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PPALs

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

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Enabling people with intellectual disability to become Physical Activity Leaders

What is PPALs?

PPALs empowers older adults with Intellectual Disability (ID) to take a leadership role in promoting physical activity among their peers. They take part in a PPALs training based on the Physical Activity Leaders (PALs) initiative. The training aims to increase the skills and confidence of people with ID. It teaches PPALs to lead their peers in games and activities that improve fitness.

PPALS grew out of an international collaborative project between Age & Opportunity and Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, the University of Barcelona in Spain and the Technical University Munich in Germany. It was funded by EIT Health, a body of the European Union.

PPALs promotes better health for people with ID by actively involving them in their own health as well as the health of their peers.

How does it work?

Older persons (40+) with Intellectual Disability are invited to sign up to six PPALs training sessions. The training sessions include two sessions on an ‘Ageing with Confidence’ module and a ‘How to Support Leaders’ facilitation day for support staff within disability services.

Once the older people with ID have completed their training they are asked to commit to leading five physical activity sessions with their peer groups. 

“I think PPALs is very good because the exercises are not very demanding as in they don’t completely drain you of energy. I think that the PPALs would benefit not just older people but younger people as well. I enjoy helping people to be healthier and fitter but have fun doing it.” PPAL after completing the training

“I think it’s a great idea and we should do a class every morning to get us loosened up for the day. It’s great. The PPALs have really grown in confidence. Some have even started leading in other classes such as yoga.” A support worker.

Check out the 7 part PPALs active series here.

Contact

For information speak to our Active Programme team.

 01 913 3946
 maire.murphy@ageandopportunity.ie

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Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

Offers financial supports to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide. Find out more here.

FitLine

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Physical Activity Leaders

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

CarePALs

Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

Walking Football initiative

An Age & Opportunity initiative for older men that is great craic and good for general health and wellbeing. Find out more here.

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. Find out more here.

Go For Life Games

Teams from all over Ireland coming together to take part in a national day of sport in June every year. Find out more here.

Sport Initiatives:

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

Offers financial supports to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide. Find out more here.

FitLine

A telephone mentoring service which encourages callers to start getting more active- we’re only a phone call away! Find out more here.

Physical Activity Leaders

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

CarePALS

Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

Walking Football initiative

An Age & Opportunity initiative for older men that is great craic and good for general health and wellbeing. Find out more here.

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. Find out more here.

Go For Life Games

Teams from all over Ireland coming together to take part in a national day of sport in June every year. Find out more here.

People always say that ‘you’re only as old as you feel’. Well, it turns out to be true. Science has proven that staying active keeps your body younger and your mind happier, no matter what it says on your birth cert. Being active can help your body to stay strong and supple improve balance and coordination aiding in falls prevention A healthy mind and body can help fight off colds and infections and many common illnesses. Exercise keeps you sharp and, best of all, it cheers you up and boosts your energy.

Being active just 30 minutes a day can offer you a range of benefits including:

  • Better balance
  • Co-ordination
  • Greater range of movement
  • Flexibility
  • Better strength
  • Stay healthier
  • Be more content
  • Increase energy levels
  • Increased social connection
  • Prevent Falls

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