Get Out Get Active promotes activity sessions in Northern Ireland
Get Out Get Active partner, Disability Sport NI, are bringing over 50s together in accessible activity sessions.
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Get Out Get Active (GOGA) has been reaching out to those who are struggling to get physically active, as well as those who have been experiencing isolation.
The GOGA team in Northern Ireland designed an over 50s programme that was inclusive to both disabled and non-disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. We created exercise routines that could be adapted to individual needs, so everyone could take part at their own pace.
The Over 50s Better Connected group launched as a weekly online programme during the pandemic. However, when restrictions lifted, we were able to offer outdoor, face-to-face groups for those who were happy to meet in person.
To get as many people as possible involved in the face-to-face sessions, the team worked alongside local councils and health trusts to connect with those who were struggling to exercise. We also promoted the full online timetable on social media.
Around 50% of the online attendees moved to the outdoor sessions, which have proved immensely popular, particularly in Mid Ulster and Mid and East Antrim. These sessions are supporting the Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership, as well as the Mid Ulster Loneliness Forum, which tackles social isolation in local communities.
Since the programme began, three face-to-face groups have been meeting on a regular basis. Not only are participants becoming more confident in physical activity, but they are also building social connections, which are easing feelings of isolation.
As the demand for these activity sessions increased, the team decided to celebrate Positive Ageing month in style in October 2022.
The over 50s groups got together for a fun and active day which promoted positive health and wellbeing. Attendees were able to connect and socialise with members from different groups and learn about ways to stay connected in their local area.
There are now plans to create more social sessions between groups as the programme continues to expand across local communities.
This story is part of our campaign, #TheGOGAWay. Showing how the GOGA approach can help organisations do things differently 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.