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.

New guidance on the benefits of physical activity for those living with long-term conditions

The British Journal of Sports Medicine has published a consensus statement on the benefits of physical activity for those living with long-term conditions. View the guidance along with some useful infographics below.

A review of the evidence about the risks of physical activity has led to new guidance to support health care professionals to have evidence-based conversations with people with long-term conditions, to empower them to gain the benefits from moving more. The key message is that the risk of adverse events when getting active is low. Find out about the guidance below, including some infographics to help spread the word.

The benefits of physical activity for people living with long-term conditions are well established. Through campaigns such as ‘We Are Undefeatable’, we know that the fear of increasing symptoms or worsening long-term problems commonly stops people from moving more. In fact, people living with long term conditions are twice as likely to be inactive.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine recently published new guidance in a consensus statement, making clear that the benefits of being active outweigh the risks for those living with long-term conditions. This comprises a series of statements about medical risks drawn up by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK, Sport England, Office of Health Improvement and Disparities (formerly Public Health England) and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The key message is that the risk of adverse events when getting active is low, and that physical activity is safe, even for people with multiple long term conditions. Regular physical activity, in combination with standard medical care, has an important role to play in the treatment and prevention of many conditions.

The statements can be found on the Moving Medicine website, here: Risks from physical activity – Moving Medicine.

How you can help to spread the word

If you have time and would like to help to spread the word, you can use the assets below to share the statements through your local networks and social media channels, or use them in conversations with those you support.

The graphics for social media posts can be found here: Risk consensus statement graphics – Moving Medicine

An infographic of the statements can be downloaded as a two-page PDF here: Risk Consensus Statements Infographic

Potential funding available through Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund

Sport England’s new Tackling Inequalities Fund aims to reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 on people’s physical activity levels. Local Age UKs may be able to access funding through the Active Partnerships in your area.

Sport England has recently launched a new programme – the Tackling Inequalities Fund – to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 on people’s physical activity levels, and more broadly, the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity between different groups in society. Specifically, the programme is focused on physical activity inequalities for:

  • Lower Socio-Economic Groups
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Disabled People
  • People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC)

The 43 Active Partnerships operating at a local level across England have been selected by Sport England to work with and provide grants to local sports clubs, groups and other community organisations who can help to support people within these priority audience groups to be active.

Active Partnerships are strategic organisations who work collaboratively with local partners to create the conditions for an active nation using the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives. They recognise that activity levels are affected by a complex system of influences and no single organisation or programme can create sustainable change at scale. More information about them can be found here: www.activepartnerships.org/about-us

How to get involved

Sport England is keen to understand the impact that the pandemic has had on older peoples’ physical activity within the four priority audience groups and whether the local Age UK network is able to offer support to bolster physical activity levels.

We know that while local Age UKs are incredibly busy and remain focused on the emergency response to the pandemic, many are thinking about their physical activity services and how they can be delivered now, as well as in the longer term. So, we wanted to alert you to this opportunity to engage with your local Active Partnership and to explore what ideas there may be for physical activity and older people within the four priority groups in your area.

If this is of interest to you, then please contact your respective Active Partnership directly at www.activepartnerships.org/active-partnerships

The Active Partnerships have grants available (up to a maximum of £10,000) to support organisations with a reach to the four priority audiences. The types of activity for which you could seek funding from your Active Partnership include:

  • Finding new ways of keeping the priority audience active
  • Offering advice and training support 
  • Increasing resilience, capacity, and capability of delivery bodies 

We are aware that some Active Partnerships have already been proactively reaching out and connecting to their local Age UKs, which is really encouraging.

It would be great if you could let us know of any engagement you have with the Active Partnerships, and also if you are keen to do so but may have capacity issues at the moment, as Sport England will be able to ask your local Active Partnership to reach out and, wherever they can, to support you. Please contact Rebecca Hall, Programme Manager – rebecca.hall@ageuk.org.uk

Physical Activity Resources

Download a useful list of physical activity resources to share with older people in your area.

Following an increase in queries to the Advice Line relating to physical activity, we have produced a brief document to help with signposting to physical activity resources that are available online, on the TV and radio, and also hard copy. This is a non-exhaustive list, but we hope you find this useful.