In December 2018 Just Bowl received 18 months funding from Sport England to deliver a pilot project in residential care homes.

The aim of the project was to evidence the impact of those taking part in the activity and specifically to focus on the improvement of the physical, mental and social wellbeing of participants.

The research element was led by Sheffield Hallam University and the final evaluation report identified that:

Further information can be found in the final evaluation document on the link below:

Sheffield Hallam Just Bowl Research Findings 2019

Just Bowl 2020-2022

In January 2020 following the success of the plot project, Just Bowl received a further 3 years finding from Sport England and the Rayne Foundation to extend the project across more than 200 Residential Care Homes with the target of engaging 2000 participants in order to investigate the longevity of the project.

Just Bowl has also been tasked with carrying out research with 7 dementia-specific care homes to determine what impact the activity has on the residents in the following areas:

Primary aim: To understand the impact of the Just Bowl programme on the functional capacity of care home residents with dementia.

Secondary aimTo assess the impact of Just Bowl from the perspectives of the care home staff.

Funding was also made available to extend the research element and work with three new key partners, the Stroke Association, Headway and Versus Arthritis.

Primary aim: To understand the impact of the Just Bowl on stroke survivors and understand the impact of the Just Bowl programme on the functional ability and mental wellbeing of people with brain and spinal injuries.

Secondary aimTo assess participant experiences of the programme.

For more information on how your organisation could get involved in this project please contact: Ian McCombes on 07741 873233 or email [email protected]justbowl.org 

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