Disabled and non-disabled people living in Wiltshire are being encouraged to enjoy being more active together this spring, thanks to a programme called Get Out Get Active (GOGA).
The programme is supported by Devizes-based Community First which is part of BSW ICB’s VCSE Alliance. It is aiming to engage the least active communities and harder to reach groups in fun, inclusive ways to get fit, as well as making physical activity more accessible for people who might need extra support and encouragement.
The programme also looks to strengthen community spirit, increase confidence and improve mental health.
The GOGA programme for Wiltshire is led by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP), with support from key delivery partners Community First, Age UK Wiltshire, Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living (CIL) and Wiltshire Council.
GOGA has hosted a variety of activity days including tai-chi, pickleball, walking football and equestrian experiences. Over the last twelve months, the GOGA programme in Wiltshire has developed new activity hub clubs and fitness and friendship clubs across the south of the county.
One local resident who attended a recent GOGA event said it was really beneficial.
“I don’t leave my flat often, so to have this opportunity is amazing. It has a huge effect on my mental health being around horses. It totally calms me down and is really relaxing too.”
GOGA is a fantastic example of VCSE organisations coming together to tackle inactivity, and isolation for disabled and non-disabled people. The success of the programme shows that fun, engaging and accessible activities can make a real difference to people who might otherwise struggle to be more active, as well as fostering a sense of community and belonging through the creation of new hubs in around South Wiltshire.
Find out more:
Get Out Get Active http://www.getoutgetactive.co.uk/
Community First https://www.communityfirst.org.uk/goga
Wiltshire and Swindon Sport https://www.wiltssport.org/goga