"What’s not to like about the Ping Pong Care Campaign? It’s fun, simple and engaging. Ageing and social isolation are serious problems and we often talk about them in serious ways, there often isn’t enough fun. But Ping Pong is an inspiring film and the campaign is a really good solution. It’s really easy for people to get involved. We need more solutions like this."
The Mayor of Brighton came to open our Brighton and Hove Awareness Event where we got together older persons organisations, day and care centre managers, local authority contacts and Public Health contacts to network and discuss the campaign. Thanks to Tony from The Argus for this image.
We've gone around the country, linking in with local partners and scouting out locations to send our awesome Ping Pong Care Packs. In 2013, we are looking for people working in or around our 9 target regions: that's 50 miles around the following cities: Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, East London, Exeter, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and Tees Valley.
Apply here for your FREE Ping Pong Care Pack.
Here's some information about what we've been doing to date and how you can get involved.
We're bringing the campaign to you in more ways than one!
First up, we launched the campaign in each region with our Ping Pong Care Campaign Awareness Event. Designed for care staff, health professionals, educational services and sports development organisations, our events bring together the local active ageing community, get people talking and collaborating and teach people how to:
The campaign tour is underway and Awareness Events have taken place across the country...contact your local CSP (County Sports Partnership) for more information.
Did we visit you already? Sorry we missed you but...
We still have Ping Pong Care Packs to give out in our target areas. If you're a care home, day centre, sheltered accommodation, community centre, faith centre or other older persons setting and want to get involved, apply for your Ping Pong Care Pack here. There are a limited number, so hurry!
We give preference to those from particularly deprived areas and those most in need. Don't fall in that category? Hop to our shop and pick up a pack for just £125. If you want to place a bulk order of 10 or more, the price drops, so email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Are you holding a physical activity event in one of our target regions? Or an event looking at older persons services in your area? Perhaps the Ping Pong Care Campaign could come! We want to hear from you. Email email@example.com.
We've trained over 350 people with basic table tennis skills for older adults since the tour began. Just some of the organisations we've welcomed to our events include AgeUK, CVS, Alzheimer's Society, Anchor Homes, YMCA, NHS and Public Health and the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership. So far, we've given away over 1500 Ping Pong Care Packs away and have started to hear back on Ping Pong fun already taking place!
We welcomed over 50 attendees from Ormseby Table Tennis Club, the RSVP, Hartlepool Council, Bishops Aukland Table Tennis Club, Darlington Council, Anchor Homes, AgeUK and many more. We gave away over 70 of our exclusive Ping Pong Care Packs for activities coordinators, volunteers and activators to use in older person settings across the region.
Here's what Vicky Evans from Tees Valley Sport had to say about the day: “The event was a fantastic opportunity for us to develop sport to an entirely new market. The campaign has provided us with a new set of contacts including care homes, community organisations and agencies for older people who we can build relationships with to ensure that older people in the Tees Valley are given the chance to stay active and improve their health and wellbeing.”
Representatives from Brighton and Hove City Council helped coordinate local partners as part of the city’s Active for Life programme that provides activities for older residents in the city. The event was opened by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove who welcomed attendees from the Alzheimer’s Society, AgeUK, the Older People’s Council, the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership, Martlet’s Hospice, LifeLines, the Grace Eyre Foundation, Sussex Central YMCA, local table tennis clubs, and local care homes and sheltered accommodation to the event.
Jan Sutherland, Sport and Physical Activity Manager for Brighton & Hove City Council said, “The Ping Care Campaign event was a great success and well done to everyone involved. I am sure the message about the initiative will cascade out across the city and county with hundreds of older people getting active.
The Mayor really enjoyed the event especially playing table tennis with Darius and eating the chocolate ice cream during the film.”
The Ping Pong Team would like to thank Nottingham City Council and Sport Nottinghamshire for helping us organise and set up the event held at Nottingham Trent University on the 19th June; it was a great success and we couldn’t have done it without their support. We welcomed attendees from Age UK, Nottinghamshire Chinese Welfare Association, Nottingham Forest in the Community, Kirkby Seniors Forum, Nottingham City Homes, a number of local care homes and the Dementia Practice Development Specialist from Nottingham City Council. We gave away 91 Ping Pong Packs on the day and screenings have already started in the region.
Thanks to a great offer from the City Council, we were also able to give away 3 pairs of tickets to the cricket for those who wrote in with details of their upcoming screenings. Congratulations to Sarah Allen who is organising a screening on 2 September, Debbie Clarke whose screening will be on the 10 September and Colin Eley who already held a screening on the 2 July! We hope you enjoyed the match!
Armley Leisure Centre welcomed over 50 representatives from AgeUK Leeds, West Yorkshire Sport, Wakefield and Kirklees, Leeds Older People's Forum and many of the local Neighbourhood Networks. We even had the team from Hull City Council come down for the morning to see what all the fuss was about. Mick Ward, Head of Commissioning from NHS Yorkshire and the Humber gave a touching opening speech as the day was dedicated to one of the film's stars, Les D'Arcy.
Held at the University Of Birmingham right in the heart of Egbaston, one of the steering groups key target areas for the campaign in the region, we welcomed attendees from BCOP (Broadening Choices for Older People), Housing 21, Sunrise Senior Living, Birmingham Jewish Community Care, Aquarius, Lench’s Trust, Birmingham Mind, Accord Housing and numerous others, giving away 97 packs on the day!
Here’s what people had to say: “Thank you for putting on a wonderful event at Birmingham Uni and I am really looking forward to showing the film and getting service users to use the sets” Stephanie Williams, Aquarius
We welcomed attendees from Devon Senior Voice, SLM – Everyone Active, Guinness Care and Support, Exeter City FC Senior Reds, TorrAGE, Over 50s Fun Sports, Upstream, Westbank, and a number of unit and centre managers from across Devon County Council. Given the vastness of the South West, it was great to see so many who’d travelled far afield on the day. We gave away more that 60 packs on the day.
Here’s what people had to say: “Thank you for Tuesday I found it extremely interesting and exciting for our older people here in Torridge.” Steve Reah, TorrAGE
We would especially like to thank Katie from LIVING SPORT and Helen and Sally from Cambridge City Council for helping us organise and set up the event. We welcomed attendees from the YMCA, the Salvation Army, Cambridgeshire Libraries, Vivacity and AgeUK amongst others. Special thanks to Earle who came all the way from Norfolk to spread the word there and to Heather and Phil Risdon who celebrated their 43rd Wedding Anniversary with us!
To end our summer roadshow of events with a bang, we welcomed special guests Terry Donlan and Darius Knight who spoke and played with the attendees from organisations such as PSS (Person Shaped Support), Riverside Housing, Agnes Woodford Project, Liverpool Citizens Ltd, Liverpool Housing Trust, Lee Valley Pensioners, Fernlea NIT and Alt Valley Community Trust. We also had Channel 4 News come along to film the event, which resulted in this amazing piece about how ping pong may be the elixir of youth.
Here’s what people had to say: “we think this is an absolutely fantastic campaign to get older people more active, it’s really important to engage as many older people as possible to continue to be active or to be more active than they are currently. With the resource pack that’s been given out today, it’s a way that people can take it back and do it at any table; a dining table, a sheltered accommodation anywhere, which is brilliant” Diane Singleton, Liveability Service: Liverpool Community Health
Also, see more here about our partners at the Oxfordshire Community Foundation, who organised an event on the 18th June 2013 at Bichester Village VIP Suite.
To facilitate the campaign, BRITDOC is working with a number of local partners listed here: