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A community survey across five areas in Rhondda Cynon Taf to understand levels of interest in and participation in all forms of physical activity. This is part of our Dynamic Communities project ...

A community survey across five areas in Rhondda Cynon Taf to understand levels of interest in and participation in all forms of physical activity. This is part of our Dynamic Communities project funded by Comic Relief. Contact the Project Leader, Mark Hutton (details on our website), for more information.



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  • Mark – Explain a brief about DC project (GREATER COMMUNITY INVOLEMENT) and structure of morning –WHATS HAPPENING ON THE GROUND (1-2-1 surveys grass roots) – SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERS (53 VOLUNTARY GROUPS) – WHERE CAN WE CREATE THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS (demonstration projects)Rhodri – PWU on one side deliver projects (like Mark’s) also so research/evaluation consultancy (WG – education policy) and idea we learn from each other and this report is an example of that + this research bit more interesting than what I usually to – coming across voluntary entitled ‘stich and bitch’ who have a rival ‘sewing group’ in same area and you wonder whether it’s them they bitch about…
  • Rhodri -In the presentation today we just going to briefly touch upon the data we used for the report, before outlining the findings.At the end of the presentation will have a discussion on the findings just to see whether the findings resonate with your experiences and to see if we can get some ideas on overcoming some of the issues.Important thing to remember throughout not here to use findings to criticise its more of way of finding solutions.These things you picked up on and may be addressingIf you have any questions please feel free to ask during presentation although there will be an opportunity at the end.
  • Rhodri -Cymmer, Glyncoch, Trealaw, Wattstown and Ynyshir – included all ages from 11 to above 65+ but the majority were working age adults. Also more men responded 60% , and 40% women.Strategy very good picks’ up on issues in this + recent research from British heart foundation. Now number who completed survey isn’t high enough to be representative if these population but if we take all the data sources used here together I think we are pretty confident the results provide good indication of situation of the ground amongst working age adults.
  • Rhodri - Two thirds are not.Mark - Evidence from the group mapping research (Hutton and Bowen, in press) showed there were limited numbers of these clubs in the communities with none found in Trealaw. Moreover, most of the sports clubs were either football or rugby clubs suggesting a limited choice of activities.
  • Rhodri – Explain how graph works. - Some of the respondents who stated walking as their activity had commented that their walking activity included “walking to the shop”. This is a assumption but I’m guessing twenty to thirty years ago people wouldn’t have seen this as exercise suggesting the bar is much lower now. those who exercise regularly are engaged in the gym and running / treatmill. This suggests that those paying for an activity such as a gym may help to commit people to exercising regularly – money or other form of commitment such as time banking may help people to commit better.Mark–These findings and insights from experiences thought engagement in sport and physical activity to find out that duplication of exercise classes (zumba exist and few or very limited activities on certain days of the week (Wednesday) low participants playing rugby (teams folding –Penygraig, no mini/junior set up at wattstown (volunteers/coaches issue) around the walking 3 out 5 areas run walk groups.
  • Rhodri – Don’t know what’. Some of these such as Poor health and cost are likely to be more prominent in communities first area. But the good news here is that not many said “Don’t enjoy it” or “Not interested” suggesting they could be motivated. I’m not sure about “can’t find time” – people have time watch ‘Four in a bed’. [say rats story if people flagging – use this when provide information]Mark - Although there was information available on what was on much of it was not up-to-date, personal experience of people saying don’t know what's on (Lady lived across the road from class that I delivered keep fit too for some 3 years, then found out) No tie up between communities firsts. Not sure what the answer is here……. Posters,flyers, mutli media
  • Rhodri - despite the majority (55%) rating their local sporting facilities as ‘very good’, ‘good’, or ‘ok’ the most common response was ‘ok’ and approximately 40% rated the facilities as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.Mark - lack of fit for purpose physical activities facilities, and whilst some areas such as Trealaw had up to seven (indoor and outdoor) fit for purpose areas close by for physical activities an area such as Wattstown only have three, but with some support and development areas exist to create others.
  • Rhodri - shows that overall those who were involved in physical activities in the community were satisfied with their experience with approximately two thirds very good’, ‘good’, or ‘ok’. Interestingly a lot ‘didn’t know’ not know probably due to lack of participation the proportion of satisfaction amongst those who have been involved activities are likely to be higher.
  • Rhodri – ‘This from those who do exercise’ that’s why percentages high. What I like about these findings is its not something were trying measure which is usually the best way – like when pencilling was found. Found a gender gap – gym commitment / football club. In support of this a recent British Heart foundation study highlighted that a smaller proportion of women (24%) than men (37%) self-reported that they were doing the recommended level of physical activity per week. But our graphs suggest difference could be more [see next slide reasons why].
  • Rhodri - Men are twice as likely as women to be members of physical activity group / sports club. Highlighting one of the reasons why women participate in physical activities less. Encouragingly one of RCT’s 2008-2014 Health Social Care and Well-being strategy priorities is to “encourage women and girls to become more active” providing a goal for relevant bodies to achieve. Mark - information on two voluntary physical activity type groups for women (numbers were very limited). The research highlighted that in order to be successful the groups needed to have a core group of committed members who would “organise everything”. For example as one group leader commented  “during our first season we didn’t apply for any funding or grants. Everything we did and bought we did ourselves as a team”. It suggests that current successful groups rely greatly on their own skills and capacities. Therefore to encourage more groups systems have to be develop to support start up and help sustain such groups.
  • Rhodri - women are more likely to state than males; that not being able ‘find the time’, ‘poor health’ and ‘looking after others’ acts as a barrier to their participation in physical activities.Mark - most physical activities were organised in the evening during which time children were home from school, hence meaning many women didn’t have the time or were looking after their children when activities were on. Mark’s experience has also highlighted that for certain age groups exercise is difficult as girls classes are very limited within the community and they can only attend leisure centers classes if over 16 years old or accompanied by an adult under 16 years old. Moreover, access to the gym is for plus 14 year olds.
  • Rhodri - We propose discussion points in order to help overcome some of the issues raised in this report. For further details turn page 18-19 in report.
  • Mark – Background in support time bank scheme for some 3 years
  • Rhodri - This doesn’t add up to 100% as many individual reasons but here are the top reasons provided – not tick box. Obviously ‘volunteer commitment and dedication has really stands out. Not specific for sports but includes sports which raised similar issuesMark – a lot of these groups have been running for some 5+ years, I believe good volunteers are the key to success and at the core of making things happen.
  • Rhodri – Again this doesn’t add up to 100% its just the main reasons showed.Mark – Many of the groups expressed the need for more volunteers, but having struggled to get them, deemed incentives and rewards as one of the keys.Common interest in the activity would need to be present for people to take part and volunteers in EXISTING ones.But would need to create opportunities for people to support new ones.
  • We propose a discussion point in order to help create more volunteers (GREATER COMMUNITY INVOLEMENT) TIME BANKING
  • Mark- There is a lot of work to get individuals to that point but the difference is can make can be massive for them personally (confidence, wellbeing) and the knock on effect from people they are benefiting.Mark- Volunteers are the main driving force, especially with sport provision
  • Mark- GIVE BASIC OUTLINE OF PROJECT – aims to fill so many outcomes for participants and receivers of activity.

