Based on our work together to date, we're looking to focus on a few key areas over the coming 12 months.
- Working in conjunction with our Taskforce on Multiple Conditions and Sport England we'll be exploring opportunities to create some simple messages which encourage physical activity, are based on what we know works and can be implemented across our information and support dervices
- We'll be promoting support offers and resources which help improve knowledge of physical activity for health and care professionals
- we'll be encouraging physical activity, sport and leisure providers and facilities to ensure their offer is as inclusive as possible
- We'll be exploring how we can help our volunteers to be more active and in turn encourage others to move morel, such as through support group settings
We’ll also be working with Sport England to deliver a series of exciting projects that will either involve undertaking research to help us understand how we can support people with long term conditions to be more active or be providing physical activity opportunities and support.
£1.3 million of National Lottery funding has been awarded to Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Breast Cancer Now, British Lung Foundation, Diabetes UK, MS Society, Rethink Mental Illness, and Stroke Association to deliver the projects.
Age UK will reach out to older people who are not physically active at the moment to understand what would help them to change this. The insights gained will inform our future communications and support.
Alzheimer’s Society will develop a Dementia Friendly Guide that will provide the physical activity (sport and leisure) sector with resources and knowledge to enable their organisations, services and facilities to become more ‘dementia friendly’ and support more people living with dementia to become physically active.
Breast Cancer Now will gather insight by speaking to women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis, who are over 55 years old and who are not physically active, in order to understand their attitudes towards physical activity and what action we can take to support them to become more active.
British Lung Foundation will develop, test and evaluate a telephone health coaching service to support and empower people living with lung conditions to become and stay active.
Diabetes UK will help us to understand the evidence related to physical activity and clinical diabetes outcomes (type 1 and type 2) and prevention of Type 2 diabetes. It will also help us to understand the barriers that prevent people with diabetes from being more active.
MS Society will encourage people with MS to become more physically active and inspire long-term behaviour change by testing motivational telephone coaching and personalised text support.
Rethink Mental Illness seeks to understand if the barriers that prevent people severely affected by mental illness from engaging in physical activity can be overcome by embedding physical activity into peer-to-peer support groups.
Stroke Association seeks to explore the role of peer-to-peer support groups in increasing and maintaining levels of physical activity amongst stroke survivors for the improvement of well-being, better self-management and secondary stroke prevention.