Get yourself active blog

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.

Feeling inspired? Click here for information to help you get active in your local area.

Training to support active communities for all

Would you like help making activities more accessible? Could you introduce physical activity to the disabled people you support?

The Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training aims to support and improve your skills, know-how and confidence in delivering physical activities to all. No experience required!

The three hour practical workshop and interactive online resources will support you to:

  • Learn about practical tools to support inclusive delivery
  • Explore creative ideas to support disabled people to take part in physical activity
  • Learn about local groups, activities and further training opportunities.

“The training changed my views and encouraged me to be more involved with creating physical activity opportunities for disabled people”. Support worker, Nottinghamshire

The training is suitable for staff, volunteers and community organisations who are currently or would like to offer physical activity opportunities to disabled people of all ages.

“The training has given us greater insight to how we can practically adapt and modify activities to suit the needs and ability levels of all the disabled people we work with.” Community Organisation, Cumbria

At most it costs £10 per delegate to attend, but is often free of charge.

“The training will help me to go on and promote healthy living and daily activities with my service users.” Carer, Warwickshire

The Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training is delivered by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) in partnership with sports coach UK. To find out how to arrange a free, bespoke workshop or for further information please contact EFDS on: / 01509 227751.

Wokingham Disability Sports Taster Day

Wednesday 22 February 2017

On Wednesday 15 March, Wokingham Borough is holding a Disability Sports Taster Day event. They have 11 National Governing Bodies, charities and organisations attending the event:

  • British Athletics/ England Athletics
  • GB Wheelchair Rugby
  • Berks and Bucks FA
  • Table Tennis England
  • Get Berkshire Active
  • British Sitting Volleyball
  • Berkshire Cricket
  • England Golf
  • Disability Sports Coach UK
  • Bowls Development Alliance
  • SportsAble

Teams of 10 will have the chance to participate in 20 minute slots of each activity. Teams will be awarded points for participation, team work, encouragement, team manager/carer involvement with certificates and medals at the end.

This event is only for Wokingham Borough Residents and is being run to encourage disabled people to find a sport they like to do and provide exit routes and information on the day by providing contacts, session details and easy read booklets about the sport.

Download the flyer

Download the Individual Booking Form

Download the Team Booking Form

If you are interested in attending this event, or for further information, contact Chelsea by emailing or calling 0118 9743 728.

Football club gives amputees chance to show off their skills on the pitch

Wednesday 22 February 2017

This article has been taken from Daily Record.

In TV adverts, they were described as super-humans but for junior footballers Keeley Cerretti and Cody Rayner – some of Scotland’s first youth amputee players – it’s just about getting the chance to play the game.

Keeley, eight, and Cody, nine, are involved in a ground-breaking new charity – the Amputee Football Association Scotland.

The group aim to bring together people from all over Scotland to play the beautiful game for fun, exercise and a sense of achievement.

Backed by the SFA and the SPFL, and linked to Partick Thistle FC, the charity have formed a football team and have announced plans for the first Amputee Scottish Cup in April.

During a training session at Petershill Juniors’ ground in Glasgow’s Springburn, kids who have lost limbs to various illnesses and defects fly about the pitch on crutches and prosthetic legs while one-armed goalies keep out shots.

To read more of this story click here

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Don’t miss our ‘early bird’ discount price, to attend our Leadership Academy Programme (LAP)

Tuesday 21 February 2017

The Leadership Academy was launched on 29 October 2014.  The aim of the Programme is to empower capable, confident disabled leaders in all sectors of employment and also address the need for greater equality in the workplace.

The Leadership Academy Programme is a career development Programme for people in employment living with a disability or health condition. The aim of the Programme is to empower capable, confident disabled leaders in all sectors of employment and also address the need for greater equality in the workplace.

The Programme also sets out to improve the employment position of employees living with a health condition or disability, whilst providing employers with access to a wider pool of talent.

If you want to attend the Leadership Academy Programme (LAP) don’t miss out on the ‘early bird’ discount price! Please contact our Leadership Academy Executive for further information and an application form:

We are now recruiting for year 4!

