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The Get Out Get Active programme launches in Northern Ireland

  • Mon 10th October 2016

The Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme has been launched following January’s successful funding announcement. Spirit of 2012 is funding the £4.5 million initiative, which brings together 18 GOGA localities in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and numerous national partners. In the first of its kind on such a scale, GOGA will support disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Developed to get some of the UK's least active people moving more, GOGA will concentrate on fun and inclusive activities delivered over three-years.

Earlier this year, Spirit of 2012 - a funding charity, established with a £47m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, awarded the programme to the UK wide consortium. Spirit fund partners across the UK that provide opportunities in sports, physical activity, arts and culture, volunteering and social action. Live Active NI a Community Interest Company established by Disability Sport NI will be delivering two health and well-being active recreation projects based in two local authorities. These include; Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council. They will also be teaming up with a range of organisations to help reach more people, who have the greatest need to get out and get active. These partners offer in-depth local knowledge and expertise. All home nation disability sport organisations are backing the programme as well as Volunteering Matters, Disability Rights UK, Women and Sport, Sporting Equals and Age UK. Additional partners include National Governing Bodies of sport and national charities. Recently, one hundred people involved in GOGA met in Manchester for the first group conference to start the programme’s journey.

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive for Spirit of 2012 said: “Get Out Get Active launched after months of careful planning. It’s a very ambitious initiative designed to increase physical and mental wellbeing by supporting physically inactive people around the UK to improve their health. “We want to make getting active appealing, accessible, fun and inclusive for people of all ages and abilities. Spirit of 2012 is funding Get Out Get Active in response to overwhelming evidence that inactive people need encouragement and support to take those first steps into active, healthy lifestyles.”

Kevin O’Neill, Chief Executive for Disability Sport NI said: “Disability Sport NI is delighted for our Community Interest Company ‘Live Active NI’ to be involved with this exciting new programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to be active together in a range of activities. We aim to increase the number of people accessing local activity opportunities and welcome the support of our partners to help address this. Live Active NI will support more people to lead active and healthier lifestyles over the next three years of this project.”

Statistics continually show disabled people to be the least active population and two thirds of disabled people stated they wanted to take part with non-disabled people in EFDS’s Lifestyle Report 2013. Inclusion will be at the heart of the programme through activity and volunteering. Working together, the partners aim to increase the number of people who are able to access and enjoy local opportunities. This could be through local authority or independent provision, sports clubs or perhaps volunteering. Providers want to motivate people by tapping into their values and the things that matter most to them. This includes building friendships, maintaining health, having fun and progressing in life. Importantly, a large proportion of the investment is for monitoring and evaluation, assessing the impact and allowing for more organisations to learn from the outcomes.

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