Mums on the run

mums on the runIn 2007 we worked with jogscotland to develop “Mums on the Run” which was part of the national Girls on the Move Project, aimed at increasing physical activity and leadership opportunities for young mums (16-24 years). We piloted this project in Renfrewshire working initially with a group of then young mums from Paisley Threads.

The project involved physical activity sessions (walking/jogging & buggy buddies) & personal development sessions. The mums not only participated in the pilot project but had input into the final design and delivery. We brought in professionals to deal with some of the other issues raised by the young mums and now, as part of the Mums on the Run pack, we provide advice sheets for leaders such as getting help with finance, alcohol, smoking cessation, drugs and wellbeing.

The project developed into “Mums on the Run” and has been launched nationally by jogscotland. It has been used as a case study in the Girls on the Move Impact Statement 2005 - 2011 and was featured on BBC Reporting Scotland as a project that has been successful in engaging young mums from disadvantaged areas.

Four of the original Mums trained as jog leaders and now work on a sessional basis with Active Communities delivering “Mums on the Run”. They have delivered sessions to five further groups involving 50 mums and have organised three community events involving approximately 200 people.

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