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New Disability Sport And Activity Camp This Easter

Friday 31 March 2017

This forthcoming Easter will see the Community and Education Trust introduce a new activity camp for those with a disability.

Held at Fulwood Leisure Centre, Blackbull Lane, Fulwood, North End’s official disability sport and activity camp will be running on specific days throughout Easter acting as respite to parents and carers and enjoyable worthwhile camps for participants.

The holiday activity camp is available for people with a disability and combines coached sports, team games, competitions and fun activities.

The camp, ran in conjunction with the Play Inclusion Project (PIP) will be led by qualified coaches with full DBS and safeguarding check, costing £15 a day per participant.

Like our soccer school camps held at PNE’s Community Training Centre, players of Preston North will be in attendance to meet participants.

Please note that the scheme is not suitable for young people who require support with changing or the administration of medication throughout the day.

The participant will need to bring with them a packed lunch, swimming costume, towel and any medical necessities e.g. inhaler for everyday of the camp.

Dates of Easter Disability and Sport and Activity Camp are as follows:

Monday 3rd April
Wednesday 5th April
Friday 7th April
Monday 10th April
Wednesday 12th April
Thursday 13th April.
10am until 3pm everyday.

For info and booking, call 07768 000 350 or email

Read more here.

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

Volunteering at Get Yourself Active – Still rocking Active!

Friday 31 March 2017

Volunteer Iyiola updates us on what volunteering for Get Yourself Active means for him

I used to be the kind of person that rarely reflects on things on a regular basis and often just allow time to pass me by! This obviously is not a model that benefits anyone and I admit I have been a victim myself of this kind of disorganised living – sometimes I wake up and it will suddenly dawn on me that I was already in November and then wonder what I did with my life the previous 10 months!

Anyway those days are over and I am now more organised and regularly write personal and professional goals at the beginning of each year which I update and try to religiously follow.  So when my contract ended last November at a previous employment I had to adjust my personal plan for the year and aside from obviously looking for another job thought about how best to use my time productively.

First thing I did was to volunteer a couple of days answering calls and signposting callers to where they can get support at my local disability organisation but because the calls were very infrequent I got bored and stopped volunteering there. I continued to fill my time with writing applications and getting prepared for interviews and doing a lot of studying (reading online stuff about equality and human rights, skills employers are looking for and how to improve in those areas etc.). However these activities were not enough and I really wanted to be out there in an office environment using my skills and learning new skills, so I thought about volunteering again and this time I chose DRUK and the get yourself active project, which is a project that focuses on challenging the stereo type that we ordinary disabled people (not the professional elite disabled sport men and women) can’t get into sport or physical activities just like any other citizen.

I won’t bother you about how I contacted Leanne, the project manager because I already covered that in my previous blog. This blog is about giving you an update of my time so far and what I have learnt and achieved from volunteering on the project.

First thing I learnt is using Hootsuite to schedule tweets on the project’s twitter handle bar. I tweet myself but never knew you could schedule tweets in advance which eliminates the need to frequently spend too much time on your twitter account to send tweets.

Second thing I learnt was about CSPs (County Sports Partnerships) the coordinating sports organisations across the country. I learnt about how they promote sport and physical activities and how disability is beginning to be factored into their plans and activities. Apart from the main focus of the project I mentioned earlier one of the other objectives of Get yourself active is supporting these partnerships to engage effectively with disabled people and their organisations and appreciating the value of getting disabled people more involved in sport and physical activities.

Thirdly and should be the first, I learnt about the project’s delivery partners and how they are embedding sport and physical activities in their independent living services to their members and clients (service users). Article 30 of the UNCRPD (United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities) clearly links sports, physical activities and leisure with independent living and since 2006 when the Convention went live being active and participating in sport, leisure and physical activities is now recognised as human rights of disabled people.

Fourthly, I have learnt how to upload stories and articles on the project’s website. I am often given the responsibility of researching sport or physical activities related articles/stories and uploading them on the website. After uploading, I link the stories to the project’s Twitter handle bar which helps to drive traffic to the project’s website and activities.

Finally I am volunteering in a team and improving on my interpersonal and communication skills to get along with my 2 boss ladies and the rest of the DRUK team. The DRUK staff are quite friendly and they always make me feel welcome and part of the family.

Part 3 of volunteering will be written soon…watch out!!!

Read Iyiola’s first blog post here to see how he has progressed.

Choice Unlimited returns to Leicester for the 6th time.

Thursday 30 March 2017

On Wednesday 26 April 2017 Choice Unlimited will team up with Get Yourself Active partner Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living to host a UK wide roadshow on independent living and is the first of its kind nationally.


