Learning from Changing Lives

The Changing Lives Operational partners, comprising sportscotland, The Robertson Trust, Scottish Government Active Scotland Division and Spirit of 2012, have been delivering the Changing Lives programme since 2018. Over this period there has been much learning from the work, specifically aligned to the Changing Lives through sport and physical activity Fund, and the Changing Lives Champions programme. The documents below bring to life the fund interim evaluation from year 1, as well as learning from the first cohort of the Changing Lives Champions programme.

Changing Lives through sport and physical activity – interim year 1 summary

Changing Lives through sport and physical activity – interim year 1 full report

Changing Lives Champions programme - Actify

Changing Lives Fireside Chats 

Join this opportunity to hear outstanding stories of changing lives through sport, via a new series of online chats. The first session takes place on Tuesday 6 September at 1pm with Paralympian Karen Darke.

These sessions are for anyone in the sporting system who wants to learn more about the Changing Lives approach – sportscotland staff, professional staff in partner organisations, and leaders and volunteers from clubs and organisations are welcome to join.  

Fireside Chats are a series of four short Q&A sessions which bring to life the Changing Lives approach to sport and physical activity. Each session is 45 minutes long and held over lunchtime to enable people to grab a sandwich and listen in. Attendees are welcome to submit a question via the chat or just listen with camera off.

  • Tuesday 6 September 2022, 1pm
  • Wednesday 16 November 2022, 1pm 
  • Tuesday 17 January 2023, 1pm 
  • Wednesday 8 March 2023, 1pm 

All sessions are held on zoom, please get in touch to request the link. 

Fireside Chat 1 with Karen Darke (6 September) 

Travelling the path of challenge and change. On September 6th at 1pm we'll be joined by Karen Darke MBE. Karen has an incredible story of overcoming immense challenges and changing perceptions of what's possible in human endeavour. Karen's story features the scaling of mountains, competing for Scotland, Paralympic Gold and deep learnings about choosing your state of mind.  

Grab a sandwich, settle in and hear from one of Scotland's most inspirational people.  

"Ability is state of mind not a state of body" 

- Karen Darke  

Date published: 29 March 2023
Date updated: 8 August 2023


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