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number of projects

6

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total funding

£22,899

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funding average

£3,817


Overview

Kent Sport has awarded funding to six projects across Kent and Medway targeting people with a long-term health condition. These projects received a total of £22,899, with a project funding average of £3,817.

Activity types included:

  • online pilates and yoga
  • virtual walking challenges
  • virtual chairobics
  • Active 50 sessions
  • boxing for dementia

I feel I have a bit of life back. I feel safe walking into my kitchen to make a tea or going for a walk to the end of my corridor to keep my legs working. It’s so lovely to see you and talk to someone and because I know you are coming back next week I have it keep it up don’t I!

Participant, Age UK Hythe and Lyminge



Impact

  • Increased mobility
  • Increased social connectedness
  • Development of new and existing friendships
  • Reduced isolation and loneliness
  • Increased confidence to move more

I have thoroughly enjoyed the yoga classes with Bernie. I felt attached to other like-minded people, which is great. It’s given me the enthusiasm to carry it on.

Participant, Kent MS Therapy Centre



Key learnings

  1. Regular contact. Speak regularly and openly with your participants. This will allow you to get to know your audience, build up trust and find out the best ways to communicate with them.
  2. Cater for varied audiences. Participants may be a of varying abilities so consider how you can support and signpost as they get fitter, learn new skills, or want to try new activities.
  3. Link in with local partners. Partners may be able to provide advice, facilities, equipment, training and contacts. Identify local partners such as charities, voluntary services and GP practices who want to achieve the same goal.
  4. Offer a range of activities. Consider how your sessions can remain fun and engaging for all participants. Consult with participants to find out what they would like the sessions to look like.

The challenge has become participant led, providing much needed motivation and encouragement. It has given participants a purpose and provided but physical and mental support. Participants have grown friendships and have reported how uplifted they feel as a result of the project.

Friendly Faces, Kent