See our Mentor recruitment flyer (pdf)

See our Delegate recruitment flyer (pdf)

More about the Leadership Academy Programme

More about previous programme years

Find out about year one of the programme

Find out more about year two of the programme

Click here for full details of the Leadership Academy Programme and how you can get involved.

It’s just about finding what works for you.

Tuesday 21 February 2017

In October 2016, Get Yourself Active invited Paralympic Torchbearer Laura Turner to write a personal experience blog for us about how ‘Non-disabled people can learn from us‘. Since then Laura has taken up a new activity – para-cycling! Read what she’s been up to below!

By Laura Turner

I was born with congenital coloboma, micropthalmia and nystagmus in both eyes. I trained with my first guide dog, Hester in 2013 and just like me she likes to get out and get active!

As a youngster I wasn’t allowed to take part in PE lessons or after school sport activity because of ‘health and safety’.

In June 2016 I stumbled across a news feed on the British Blind Sport website on behalf of British Cycling. Entitled Track2Tokyo I opened the link to read that they would be launching a Talent ID programme following Rio to help find the next generation of GB para-cyclists.

At the time I was looking to get back into sport so my immediate reaction was ‘WOW, now that sounds exciting’! But my immediate concerns were that I have no real experience of cycling and would my age go against me? Keen to find out some answers I emailed British Cycling Para-Cycling team, to which their response was positive. The next day I submitted my application to be considered.

The next step was to find the love for a bike! As it can be more difficult for a visually impaired person to get out, I decided that the only way I could achieve this whilst getting fit, was to go along to regular spin classes at my gym.

In August 2016 I went along to my very first para-cycling track session at Derby Arena, where I met my pilot, Emily, an experienced cyclist and student at Loughborough University. Straight away we clicked and I felt so confident, which is so important when riding a tandem.

Encouraged by British Cycling coaches, in September I then went along to my first Disability Hub session. These sessions are supported by Sport England and were introduced to allow those with disabilities to enjoy cycling outdoors in a safe environment, whether that be for leisure or for those who want to compete in road races.

Was it worth it? Yes, absolutely! At the first Track2Tokyo track day back in November one thing the coaches encouraged us to do was to enter the HSBC British National Track Championships. Yes, it did cross my mind that I had only been cycling for 3 months with very little track experience but, I have competed previously in other sports, I had a confident and experienced pilot and in my mind this is what I wanted to do. There’s a first for everything and we all have to start somewhere!

The National Championships were incredible! It was great to see the para-cycling events amongst other events, giving spectators the opportunity to understand and appreciate disability in sport. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging, which as a disabled person makes you feel really included, allowing you to forget your disability and put all your focus on your ability to cycle at speed round a track!

Our aim was to enjoy the experience and do our best. We did and came away with not 1, not 2 but 3 PBs! Onward and upward…

Taking part in any sport is not just about keeping fit or standing on the podium, it is great for your mental wellbeing too. Just 1 hour in the gym or attendance at a fitness class each week could get you meeting so many people.

For me personally, it’s a focus, a goal, an achievement and, when road cycling, an opportunity to clear my head whilst improving my endurance.

Any tips I would recommend? Don’t knock a bike or a tandem until you’ve tried it! Cycling really is so much fun. I couldn’t think of any better way to keep fit and socialise at the same time! All the coaches are so supportive and treat everyone as individuals. Same for spin classes. Yes it’s tough but, don’t give up! It’s just about finding what works for you. The bike won’t go anywhere and it doesn’t matter if at first you aren’t as quick as everyone else. In time you will be!

Follow Laura on social media:

Twitter: @TandemTurner

Facebook Page: LauraTurnerParaCycling

Read Laura’s first blog ‘Non-disabled people can learn from us‘.

Good practice in social prescribing for mental health: the role of nature-based interventions

Tuesday 21 February 2017

This article has been taken from Natural England.

The Natural Environment White Paper The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2011) sets out the need to strengthen the connection between people and nature. However, it acknowledges that the opportunities to benefit from spending time in the natural environment are currently not open to everyone, which can contribute to health and other inequalities. Natural England is committed to increasing the number and range of people who can experience and benefit from access to the natural environment, and through the Outdoors for All Programme is leading the Government’s ambition that ‘everyone should have fair access to a good quality natural environment’.

