Age refers to either a person that belongs to a particular age, such as 49 year olds, or a range of ages, such as 12 to 18 year olds or over 65s.
Sport Wales (24 June 2013)
Give PE Top Status in Welsh schools to tackle ‘obesity time-bomb’ – report
The move would put PE on a par with English, Welsh, maths and science as a subject on which school provision must be formally and regularly assessed and for which all teachers must be thoroughly prepared during their initial training.
This single recommendation is contained in a report on Physical Activity in Schools prepared by a review group under the leadership of legendary Paralympian, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
It was presented today to the Minister for Education and Skills Leighton Andrews and Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths.
In it the group commends the Welsh Government's commitment to making 'physical literacy' as important in schools as reading, writing and numeracy. However, they maintain that giving PE core-subject status is the only way to make this aspiration a reality. The report points out that Wales would become the first nation globally to take this step.......
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Youth Sport Trust (15 May 2013)
5-year plan announced by YST
The Youth Sport Trust has today revealed details of its direction and priorities for the next 5 years with the publication of a new Strategic Plan.
The Trust has been devoted to changing young people's lives through sport since 1994. In that time the organisation has gained knowledge and understanding of how PE and sport can make a lasting difference to young people's lives and impact on academic achievement, school ethos and whole school standards.................................................................................
It offers a simple overview of the Trust's vision and future ambitions for the period 2013-2018 and makes clear that:
- every child needs the best possible sporting start in life
- all young people deserve a sporting chance
- all young people should be supported to achieve their sporting best in school and in life.
Within the plan the Youth Sport Trust has set some ambitious targets over the next 5 years to have:
- changed the lives of one million primary school children
- reached 250,000 young leaders, volunteers and teachers, dedicating time to change young people's lives
- enabled 2.5 million young people to achieve their personal best
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EuroHealth Net Healthy Ageing reports (14 May 2013)
Global Alliance survey on the principles that should be included in a UN Convention on the rights of older persons
UN Member States are meeting in the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) to consider proposals for new human rights instruments to protect the rights of older people globally. While UN conventions are agreed by governments, support cannot be built without the backing and advocacy of older people. Civil society plays a key role in making this happen and in holding governments to account for the decisions they make.
That is the reason why the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People requests call for people’s contribution to produce a “Statement of Principles” that will unite older people’s voices and tell governments what civil society wants a new human rights instrument to deliver.
If you wish you can participate in the consultation survey available online as an individual or as an organization until15 June 2013, using the link, here.
Source of information
Cricket for Change (19 April 2013)
Lloyds TSB Foundation to support young disabled people with Team Tufnell
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded Cricket for Change a grant of £36,000 over two years. The funding will go towards the organisation’s new Team Tufnell project - a sport based “training for work” programme supporting disabled young people who are not in education, employment, or training.
The Team Tufnell project will engage with young disabled people, providing them with the opportunity to gain a sports coaching qualification and be part of the charity’s development team. This project builds on the charity’s previous ‘Hit the Top’ programme, extending it to include more work focused training and work placements...........
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Came across this in April...
Age UK - Supporting Impact and Change Project
Sporting Equals were commissioned by Age UK to deliver the ‘Supporting Impact and Change Project’ in June 2012. This project is an extension of the existing Age UK fit as a fiddle (faaf) cascade faith and community strand which was delivered by Sporting Equals in 2010/11 for black and minority ethnic (BME) older people (55+) across England.
The Supporting Impact and Change project focuses on key interventions for target audiences which include the South Asian, Polish and Chinese communities. The projects objective is to help support BME older people from these communities to become more active and to lead healthier lifestyles.
The project aims to tackle health inequalities by designing and delivering bespoke volunteer development packages supporting healthier lifestyle engagement strategies for older BME communities. The projects focus is on the following three core areas:
• Physical Activity
• Healthy Eating
• Mental Wellbeing
The project will create culturally sensitive training packages and also support the development of staff and volunteers through ‘train the trainer’ training, to ensure learning and delivery can continue after Supporting Change and Impact funding ends.................
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People are covered in the workplace by the Equality Act 2010 if they are directly or indirectly discriminated against or harassed because of their age. Age discrimination though is not unlawful when it occurs within services and public functions, or when it relates to premises or education. However, age discrimination in the provision of services may become unlawful in the future, likely to be in April 2012.
