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Working with faith groups to promote health and wellbeing

Tuesday 28 February 2017

A report that draws on research and studies about the role of faith groups in contributing to health and wellbeing and wider social action has been published. The report highlights examples of good practice from across the country and from different faiths, to demonstrate the wide range of activity taking place. It includes messages from discussions with many public health professionals involved in working with faith groups and from representatives of these groups.

To read the full report click here

For details on how to get active near you, visit our information in your local area page.

User led organisation funding now open

Saturday 25 February 2017

If you’re a user led organisation (ULO), you can apply for a grant to deliver training for people who employ their own care and support (individual employers), and their personal assistants.

There’s lots of learning the training could cover including: accredited health and social care qualifications, moving and assisting, first aid, disability equality, managing staff and knowledge elements of the Care Certificate standards. The learning must be completed by 28 February 2018.

Applications are now open and will close on Monday 20 March 2017 at 12 noon.

This tendering process is being undertaken subject to confirmation of funding from the Department of Health.

Don’t miss out – download an application form and apply now.

What is a Disabled People’s User Led Organisation? Click here to find out.

Are you an organisation interested in hosting an InstructAbility Course in your local area?

Friday 24 February 2017

If you would like to lead an InstructAbility project in you local area to enhance disabled people’s employment, exercise and health outcomes please get in touch.  InstructAbility is currently piloting projects led by Leisure Providers, Local Authorities and Disability Organisations (DPULOs).

InstructAbility is a multi award winning bespoke programme designed to engage disabled people in the fitness industry as gym instructors and gym users. The scheme provides disabled people with free, accessible fitness industry training and qualifications followed by a voluntary industry work placement where instructors work to encourage more disabled people in the local community to participate in fitness activities.

InstructAbility can be reached on Tel: 07766923328 or Email: You may also want to visit for more information.

Special Olympics GB National Games mural unveiled in Sheffield

Friday 24 February 2017A special piece of artwork and outdoor mural to celebrate Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield in August 2017 was unveiled recently in Sheffield City Centre.  The piece of artwork was an exciting collaboration between professional Sheffield digital artist Greg Harris, local art students with learning disabilities and athletes from Special Olympics GB.

The artwork is 8ft tall and 16ft wide, and will be erected in a prominent position in Sheffield Centre across from the train station until the end of the Games in August 2017. The art is a modern, uplifting and passionate piece that embodies the spirit of sport, humanity, the Special Olympic movement and Sheffield.

For more on the story visit

Click here for more information about Disability Sheffield, Get Yourself Active’s partner in Sheffield.

“It’s easier to get up early in the mornings when I’m active”

Friday 24 February 2017

Tesfai, who is in his early sixties and from Streatham in London, talks about his new love for yoga. Tesfai learned about Yoga from a friend who told him about the yoga sessions that Sense, the national disability organisation, runs at the Pancras Square Leisure Centre in London. The friend told him how good they were and he thought it was too good an opportunity to miss so decided to give it a go and hasn’t looked back.

“Yoga allows me to relieve my stresses, both physical and mental, which can build up when you’re blind. The sessions also provide me with an opportunity to meet new people, many of whom have turned into friends, which makes it really enjoyable”

If you would like to learn more about Yoga sessions organised by Sense click here

For details on how to get active near you, visit our information in your local area page.

New business champions to support rights of disabled consumers

Friday 24 February 2017


The Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health has announced 11 new disability sector champions.

Eleven new sector champions, who will help to tackle the issues disabled people face as consumers, have been announced by the Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health today (21 February 2017).

The champions, who represent a range of different sectors and businesses, from gaming to retail, will use their influential status as leaders in their industries to promote the benefits of being inclusive to disabled people.

There are currently more than 11 million disabled people in the UK and the spending power of their households – ‘the purple pound’ – is almost £250 billion. But many businesses are missing out on this potential customer base by having everyday products and services which aren’t available to disabled people – who, as a result, are regularly excluded from experiences and opportunities that many others take for granted.

The sector champions will amplify the voices of disabled customers and employees within their own industries, increasing accountability and challenging inequality. They will also be able to highlight specific changes and improvements that will make a difference to the millions of people who often miss out.

The Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt, said:

As a public advocate for accessibility, these champions will help businesses realise the value of disabled consumers and the importance of catering to every customer’s needs.

These industries must become fully inclusive. Not being able to access the high street, products and services, transport or simply to access a loo jars with our national values: it must change.

The new sector champions will drive improvements to the accessibility and quality of services and facilities in their sector, helping to showcase best practice and show other businesses the merit of making disabled customers a priority.

The sector champions are:

  • Helen Drury, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Intu (retail)
  • Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO of Attitude is Everything (music)
  • Huw Edwards, Public Affairs Director at UKActive (leisure)
  • Chris Veitch, Co-founder of Access New Business (tourism)
  • Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels (hotels)
  • Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Channel 4 (media)
  • Sam Phillips, CMO at Omnicom Media Group (advertising)
  • Michael Connolly, Regional Training and Standards Manager at OCS ltd (transport – airports)
  • Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport Services (transport – buses)
  • Trudie Hills, Disability Manager, Lloyds Bank (banking)
  • Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of UKIE (gaming)

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LimbPower has a range of events to offer in 2017

Thursday 23 February 2017

LimbPower’s aim is to empower you to change your own life through the power of physical activity, sport and the arts. Our members and beneficiaries range in age from 0 to 90, so not everyone is going to be healthy, young and sporty!


Tea or coffee morning fundraisers being held throughout the month of February. This isn’t just a fundraiser it’s a chance to socialise and chat with friends or colleagues all in the name of a good cause.

Introduction to Physical Activity Workshop – 16th February,
Birmingham Limb Centre

Introduction to Physical Activity Workshop, Dates TBC, Manchester. Please check the LimbPower website for dates.


Naidex – 28th-30th March, NEC Birmingham. Disability roadshow. Come and visit us at the Naidex Exhibition in Birmingham. LimbPower will be on stand D60 with the Douglas Bader Foundation and Artic One.


Limb Loss Awareness Month LimbPower are going to run a series of stories and a campaign to promote limb loss awareness. Disability Swimming taster sessions – 23rd April, Tiverton Pool, Birmingham


Scafell Pike – 19th-21st May, Ambleside.
Join our team on this challenge of a lifetime. Conquer the
highest peak in England and raise funds for LimbPower.

The Artic One TRI & PARA-TRI FESTIVAL – Monday 29th May
(Bank Holiday) at Dorney Lake


Introduction to Physical Activity workshop – 4th June, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Junior LimbPower Games – 24th June, Small Heath
Wellbeing Centre, Birmingham

Adult Games Multisport Event – 25th June, St Mary’s University, Twickenham


SuperHero series event – August 19th, Dorney Lake


Adult Games Multisport Event – Date TBC, Midlands

Junior LimbPower Games – 30th September, Stoke Mandeville Stadium


Manic Marafun – 1st October, Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Adult Games Multisport Event – 7th October, England Institute of Sport, Sheffield

Cuba Cycle Ride – Date TBC


LimbPower Fundraising Ball – 25th November, Westerham
Golf Club


International Day for People with Disabilities. LimbPower will be running a campaign with the Limbless Association to promote a positive message about limb loss and limb difference.

Download Limbpower’s Newsletter. Spring 2017

For details on how you can get active near you, visit our information in your local area page.

Accessibility Mark Centres Join Forces with Disabled Access Day

Thursday 23 February 2017

Accessibility Mark is a joint initiative between the Riding for the Disabled Association and the British Equestrian Federation to provide more opportunities for disabled people to take up riding.

Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to attend their participating riding centre to find out about the opportunities on offer.

Taking place from 10th-12th March 2017, Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant, or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions. In so doing, they will highlight those venues that have good accessibility, as well as drawing attention to those that need to improve their disabled access provision. For more information, please visit

Businesses can hold their Disabled Access Day on March 10th, 11th or 12th 2017 and this event encourages venues to showcase their facilities and the services they provide.

RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher said:

“Accessibility Mark is now developing into a great success and we are delighted to be promoting Disabled Access Day in the Spring.