The roadshow is aimed at disabled people, older people and carers. Choice Unlimited will showcase the diversity of information, services, products, ideas and innovation that is available to support living all under one roof.

This event gives disabled people the chance to learn about the services available to help them to live independent lives – right on their doorstep!

For more information visit Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living’s website.

For more information on events that might be happening near you click here.

Dance Syndrome invite you to a special film preview

Thursday 30 March 2017

DanceSyndrome would like to invite you to a special preview of “Superabled” a film about our Founder Jen Blackwell and how her life has changed since starting the charity

The film has been produced by film-maker Natalie Kennedy who spent several weeks in early 2016 following Jen and recording every aspect of her day-to-day life. The resulting film is a powerful and emotional story of how dance has brought so many positives into Jen’s life, and in turn to others involved with DanceSyndrome.

Members of the DanceSyndrome team will be performing at the event. The event also sees the launch of “Down and Out,” another film which Natalie has produced, which is a drama about the life of a fictional character who happens to have Down’s syndrome*. The show will last for approximately one hour and will then be followed by a party to celebrate the launch of the two films.

We would love it if you could join us at this special event! If you are able to come, please could you confirm how many people will be coming by email at

*Please be aware that “Down and Out” has some bad language and suggested nudity, so is the equivalent of a 15 rating at the cinema.

Read Jan’s Personal Experience blog about the benefits she’s experienced through dancing with Dance Syndrome.

Kate Grey becomes Disability Sports Coach Patron

Thursday 30 March 2017

Kate Grey, former GB Paralympic Swimmer, Athlete Mentor and BBC Sports Broadcaster has become the 4th Paralympian to become a Disability Sports Coach Patron and further pledge her commitment to improving community sport for disabled people.

Kate knows being active has changed her life for
the better and wants everyone to have the same opportunities,

“I’m very passionate about
working with communities to get people active
and living healthier lives regardless of their ability.
Being active and involved in sport has changed my
life for the better and provided so many

Having originally attended DSC Summer’s Festival
2016, Kate was impressed with the sheer number
of people engaged regardless of their background.

“Disability Sports Coach are brilliant at providing endless opportunities for disabled people, that in the past would have been ignored or overlooked. I want to work with DSC to make sure people from all walks of life are able to access the same opportunities.”

Join Kate at the upcoming Easter Sports Day 2017 on 5 April 2017 at Kensington Leisure Centre for an Easter Community Club celebration with drop-in taster sessions and friendly competition. Click here for more details.

Discover accessible sports in the Thames Valley at Rivertime Accessible Regatta

Thursday 30 March 2017

You are invited to the first ever Rivertime Accessible Regatta on the River Thames – a showcase of the wide variety of accessible activities for disabled children and young people in the Thames Valley

On Wednesday 14 June, over 400 pupils from local special needs schools will take part in the Rivertime Accessible Regatta and for many this will be their first experience with competitive bell boating, accessible sailing, wheelchair powerboating and canoeing. Organisers, Rivertime Boat Trust together with Give Them a Sporting Chance have also called upon other charities and organisations to provide a chance for the regatta participants to try out other land-based accessible sports, such as new age curling, archery and wheelchair basketball.

Why is this event unique?

The Rivertime Accessible Regatta is the first event of its kind in the Thames Valley and will be the first competitive sporting event for many of the participants. The regatta will see several hundreds of pupils taking part and some schools are also planning to bring some of their Year 10 trainee Sports Leaders to support the teams.

The Rivertime Accessible Regatta does not aim to be a stand-alone event and plans are already underway to make this an annual event on the river. In addition, participants are encouraged to follow through with the ‘chain of goodness’, by raising funds for a charity of their choice in whatever way they choose; while the organisers are in discussion with other organisations along the River Thames to stage similar events.

What is the opportunity?

  • Find out about the benefits of getting disabled children and young people on the water and learn about the challenges these activities pose
  • Discover which accessible sports are taking place in the Thames Valley
  • Gain insights on accessible sports from a variety of experts available for interview, including:
  • Simon and Pat Davis MBE, Rivertime Boat Trust Chairman and Co-founder
  • Anne Wadsworth OBE, Give Them a Sporting Chance Director
  • Lucy Herbert, Rivertime Boat Trust Head Skipper
  • Jonathon Hobbs, Hobbs of Henley Managing Director and Rivertime Boat Club Trustee
  • John Jenkins MBE, SportsAble President
  • Peter May, Rivertime Accessible Regatta Director
  • Charles Reed, English Federation of Disability Sports Chairman and Sport England Trustee
  • Be inspired by the volunteers and carers’ enthusiasm in ensuring that disabled children and young people get the chance to enjoy a fulfilling life

When and where?

