Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Prevention and early diagnosis of functional and cognitive decline, Assisted daily living, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering).
If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
GoodGym has been developed with older people in Tower Hamlets. It emerged as as a collaboration between one runner and one older person as a solution to both of their needs. The project has an older person's representative on it's steering group and is always seeking older people's advice on where we can increase it's impact or improve it from their perspective. GoodGym is a community of runners and aims to continue to be led by those that use it.
Our steering group includes representatives from all stakeholders, including runners, funders, National Health Service older people and partner organisations.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
GoodGym is operating in five areas in the UK. We are using the Warwick Edinburgh Wellbeing Score and the EQ5D health score to evaluate our social impact in these areas. The project is continually increasing the amount of older people it impacts on.
Alongside benefits on older people, it also has benefits on the runners:
92.54% of our our members agree or strongly agree that GoodGym increases their motivation to exercise.
61.29% of runners do not volunteer outside GoodGym and 19.7 % did not have a regular exercise routine prior to GoodGym.
Well-being and fitness levels are now being evaluated. Early results from the WMWBS statistics are showing an overall statistically significant improvement in wellbeing.
"Since starting GG I have gone from a reluctant, and very occasional, jogger to entering my first half marathon. My GG coach visits get me into my trainers and out of the door and have provided me with a (fun and interesting) basis for regular running regime."
GoodGym creates longterm relationships between isolated older people and runners. Our average retention is over 18 months.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
GoodGym is attempting to scale in a bottom-up demand-driven way. A challenge is how we create a great team in each area that is driven by local demand. Our challenge is to create a process that will allow anyone to set up the project in a way that ensures quality and sustainability.