SASP's Involvement in The Richmond Group of Charities Case Study

SASP's Involvement in The Richmond Group of Charities Case Study

Posted: Fri, 29 Apr 2022 13:28

SASP's Involvement in The Richmond Group of Charities Case Study

SASP are proud to have been part of The Richmond Group of Charities case study, which accompanies the physical activity and long term conditions resource pack

The Richmond Group of Charities have developed a series of Physical Activity and Long Term Health Conditions Resource Packs aimed at the sport and physical activity sector, health and care organisations and the health and care workforce.

Moving Miracles in Rural Somerset

West Somerset is a large isolated rural area with only 34,000 people and limited transport links. A third of the population is over 65 years old and two thirds are living with at least one long term condition. Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) works with several local and national partners to promote and provide physical activity. What the project involved SASP recruited a team of ten local Ambassadors with various long term health conditions, known as "Miracle Makers", who brought stories to life about how physical activity has made a difference to them, and inspired confidence and optimism. They have amplified messages, engaged in programmes and are now seeking local voluntary roles over and above the Ambassador role to build on their interest and passions.

Key to the success of embedding the work into healthcare was providing leadership, allyship and support. SASP attended operational meetings through their relationship with Public Health and the Clinical Commissioning Group during the COVID-19 pandemic. The shared goal of using physical activity for condition specific work and prevention was the driver. During the first COVID-19 lockdown, SASP undertook a mailout survey for people with long term conditions – those on the shielding list – 27,500 people across Somerset. The significant response to the survey highlighted loneliness and isolation across the region but also provided insight into digital connectedness, physical activity preferences, motivations and barriers, and how the number of long term conditions and number of house occupants closely relates to participation levels.

Recommendations and next steps from the last two years' work: • identifying shared goals across stakeholders is key; • involve experts by experience and target audience in service design; • identify training needs and awareness of those working with long term conditions; • target conduit channels e.g. friends and families as well as direct to the audience; • involve healthcare professionals to test process mechanisms where possible.

Impact of the project The shielded survey was analysed by the University of Exeter and looked at digital engagement and confidence as well as existing and changes to activity levels. This was followed by a small focus group who provided valuable insight and enabled co-design of new programmes for people at home and in the community. Being flexible, responsive, energetic, resourceful, communicative, knowledgeable and positive was key to relationship building. Linking with the NHS has made SASP a trusted partner for individuals as well as system partners, which allows continuous development of programmes and insight. The healthcare system is now approaching SASP as the physical activity experts – from pre-surgical medicine team pilots, post-covid recovery services, stroke, Integrated Rehab, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, social prescribing and other services across primary and secondary care to understand the support physical activity can provide and how SASP can connect them to these. They seek guidance from SASP on how to build physical activity into care pathways and beyond, understanding and trusting more the role community opportunities can have in prevention, rehabilitation and self-management, and employing Social Prescribers in partnership with Primary Care Networks.

"There has been a lot of change in the Integrated Care System (ICS) and local healthcare landscape but having key relationships with existing people in the Clinical Commissioning Group helped with embedding SASP as a strategic partner – stakeholders trust us to work collaboratively to make people's lives better through physical activity." Lianne Clarke, SASP Active Ageing Manager

Tags: Active Lives, Adult Participation, Inclusive

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    CPSU
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    EDF
    Somerset CCG
  • SAPHTO
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
    Lifeline
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK