We received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to continue our Connect Me service to help people with learning disabilities and/or autism to keep connected during the Coronavirus Pandemic. This funding allowed us to offer the following services
Inclusive Sports Club
Spring into Sport was an inclusive community sports club for people of all abilities, led by people with learning and physical disabilities and supported by qualified sports coaches. The project enabled people with learning disabilities to access quality physical activities, in safe and enjoyable environments, that this group may normally be excluded from. We provided a fun and relaxed atmosphere that provides a platform to make friends, learn new skills and try out new and exciting activities. There were also opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities to train as sports volunteers and act as role models for their peers; building participants’ confidence and aspirations to be more physically active. Activities are specifically designed with and for participants, linking them to mainstream services where possible.
***CLOSED 20TH SEPTEMBER 2019***
Our personal training project provided one-to-one personal training are for people with a learning disability, autism or mental health issue and who had a BMI outside of the normal healthy range, as identified by NHS England (normal range = 18.5 - 25). This project worked with people both delivering personal training and also community support to access other services, and even accompanied someone to buy running shoes! If you are interested in one-to-one personal training with our Personal Trainer, please get in touch for a chat to look at a personal programme.
People with learning disabilities enjoy sport and staying active, yet sports clubs and community settings are not always fully inclusive; and many people feel that coaches do not know how to include them in their sports. We developed an inclusive practices course using our years of experience working with people with learning disabilities. We co-developed the course, with funding from The Big Lottery, to bring a unique training course for sports coaches and physical activity instructors. This informative Inclusive Practices course, will give you the tools to take away and start using today, to make your sessions more inclusive for all. The trainers are co-trainers, people with and without learning disabilities, giving you an exclusive and unique insight into learning disability by those who have experienced discrimination in sport and in society. This CPD course is ideal for sports coaches and instructors working or volunteering in sports clubs, community settings, leisure centres and the outdoors. At present, the course is not accredited, but attendees receive a certificate of attendance. If you are interested in finding out how we can train your coaches and/or volunteers, contact us today.
Fit & Food
A healthy lifestyles project alternative to day care. This project supported people to access walking, heart health education and cooking classes. We supported people to become volunteer walk leaders, provided a range of exercise classes and produced a healthy eating cookbook
This project supported a group of young people to complete their Bronze Arts Award and experience different art forms, including printing and photography. The group took part in the Accrington and Oswaldtwistle Carnivals as well as exhibiting their work at Accrington Library