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New learning resources launched at GOGA annual conference

Last week, the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme held its annual conference for national and local partners. Hosted virtually over three days, the conference showcased the programme’s impact across the UK. Many of the sessions shared learnings and insight from different GOGA projects. At the conference, we launched a set of new resources that capture and present key learnings from the GOGA programme over the last four years (2016-2020).

Live Active NI 2Launched in 2016, GOGA brings disabled and non-disabled people together to be active. It looks to engage the least active communities in fun and inclusive ways. Initially funded by Spirit of 2012 and subsequent additional funding from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England, GOGA continues to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities.

GOGA’s new learning resources share the What? How? Who? And What next of GOGA? With the aim of helping others to be genuinely inclusive and reach people who would benefit most from being more active.

Learning is a crucial part of the GOGA programme. These in-depth resources go beyond simply gathering learning on specific interventions. They explore participant and partner journeys, examine key aspects of programme management, provide recommendations for commissioners supported by GOGA evidence and much more.

GOGA has evolved from a programme to an approach. It is the flexibility and adaptability of the programme’s core ingredients that brings diverse locations, communities, and partners together. In our learning resources you’ll discover the GOGA approach and more importantly how you can apply it to reach the least active disabled and non-disabled people together to be active.

Kat Southwell, Head of Programmes, Activity Alliance

Spirit has invested significantly over the years to support people to become and stay active. We know that for many people becoming active is a journey of small steps and often the small things make the biggest difference. From our investments we know that person-centred approaches are more likely to be successful in engaging and retaining inactive people. And, that funders and commissioners need to support depth of engagement and curiosity about what works over high numbers to make that approach possible.
These principles are at the heart of the GOGA approach. Learning and insight from GOGA will help you consider how your investment in active based projects and activities can have the greatest and most sustained impact for the least active, rooted in what works and the vital ingredients of success. We encourage other funders and commissioners to use the evidence from GOGA to inform your future thinking.

Ruth Hollis, Chief Executive Officer, Spirit of 2012

We’ve teamed up with a range of expert national and local partners to deliver GOGA activities in 21 locations across the UK until 2023. Collaboration and partnership working are an essential part of this programme. Together all partners work to strengthen community spirit, increase confidence, and improve mental health and wellbeing of some of the UK’s least active people.

GOGA in Wales has meant that we have been able to work with a range of partners to get opportunities to people from wide ranging communities, who are amongst the least active.  The UK focus of this programme means that the learning has been huge, not least at a time when getting access to inclusive activity has been so challenging.  Being creative, gaining trust, and working with partners is essential in generating the core messages which emphasise the value of disabled and non-disabled people being active together.  It is really exciting knowing that a series of bilingual resources are being produced which will highlight our learning, and share with other partners, the things which make most difference to people being active.

 Fiona Reid, CEO, Disability Sport Wales

 View and download our learning resources from our Resources page.

About Get Out Get Active

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is a programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Activity Alliance is the creator and lead partner. The programme is funded by Spirit of 2012, Sport England and London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Find out more about Get Out Get Active here.