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Angus Activity Programme for People with a Long-term Condition

Angus Cardiac Group is the lead partner in The Angus Activity Programme, working in partnership with Angus Alive (formerly Angus Council Leisure Services) and NHS Tayside (Angus).

The aim of the project is: ‘To improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of all those in Angus with a long term condition (LTC) and their carers, through increased access to exercise including the BE ACTIVE …live well programme’.

Since its inception in 2002, the Partnership has been successful in obtaining funding from a number of sources. Starting with provision of community cardiac exercise rehabilitation classes in Angus, the programme now offers classes to help people with any long-term condition manage their health better by being physically active.

Supervised physical activity opportunities are delivered within the community at 8 local authority venues in Angus.  The programme is marketed under the umbrella of BE ACTIVE…live well. There are 44 classes delivered weekly in Angus. Seated exercise, aqua fit, circuit classes, and gym-based classes are available.

Participants access the programme via referral from health practitioners and rehabilitation services (primarily cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation) but self-referral is also an option.  Exercise Instructors within the scheme are highly qualified and experienced in dealing with a wide range of health conditions, and participants include those with heart disease, lung problems, stroke, arthritis, Parkinson’s, and mental health issues.  The programme is designed to encourage people to participate at a level that is right for them as an individual and consults are conducted to ensure a safe and effective exercise programme for each person.

In addition to the classes offered in leisure centres, we also have a very successful volunteer project.  There are over 40 registered volunteers who have received accredited seated exercise training and are supported to deliver sessions in venues such as care homes, sheltered housing complexes and long-term condition support groups.  More than 20 different groups are currently running across Angus.  One-to-one sessions are also offered as an option for people in their own homes.

How to Get Involved!

To join an exercise class:  

Contact your local leisure centre where you can pick up an application form and timetable of classes. Your health practitioner can also refer you. Details of the classes can be found on the Angus Alive website (http://www.angusalive.scot/angusalive/homepage/3/).  The classes are listed under the BE ACTIVE….live well banner.

Volunteering:

We need volunteers to take on various roles including as exercise leaders, assistant exercise leaders, and helpers. Exercise leaders and assistants receive a four hour “Revitalyz” training session. All volunteers receive appropriate training, are supported by the Volunteer Co-ordinator and are provided with all necessary equipment as well as a “starter” pack which includes a sweatshirt, water bottle and tee shirt. No previous experience is necessary and all travel expenses are paid (claim form here).

To volunteer please complete the application form here, or to obtain further information about volunteering, please contact Katy Webster.

UPDATE (15.11.2012) – Phase II of the project has now been completed – full report here.  Financial report here. UPDATE (16.11.2012)“Be Active . . . Live Well” booklet available here.

UPDATE (16.11.2012) – New “Buddy” scheme entitlement form can be downloaded here.

UPDATE (23.12.12) – Funding bid application to “Impact” fund here.

UPDATE (23.12.12) – Funding bid to the Scottish Government here, with previous spend here and anticipated spend here.

UPDATE (30.06.13) – Funding bid application to “Impact” fund here.

UPDATE (30.06.13) – Funding bid application to ACHP here.

UPDATE (20.11.13) – Project news here.

UPDATE (02.09.14) – Project update here. Appendix 1 here, appendix 2 here, appendix 3 here, appendix 4 here, appendix 5 here, appendix 6 here and appendix 7 here.

UPDATE (23.10.14) – NHS funding 1st year report here. Appendix 1 here, appendix 2 here, appendix 3 here, appendix 4 here, appendix 5 here, appendix 6 here and appendix 7 here.

UPDATE (22.01.15) – Project update here.

UPDATE (07.04.15) – Project report to Health & Social Care Alliance here.   Appendix 2 here, appendix 3 here, appendix 4 here, appendix 5 here.

UPDATE: (18.06.15) – Summary of volunteer project here and appendix here.

UPDATE: (30.10.15) – Project Report to the NHS here. Appendix 1 here and appendix 2 here.

UPDATE: (30.10.15) – Project Report to the Health & Social Care Alliance here. Appendix 2 here, appendix 3 here, appendix 4 here and appendix 5 here.

UPDATE: (19.12.15) – Funding application to the Health & Social Care Alliance can be read here.

UPDATE: (19.12.15) – Application to the “Transforming Self-management Fund) can be read here.

UPDATE: (05.02.16) – Project Summary here.