Research and learning

Research by Get Yourself Active into the experience of Disabled people and people with long term health conditions around being active during the covid pandemic. The report includes recommendations for the sport and leisure sector as they re-open post lockdown.

Active at Home research

This report created by Traverse, highlights the successes of the TIF funding to date, and outlines the clear next steps for the new phase of funding. Overall, TIF has provided vital breathing space for the organisations we have worked with. The report highlights how taking part in TIF-funded activities has had a range of mental wellbeing benefits for participants, such as reduced isolation, and improved confidence and mood.

the full report here

This report evaluates the way in which Get Yourself Active works to get disabled people active and the key drivers to making this happen locally. This includes through the Social Worker Guidelines; co-production efforts with leisure centres and DPULOs; and the impact of the Local Coordinators.

GYA final report

This Executive Summary is a condensed version of the full report above. It covers the key findings of the three strands of the programme: the Local Coordinator model; the Social Worker guidelines; and the co-production efforts with leisure centres.

GYA final executive summary

This academic article was published in the British Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation by GYA research partner Brett Smith and GYA staff member Leanne.

An overlooked yet important group of messengers for promoting physical activity is first highlighted. These are social workers. Second, the process of developing guidelines for these messengers is described and the guide signposted. Third, an infographic to communicate physical activity is highlighted and insights offered on some of the messages co-produced in it. These messages include a focus on pleasure, amounts of physical activity, strength, sedentariness, visual images, language, and different impairments.

Promoting physical activity to disabled people: messengers, messages, guidelines and communication formats

This academic article was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine by GYA research partner Brett Smith and GYA staff member Leanne, et al.

In 2011 the UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMOs) physical activity guidelines were produced for four age groups, from under 5s to older adults. However, with sparse physical activity evidence on disability at the time the guidelines omitted disabilities at any age. To address this, in 2018 Public Health England (PHE) tasked us to review the evidence and, if sufficient, co-produce evidence-based recommendations in an appropriate format.

Chief Medical Officer guideline research

This report evaluates the Peer Support element of the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme, which supported disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. The key aim of  the project was to reach the most inactive disabled people and support them to become more physically active. The programme was delivered by Activity Alliance (AA) and other partners, and commenced in 18 localities across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland in 2016 – 2019.


Get Out Get Active Peer Support Evaluation

This report presents the findings from an exploratory study of a physical activity intervention based in Northern Ireland for people with severe and enduring mental health problems. The project was funded by Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) and employed a co-production approach between people with lived experience of mental health problems, Mental Health Foundation, Queen’s University Belfast, Praxis Care, Platinum Training Institute, Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke and the Northern, South Eastern and Western Recovery Colleges.



Drill - Empowering People through Physical Activity

In 2019/20 Disability Rights UK (DR UK) was commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to find out how disabled people
in the West Midlands feel about access to physical activity. This was with a view to discover disabled people’s ideas about how these opportunities could
be improved and to create a mechanism by which the Include Me West Midlands (IMWM) programme could be led and supported by disabled people.
DR UK was asked to engage with disabled people and community organisations in the West Midlands to scope out the interest and appetite in Citizens
Network amongst disabled people, as well as provide a potential plan to make it happen. This report comes from the voice of disabled people within the West Midlands and takes a social model approach. It is aimed at disabled people, groups and community organisations in the West Midlands, colleagues working on IMWM and sport sector providers.

Moving the West Midland's Forward: Improving Physical Activity for Disabled People

This is a summary version of the Moving the West Midland’s Forward report from above.

Moving the West Midland's Forward: Improving Physical Activity for Disabled People (Summary version)
We are working with our close partner Durham University to change the way we talk about physical activity. In recent years organisations and public health agencies around the world have started to target sedentary behaviour. This is often done now through messages like “Stand up, sit less”, “Sit less, move more”, and “Chairs are killer’s”.

This editorial is a call for action to make physical activity and sedentary behaviour messages inclusive.

Disability, the communication of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and ableism: a call for inclusive messages