In 2018, Volunteering Matters launched an inclusive volunteering toolkit built on learning from the GOGA programme, partners and localities.
Get Out, Get Active
Delivered by Activity Alliance, the focus of Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) is to increasing participation in fun and inclusive physical activity so that disabled and non-disabled people can enjoy this recreational activity together.
The project in numbers
Project start date
Get Out, Get Active was initially a four-year initiative to get people active in eighteen locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The focus is on increasing participation in fun and inclusive physical activity so that disabled and non-disabled people can enjoy this recreational activity together. Our £4.5 million award funded a UK-wide consortium led by the Activity Alliance who will deliver Get Out Get Active.
Due to its success, we have awarded an additional £3million, incl. additional investment from Sport England and LMCT, to extend the programme for a further three years, extending its reach to new communities throughout the UK.
To date it has engaged more than 20,000 inactive people across the UK, and is meeting the challenge of reaching the least active, with 7 out of 10 participants who join the project admitting to doing less than 20 minutes physical activity a day, and half to doing none.
Retention data shows two out of three of regular attendees are sustaining their increased physical activity levels. Furthermore it is, as it set out to be, a genuinely inclusive programme with 32% of GOGA participants self-identifying as disabled.
Wellbeing data from participants shows statistically significant increases in their average rating of life satisfaction against an initial baseline below the national average. It also shows a greater proportion of GOGA participants reporting low, or very low, levels of anxiety following participation in the programme, compared to pre-participation levels – again against a starting point below the national average.
Almost one in five of the UK’s population are disabled – and more than two thirds of them want to be more active. Get Out Get Active aims to improve community cohesion in the delivery locations by enhancing the provision of physical activities for people with a disability. We know that physical activity increases independence and builds confidence – and this in turn benefits communities and the economy.
- Increase participation in physical activity where disabled and non-disable people can be active together
- Improve community cohesion by enhancing the provision of physical activities for disabled people in delivery areas
GOGA is successfully tackling inactivity, one of the greatest health inequalities of our time, supporting the least active disabled and non-disabled people to become and stay active together.
Chief Executive, Spirit of 2012