Bob Laventure is joining forces with the University of Bath in a pilot project, funded by the MRC, looking at the effect of volunteer peer mentors in engaging and supporting older people to be more active. The project will also consider the views and outcomes for the peer activity motivators themselves.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence in 2006 published its guidance on Four commonly used methods to increase physical activity.
It links to the published guidance and key documents.
To download this document, click here.
Someone Like Me: Increasing Participation in Physical Activity Among Seniors With Senior Peer Health Mentors
Abstract presented at the 7th World Congress on Active Ageing in Japan in 2008. Authors, the 3 LLt Directors, Bob Laventure, Susie Dinan and Dawn Skelton. To view the abstract, click here.
The Local Exercise Action pilot (LEAP) programme was an exciting public health programme funded by the Department of Health, Sport England and the Countryside Agency to test out and evaluate different evidence based ways to increase physical activity levels in the community. Nottingham involved peer mentors in their pilot, read the evaluation here.
Activity Friends is a volunteer programme for the over 50’s designed to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle through increasing physical activity and befriending to alleviate social isolation. Volunteers are trained as ‘Activity Friends’ who then reach out to their peers in their local community. Support and encouragement is given on a one-to-one or a…
‘Enjoy Later Life’ is a peer mentor training programme that enables volunteers to work with older people to support independent living. The report will highlight the successes of the training, points for consideration in the subsequent training programmes and opportunities for further development. In addition, this report will highlight the health benefits for the Cotswold…
The Impact of Physical Activity Motivators (PAMS) on the Physical Activity and Leisure Scheme (PALS). The PAM Scheme runs along side the PAL Scheme and gives people who have completed the PALS the opportunity to volunteer to become a PAM and help individuals who are being referred to the programme. The PAMS meet and greet…
Among a number of studies reporting on the benefit of volunteering and
mentoring upon the health of those involved as volunteers, Black and Living
(2004) reported that volunteering appears to exert its effects predominantly
upon mental health.
Further information on publications reporting health improvements in volunteers can be found by clicking here.
Forth Valley: “Braveheart” project: Supporting older people who have had heart attacks. The Braveheart Project is an innovative Ageing Well Health Demonstration Project which has looked at the feasibility and effect of training non-medical senior members of the local community to run mentoring groups to educate, support and empower patients aged 60 years and over…
The Ageing Well and Healthily (AWH) programme in the Netherlands consists of health education by peers and low intensity exercise taught by a
professional physical activity instructors. Similar to the CHAMPs programme in design. Further information and publications can be found by clicking here.