The prevalence of mental ill-health is on the rise in the UK with an estimated one in four people experiencing a ‘significant’ mental health problem in any one year. With prescriptions at record levels and a huge demand for other therapies, health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options. With increasing recognition of the importance of nature and place as a determinant of individuals’ mental health, organisations providing nature-based interventions are working with a wide range of vulnerable groups throughout the UK. These nature-based interventions could be part of a new solution for mental health care, however increasing the awareness of, and access to, these interventions is challenging.

This new research builds on the findings from earlier Natural England reports listed below and explores the options for improving the commissioning of, and referral to, these services as well as scaling-up the provision of nature-based interventions.

Click on the following links for more information about Natural England or to download the Natural England Commissioned Report NECR228 Good practice in social prescribing for mental health: the role of nature-based interventions.

Find out more about social prescribing as an innovative and growing movement and how it has the potential to reduce the financial burden on the NHS and particularly on primary care.

Research reveals demand for more physical activity and sport opportunities for amputees

Monday 20 February 2017

The national charity LimbPower conducted a survey into amputees’ and people with limb impairments’ participation in physical activity and sport. The report highlights some key findings about current trends and latent demand.

They include:

  • Nearly 8 in 10 people surveyed (78 per cent) have taken part in some form of exercise, physical activity or sport in the last 12 months.
  • The most popular current sports and activities are swimming, walking, cycling, going to the gym and fitness classes.
  • Over 8 in 10 people surveyed (83 per cent) would like to take part in more physical activity and sport in the future.

The report also provides key insights into people’s attitudes on being active and their motivations for, and barriers to, taking part in physical activity and sport.

Enjoyment, to keep fit and be healthy were the most common motivations for taking part. LimbPower is encouraged by these findings as their work supports people to take part in sport and be active more regularly. Keeping fit and healthy can have a positive impact on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of amputees and people with limb impairments.

The two most common barriers to taking part in physical activity and sport were identified as prosthetic limitations and poor socket fit and comfort. This insight indicates that wearing a prosthesis can have a significant impact on a person’s engagement and participation in activity.

You can read the rest of the research summary here.

Visit our information in your local area page for details on how you can get active.

Taxi drivers face £1,000 fine for refusing to pick up wheelchair users

Saturday 18 February 2017

Taxi drivers who refuse to pick up wheelchair users or attempt to charge more for transporting them could be fined up to £1,000 under new laws tackling discrimination.

The penalties will come into force from 6 April and will oblige taxi and private hire cars to take wheelchair users in their wheelchair if their vehicles are able to, as well as providing appropriate assistance.

It will be an offence to charge any additional fare for the service.

The rules will apply across Britain for taxis and private hire vehicles designated as wheelchair accessible – including all black cabs in London and taxis in many other cities.

To read more of this story click here.

What a Success! Sussex Boccia League Community Games

Friday 17 February 2017

The first Sussex Boccia League Community Games for adults with learning disabilities was held on Friday 3 February at the University of Chichester.

11 teams from across the county with over 50 participants took part in the games. The day included a friendly boccia competition and other fun activities for competition players and spectators.

The aim of the day was to provide a fun inclusive sports event, which engaged adults aged 16+ with learning disabilities.

All participants received either a medal or certificate post-event with the top 3 competing teams being announced as:

  • 1st – Wrenford A
  • 2nd – Apuldram A
  • 3rd – Hub Club

To read more of this story click here.

For information on how you can get active look on our information in your local area page.

Para Snowboard World Championships: GB’s Owen Pick and Ben Moore win medal

Friday 17 February 2017

Britain’s Owen Pick and Ben Moore both won medals in the banked slalom events at the 2017 Para Snowboard World Championships in Big White, Canada.

Pick, 25, who lost his leg while serving with the Army in Afghanistan in 2010, was second in the SB-LL2 event.

He was beaten by Finn Matti Suur-Hamari, whose time of one minute, 7.82 seconds bettered Pick’s 1:08.23.

Moore, whose arm was left paralysed after a motorbike accident, finished third in the SB-UL category.

Both athletes will now be aiming for medals at next year’s Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

“I’ve been knocking on the door for the last three years behind these guys,” said Pick, from Cambridge. “I’m really happy with my first podium.

For more on this story click here.

For information on how you can get active look on our information in your local area page.

Councils ‘misusing funding panels for decisions on care packages’

Friday 17 February 2017

A legal expert has warned that funding panels are “rife” but local authorities are failing to use them in line with Care Act guidance

According to an article published by Community Care, a legal expert has expressed concern that councils are misusing funding panels to make decisions about whether to authorise care packages.

Speaking at a Legal Action Group event last week, Luke Clements, cerebra professor of law at Leeds University, claimed funding panels were now “rife” among local authorities but are not being used in line with the Care Act guidance.

The Care Act guidance states that funding panels might be suitable for approving large or unique personal budget allocations and care packages, but should not be used to “amend planning decisions, micro-manage the planning process, or are in place purely for financial reasons”.

Clements said: “That’s in the statutory guidance, it’s binding, but nearly every local authority has one [a panel] and in many councils, everything has to go to that panel. It’s not [just] micro-management, it’s everything.”

Read the original article in full here.

Disability Rights UK has created a Care Act Guide to be used by disabled people and people with long-term health conditions who have support needs. Click here for more information about what the guide explains and how to order your own Care Act Guide.

Sport England is investing time, expertise and money in 10 places across England to develop and deliver local pilot schemes, focusing on under-represented groups

Thursday 16 February 2017

Sport England has the vision to engage everyone in physical activity and sport. A new funding round is attempting to prioritise the groups that are currently under-represented in terms of their engagement with physical activity and sport. These include women, older people, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and disabled people.

In order to increase disabled people’s engagement in physical activity and sport, we need to be customer-focused. Sport England recognises that people are part of communities, each with its own unique structure, relationships and geography. It is through these communities that Sport England wants to engage with disabled people and other groups. It wants Disabled People’s User Led Organisations, disability and voluntary sector organisations to talk to their local community networks so that they can be part of any planned approach.

A total budget of £130 million will be available across 10 pilot areas. These pilots are to focus on closing the gap in whatever inequalities are most persistent in a place. Sport England wants to understand how they can empower local communities to tackle this themselves. They want to understand how they can use those local identities and structures to deliver sustainable increases in activity levels across the country. Over the next four years they’re going to be investing time, expertise and money in 10 places across England to develop and deliver local pilot schemes.

For more information on this (and other investment areas) please visit the Sport England website: if you have any specific questions please email:

Join WheelPower for the Primary Sports Camps in London

Saturday 11 February 2017

WheelPower’s Primary Sports Camps are for children aged 6-11 years old with mild sensory and physical disabilities.

Our upcoming events in London are:

The Primary Sports Camps are a great way for children with a disability to discover sport in a friendly and completely inclusive environment.

Participants are required to attend the one-day events with their parents/guardians/teachers.

More more information contact Emma Lau or 01296 395995.

Our London Primary Sports Camps are kindly supported by Wembley National Stadium Trust.

Get Involved

Schools Entry Forms: Redbridge / Westcroft or contact Emma 

Individual Entry Forms: Redbridge / Westcroft or contact Emma 

Future Events

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Join WheelPower for the Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp in Blackpool

Saturday 11 February 2017

WheelPower’s Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp is on Wednesday 8 March at Blackpool Leisure Centre, West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9HQ from 10:30 to 14:30.

The Primary Sports Camps are a great way for children aged 6-11 with a disability to discover sport in a friendly and completely inclusive environment.

For more information contact our Feel Inspired Event Officer or 07922 736196

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Entry Forms for individuals 

Entry Forms for school groups 

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The Feel Inspired programme is supported by Thomas Cook Children’s Charity


Join WheelPower for the Primary Sports Camp at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Saturday 11 February 2017

WheelPower’s Primary Sports Camp is on Saturday 25 February at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

The Primary Sports Camps are a great way for children aged 6-11 with a disability to discover sport in a friendly and completely inclusive environment.

Participants are required to attend the one-day events with their parents/guardians/teachers.

For more information contact our Sports Development Officer or 01296 395995.

