The new generations are at risk of a shorter lifespan than their parents if we don't act now. The risks are: poor quality of physical, cultural, intellectual, social, and mental health.
The solution Physical Literacy for Life is proposing is the alignment of five key community sectors, cooperating to deliver the what, the why, and how of physical literacy. The solution is supporting national, provincial, and municipal stakeholders supporting knowledge transfer and implementation of Physically Literate Communities. Physical Literacy for Life is aggregating years of sectoral program, product, and service knowledge in order to provide a clear, concise, intentional healthy community pathway.
What does Physical Literacy in a Community Look Like?
A community where all our parents, teachers, coaches and practitioners are informed and supported. A community where all our seniors are vibrant active. A community where all our children feel healthy, happy, and thriving. It takes a community to raise a physically, socially, intellectually, mentally, and emotionally healthy child.
As part of the Active People, Active Places - BC Physical Activity Strategy, funded by the Ministry of Health, the Sport for Life Society (S4LS) will be delivering the Physical Literacy for Communities initiative (PL4C) in selected communities across the province. The purpose of the initiative is to improve the development of physical literacy, which leads to increased physical activity positively impacting health and well-being.
This initiative provides targeted funding of up to $50,000 over a two-year period, along with mentorship and support, to approximately 17 BC communities toward the collaborative design and multi-sector development of physical literacy. The key phases of the initiative are Educate, Train and Mentor.
- To educate and activate local decision makers, then build capacity by training leaders
- To develop physical literacy in multiple settings and sectors
- To provide opportunities for BC communities, including persons from under-represented or marginalized populations, to actively participate in the initiative
- To positively impact community health and well being
Applicants who are interested in submitting an application for the 2019 Intake, watch the recording of the following webinar.
- What is the Physical Literacy for Communities initiative?
- The Physical Literacy for Communities initiative is a unique guiding framework with the purpose of improving the development of physical literacy, which leads to increased physical activity positively impacting health and well-being. As part of the Active People, Active Places - BC Physical Activity Strategy, funded by the BC Ministry of Health, the Sport for Life Society will be delivering the Physical Literacy for Communities in selected communities across the province. The project will run from January 2018 to December 2020 and provide up to two years of support to 17 BC communities. For more information, please consult http://physicalliteracy.ca/physical-literacy-communities/
- Why would Physical Literacy for Communities be good for my community?
- Physical Literacy for Communities acts as a catalyst to connect sectors and develop physical literacy which leads to improved levels of physical activity and health in the community.
- How does Physical Literacy for Communities work?
- Physical Literacy for Communities provides up to three years of funding as well as leadership, resources, and support for a community to develop physical literacy. There are three stages to building this capacity - Education, Training and Mentorship. The Sport for Life Society will lead the initiative and engage with partners in its delivery.
- What do we need to have in place or establish to deliver Physical Literacy for Communities in our community?
- A cross sectoral Physical Literacy for Communities working group that represents the 5 main sectors of Health, Sport, Recreation & Community Agencies, Education, and Media. These are commonly known as PLAYGroups or equivalent. There are also sector working groups who action Physical Literacy for Communities within their specific sectors as well as cross-sectoral. All members must have long-term planning, vision, and commitment.
- Who makes up the cross sectoral Physical Literacy for Communities working group?
- The Physical Literacy for Communities working group is made up of community champions that are invested in physical literacy. The (Link to the Key Stakeholders document) provides an outline for key members to sit at the table. Each community will have varying capacity across their sectors but a goal of 2-3 reps for each sector is important (ie. 10-15 people in total).
- What are the products and services that make up Physical Literacy for Communities?
- The Physical Literacy for Communities process is a blend of core services and customizable services. Each community will progress through the core services of workshops, measurement, and evaluation. The Physical Literacy for Communities Working group will also be able to select additional services from the Physical Literacy for Communities menu. Your Sport for Life mentor will explain all services and support creation of a unique plan that best reflects the needs of your specific community while also maintaining a core level of consistency with other Physical Literacy for Communities.
- What is the role of the Sport for Life mentor?
- Each community has a designated Sport for Life mentor to support the Physical Literacy for Communities process and delivery. The mentor acts as a facilitator, a content expert for physical literacy and quality sport, a collective impact guide, and a measurement/evaluation support. They are also available for consultations with the community, can mediate conflict, and will garner further supports when needed.
- What are the expectations for delivery?
- Develop your community Milestones and Action Plans – this will be supported by your Sport for Life mentor
- Meet regularly (ie. monthly working group meetings) to ensure collaboration and connectedness across sectors
- Action the steps to accomplish your Milestones
- Connect with your Sport for Life mentor along the way for continued support
- How is leadership distributed around the group?
- As this is a cross-sectoral initiative, the goal is shared leadership and accountability for Physical Literacy for Communities group actions. This can include rotating chairs for meetings as an example. As each organization comes to the table with varying organizational capacity, the group members will establish a Terms of Reference to determine how leadership and accountability is shared.
- What do we do if we run into problems?
- Your group will have access to Sport for Life mentors and the Sport for Life team at large all the way throughout the process. Your Sport for Life mentor is equipped to help with any area of the Physical Literacy for Communities process and will be able to support when there are challenges presented.
- Does the Physical Literacy for Communities process use a collective impact approach?
- The Physical Literacy for Communities process aligns directly with a collective impact approach. Your Sport for Life mentor will explain the alignment in detail and will provide resources to support everyone’s understanding of collective impact.
- Won’t all this sector collaboration slow me down?
- In order to meaningfully address the inactivity crisis, a cross-sectoral approach is absolutely essential. It’s true that collaborating can lead to some delays in the beginning, but ultimately, we will be able to go farther together than we could ever go if we continue to work in silos.
- How will we measure our progress?
- Our measurement and evaluation tool is the Milestones document. This document, which is established in the first three months of the Physical Literacy for Communities process, will guide our actions and track our progress to ensure we are reaching our targets and timelines. The group will hold each other accountable to achieving their Milestones through monthly updates, frequent check-ins, collaboration, and Sport for Life mentor support.