ATTENTION: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Previous research finds that…

  • Community participation activities such as taking an active interest in current affairs; regularly socialising with household members, friends, extended family and neighbours; and taking part in organised community activities have been associated with improved wellbeing.
  • 9 out of 10 people from main English-speaking countries and about 8 out of 10 people from other countries report attending a culture or leisure venue in the past 12 months.
  • The most common forms of participation for older people include: sport or physical activity, with walking and lawn bowls being the most popular; and cultural venues such as the cinema, library, and the botanic gardens.
  • Individuals who report feeling safe in a local park during daylight hours are between 6 and 7 times more likely to be frequent users of their local park.
  • People with disabilities may be restricted in participation in some areas because of their particular activity limitation or impairment.  Factors in their living environment, such as the attitudes of the people among whom they live, the constructed environment and the framing of social institutions may also act as barriers to participation

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