one telephone interviews. Thanks, Kirsty

    2. Hi Cheryl
      Thanks for getting in touch. We are running focus groups in Leicester and Birmingham and people can take part in telephone interviews. I have put your name down to be contacted.

    1. Hi Brent
      We do not have a Manchester date for this focus group. We would love to take this to all parts of the country but do not have the resources to do this unfortunately. I have put your name down for a telephone interview.

  3. I also live in the north east so can’t attend. Social care and chc in Northumberland don’t support disabled people to be active. I’ve been requesting since 2015 for additions to my care plan to allow me to go swimming and have been refused every time. Yes I’ve gone through complaints process and have got nowhere . Unless disabled people are enabled to participate in activities then nothing will change. The government may be willing but it’s local social care who decide what they will find. This is a key point to feed into the research.

  4. No Mention of the North West I see?
    Do you think that the North is idle when it comes to sports? Physical activity in the North is shown in a wealth of sporting activities, you only have to look at the results for England in the last Olympic Games, gold and bronze in Gymnastics . Not to bore you with the world class and beating football teams we are blessed with that where the first
    members of any foortball leagues or cups that they founded some go back to the 1800s. and amonst the firts to provide disabled facilities for attending- watching the sport actually at pitch side. The best seats in the house you might say?
    Just a sugestion why don’t we form swimming teams, basketball teams, or what ever activity we can- to make a game for thoses that want to and are able to part take off. We need to be recognised by giving disabled people sports Centres soley for those disabled males and females who can and are willing to participate without feeling that THE CLUB has kindley given up the club or space to provide for the DISABLED for two hours a day!!
    We should not be made to feel grateful for being allowed,what the so called normal people , are allowed to do, everyday when ever and where ever they choose. We aim to low in fear of criticism from the DWP, ie “if you can play sport you can work” not that most of us don’t- we do!! So lets AIM HIGH and stop this cap in hand stuff. You and I deserve the same rights and facilities as the evrybody else who has paid into the system.
    Now thats off my chest Yes I would like to take part, but similar to most people my wife tells me ” I can’t do it because I have early Dementia.” together with a host of other problems I still feel a young 64 and I am willing and able to do it.

    JR.

    1. Hello Jim
      Thanks for getting in touch. I can put your name down to be contacted by our researchers for a telephone interview for this piece of work. Just to let you know we have a project in the North West run by our partners at Cheshire Centre for Independent Living – the contact details can be found on this page of our website – http://www.getyourselfactive.org/contact/

  5. I’d like to get involved but the journey is not accessible and anyway I can’t afford the train fare. Are there plans for an online consultation?

    1. Hello Deborah
      I can put your name down to be contacted by our researchers for a telephone interview. We will be in touch soon.

  6. It appears that the word “national” applies only to England in this instance, as you have no Scottish dates at all. This is, unfortunately, typical of most of these exercises, and all those involved should be ashamed of promoting such geographical discrimination within an already discriminated against group, namely, disabled people.

    1. Hi Anne
      We can include people from Scotland in the study. I have put your name down for a telephone interview.

  7. Telephone, skype etc. should be included otherwise you will end up with a focus group that is able to travel to those aforementioned places. For too many of us that is not an option – how do we maintain the best health when we have no representation?

    1. Hello Debbie
      Thanks for getting in touch. We will pass your name and contact to the researchers who are hoping to do some telephone interviews. We have a limited budget so were unable to run focus groups in localities across the country but totally agree that there should be representation from different areas!

  8. As I read above,information on what is talked about should be widely and easily accessible to everyone.
    I live in Scotland and can’t travel such a distance.
    If outcomes are published in your newsletters, then,
    not all is lost!

    1. Hi Charis
      Thanks for getting in touch. We can include you in the study and have put your name down for a telephone interview.

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