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Get Yourself Active Launch Event

Get Yourself Active Launch Event

The Get Yourself Active Launch event took place at the Pakistan Room, Oval on 30 June 2015

View launch video on Youtube

The launch of Get Yourself Active was a great success which was well attended, with some thought provoking presentations and insightful discussions. Most importantly delegates showed real enthusiasm for the project and this was evident through the commitments people made to support us in our work. On this page you will find photos of the day and presentations from speakers and for more information see our press release. Watch this space for our launch video which includes interviews with key stakeholders on the day.

Phil Friend, Steering Group Chair - Get Yourself Active

Phil Friend chaired the whole event and did an excellent job of keeping speakers to time and creating a friendly and upbeat atmosphere. 

Sian Lockwood, CEO of Community Catalysts
Sian Lockwood, CEO of Community Catalysts kicked off with a key note speech about Personalisation, Health and Wellbeing with particular reference to the Care Act and the Five Year Forward View. In true Community Catalysts style Sian told some great stories about community micro-enterprise offering physical activity and sports services to local people with personal budgets. Community Catalysts work hard to harness the talents and imaginations of people in communities and organisations to provide imaginative solutions to complex social issues.
Sian's presentation can be found here. For more information about Community Catalysts visit their website.

Leanne Wightman, Project Manager - Get Yourself Active

Leanne Wightman, Get Yourself Active Project Manager was up next with an insight into what the project is about and why we need to work with partners, using insight from English Federation of Disability Sport and In Control. Leanne’s key message – please work with us to break down barriers to participation and promote choice and control for disabled people. See Leanne’s presentation here.

Laura Horton, Deputy CEO LCiL and Justin Hammond Business Transitions Manager at Leicester City Council

Laura Horton deputy CEO at Leicester Centre for Integrated Living was accompanied by Justin Hammond business transitions manager in the adult social care team at Leicester City Council to talk us through why it’s so important that we work closely with our colleagues in health and social care to make real changes to the way people use personal budgets. Both Laura and Justin explained that they work closely across sectors to improve quality of life for disabled people locally. See Laura and Justin’s presentation here.

Leicester Centre for Integrated Living are a local delivery partner for Get Yourself Active, to find out more about the organisation check out their website.

Tom Bell, Get Yourself Active - Cheshire CIL and Sarah Tilling, Strategic Lead Voluntary Sector - Active Cheshire

Thomas Bell, local Get Yourself Active coordinator at Cheshire Centre for Integrated Living and Sarah Tilling voluntary sector strategic lead at Active Cheshire discussed the significance of the relationship with sport providers with particular reference to County Sports Partnerships. Both talked about the positive relationship between CCIL and Active Cheshire and the practical support that can be offered to disabled people through this work. Tom and Sarah's presentation can be found here.

Cheshire Centre for Independent Living are a local delivery partner for Get Yourself Active, to find out more about the organisation check out their website.

Please visit the Active Cheshire website to find out what they do locally and the CSP Network website to find out about the role of County Sports Partnerships.

Amanda Nelson and Tom Fadden

Amanda Nelson, Deputy CEO of Equal Lives (Norfolk) and Tom Fadden, Get Yourself Active coordinator gave an insight into the opportunities for disabled people using personal budgets for physical activity. Tom talked through his experience of using personal budgets for physical activity and sport, the challenges, the opportunities and most importantly how he made it happen. Tom and Amanda’s presentation can be found here.

Equal Lives are a local delivery partner for Get Yourself Active, to find out more about the organisation check out their website.

Sue Bott - Deputy CEO, Disability Rights UK

Sue Bott had the after lunch slot and managed to keep everyone engaged with a talk about why Disability Rights UK are so passionate about better health and wellbeing outcomes for disabled people through physical activity and sport. She said a big thanks to Sport England for funding DR UK to lead this project and made a call to action to delegates to support the project.

Round table discussions

The discussion groups were a good opportunity for delegates to get their thinking caps on about what they think are the opportunities and challenges for the project and what they think they can do to support. Some of the emerging keys themes;
  • We need to be able to share information effectively with disabled people about what is available, this continues to be a challenge locally and nationally
  • We need to share stories of good practice and outcomes for people with our partners and interested individuals, groups and organisations
  • We need a common language that everybody understands when working across health and social care and sports sectors. It needs to mean something to disabled people!!
  • We need to continue to be aspirational, no matter what challenges and barriers we come up against – in the end, Get Yourself Active is about having fun!

Lisa O'Keefe - Director of Sport, Sport England

Finally our key note speaker Lisa O’Keefe ended the day on a high explaining why Sport England have funded Get Yourself Active and why it is so crucial to create innovative and creative opportunities for disabled people to take part in physical activity and sport. Lisa made clear that Sport England wants to promote sport for everyone, not just ‘sporty’ people!

Sport England are the funder for the Get Yourself Active project, to find out more about their work visit their website.