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Join WheelPower for the Junior Sports Camp at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

 Saturday 11 February 2017

WheelPower’s Junior Sports Camp is on Saturday 25th March at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

The Junior Sports Camps are a great way for children aged 12 – 18 with a disability to discover sport in a friendly and completely inclusive environment.

Participants are required to attend the one-day events with their parents/guardians/teachers.

For more information contact our Sports Development Officer or 01296 395995.

Get Involved

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Enter online now

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Join WheelPower at some of its upcoming events

Saturday 11 February 2017

Don’t miss out on some of WheelPower’s great upcoming events. For more information click the links below.

WheelPower is dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to find a sport they enjoy and provide opportunities throughout the year to introduce people to wheelchair sport.

Join WheelPower for the Primary Sports Camp at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Join WheelPower for the Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp in Blackpool

Join WheelPower for the Primary Sports Camps in London

Join WheelPower for the Junior Sports Camp at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Research published by WheelPower reveals the need for sports providers to offer more local physical activity and sport opportunities, which are accessible for wheelchair users. Read more here.

Take part in Wheels for Wellbeing’s 5 minute survey!

Friday 10 February 2017

Wheels for Wellbeing has launched a survey to gather the views and experiences of disabled cyclists. Many people don’t realise that disabled people can (and do) cycle. But there are a number of barriers that continue to prevent more disabled people from taking up cycling, such as a lack of fully inclusive cycling infrastructure, inadequate parking facilities and the fact that cycles are not recognised as mobility aids.

If you are a disabled cyclist (at inclusive cycling sessions, on roads, or anywhere else), please take their short survey so they can speak with increased authority when they talk to MPs and policymakers about what disabled cyclists say they experience and need. The more data they collect, the more your voice will be heard – so please take part and share with any other disabled cyclists you know!

Take part in the survey here

Read Caroline’s story ‘Cycling back to being me‘ and how she’s teamed up with Sheffield Cycling 4 All.

Accredited Support Brokerage Training in London

Thursday 9 February 2017

It is important that there are people in our communities who can use skills, experience and knowledge of independent living, community asset development to connect people with opportunities. If you are working in this way, you may be interested in support brokerage training.

The London Brokerage Network is the local provider of the National Brokerage Network’s training programme, which gained nationally-recognised accreditation by OCNCredit4Learning in 2011.  Participants who choose to take the accredited course will have to complete written coursework (to a deadline of approximately one month), which we anticipate will take about two working days.   Accreditation is also available retrospectively to trainees who have previously undertaken the full 5-day course in London.

The course is designed to cover the needs of everyone from a single disabled person wishing to do everything for themselves to a paid broker providing a full- or part-time service.  Trainees should have at least a basic knowledge of the social care system and typical terminology.

See below for further information or click here for MORE DETAILS OF THE COURSE: WWW.LONDONBROKERAGENETWORK.COM/TRAINING

London brokerage network

Support brokers are your independent guides to make sure you can live the life of your choice if you are a disabled person


A 5-day course, spread over the following dates:

19th & 26th April, 3rd, 10th and 17th May 2017


HAIL, Seven Sisters, London N15


People with a disability who plan (or want to plan) their own support; professionals, groups or organisations with an interest in brokerage; paid and unpaid brokers.

How Much?

£460 for standard course or £660 for formal accreditation


To book a place or ask a question, please contact Andrew Carpenter, London Regional Co-ordinator, on 07796 884468 or email

The training is also the gateway to membership of the London Brokerage Network, the first voluntary professional association for Brokers in the UK.  I hope you will take the time to look at the new website and consider the benefits of membership.

More details of the course can be found at


Disability Rights UK Care Act Guide

Wednesday 8 February 2017

The Care Act became law in 2014. It puts together all the previous pieces of law about social care as well as setting out some new duties and rights. The biggest part of the Act, part one, is about how local authorities should provide social care. This part of the Act has been in force since April 2015.

Disability Rights UK has created a Care Act Guide to be used by disabled people and people with long-term health conditions who have support needs.

The guide explains about:

  • What the Care Act intends to do
  • Assessing your needs and eligibility
  • Person Centred Care and Support Planning
  • Personal Budgets and Direct Payments
  • Moving between Areas
  • Safeguarding
  • Charging and Financial Assessment
  • What to do if you disagree with what you are being asked to pay
  • Further Information
  • Getting further advice
  • Glossary

The guide does not cover everything that is in the Act but concentrates on the parts of the legislation that are most relevant to people of working age.

