‘Do Something Different’ project gains national recognition

Councillor Carl Sherwood.
Councillor Carl Sherwood.
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North Lincolnshire Council’s ‘Do Something Different’ project for adults with a disability has gained national recognition as good practice for trying to solve inactivity.

The project has been chosen as a case study by ukactive for their latest publication ‘Steps to solving inactivity’. It will be an example of a physical intervention currently being delivered in the UK.

‘Do Something Different’ is a project for adults over 16 years-old with a disability. It provides health and physical activity sessions with the aim of helping to improve the health inequalities that these individuals face.

There are a range of sessions on offer including multi-sport activities, dancing and archery, plus much, much more. A lot of one-off events are also planned through this project to give people more opportunity to try something different.

‘Do Something Different’ is amongst 23 other physical activity programmes to have been chosen. Overall 952 programmes were submitted for the ukactive publication. There is only one other programme to be chosen from the region.

‘Steps to solving inactivity’ examines the latest rates of inactivity in each top tier local councils and provides examples of activity interventions currently being delivered in those local areas.

It seeks to support local authorities, public health professionals and the wider activity sector to strengthen the impact of their physical activity programmes, interventions and services by highlighting existing gaps in provision and sharing guidance on how to achieve best practice at a national level.

Councillor Carl Sherwood (pictured), cabinet member for customer services, sport and leisure, said: “’Do Something Different’ is a brilliant project that has really taken off in North Lincolnshire. It’s fantastic that it has received national recognition. This is down to the hard work of the team involved and the Disability Development Officer. This recognition shows that they are getting it right and making a difference to people’s lives.

“The project has become very popular and we always receive positive feedback from adults that have taken part and their carers. We wanted to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to take part in sporting activities, no matter what their ability is.”

For more information about the project contact Telle Medhurst on 01724 297238 or email: telle.medhurst@northlincs.gov.uk.

The report was published on 13 November at the ukactive National Summit and is available to download from: www.ukactive.com.