Wednesday 14 June 2017, 10am – 2pm

You are invited to drop in at any time, but please let us know your expected time of arrival, so that we can meet your needs: arranging interviews and photography as required.
More information on the schedule of the day will become available in due course.

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre,
Bisham Village, Marlow Road, Bisham, Marlow SL7 1RR


Jana Fickerova or Jane Bevan at Firebird PR on 01235 835297 / 07977 459547 or via email to

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Disability Sports Coach Easter Sports Day

Thursday 30 March 2017

You are invited to the Easter Sports Day 2017 – a free event giving all disabled people aged 11 years and over the opportunity to take part in a variety of sports and some friendly competition

The day will showcase new sports for DSC including Boxercise and old favourites including Cricket, Cycling and Wheelchair Dance. The focus will turn to a friendly competition in New Age Kurling and Cricket to see which club comes out on top to win the club trophy.

GB Paralympian Swimmer Kate Grey is to attend the third Easter Sports Day.

When: 5th April 2017 – 10am – 2:30pm
Where: Kensington Leisure Centre, W10 6EX
Drop in sports: Boxercise, Cycling, Wheelchair Dance, Cricket
Competition: New Age Kurling & Cricket
Cost: Free

To register, just turn up at 10am!

If you would like to attend as a group, please contact Lauren Mawdsley on or call 020 7021 0973 in advance.

Related story: Paralympian Kate Grey becomes Disability Sports Coach Patron

Get Out Get Active website goes live

Thursday 30 March 2017

The new Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme website is now live. The programme’s funders, Spirt of 2012, have supported the new mobile responsive site, which enables more people to access essential GOGA information

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is an exciting new programme that supports disabled and non‑disabled people to take part in fun and inclusive activities together.

All partners are focused on getting some of the UK’s least active people moving more through fun and inclusive activities. You can view the new website here.

The programme runs for over three years (2016-2019) and within 18 localities across the UK. They have teamed up with an extensive range of partners to help us reach more people, who have the greatest need to get out and get active. These partners offer in-depth local knowledge and national expertise.

Disability Rights UK is just one of the nationwide partners supporting Get Out Get Active.

We will be developing peer-mentoring programmes with all partners – this will mean training people to become mentors to help others achieve their potential. This aims to increase the number of disabled people participating in fun, physical activity and volunteering. This will involve initially working in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth then sharing our learning with GOGA delivery partners in other regions in years two and three.

We will provide broader support to the GOGA programme by supporting connectivity between GOGA partners and local Disabled People’s User Led Organisations.

To get involved contact GOGA Peer Support Lead Kate Pieroudis at or call her at 020 7250 8111.

Read about GOGA partner Unorthabox, a new social enterprise encouraging people of all abilities to improve their health and wellbeing and increase their physical activity levels.

‘Disabled Access Day’ Event Draws the Crowds at Wellow Trekking Centre

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Wellow Trekking Centre, based in Bath, welcomed around a hundred visitors to their Disabled Access Day event to show how horse riding is accessible to disabled participants

Accessibility Mark joined forces with Disabled Access Day, which aimed to encourage more disabled people to visit new places and take up new activities.

The Accessibility Mark accredited centre put on special activities for their visitors which included riding sessions delivered by the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) and opportunities to meet the horses and ponies on the yard.

Throughout the day the centre’s Pony Club and Young Equestrian Club members also helped showcase the facilities on offer by providing tours of the yard and running a cake sale to raise funds for the Willberry Wonder Pony Fund.

As a result 10 new clients booked lessons much to the delight of centre owner, Judy Shellard. Judy said:

“I would like to thank Disabled Access Day for agreeing to team up with Accessibility Mark. Any opportunity to showcase the work we do here is much appreciated. The day really captured people’s attention, which is evident in the number of visitors we had.”

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with 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.

For more information about Disabled Access Day please visit

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit

Visit our events page to find out about other events that may be taking place near you.


Get Active and Live a Healthy Lifestyle event

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Choice International invites you to its disability sports and inclusive fitness event on Friday 31 March 2017

The session is planned as follows:

  • Registration 11.00-11.30
  • Inclusive fitness 11.30-16:00
  • Boccia training and play 12:00 – 1:00
  • Wheelchair tennis 1:30 – 14:20
  • Wheelchair basketball 14:30 – 16:30


Peepul Centre Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP Link to Google map 

Peepul centre is situated in the heart of Leicester, just minutes from the city centre.  Have regular buses from the city.  We are also short taxi journey from the train station. There is also ample free parking within the onsite car park including dedicated disabled bays. I kindly request your support to promote the above event to your relevant contact.

If you need more information please do not hesitate to contact or the Peepul Centre on  0116 261 6000.

Find out about Get Yourself Active partner Leciestershire Centre for Integrated Living and our other partners.