Participation in sport and physical activity Participation in sport and physical activity Presentation Transcript

  • People and Work Unit Dynamic Communities: participation in sport by Mark Hutton and Rhodri BowenUned Pobl a Gwaith
  • Structure of presentation• Evidence to inform the report• Findings• Discussion• Findings from the report should not be used to make judgments or criticisms upon existing services; it should only be used as a way to help inform future developments.
  • Evidence for the reportMain source:• Online survey (101 respondents) on sport participation of five Community First areas within Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT)Other sources:• Mapping of 53 voluntary groups provision and explored why people become involved in voluntary groups within the community first areas• Other relevant studies and strategies e.g. Health Social Care and Well- being strategy• Insights of Mark Hutton
  • Findings: overall
  • Findings: overall
  • Findings: overall
  • Findings: overall
  • Findings: overall
  • Findings: gender
  • Findings: gender
  • Findings: gender Reasons why theyre not involved in physical activities25%20%15%10% 5% 0% Female Male
  • Discussion points (p.18-19)• Discussion point 1:Do the findings in the report resonate with you? If yes, any examples? If no, why not?• Discussion point 2: Ideas to explore for increasing overall participation in physical activities.• Discussion point 3: Ideas to explore for reducing the gender gap in terms of lack of women participation in physical activities.
  • People and Work Unit Dynamic Communities: voluntary group mapping by Mark Hutton and Rhodri BowenUned Pobl a Gwaith
  • What makes a successful group?
  • What would make people want to get involved?
  • Discussion point• Discussion point 4: Do we have any ideas on how to get more volunteers?
  • People and Work Unit Dynamic Communities: creating opportunities by Mark HuttonUned Pobl a Gwaith
  • Example of creating opportunities• Glyncoch health advocate project – Physical activity• Initial delivery of Walk & Talk by qualified staff• Individual participated with common interest• Opportunity to lead by providing training and support• Opportunity to delivery training by tutor training and support
  • Example of creating opportunities• Porth cluster – Community sports leaders project (pending)• Creating opportunities through ideas• Individual participate with common interest• Opportunity to lead by providing training and support• Opportunity to deliver a provision to others that does not currently exist
  • People and Work Unit Thank You / Diolchwww.peopleandworkunit.org.uk Uned Pobl a Gwaith