This guide can be downloaded for free or you can purchase a hard copy version for £5.00.  

Sport and Recreation Alliance release Reconomics Plus report in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Last Friday the Sport and Recreation Alliance launched Reconomics Plus, an online resource to help sport and recreation organisations demonstrate the impact of their work on the economy, our health and local communities. This new resource brings together the latest research and statistics, produced in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, to highlight the contribution of outdoor recreation in England.

Key findings from Reconomics Plus include:

  • Outdoor exercise delivers an estimated £2.2 billion of health benefits to adults in England each year
  • £11.8 billion is spent on trips involving outdoor recreation per year
  • Open spaces provide a platform for community activities, social interaction, physical activity and recreation, as well as reducing social isolation, improving community cohesion and positively affecting the wider determinants of health

The Sport and Recreation Alliance urge organisations working across the sport and recreation sector to use the data and materials within Reconomics Plus to support their work. A full list of all available materials can be found in the Toolkit section here.

Read the Reconomics Plus report in full here.

Read more about the importance of disabled people adding their voice to help shape the future for trees and woods in the UK.

Why sharing your story is so important

Monday 6 February 2017

Today marks the last day of National Storytelling Week, 2017. At Get Yourself Active we like to post stories written by disabled people, for disabled people, about their individual experiences of being active, the challenges they’ve had to overcome, and the benefits they’ve experienced.

We’ve had a range of personal experience stories ranging from partially sighted Krav Maga doers, and individuals who have taken up running to help their mental health, to a young man with cerebral palsy whose personal assistant can just about keep up with him with all the new and fun activities he’s trying.

Sharing stories is a great way for the author to reflect on where they’ve come from and what they’ve achieved. Their stories encourage other people in similar situations to follow in their footsteps and get involved. Participating in physical activity or sport doesn’t need to be daunting. What we’re talking about at Get Yourself Active is getting active in a way that’s right for you. This could range from going on a walk or joining your local gardening club, to joining your local wheelchair basketball team and competing against other teams.

Taking part in these activities can improve wellbeing in so many ways. For example, it can help you to lose weight, and improve your fitness, balance or strength; be more independent and confident; improve your mental health; allow you to see your friends or meet new people; and be part of the community or a team.

So, why is storytelling so important? 

At Get Yourself Active we are constantly on the lookout for people with great stories to share. We know that not everyone is going to be a Paralympic athlete, or be able to swim Lake Coniston, but with the right assistance everyone should be able to visit their local park or woodland and experience the outdoors, if that’s what they want to do.

Stories can offer readers of all abilities an insight into the mind of someone else. They can get glimpses into their different lifestyles and hobbies, and the benefits brought to them through participating in different activities. Not only are these stories helpful at drawing parallels between the lives of others with lived experience of disabilities, but they can also help non-disabled people see that disabled people are just like them and should be treated as equal, integrated members of society.

Some of them want to participate in physical activity and sport, and some of them don’t. Some like football, some don’t. Some don’t want to participate in ‘disability-only’ sessions, but see it as a way to be part of their local community.

“It’s about being equal and doing activities with non-disabled people. I really believe this makes everyone more accepting of disability and promotes us as the same. Our disability shouldn’t make us different. We just need a chance to express ourselves.” – Gary Hatt

Gary Hatt doing a spot of yoga

It’s also great when people can see similarities between the author of the story and themselves, and can engage with them through the comments at the bottom of the post. It helps both the author and the reader to see they are not alone but that there are others who share similar experiences.

The personal experiences that are shared via our website are authentic stories from real people. It’s real, honest writing, and we hope that even just a small aspect of one of the articles could resonate with you.

Take a look at our collection of Get Yourself Active personal experience stories. If you find any of the stories motivational, or if you can relate to the stories, then please leave a comment.

If you have a story to share then contact us on for more information on how you can be featured on the blog.

For information on how you can get active look on our information in your local area page.

