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Get Out Get Active links with social prescribers in Amber Valley

Get Out Get Active is proud to be linking with social prescribers to support disabled and non-disabled people to be more physically active. 

Older people walkingOur partners, Amber Valley Council and Amber Valley Centre for Volunteer Services (CVS) are working with local social prescribers to introduce activities into the community.

The team created a new GOGA initiative called - Couch to 5x, to help participants identify their own physical activity goal. Couch to 5x connects participants to local groups and supports them to increase their physical activity levels. Local social prescribers are supporting the new initiative through referrals.

The GOGA team in Amber Valley organised a series of events at local leisure centres to kickstart the initiative. After attending the event, social prescribers can link and signpost to more activities. The connection with the social prescribers has positively affected people within the community.

When this client was referred to Get Out Get Active, he had complex physical conditions and serious depression. He was withdrawn and didn’t speak much. GOGA not only lifted his mood, but he sees a way forward to better health. He has bought a spinning bike to help him exercise indoors until he is well enough to try outdoors. The impact has been really inspiring. 

Local Social Prescriber

With help from the social prescribers, the team continue offering opportunities to the community. The team continue to develop the partnership through training and regular updates.

This story is part of our ongoing series showcasing how GOGA locations are finding new ways to reach some of the most inactive audiences across the UK.

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.