This Girl Can Campaign Seeks Instructors

The This Girl Can campaign is seeking instructors to lead their classes. If you would be interested in becoming an instructor, you can find all the details you need below.

This Girl Can is a campaign to support women to get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them. The campaign is looking for instructors to lead their This Girl Can Classes, which are set up to support less active women to exercise in a judgement-free environment. If you would like to get involved, you can find out full details below.

This Girl Can are looking for instructors that are:

  • Dedicated to making less active women feel welcome
  • Able to create a supportive, non-judgemental class environment
  • Ready to inspire more communities and get the nation healthier

The target audience for This Girl Can Classes is less active women. This includes women who may not have done group exercise before, may not be doing much exercise, or may not have exercised for years. This Girl Can research shows these women will likely have barriers to exercise, including fear of judgement.

As a This Girl Can classes Instructor…

You’ll craft a welcoming environment in which women will thrive.

You’ll be supported by a national campaign to get more women into This Girl Can Classes, as well as access to bespoke choreography, branded instructor clothing, and marketing resources to get your classes up and running.

What you need to be a This Girl Can Classes instructor:

  • A Level 2 qualification in Exercise to Music/Group Training to Music, or accepted equivalent
  • Experience in at least two of the following – yoga/Pilates, HIIT, dance fitness, box fitness

How to get started

If you would like to become a This Girl Can Instructor, the training costs £99.00 and occurs at a number of different sites across the country – Find out full details, including how to book your place, here.

Stronger My Way | Physical Activity Resources

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released a series of resources for organisations that support people living with health conditions to perform strengthening activities.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released resources to help organisations to support people living with health conditions to perform strengthening activities to help them to feel better and stay active. Organisations can access their evidence base, links to training and resources, and a forum to share information and experiences. Click here to view the resources.

Five falls prevention resources to help older adults become more active

Access the five resources from The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group to help older adults to become more active and recondition following activity restrictions in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group (NFPCG) have developed a suite of five resources intended to support individuals, health and care professionals, and commissioners to take action to help older adults to become more active and recondition following activity restrictions during the pandemic.

The five resources have been developed in response to the recommendations listed in the Public Health England guidance 2021, Covid-19: Wider impacts on people aged 65 and over – this guidance provides an estimation of the impacts of Covid-19 on physical activity, deconditioning and falls in older adults and recommendations to mitigate these effects.

Accessing the Resources and Spreading the Word

Visit the British Geriatric Society website here to access and download a copy of the resources.

The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group would be grateful for any support you can provide to disseminate these resources to appropriate target audiences, particularly those from ‘hardly reached’ populations (the NHSEI Core20PLUS5 approach to reducing health inequalities may help to identify these populations); and to those across your wider networks.


Activity Alliance Release Third Annual Disability and Activity Survey Research Report

Activity Alliance has released their findings from their latest Annual Disability and Activity Survey. Find out full details below, including where you can download the full report.

The national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity, Activity Alliance, has released their findings from their latest Annual Disability and Activity Survey. It shows slow progress in engaging more disabled people as we continue to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. Greater effort is needed now to tackle inequalities that affect disabled people, so that no one feels forgotten. Find out full details below.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Less than 3 in 10 disabled people feel encouraged to return to physical activity after the pandemic.
  • The pandemic has led to the support disabled people need to be active being less available, and an increase in barriers relating to health and finances.
  • Only 4 in 10 disabled people feel they can be as active as they want, in contrast to non-disabled people who are now more likely to say they can be as active as they want (62% to 69%).

Click here to find out about the key findings and download the survey and report in full. You can also access the report in several accessible communication formats on this page too.

This year, Activity Alliance have also created supporting videos for the recommendations from disabled people talking about their own lived experiences. You can watch these videos on this YouTube playlist.

New Physical Activity Hub Launched!

Age UK’s Health and Wellbeing Team have created a Physical Activity Hub on our Wordpress site to house all of the updates relating to physical activity and sport that appear in our e-newsletter Signpost.

We share a variety of communications with you via our e-newsletter Signpost. With that in mind, Age UK’s Health and Wellbeing Team have created a Physical Activity Hub on our WordPress site where all the Signpost updates relating to physical activity and sport can be stored, so that you can refer back to them quickly and easily in the future. Read on to find out more, or click here to visit the Physical Activity Hub. Please note, this Hub is for internal use only.

Our passionate physical activity professionals from across the organisation will use the Physical Activity Hub to house all the relevant physical activity resources, campaigns, funding opportunities, research, events that we share in Signpost to help Partners to keep up-to-date with all that is going on in this ever-growing sector.

Take a look at the physical activity hub below, to see the type of communications that are shared, or click here to sign up for Signpost if you don’t receive it already. You may also want to bookmark the Hub in your internet browser so that you can easily return to it in future. Please note, this Hub is for internal use only.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Barnham or Peter Dutton, Project Managers in the Wellbeing Department at Age UK.

We have set up several Hubs on our WordPress site so far which you may want to take a look at, including a Campaigns Hub, a Network Infrastructure Hub, and an ICS Hub. You can use the pink menu at the top of this page to explore them.

We plan to add more Hubs soon so that Partners can more easily locate news that has been shared in Signpost. If you have any questions or feedback on Partner Communications, including Signpost, the loop, or the WordPress site please get in touch at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

We Are Undefeatable Webinar – Upcoming campaign plans

Learn about the latest insights, news and campaign plans for We Are Undefeatable in 2022.

