Course: Championing physical activity for people affected by dementia



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Thu, 19 Jan 2023

09:45AM -- 10:45AM

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Event description

Active Gloucestershire and we can move are pleased to announce the opportunity to access a free place on Championing Physical Activity for People Affected by Dementia course being delivered by the University of Worcester.

The cost of this course is usually £200 per person and is being subsided and offered free of charge by we can move.

*This course is only open to those working in Gloucestershire due to the funded spaces requirements.

For further information please contact Sarah Haden-Godwin, sarahhaden@Activegloucestershire.org


To access this course, you must be available for all of the online, tutor led sessions which are weekly, for 8 weeks on the following dates. There are also 4 hours of recommended self-led reading and learning per week in addition to the weekly tutored sessions.


Date: Thursday 19 January | Time: 9.45-10.15am

Meet and greet session, delegates meet tutor and colleagues online and test the technology.


Date: Thursday 26 January | Time: 9.45-11am

Topic 1: Exploring the essentials: Dementia, Physical Activity and Leisure.


  • Understanding dementia, and life with dementia.
  • Value base and use of language.
  • Being imaginative and creative with physical activity.
  • Participant choice, aspiration and preference



Date: Thursday 2 February | Time: 9.45-11am

Topic 2: Considering the benefits, barriers and facilitators to physical activity within the context of life with dementia.


  • Using a strengths-based approach when working with people living with dementia.
  • Life story and empathy, and how this contributes to better outcomes for people living with dementia.
  • Original accounts from people living with dementia, focusing on motivation for participation in physical activity



Date: Thursday 9 February | Time: 9.45-11am

Topic 3: Exploring the practicalities and practice of offering physical activity to people living with dementia, and, asking you to prepare to put their learning into action.


  • Planning a physical activity session.
  • Considering the space and environment.
  • Warm ups and cool downs.
  • Use of movement props.
  • Positive risk taking.
  • Developing session plans



***2 week break to put learning into practice***



Date: Thursday 2 March | Time: 9.45-11am

Topic 4: Involving family members and friends of people living with dementia. Return to update on how things progressed since the last teaching week.


  • Involving family members in your work.
  • Contributions from family members of people with dementia describing their experiences of physical activity.
  • Delivering physical activity sessions: reflections on your learning in practice



Date: Thursday 9 March | Time: 9.45-11am

Topic 5. Evaluating practice and reflecting on what works well. Looking ahead to future opportunities.


  • Evaluating physical activity sessions.
  • Consideration of the sorts of outcomes we might see, and how to measure these.
  • How can evaluation enhance what you offer?
  • Look ahead to next steps in the provision of opportunities for physical activity for people living with dementia.
  • Building and sustaining a wider community of practice




This fully online course will develop your knowledge and confidence in facilitating physical activity for people affected by dementia. You will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the dementia and physical activity fields, as well as hear directly from the those with lived experience of dementia.


Who is it for?


Anyone working with people living with dementia or family carers whose role involves the provision of physical activity. You might work or volunteer in community exercise delivery, care, health, housing, sport, leisure, or community-based services.


Learning Outcomes:

The course will enable you to:


  1. Deliver physical activities and exercise which best suit individual wishes, as well as those of everyone in the group.
  2. Understand the benefits for people affected by dementia taking part in physical activity and exercise.
  3. Encourage and support people to participate, and know how and why to involve family carers in physical activities.

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