Across the world, the sense of community is disintegrating. Parents are fearful of letting their children play outside, neighbours remain isolated from those next door, and the elderly are left lonely in seniors’ homes. “Community” means many different things to different people, and in different places. Some consider it the neighbourhood in which they live. Some consider it people with a similar outlook, faith or political opinion. Some consider it the people with which they work, learn or play. Whatever “community” specifically means to the individual, that which is common to all is the sense of kinship established within a community, and its necessity for a fulfilling life. Volunteerism, in all its forms, contributes greatly to a sense of community and weaving the social fabric that makes us human. It can engage those who might otherwise be lonely, isolated or without purpose, resulting in psychological issues and civil burden. However, at times, it is not valued, understood or acknowledged.
To make a change, the global SAPA Movement must:
Fit for Me
Fit for Me is a campaign which aims to be the catalyst for a social movement across Liverpool city, encouraging, inspiring and engaging people to become more active. The campaign was launched in 2016 and is part of the wider Liverpool Active City Physical Activity and Sport Strategy 2014 -2021. The campaign aims to engage all adults living and working in Liverpool. However, there are some priority groups for the campaign to speak to based on local inactivity data–women, pregnant women and parents of young families, plus all people aged 40-65 and those with Long Term Conditions (LTCs) tend to be less active than other.
It is supported by National Health Service.
Certified Leadership Courses
TAFISA Certified Leadership Courses (CLC) in Sport for All were developed to train and qualify national Sport for All leaders around the globe. They aim to develop and train leaders and managers in the Sport for All sector through various courses including lectures on Sport for All and volunteerism. The objective of the CLC is to promote Sport for All and physical activity while providing an interactive platform for networking, exchange of experiences, discussion and debates. The participants benefit by the gaining of a professional qualification and through the opportunity to showcase local/national initiatives.
It is supported by hosting countries and by the IOC.
Walk with a Doc
Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Frustrated with his inability to affect behaviour change in the clinical setting, Dr Sabgir invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energised and ready to move. Since that first event in 2005, Walk with a Doc has grown as a grassroots effort, with a model based on sustainability and simplicity. A doctor gives a brief presentation on a health topic and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. Healthy snacks, coffee and blood pressure checks are an optional part of a Walk with a Doc event. The Walk with a Doc Organisation added an Executive Director in 2009 and focused on building a programme that could easily be implemented by interested doctors in other cities around the country. As a result of these efforts, the reach of Walk with a Doc now extends all around the globe with over 500 communities in 26 countries.
Learn more about Walk with a Doc in this explanatory video.
Director of Program Developmentgina@walkwithadoc.org
Botswana Sports Volunteers Movement
The Botswana Sports Volunteers Movement was formed in 2000 and launched in April 2001 to compliment the efforts of the Botswana National Sports Commission to achieve the objectives of Vision 2012 and 2016 by fostering the spirit of volunteerism in the different codes . This was borne out of the realisation that the pathway to promote sport development, especially in cases where there are inadequate financial resources to engage fulltime personnel, is to build a pool of skilled volunteer coaches, referees/umpires, judges, and administrators. This is done through training/upskilling volunteers on an ongoing basis. The Movement encourages individuals and the community at large to participate in sport but also seeks to recognise and appreciate the efforts of those involved.
Botswana National Sport Commission
P. O. Box 1404
c/o Commerzbank / Filiale Höchst
D-65929 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 (0) 69 973 935 990
Fax: +49 (0) 69 973 935 995
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