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Barriers to being active
In a survey conducted by English Federation of Disability Sport the biggest barrier to being active, according to disabled people surveyed, is psychological because of negative past experiences, and public attitudes.

A short introduction to Get Yourself Active and why getting active is so important

(Video credit: Get Yourself Active)

According to the NHS

People who do regular physical activity will enjoy:

  • A 30% lower risk of early death
  • Up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • Up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • Up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

Personal Budgets

According the latest report on the Third National Personal Budget Survey by In Control, Think Local Act Personal and Lancaster University:

  • Personal budget holders who said their views were included in the (assessment and support planning) process were nearly twice as likely to report good outcomes.
  • Personal budget holders who used their personal budgets for personal assistants or community-based solutions were more likely to report better outcomes than those who used their budget on traditional services.
  • Over 80% of respondents said a personal budget had made things better or a lot better when it came to dignity in support and quality of life.

(Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool)

It’s about having choice and control over how you spend your leisure time whether you have a personal budget or not.

The figures and findings above show that less disabled people are active than non-disabled people and amongst many barriers to getting active disabled people’s perception of their own ability to take part can prevent them from getting involved.

We can also see that personal budgets can be a powerful tool to increasing positive outcomes for people when the process is right and people’s views are included.