Following on from new research which was based on the outcomes of the Get Yourself Active programme, it has been reinforced the sport and physical activity sector need to do more to enable disabled people to become more active.
The report suggests that three quarters of disabled people weren’t aware of the facilities available to them, with a number commenting that venues were inaccessible and that cost was a barrier to them.
Across Greater Manchester 19.43% of the population class themselves as disabled, with 44.6% being inactive, which is 2.2% higher than national figures. Through the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme the level of activity available has been increased and health and social care services linked into sport and physical activity. GOGA is running across Manchester, Rochdale and Wigan to increase levels of inactivity and offer inclusive sessions that anyone is able to attend.
Part of the research identified that health and social care along with the leisure sector need to work together to provide those with disabilities greater knowledge and provision. Through GOGA in Rochdale, the leisure provider Link4Life have been working with the Social Care services to promote their sessions and over the course of the programme have seen an increase in the number of disabled individuals accessing the sessions and their support working becoming involved as well, with noticeable difference in those attending. This has then influenced how they allocate their budgets to include physical activity.
Louise Entwistle, Development Officer (Inclusive Communities) commented;
"This is an area that across Greater Manchester we are focusing on. Working with our partners to increase the opportunities and understanding of barriers and the needs of individuals and groups, along with system wide change."
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