parkrun launched its PROVE project just over a year ago with the goal of encouraging more people with disabilities and long term health conditions to participate at parkrun and it’s already delivering on that goal using social media. Frank Jones, parkrun’s PROVE project manager explains more:
We wanted to create a safe and supportive online meeting place where parkrunners living with particular disabilities or long term health conditions can share their experiences. We do this in the form of closed Facebook Groups and Strava Clubs.
We’ve previously launched parkrun’s online communities for asthma, diabetes, dementia, endometriosis and the Deaf and hard of hearing. More than 1,600 parkrunners have joined these groups – friendships have been formed, people have arranged parkrun meet-ups, good advice has been shared, successes have been celebrated, encouragement has been offered, and setbacks have been soothed!
The groups are overseen and moderated by parkrun’s volunteer Champions for disabilities or long term health conditions. These are people who have a first-hand understanding of each condition because they are either living with it or work with the condition every day as a health care professional.
Following the success of our initial set of online communities we’re now launching more groups, so that we can bring the benefits of having a safe and supportive environment in which to share experiences to more people living with disabilities and long term health conditions. If you, or a friend or family member, are living with learning disabilities, autism, heart conditions, blood pressure conditions or obesity then we’d love to welcome you into one of our new groups.
You’ll find all of the new groups, and those that are up and running already, here:
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