Dimensions - Getting Out There - Online!
To keep people connected, engaged and active whilst at home. The team were aware that lockdown presented problems for isolation; exercise is well known for its positive effects on mental health.
What was your response to Covid-19?
The team worked quickly to adapt services usually held in leisure centres online, so that participant’s physical health would not suffer:
- Healthy eating and growing vegetables
- Out There’s! got talent to help get comfortable with technology
- Kit loan for: Badminton, tennis, football cones, Karaoke machine, bingo calling cards.
- Out There Summer Olympics; a weekly program of physical challenges.
- Weekly picture quizzes, music quizzes and word searches.
- Weekly Zoom coffee morning
- Bespoke on line exercise videos from personal trainers.
What was the impact/benefits for people?
- The project is based in West Sussex, but people are participating across the SE of England because it is online.
- People’s use of and confidence with technology has grown.
- The Olympics challenges were greatly received and in some cases the highlight of the week.
Is the solution sustainable post-Covid?
There are plans to incorporate some of the activities such as the coffee mornings into the regular schedule of activities. The time under lockdown has shown the value of social media channels as a way of encouraging involvement and this will be continued. The team are also prepared should we experience another period of lockdown.
How can I find out more?
Alison Warner, project team, can be contacted via phone on 79175960090 if people wish to speak with us.