The We Are Undefeatable campaign are hosting a free webinar on 25 May from 10:30 – 11:30, where they will be sharing information around their campaign plans for the year and providing key insights from their winter digital campaign. There will also be chance to hear from guest speakers about how they are working to encourage people living with long-term health conditions to be physically active. Click here for full details.

Sport England and Crowdfunder – Active Together Funding Scheme

Get up to £10,000 to help keep your community physically active through Sport England and Crowdfunder’s Active Together Funding Scheme.

We wanted to let you know that Crowdfunder UK and Sport England have teamed up to make £7.5 million of match funding available to help the physical activity sector through the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and support the safe return to play. They are encouraging not-for-profit organisations who play an important role in keeping their community physically active to get involved. Applicants must set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds that can then by matched by Sport England with funding of up to £10,000.

Active Together is specifically targeted at organisations who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.  

For more information about the Active Together fund please follow this link:

Additional Information

Please note: the ‘Pledge Criteria’ taken from their website is as follows:

  • If your application is approved, you’ll get match funding of up to 50% towards your initial crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £10,000.
  • To receive a pledge, you will need to do two things (the ‘pledge conditions’):

1) raise at least 25% of your initial target

2) raise this from a minimum number of supporters.

  • Following receipt of a pledge you will also need to reach 100% of your initial funding target to receive the funds from Sport England.
  • Sport England reserves the right to vary these pledge criteria; projects will be notified if their pledge criteria will vary from the stated terms above.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Event – 8th June 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which will focus on the Health and Care Bill. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The NHS was set up as a single organisation in 1948 – numerous bureaucracies, but one organisation, one family. From 1990, collaboration was stopped and competition began.

We now have an Act of Parliament, the Health and Care Bill which has received Royal Assent, enacting the most significant health legislation in a decade into law. Integrated systems were deemed essential, with their four purposes outlined:

  1. Improving population health and healthcare;
  2. Tackling unequal outcomes and access;
  3. Enhancing productivity and value for money; and
  4. Helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

This marks a milestone in the recovery and reform of how health and care services work together. The Live Longer Better programme was designed on these principles, recognising that activity: physical, cognitive and emotional, is an essential part of population health management and MUST be integral to improving community health and longevity.

This Live Longer Better National Event takes a consultative approach with National Clinical Directors.

Register for this event to find out their barriers and hurdles, understand how physical activity can help them quantify the benefits of overcoming these problems and support delivery on their key objectives.

Our LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 2,000 delegates have attended our last 7 events with cross sector representation. Delegates confirmed that the events “fully met their expectations”.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

New physical activity resource packs for people living with long term health conditions

The Richmond Group have developed a series of Physical Activity and Long Term Health Conditions Resource Packs aimed at the sport and physical activity sector, health and care organisations and the health and care workforce.

The Richmond Group of Charities (which includes Age UK) has released a new series of Resource Packs to support those living with long term health conditions to take part in physical activity. These resource packs are aimed at the sport and physical activity sector, health and care organisations and the health and care workforce. Click here to view the resources packs and click here to read the accompanying press release for further details.

Update on Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) and the Together Fund Physical Activity Grants

An update on the transformation of Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund into the new Together Fund and details how local Age UKs can access these new grants.

We wanted to provide an update on the grant funding available over the coming year to support local Age UKs to run physical activity projects in your communities. This update covers the transformation of Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund into the new Together Fund and details how local Age UKs can access this new grant.

Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF)

Over the past 12-18 months, funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) has been available to encourage older people to get active as they recover from the worst of the pandemic. 

During 2021, as one of Sport England’s National Partners, the Age UK TIF programme made 41 grant awards of up to £6,000 to 38 local Age UKs for physical activity projects ranging from Tai Chi sessions to walking groups, with around 3,500 older people benefitting overall. Many other local Age UKs have also delivered physical activity projects funded through other Sport England National Partners such as their local Active Partnership and Versus Arthritis since the launch of TIF in summer 2020. It has been a tremendous effort and achievement by all those delivering these projects. 

The Together Fund

The TIF programme has since transformed into the Together Fund grants programme with a further investment from Sport England. The Together Fund’s purpose, however, remains unchanged in aiming to provide a range of physical activity opportunities for local communities, based on local need, and specifically targeting people with long-term health conditions, those living with disabilities, culturally diverse communities, and lower socio-economic groups.  

Age UK will not be awarding grants through the Together Fund, but all local Age UKs will instead be able to access Together Fund grants of up to £10,000 for new physical activity projects through other TIF National Partners, in particular Active Partnerships and Versus Arthritis. Find out all about these opportunities below:

Local Active Partnership

All local Age UKs can approach their local Active Partnership about Together Fund grant support, and those with an existing relationship with their local Active Partnership are especially encouraged to do so. 

To discuss your project idea with your local Active Partnership, please contact them here.

Versus Arthritis

The Versus Arthritis Together Fund grants programme is now open for applications for new activities in England that specifically support people living with long-term health conditions to get active. An application for the fund will need to be submitted using their Grant Tracker System which can be found here. The fund will be open for applications for a limited period until the end of May 2022.

Versus Arthritis also has a new grants fund – Let’s Move Together Fund – open to local organisations in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland – supporting people with arthritis and other long-term health conditions to get active. 

Further details of the Versus Arthritis Together Fund and Let’s Move Together Fund can be found here or by contacting physicalactivityVA@versusarthritis.org  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at TIF@ageuk.org.uk.