Spring into Action Win Service To Disability Award

22nd September 2014 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

Spring into Action won the Hyndburn Sports Awards Service To Disability Award in the annual awards ceremony held at Accrington Town Hall on Thursday 18th September.

Delighted winners and founders of the new company, Lucy Hamlin, Rachael McHugh and Dawn Vickers, set up Spring into Action in October 2012 after they spotted a gap in the market for quality services for people with learning disabilities.

The women said they are thrilled to win the award and hope it helps to raise awareness of their services, enabling them to grow Spring’s services in 2015 and beyond. Rachael McHugh, Director added: “We are delighted to win this award but it is another achievement that can be celebrated by our staff and clients.”

Spring into Action recognise that there is a need to increase participation in sport and physical activity amongst people with disabilities and found that people particularly with learning disabilities did not always feel confident accessing leisure centres and sports clubs because they were unsure whether staff could accommodate their needs.

Since 2013, the social enterprise has launched a number of projects with sport and physical activity in mind. Young people have been involved in dance, trampolining, archery and football and more. Spring’s adult services include a healthy lifestyles project that incorporates a health walk and a dance exercise class. Adam Hartley attends the adult services. He said: “I have learned how to keep healthy and to try new things. I don’t moan as much when I go out for a walk and I’ve joined a Tuesday walking group. I feel fitter after attending the group because I’ve lost weight.”

Lucy Hamlin, Director said: “As well as providing activity for people, we can also train young people in sports leadership and as sports volunteers. Nine young in the Ribble Valley people have just completed a Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership and nine young people in Pendle completed a Day Certificate in Sport Leadership.”

Spring into Action have created six jobs since their start up in 2012 and have provide volunteering opportunities for two people.