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19th May 2022

This week Katy and Angie visited Addlestone Victory Park Bowls Club to find out a little more about the club and their upcoming Open Day.  Join us in Friday’s virtual café at 11.30 am for more Get More Active Chat! Friday Virtual Cafe

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5th May 2022

“Get More Active update. This week Katy has been talking to Ted about his experience volunteering at parkrun for the first time. Join us in Friday’s virtual café at 11.30 am for more Get More Active Chat! Friday Virtual Cafe

24th March 2022

I hope everyone has managed to enjoy the warmer, sunnier weather this past week. Read about some activities that are returning for spring in the attached article

Parkrun International Women’s Day

With International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8th March, Katy shares some stories from women with disabilities and their experiences of parkrun. Join us here on Fridays at 11.30 for the Virtual Café and Get More Active chat.

Information for Professionals

GYA Social Care Activity Pack A guide for people working in social care to support disabled people to be more active. Produced by Get Yourself Active (Disability Rights UK). Mind toolkit for mental health providers A toolkit for mental health providers to deliver a sport and physical activity service. Produced by mental health charity Mind. Mind toolkit for…

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Claudia’s parkrun story

Here is Claudia Burrough’s story from the parkrun website in January 2019. Claudia is still participating regularly and has now completed 151 parkruns including Surrey parkruns Banstead Woods, Brooklands, Guildford Hazelwood, Homewood and Woking! I achieved my 50th parkrun exactly 53 weeks after completing my first parkrun last year. I credit parkrun as the biggest help in dealing…

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Parkrun – High-vis heroes!

Who are the high-vis heroes? The most important people at parkrun! Every parkrun event is organised solely by volunteers – without them parkrun does not happen. It’s as simple as that. There are many different roles you can do – some on the day and some behind the scenes and there is no need to commit to coming…

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Parkrun – You don’t have to run!

“Parkrun is all about inclusiveness and wellbeing. We want as many people as possible to feel part of a real local community brought together by our events, as well as our global parkrun family.”  Did you know, you don’t have to run at parkrun? You can walk, you can use a manual or power chair, you can volunteer…

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E-bike conversion kit

This week Katy has been looking at an e-bike conversion kit you can read all about it in the attached document or join us here on Friday at 11.30am to talk about the ways technology can assist us when we’re Getting More Active.

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Your latest activity news

Last week we had an interesting discussion about our favourite places to walk or wheel. There were lots of beautiful places around Surrey that we talked about as well as some places further afield. One common theme seemed to be being near water – either the sea or a river or lake. Join the conversation on Friday at…

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Return to the pool!

Find about Surrey Coalition member Claire Bellinger’s long-awaited return to the pool in the attached article This week I’ve been talking to Claire Bellinger, Surrey Coalition member about her long-awaited return to the swimming pool.  Claire tells me she first started swimming regularly 5 or 6 years ago when she requested a “buddy” to go swimming with her…

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Let’s dance!

As Strictly returns to our screens this Autumn, Katy looks at opportunities for inclusive dance in Surrey. Join the Get More Active chat group on Friday here to find out more.

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National Fitness Day 2021

Read all about how you can get involved in the upcoming National Fitness Day here. If you like, you can also use the attached background to share what fitness means to you – take a photo or a short video clip and share with the Coalition or using #Fitness2Me. You can see what fitness means to Katy in…

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Paralympics week 2

It’s been a phenomenal week at the Paralympics. Team GB has won an incredible number of medals and remains 2nd in the medal table with a total of 94 medals, 33 of which are gold. As day 9 continues on the other side of the world, Sarah Storey has just become GB’s most successful Paralympian ever winning her…

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Team GB – medal rush

As I write day 2 of the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is nearly over although there are still some events going on into the evening in Tokyo. It’s been hard to keep up with the successes of Team GB so far – there have been many! From the continuing success of Paralympic legends such as Dame Sarah Storey and…

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Tokyo paralympics 2020

There are now only 5 days to go until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and I can’t wait to watch some world class sporting competition and cheer on Team GB. Two weeks ago we showed the brilliant Channel 4 trailer – click here to watch it again and to see the signed and audio described versions.…

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In anticipation of Paralympics

With the Olympics over for another 3 years we are looking forward to the Paralympics. Not long to wait now as they start on the 24th August. In the meantime, watch this incredible trailer to get you ready!

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Access adventures

Our thanks to Beth for highlighting the activities run by Access Adventures at the Edge Adaptive Sports Centre, Herons Lake.  Access Adventures is a registered charity delivering life-changing adaptive sports & activities. Their mission: Improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through activity programmes Make sports & activities accessible and affordable for everyone with a disability Challenge…

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Inclusive cycling

The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that provides fun cycling sessions for children and adults with disabilities and differing needs. The programmes use specially adapted cycles and have specially trained volunteer leaders, enabling all participants to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of cycling. Most sessions are held on dedicated cycling or athletics…

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The return of Parkrun!

As England moved into stage 4 on Monday, final preparations were being made across the country for the safe return of mass participation sports events. This includes parkrun which last took place on March 14th 2020. I’m one of the organisers at Riddlesdown parkrun and I share the excitement of event directors throughout Surrey. We cannot wait to…

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VI tennis

Katy, our physical activity navigator, has been chatting to Luke Tye, one of our Board Directors, about his love for VI tennis. Read all about it below. Also, please visit physical activity news page for some information about hockey, wobble exercise and free personal training opportunities! And don’t forget to join the Get More Active chat group on…

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A sunday morning walk

– by Jonathan Fisher During the last week of June, Shepperton Rotary Clubs announced that their annual sponsored walk would take place on Sunday July 4. Because this charity supporter has generously donated to Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne Talking Newspaper, I decided that I should show our appreciation by taking part. From the accompanying notes, it reported that…

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Visit to YMCA

The YMCA sports and community Centre in Redhill is a fantastic venue in East Surrey. It has recently been extended to include an innovative inclusive sports facility allowing them to offer more disability sport and physical activities for people with disabilities and long-term ill-health.   Facilities include a state-of-the-art inclusive sports hall with 2 boccia courts and a…

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Cricket and Emily Reed

Summer has finally arrived and my thoughts this week have turned to cricket – at last rain will NOT be stopping play! Coalition member Emily Reed is an enthusiastic advocate of the game and I understand has a great drive! Emily plays with the Lords Taverners Super 1’s group in Epsom and she kindly agreed to answer some…

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30 days wild

June is 30 Days Wild month so this week I’d like to follow on from volunteering opportunities in the great outdoors and look at some other ways you can Get More Active whilst enjoying the wonderful countryside in Surrey. One of the easiest ways to enjoy the countryside is by walking if you are able. You can find…

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Open Water Swimming

I have a print above my desk that I glance at from time to time when working. It is entitled “Swim Wild” and has an ink drawing in shades of blue of a lady diving into water next to a poem by Steven Corbett: “What’s a worry, once you’re in? Let the lake evaporate all those thoughts on…

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How to start?

If you are thinking about Getting More Active but aren’t sure where to start here is a short blog with some top tips! Of course, you can also contact the Get More Active project for some friendly support and ideas. Email or phone/SMS text on 07434 865062 Get More Active – Getting Started! We are probably all aware of…

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