“We want as many people as possible to get involved and go along to their local Accessibility Mark accredited riding centre to take part in the activities they are running.”

Riding establishments are planning a host of events to run over the three days including:

  • Riding sessions.
  • Non-riding activities that can provide interaction with horses.
  • Information about how riding can be beneficial to disabled people.

There are currently 12.2 million disabled people in the UK and according to a recent study by the English Federation of Disability Sport, only two out of every ten disabled people are regularly involved in activities. A further seven out of ten wanted to be more actively involved but were unaware of any local opportunities.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide a first class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

Participating centres will be holding Disabled Access Day events where people can find out about the range of opportunities on offer, try a free taster session and find out how inclusive riding as a sport can be.

As Accessibility Mark is specifically aimed at non RDA centres the level of disability that can be catered for varies from centre to centre. Please telephone your nearest Accessibility Mark centre to find out what events they have planned for Disabled Access Day. Activities will need to be booked in advance.

There are currently 37 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country. To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit

For more information contact:
Ryan McMullan, Disabled Access Day Coordinator | 0131 510 5106

Disabled Access Day is powered by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website with reviews written by disabled people and their families, friends and carers. The site launched in 2013 and was created by Euan MacDonald, himself a powerchair user. Euan was also recently named in the Power 100, a list of the top 100 most influential disabled people in Britain. The website provides disabled access information for venues including attractions, cinemas, sports grounds, places to stay, and everyday places such as the post office and local services. Euan’s Guide asks users to share their experiences and review disabled access at places they visit. For more information, visit

Paralympic torchbearer Laura Turner’s used to compete in dressage. Read her blog ‘Non-disabled people can learn from us‘.

Inspire Fest – Inclusive Sports Taster Day

Thursday 23 February 2017

You are invited to Inspire Fest, a free inclusive sports taster day in Bath.

There will be activities for everyone to try in the newly refurbished sports hall at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre. This will give you the opportunity to see if you like a sport and get some tips from trained leaders. We will have boccia, rugby with Bath Rugby Foundation, Adaptive Martial Arts and inclusive Tennis. There will also be a British Sign Language interpreter, a chill out room, refreshments, goody bags and information about local opportunities to get active. Come along and give it a go!

Be one of the first people to use the newly refurbished Bath Sports and Leisure Centre sports hall. The Leisure Centre is currently undergoing major refurbishment and the sports hall is now complete. One new addition is the new boccia court. Boccia is a fully inclusive precision sport of tactic and skill involves propelling balls to a target ball from a seated position. Sounds simple? It is to get started, but the tactics of the sport offer both tension and excitement as the game plays out.

Being active is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing. The hardest part can be trying a new activity for the first time so we have organised this friendly, free event for you and people you support to come along and try an activity with no pressure and plenty of help.



What:         Inspire Fest!

When:       Thursday 9th March

9.30 – 11.15 for schools and youth groups 

11.30 – 1.15 for adult groups

Where:       Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, BA2 4ET

How:          Book you place on Eventbrite

Cost:          Free!

What to bring: Comfortable clothes

If you are interested in attending Inspire Fest, please book your space.

For details on how to get active near you, visit our information in your local area page.

Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medal winner, Susie

Thursday 23 February 2017

“Winning a gold medal is one thing but, the swimming and the gym and all of the stuff that I’ve done in the swimming, has given me a huge amount of confidence in who I am.”

In this week’s 1000 Londoners film, you get to watch the incredible Paralympic swimmer Susie Rodgers who has won a total of 30 international medals.

We met Susie in Crystal Palace and discovered what it takes to be a Paralympic athlete. Her friends tell us how she is a perfectionist, always wanting to achieve the best result and going the extra mile in everything she does. Winning three bronze medals in the London 2012 Paralympics was not enough. Susie persevered to achieve gold at Rio 2016!

Susie really values the impact that a positive attitude can have on your both achievements and personality.

You can watch, like and share Susie’s film on, YouTube and Facebook  now.

Susie is part of our ‘Century: 10 Women x 10 Decades’ season, which will be back in cinema by popular demand on International Women’s Day March 8th 2017, Hackney Attic. Tickets are on sale now.

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