North Yorkshire Sport – Creating Better Futures (Get on Track Programme)

At least 87 participants have benefited from North Yorkshire Sport’s “Get on Track” programme, a personal development project that aims to change the lives of young people through sports participation.  The programme provides disadvantaged and disengaged young people (aged 16-25) with the self-discipline, motivation and confidence they need to enhance their employability and to lead more active lives.  To date, North Yorkshire Sport in partnership with DKHT has run six programmes as part of North Yorkshire Sport’s ‘Creating Better Futures’ model.

Chelsea one of the 87 graduates of the programme said

“I used to get scared of travelling. I used to have anxiety attacks on the bus or walking through town. I’d rather hide at home and stay in bed. I didn’t even have a relationship with my mum or dad. I can now walk through town and see my friends without getting scared. I now have a relationship with my mum and dad, I can talk to them more about what’s going on in my life. I baby sat [my younger brothers] for the first time and took them to the park; I can be a proper older sister”.

In 2014 North Yorkshire Sport compiled a report to identify the underlying inequalities in North Yorkshire and to outline the impact that sport and physical activity can have on health, deprivation, training, education and employment, disability and community cohesion.

The results enabled North Yorkshire Sport to highlight areas and demographic groups within North Yorkshire where sporting projects could help to “create better futures” for its population.  Local partner meetings affirmed a particular need for a programme to support young people and identified that whilst there were programmes addressing specific needs such as substance recovery, there was not a holistic offer available.  Following this, partnerships were established between North Yorkshire Sport and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust (DKHT) in relation to their “Get On Track” Programme.

Read the full article here

For information on how you can get active in your local area click here.


Special Olympics South Yorkshire Taster Day

Saturday 4 February 2017

Special Olympics would like to invite you to its South Yorkshire Taster Day. The event is aimed at anyone with a learning disability that either hasn’t tried sport but would like to give it a go, or those already involved in the South Yorkshire network and would like to see who else and what other sports and also involved, and anyone else in between!

All of the coaches at the event who will be delivering the sessions are from the local clubs that you might like to continue with after the taster day.

Parents / careers / support staff must stay with their participants throughout the day.

To book your place please visit:

Enquiries to Michelle / George at Yorkshire Sport Foundation:



Tel: 0330 20 20 280

We look forward to seeing you there!


Event:           Special Olympics South Yorkshire Taster Day

Date:             Sunday 26th March

Time:           9.30am  – 10am Arrival  (10am Start)

4pm Departure

Venue:         English Institute of Sport – Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA

Age:             Last year’s participants ranged from 13 – 77 years of age everyone is welcome (12 years+ advised)

Cost:            Free


What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing involves empowering individuals to improve their health and wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to non-medical and community support services. It is an innovative and growing movement, with the potential to reduce the financial burden on the NHS and particularly on primary care.

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services including sport and physical activities services.

But does it work? And how does it fit in with wider health and care policy?

The Kings Fund in an article on their website examines social prescribing and how it can be promoted and introduced more widely in the health and social care landscape.

Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group

Kate, Peer Support for the Get Out Get Active project at Disability Rights UK  learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.

There are many different models for social prescribing, but most involve a link worker or navigator who works with people to access local sources of support. The Bromley by Bow Centre in London is one of the oldest and best-known social prescribing projects. Staff at the Centre work with patients, often over several sessions, to help them get involved in more than 30 local services ranging from swimming lessons to legal advice.

Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, and many schemes are focussed on improving mental health and physical well-being. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, vulnerable groups, people who are socially isolated, and those who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.

To find out whether social prescribing works or is working read the full article click here

Visit the Resources section of our website for information on physical activity and sports, health, social care and disability information and other useful links.

“Sport really is a way to bring people together”

Friday 3 February 2017

By Gary Hatt

Hi there, I’m Gary. I was born totally blind but am now partially sighted after a number of operations.

I’m currently into exercise classes and do Krav Maga (a type of self-defence) and I love doing both. However, it wasn’t always this way.

My first introduction to sport was at the Visually Impaired school I went to, playing football against other partially sighted players. As I grew up I wanted to play tennis but was pushed into the Visually Impaired group. I really didn’t like this as I wanted to be involved with all kinds of people.

