Day in the Life of a Golf Activator

Hi, I’m Gilly, the lead Activator in West Surrey.  In the first of a series of blogs, I will be endeavouring to give you an insight into some of the programmes that Community Golf deliver.  On a Thursday, I deliver weekly sessions to three very distinctive groups. Our first group, comprises the lovely Frances and her dementia friends support group.  The group consists of (mostly over 65’s) who have either been diagnosed with dementia or their friends and loved ones have.  I set up two skills games and give all the participants ample time to practice before the league game is scored.  The group are very competitive and there’s always cheering (and mild jeering) each other on to see who comes out on top! The second group, are a group of young adults with learning difficulties.  They are always full of energy from the minute I turn up to the minute I leave.  I set up two games alongside golf on their games console and let them play the games for the full hour recording their best score.  We always have music on in the background so there’s a great atmosphere (with some not so great singing) for the duration of the session.  At the end of the session, we award the best golfer of the day with a wristband, which is always met with spontaneous cheering and celebrations. The final session of the day, is a more relaxed session the group at Brockhill (60+), are a lovely bunch who enjoy a cup of tea, slice of cake and a good old chat alongside their golf games.  This doesn’t mean that they aren’t...

Improving Activity, Reducing Isolation and Promoting Social Inclusion for Young People with Special Educational Needs

Marjorie McClure School (in Chislehurst, Kent) is “an outstanding school with a strong sense of community that values each individual pupil, whatever their special educational needs or disability”. The school identified a number of learning outcomes for their nominated group:  To increase physical activity, To promote leadership and confidence skills and To reduce isolation and promote social inclusion. Community Golf designed a specific programme across three groups with a total of 23 participants aged 16-19.                                                                                  ...

Inclusive golf Runnymede – Sessions for young adults with disabilities improving Health and Well-Being

Community Golf programmes are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive and our objectives are to promote physical activity and lead to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing. Throughout the 10-week programme, we introduced 18 (12 Male and 6 Female) young adults to a range of putting and chipping skills challenges by using 10 different fun golf activities.   All participants thoroughly enjoyed trying new activities and socialising together.                                          ...

Inclusive Golf Runnymede – Sessions for older people in Runnymede improving Health and Well-being

It is well documented that exercise can improve both physical and mental wellbeing and this was observed with many of the participants during the sessions.  Through our innovative format, we aim to make it easier for people to pick up a club and have a go in a comfortable “no frills” environment. This programme brought 14 people (4 Male and 10 Female), aged 60-92 together to participate in 10 weekly one hour sessions.  All participants thoroughly enjoyed trying new activities and socialising together.                                        ...

GET SET, GET ACTIVE – IMPROVING ACTIVITY, REDUCING ISOLATION AND PROMOTING SOCIAL INCLUSION FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Our low impact Community Golf programme which consists of putting and chipping skills are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive.  Our objectives are to promote physical activity and lead to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing. Through generous funding from the Wimbledon Foundation, Age UK Merton used their Get Set, Get Active Fund grant to grow their healthy living activities for older people in Merton. We had a fantastic 10 weeks playing golf with everyone at Age UK Merton. Exercising in your 70s ‘may stop brain shrinkage’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20026099                                          ...

Community Golf calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco Bags fund

      Community Golf is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Community Golf is one of the groups on the shortlist. At Community Golf, one of our priority objectives is to promote exercise and activity for older people.  We do this by introducing our low impact 1-hour weekly sessions to the 60+ age group, which consists of putting and chipping skills games. Through our innovative format, we aim to make it easier for people to pick up a club and have a go in a comfortable “no frills” environment. Research has shown that exercise can improve both individual physical and mental well-being, so our 60+ programme enables all participants to have fun whilst being active with friends old and new.  The low impact intensity of golf means that it can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of ability, age or previous experience. Our adaptive equipment enables all abilities/disabilities the opportunity to play and for many, experience a sport new to them. Mandy Jarvis, Director of Operations, Community Golf, said: “We are absolutely elated to be shortlisted – this gives the local community the opportunity to help us continue with our much loved 60+...