GOGA In Action – Your Leisure, Dover

Your Leisure, in partnership with Activity Alliance, has been awarded almost £346,000 over three years from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The funding will continue the legacy of the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme in Dover, Kent to provide much-needed community activities for residents.

This GOGA in Action project will continue to address the inequality gap for disabled people being active. Since 2016, GOGA has successfully engaged disabled and non-disabled people in fun and inclusive activity together. Working together with the Centre for Independent Living Kent, the Centre for Health Service Studies at the University of Kent, Dover District Council and Kent Sport, GOGA in Action will continue this work.

We know the pandemic heightened health inequalities, so we are designing a programme of opportunities to support disabled people to be more active. We want to embed this in a sustainable way to support long-term social change with a focus on meaningful co-production.

Kat Southwell, Head of Programmes at Activity Alliance said; “The GOGA programme brings diverse places, partnerships, and people together through genuinely inclusive activity. We are delighted to see the GOGA in Action project receive this funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to National Lottery Players, the legacy of GOGA will create healthier and happier communities in Dover. We look forward to working alongside this project.”

Kevin Fordham, Managing Director, Your Leisure Kent, said; “Your Leisure is proud to have received funding from the National Lottery to deliver the GOGA in Action project in the Dover District. As an organisation we are committed to supporting all of our communities to lead happier and healthier lives. Receiving this funding from The National Lottery will enable us to work with our communities and support more people to take part in inclusive activities. With Thanks to the National Lottery Players, we are excited to be part of the national GOGA programme and looking forward to beginning this work”

For more information on the GOGA in Action Project in Dover, please contact Sarah Johnson, Community and Funding Manager, sarah.johnson@yourleisure.uk.com or call 03333 660661

About The National Lottery Community Fund:

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week across the UK for good causes. The National Lottery Community Fund as a distributor ensures a share of this funding goes straight to communities, helping them to tackle important issues such as supporting young people into employment, mental health and climate action.

About GOGA in Action:

GOGA in Action is the legacy of the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Programme. GOGA in Action covers the 18 localities which were involved in GOGA 2016 to 2020. Our GOGA in Action partners continue to champion the core principles of the GOGA programme. They continue to support the least active disabled and non-disabled people to be active together, sharing further delivery, impact and insight to inform the practice of others.

Find out more about GOGA in Action on the Get Out Get Active website.

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