I feel I’ve been segregated all through my life – even put into sheltered employment. This has made me feel as if I always have a label and am put into a box – but people aren’t that simple! In society people don’t engage with me, but with sport I get to mix with non-disabled people in a fun way.

Like anyone who’s trying to find a new activity that’s right for them, there was a lot of trial and error. Since moving to Norwich from London I’ve tried yoga, but frustratingly it didn’t work for me. I found it difficult to follow. I was always behind the fully sighted people in the class and really needed one-to-one tuition to follow the movements.

However, since starting Krav Maga I have been actively encouraged by the instructor and club members I fight with. They help me if I’m doing something wrong. I just turned up one day to the induction class, and joined the club. Since joining I have achieved a P1 in Krav Maga and I hope to do my P2 later this year. This will be more difficult but I’m determined to do it!

I also do an exercise class, with fully sighted people. This involves mat exercises and using hand held weights to do exercise. The members are helpful and the instructor is great! I also do an exercise class to music from a chair, or standing behind one! It’s great fun and we all have a laugh.

In addition to these two great activities, I play indoor Tennis and take part in Streetsmart – a self-defence class run by an instructor. Both are great fun and run by the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind. What’s even more unbelievable is I also do off road driving at Elvedon! It takes place with instructors in a 4×4 vehicle and is so much fun. It’s brilliant for me as a visually impaired person to experience this as I’ve never driven!

If I didn’t do all this and engage with sport, I’d become isolated and this would lead to all sorts of health problems and make me feel depressed.

I can’t stress that it’s about having the confidence to do this! For some people, doing sport with other disabled people is great, but for others like me, it’s not always about being in the ‘visually impaired sport’ category. It’s about being equal and doing activities with non-disabled people. I really believe this makes everyone more accepting of disability and promotes us as the same. Our disability shouldn’t make us different. We just need a chance to express ourselves.

My advice is get out there! Put yourself into a club, speak to the instructor and the other members, explain how things should be adapted and what you need to take part. This is a great way for everyone to learn.

I find myself saying “I can do this”, if I’m given the opportunity.

There is so much non-integration in society, and sport really is a way to change this and to bring people together. Hopefully this will translate to other areas of society and can break down negative ideas about disability.

Have you got a story to share and inspire others to get active? For more information on how you can be featured on our personal experiences page Contact

For information on how you can get active in your local area click here.


CP Sport young ambassador awarded Point of Light Award

Tuesday 1 February 2017

Sheffield Hallam student and Cerebral Palsy Sport young ambassador, Ellie Simpson, 22 has been awarded the prestigious Point of Light Award from Prime Minister, Theresa May. In 2013, Ellie set up CP Teens to support young people with cerebral palsy and provide them with advice and opportunities to socialise and be active.

Ellie Simpson, (Photo Credit – EFDS)

When Ellie was at sixth form, she became away of the lack of social support for young people with cerebral palsy. Instead of just complaining about it, Ellie set up ‘CP Teens‘, an organisation to bring young disabled people together and offer them support, advice and opportunities.

Not only does Ellie run the only website connecting young people with celebral palsy (receiving around 1000 visitors per day), she also organises social events and sports events, where young disabled people can get a taste of new physical activities, and signposts to volunteering opportunities. Following the success of CP Teens, Ellie has also set up ‘CP Tweens’ and ‘CP Teenies’ to support younger people and their families.

Ellie recently became a young ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport to share her story about the positive impact sport has had on her life. CP Teens has partnered with Cerebral Palsy Sport to support and encourage more people to enjoy taking part in physical activity and tackle the issue of social isolation, that can often by experienced by people with cerebral palsy.

CP Teens founder, Ellie Simpson said:

“I cannot believe I have been awarded an award as prestigious as a Point Of Light Award. It means such a lot to me and CP Teens UK. When I set up CP Teens UK in 2013, I never could have imagined how many young people it has, and continues to, reach out to and work with. I have met some amazing people and I have made the most special of friendships along the way and I am so excited about the future of CP Teens UK.”

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading National Disability Sports Organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. Find out about opportunities to be active on Cerebral Palsy Sport website.

Find out more about CP Teens here.

Read the original article in full at EFDS.