- UK Millenium Cohort Study on Childhood Obesity
- Older People, Sport and Physical Activity - A Review of Key Issues - digest (November 2004)
- Older People, Sport and Physical Activity - A Review of Key Issues - Full Report (November 2004)
- Improving Physical Literacy (Sport Northern Ireland February 2008)
- A Baseline Survey Of Timetabled PE In Post Primary Schools In Northern Ireland - 2010 (Sport Northern Ireland)
- A Baseline Survey Of Timetabled PE In Primary Schools In Northern Ireland - 2009 (Sport Northern Ireland)
Recent publications - from 2012 onwards
Physical Literacy – an all-Wales approach to increasing levels of physical activity for children and young people Schools and Physical Activity. Schools and Physical Activity Task and Finish Group, Welsh Government, June 2013 (24 pages)
The current core subjects in Wales are - English, Welsh (as a first language), mathematics, and science. Currently physical education is a Foundation subject. The Group believes that making physical education a core subject would give the subject the same status as mathematics, Welsh and English, with measurable and significant outcomes for making physical literacy as important a development skill as reading and writing.
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Older adults: Practical strategies for promoting physical activity. Practice briefing. British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, June 2013 (14 pages)
The purpose of this briefing is to provide commissioners and physical activity and health professionals with evidence based recommendations and practical strategies to consider when planning, developing and delivering activities to promote physical activity in older
adults (adults aged 65 and older).
These recommendations offer guidelines for best practice. While it would be beneficial for physical activity initiatives to incorporate all of the recommendations given in this document, this may not always be feasible. We therefore advise that initiatives try to incorporate as many recommendations as possible.
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Youth Sport Trust Sport Changes Lives: Strategic Plan – 2013-18. Youth Sport Trust, May 2013 (15 pages)
The plan outlines the Trust's core purpose, values and the impact it aims to achieve over the next 5 years - all underpinned by its mission to use the power of sport to change young people's lives. It offers a simple overview of the Trust's vision and future ambitions for the period 2013-2018.
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The State of the World’s Children 2013: children with disabilities. Executive summary. UNICEF, April 2013 (28 pages)
The 2013 edition of The State of the World’s Children is dedicated to the situation of children with disabilities. The report examines the barriers – from inaccessible buildings to dismissive attitudes, from invisibility in official statistics to vicious discrimination – that deprive children with disabilities of their rights and keep them from participating fully in society.
It also lays out some of the key elements of inclusive societies that respect and protect the rights of children with disabilities, adequately support them and their families, and nurture their abilities – so that they may take advantage of opportunities to flourish and make their contribution to the world.
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Agenda for later life 2013: Improving later life in tough times. Age UK, April 2013 (132 pages)
Each year, Age UK stands back and takes an overview of how society is meeting the needs of people in later life and sets out our agenda for public policy in the year ahead.
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Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children 2013. Briefing paper. Child Protection in Sport Unit, NSPCC, May 2013 (5 pages)
This briefing paper describes the new Working Together 2013 guidance is a single 97 page document replacing: Working together to safeguard children (2010), the Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families (2000) and Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (2007).
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Ready for Ageing? Report. House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change. 14 March 2013 (105 pages)
The UK population is ageing rapidly, but we have concluded that the Government and our society are woefully underprepared. Longer lives can be a great benefit, but there has been a collective failure to address the implications and without urgent action this great boon could turn into a series of miserable crises.
The Committee focused on the implications of an ageing population for individuals and public policy in the near future, the decade 2020–2030.
Key projections about ageing include:
- 51% more people aged 65 and over in England1 in 2030 compared to 2010
- 101% more people aged 85 and over in England in 2030 compared to 20102
- 10.7 million people in Great Britain can currently expect inadequate retirement incomes3
- over 50% more people with three or more long-term conditions in England by 2018 compared to 20084
- over 80% more people aged 65 and over with dementia (moderate or severe cognitive impairment) in England and Wales by 2030 compared to 2010.
Fit as a fiddle: delivering physical activity for older disabled people. Age UK, October 2012 (26 pages)
This guide was produced with and for Age UK to support older disabled people in fitness. It has been written by the EFDS based on experience from its well-established Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) programme. The IFI programme supports the leisure industry to become accessible to disabled people and encourage more disabled people to take part inphysical activity. Recommendations and good practice are supported by learning and project outcomes of Age UK Fit as a Fiddle, which champions physical activity, healthy eating and wellbeing programmes for older people.
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Fit as a fiddle: Engaging faith and BME communities in activities for wellbeing. Age UK and Sporting Equals, July 2012 (36 pages)
This guide aims to provide general advice and guidance on how to engage older people from faith and BME communities in physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing activities. This guide draws on learning and best practice from the Sporting Equals delivery of the Fit as a Fiddle faith and community cascade training programme.
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The EU Contribution to Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. European Commission, August 2012 (24 pages)
Released within the frame of the European Year 2012, the brochure presents the EU’s efforts regarding the active ageing agenda, showing that it is a strong partner in this regard.
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