Spirit of 2012 is funding the £4.5 million GOGA initiative, which brings together 18 localities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and numerous national partners.
The unique three-year GOGA programme, which has been developed to get some of the UK’s least active people moving, supports disabled and non-disabled people by providing fun and inclusive activities for all. On Saturday 24th September 2016 Active Lincolnshire launched GOGA in East Lindsey at Louth Disability Forum’s Activities 4 All event in front of a crowd that included the Mayor of Louth, Eileen Ballard JP, and Chair of Magna Vitae, Doreen Stephenson.
In East Lindsey Active Lincolnshire is delivering:
Let’s Play Bowls
Bringing bowls to your day centre, nursing home, village hall etc. Our instructor will deliver an inclusive bowls session that is adapted to include everyone, regardless of ability and in almost any setting. So, if it’s your first time or you have a disability you’ll be able to play. You’ll be given an activity and development pack along with the equipment that will enable you to deliver bowls at your own pace over an eight week period. You will be given details of your nearest club or supported to get your own equipment and continue in your own setting too.
We are hoping to develop three Parkruns in East Lindsey. These are 5km (3.1 miles)timed weekly runs or walks in Parks and woodlands and they are open to everyone, any age. Parkruns are free, safe and easy to take part in.
We will be working with Volunteer Matters to seek volunteers to support activities and to promote GOGA within their community. If you’d like to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A series of events will be hosted over the next couple of years to promote inclusive activity and raise awareness of what is available. Keep an eye on the GOGA in East Lindsey Facebook page for more information.
Existing sports clubs and activity providers wanting to become inclusive to people with a disability can access free disability awareness training (subject to funding)
Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI)
Working with Magna Vitae Sports facilities in East Lindsey to gain the IFI mark as part of their Quest accreditation process. This will provide staff with disability awareness, inclusive marketing and action planning training so more people with a disability can enjoy active recreation.
As part of the GOGA Lincolnshire project we have commissioned Magna Vitae Leisure Trust to lead on the three initiatives that you can read about below:
Our very own virtual treasure hunt. Users will initially have introductory briefing on ‘treasure fit’ and full training on the relevant equipment. Then shall we say the sky’s the limit… over 2 billion opportunities to get active and a global community of 6 million users can participate as individuals totally in their own time or in social groups fuelling new relationships which is proved to help sustain interest in physical activity. Utilising our natural spaces including the Lincolnshire Wolds and Coastline as well as historic market and seaside towns.
Bringing high quality active opportunity to wherever the users want to participate. Via local consultation, areas and activities are developed and chosen which the users most want to engage with. From village halls, churches, pubs to car parks and beaches where the users go we go. Physical activity when, where and how residents want it.
The project will work at Regional and National level with the Royal British Legion in identifying veterans, their families and friends to develop a physical activity programme.
This programme will include both those with disabilities (physical and mental illness) and non-disabled people. The programme will not only look to improve the physical and mental health of those involved but also establish improved confidence via increased social interactions.