Kilmarnock Amateur Weightlifting Club SCIO
Charity registered in Scotland SC049538
The club aims to provide health and wellbeing provision mainly to people in the community where it resides. The club also delivers sport specific training for a range of age groups for Olympic Weightlifting/Powerlifting. The development age group starts from 8 years old and there is no upper age limit. Pre COVID the Health and Wellbeing Officer (HWO) from the club delivered a range of health related provisions in the community including chair based exercise for older people, breakfast clubs, mental health and weight management support groups and diversionary activities for young people. Since COVID-19 pandemic the HDO has launched an online Health and Wellbeing programme. Shortlees is an area ranked highly in the SIMD, the HWO’s role and the Weightlifting clubs vision is to increase & encourage participation in Weightlifting and to work within the community to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the residents in Shortlees.
Digital Fitness will support adults living with disabilities, health conditions and older people who live in an area ranked highly on the SIMD. People will be identified in Shortlees by working in partnership with groups and organisations who work locally such as the school, Atrium Holmes, community groups and Vibrant Communities. There will be a referral process where workers and community members can refer people who meet the criteria, people will also be able to self-refer. The criteria will be that they have a health condition or disability and/or are 65+ years, live in Shortlees and need support getting digitally connected. The digital learning and health related aspect of the programme will coincide embedding the digital learning in to day to day support activities in the hope to alleviate fears, increase confidence and motivation. There will be an initial 1:1 assessment for each person participating to assess health and digital needs and skills. The SCVO digital skills toolkit will be used here, physical measurements and assessments and a mental wellbeing measurement will also be taken. Physical measurements will depend on an individual’s goals and needs. A support plan will be devised for the person based on discussions and measurements and SMART goals will be set by the individual. The participant will receive support on a weekly basis to work towards achieving their goals, the number of weeks the participant will take to achieve their goals will depend on the individual and may range between 6-12 weeks of support. Weekly online group Chair Fit exercise class will be encouraged, encouraging participants to use digital skills they have been learning to participate in activity that will improve health, reduce isolation and loneliness. At 3 week intervals, measurements and assessments including a self-assessment questionnaire will be carried out to show progression towards goals. 1:1 and group sessions whether they are face to face or online will last for 1 hour maximum. The club’s Health and Wellbeing Officer will lead the programme supported by sessional staff and volunteers. Participants will be encouraged to use their own devices if they have them so they are familiar with the devices. If the devices are outdated or if they do not have a device, one will be sourced for them. Where possible, refurbished devices will be purchased from INPUT, a charity who have been helping people become digitally connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Referral criteria outlined and circulated amongst local groups/organisations/community. Start receiving first referrals for the programme
First cohort of participants completing the programme (12 weeks)but continuing to engage with health and wellbeing activities being provided by KAWLC SCIO
6 month review of programme - supported 10 people through the programme to completion and supported them in to health and wellbeing activities provided by KAWLC.
12 month review of programme supported 20 people through the programme to completion and supported them in to health and wellbeing activities provided by KAWLC.
Digital Fitness consisted of a weekly 1 hour group session which people could attend face to face or via Facebook chat. The programme also involved regular contact throughout the week via Facebook messenger (group and private between the leader and the participant) and Facebook private group which allowed peer support as well as support from the programme leader. Each person also got a 1:1 consultation before starting the programme and 1:1 consultation after 6 weeks of taking part in the programme to see how they had done working towards their goals. The group was tailored to who was in attendance, reflecting back on their previous week's goals and setting new goals for the following week and to cover some learning. Some people used the hour as a bit of "me time" to get their Learn My Way modules done and some treated it as more of an interactive session to talk through their various goals with the leader Sophie and with each other. Sophie also introduced participants to exercise activities, sign posting to the Chair Fit exercise class she delivers in the community, giving gym inductions at the Weightlifting Club gym along with a 6 month free membership to those who wanted it, sign posting to a local walking group and helping with eating well.