Live Active is an exercise referral project which aims to increase levels of physical activity amongst people are currently not active.
It is a joint initiative between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and its six local authority partners. Part of the initiative is the Motivator Project, which was launched in 2006 and is celebrating ten years of helping people lead a more active life.
The Live Active initiative sees patients referred to the scheme by their GP, or other healthcare professionals and sign up to 12 months of physical activity at a pace that suits them.
Volunteer motivators provide support and encouragement to individuals or small groups who have engaging in physical activity through the Live Active initiative.
The project is based on a peer support and buddying concept and across Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) there are 12 motivators.
After the initial referral to the project the patient meets an adviser (Live Active Advisor) who sets realistic activity goals that are suitable to the patient’s individual needs. The patient is then put in touch with the local motivator who has already been through the 12 month project and their main role is to provide support and advise.
The motivators are based in a variety of settings including leisure centres, gyms and exercise classes across GGC.
Fiona Watt, Health Improvement Senior (Physical Activity), NHSGGC, said: “This is a unique scheme which sees people who have already changed their lives through the project offer other their support and help.
“By socialising with new patients in the activity sessions the motivators ensure the new participants all feel comfortable. They also link with the advisor if new participants fail to attend any activity session or fall away from the class. The advisor can then set in place support mechanisms to encourage attendance.
“The ultimate aim of the motivator is to reduce people dropping off and stopping coming to the activity sessions by increasing social support. It is a voluntary role and undertaken by those who have already completed the full 12 months of the project and have demonstrated a positive attitude towards maintaining an active lifestyle.”
Comments from some of the participants when asked about how they felt about the motivators included “bit of banter with the chap XXX”, “someone to talk to”, “someone who wasn’t an instructor but of similar age certainly helped”.
A special anniversary event was held at the City Hall in Candleriggs last Thursday which brought together past and present motivators, advisors and participants on the project.
Notes to Editors
Live Active is a joint initiative between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and its six local authority partners and has been operating since 1997.
The initiative also provides other support services including nutrition, weight management and smoking.
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Pic: Fiona Watt, Health Improvement Senior (Physical Activity) (front left) with the current 12 Motivators at last week's celebration event.