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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

Find out what other events are going on near you.

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.

Sheffield Cycling 4 All launches its new season of sessions

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Sheffield Cycling 4 All, led by Get Yourself Active Partner Disability Sheffield, launched its new season of cycling sessions in Hillsborough Park last week.

The project offers disabled children and adults the chance to ride a wide range of specially adapted bikes.

The group has recently been awarded a grant of £46,000 by HealthRich, to be received over the next two years, meaning the cost of the session to the public has been reduced from £5 to just £3.

The sessions take place on Thursdays 10am-3pm at Hillsborough Park, April-October.

Disability Sheffield is currently recruiting volunteers for a new Tuesday Cycling 4 All session. Find out more here. 

Read more about the Sheffield Cycle 4 All project at

Read Caroline’s blog ‘Cycling back to being me‘.

Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation celebrates its two year anniversary

Wednesday 29 March 2017

The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation uses the power of sport and recreation to promote mental wellbeing through physical activity

The Charter aims to help organisations create an inclusive and positive sport and recreation environment that promotes the power of sport to tackle mental ill health.

We’ve committed to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation to help raise awareness about the power of sport to promote positive mental wellbeing and tackle the stigma that surrounds mental ill health.

Every year, one-in-four of us will experience a mental health problem. Yet it is still something the majority of us are loath to talk about or address. This is something that has to change. The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it.

At Get Yourself Active in Cheshire, Coordinator Tom has worked hard with the Mental Health Reablement Team in Cheshire East Council to give their clients the opportunity to access community based activities. This has improved access to activities for their client base and has supported them to be a part of their local community. Get Yourself Active has enabled individuals to access activities they previously would not have known about, with the right level of support in place to assist them.  The great communication and advice provided by Tom at every stage has had a positive impact on the clients lives.

In Leicester, Get Yourself Active Coordinator, Dan works closely with two local mental health support groups (Lamp and Network for Change) and he has been down to support groups to talk about the project. Dan will be working with the Recovery College over the next four months to deliver three workshops on how to get active at the college. The recovery college is a Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust-funded project that offers educational course to people who access mental health services.

Dan also has a good relationship with the Bradgate Mental Health Unit at the hospital, and regularly received referrals from the Occupational Therapist team. Dan says,

“They will get in touch with me if they have someone interested in the project, and I’ll go in to chat with them. Then once they are discharged we support to integrate them into local community sports groups.”

To find out more about the Charter click here, or to register your organisation as a Charter signatory please contact

Find out more about Get Yourself Active’s partners here.

I get active my way: From dancing, to Taekwondo, to competitive bread making.

Tuesday 28 March 2017

This week’s Personal Experience blog is written by Jan from Cheshire.

I’ve always enjoyed being active. In the past I was a member of a drama class with a local theatre group at the Mulberry Centre. I also used to love going on an adapted bike with my carer, which I was able to control and pedal by using my hands. Unfortunately since breaking my leg I have been in a wheelchair and have been unable to get back on the bike.

Although this setback has stopped me from cycling (for now), it hasn’t stopped me from being active. I currently take part in a dance class on a Tuesday morning which is led by Cheshire Dance, and I also do Taekwondo.

In the dance class we do a mixture of creative, fun and improvised movements. It’s great because I am given the opportunity to keep my legs moving – something I don’t normally give much thought to when I’m in my chair. I really enjoy dancing, moving to music and making friends at the same time.

One of my favourite reasons for going to Cheshire Dance is connecting with others in the group. I like working in small groups to create dances for creative tasks and then sharing our performances with the rest of the class. Working in close contact with other participants helps me to work in a tactile way. For example, one of my favourite tasks is moving in space and interactng with the group by making eye contact and connecting body parts with other dancers, and dancing with other members of the groups. I am particularly good at partner exercise where we mirror each other in contact.

The dance sessions also explore different sensory elements. Some weeks we explore rhythms and use different musical instruments. My favourite is the sensory drum as it sounds like the sea. We play with tipping movements, imagery and wave-like motion. Cheshire Dance uses lots of props to help with the sensory element and to assist with movement and engagement. I really enjoy playing with spikey balls, rolling them up my arms and reaching to the back of my neck.

I have performed in lots of difference dance projects for big audiences including the Moment When (2012), Stir in Chester (2009), and lots of performances in Cheshire. Next month I have been invited to perform at NOW Dance platform at the University of Chester. You can also check out this film that we made with Cheshire Dance. It was great fun to be part of and I really enjoy watching it back.

In contrast to Cheshire Dance, Taekwondo can be competitive. At the end of every session we work in twos and compete. Usually it’s who can hit the pads first that our trainer is holding up. We always do a best out of three.

Competition doesn’t always have to be in the form of a traditional sport. I am also part of a competitive bread making club which takes place on a Friday morning at the Wesley Church. We always compete about who has made the best bread, but usually it’s too close to call. Bread making can be tougher than you might think and we give it the full treatment: kneading, egg wash and decorating the bread with seeds. This works your upper body muscles as well as your fine motor skills.

Dancing and doing Taekwondo help me to relax but also help to keep my muscles going. I really like working hard and then relaxing after the sessions. Before the sessions I’m looking forward to it; during the sessions I’m enjoying it and I’m having fun; and after the sessions I usually think ‘I don’t want it to end’ but also ‘well done me!’

In spite of this, it’s not always easy for me to take part. Every now and then I do get frustrated, especially when I can’t manage or when I want to join in but I can’t for whatever reason. It can be discouraging when my hands get tired quite quickly but I don’t like giving up!

My advice to anyone would be to join in and always give it a try. Give it a go and see for yourself if you like it. That’s what I had to do.

I feel I am given choice and control over my personal budget and I’m lucky that I get to do most things I want to do. I’ve even managed to go to a three day conference in Blackpool using my personal budget. I would encourage anyone who has a personal budget, and who wants to use it to get active in a way that’s right for them, to speak up and make their voice heard.

Find out about Get Yourself Active’s partner in Cheshire: Cheshire Centre for Independent Living. or see how the Cheshire Football Association is helping to get disabled people active.

Both Jan’s dance and Taekwondo classes are held at the Canal Street Centre at Vivo Care choices.

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.

Community Catalysts launches a new programme of workshops

Thursday 23 March 2017

Community Catalysts is excited to launch a new programme of workshops and personal development activities.

Aimed at health and care practitioners, people who use health or care services and their supporters the programme has a strong focus on people’s strengths, building on things that work well rather than focussing on challenges. Workshops are positive and practical, helping people find another way to think about and approach health and care – one that puts people before systems.

One day workshops include:

  • More than just users of services
  • Understanding community options
  • Forging community links
  • Living your ‘good life’
  • Tackling system barriers

Personal development programmes include:

  • Connected, contributing citizens (individual programme)
  • Connected, contributing citizens (buddy programme)

Download their flyer and have a look at their detailed programme for more information.

Get in touch with Angela to learn more or to discuss how the workshops could be tailored for creative people in your area 01423 503937 or

Click here for useful links to organisations working in health, social care and disability sector.

You are invited to the I Can Make It Exchange

Wednesday 22 March 2017

The event is a free half-day session where you will learn more about disability and the Social Value Act through a range of talks, presentations and group discussions.

Date: Monday 27 March 2017

Time: 11am-4pm

Location: Disability Rights UK, Ground Floor, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH

A buffet lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements in advance.

Click here to RSVP as soon as possible. 

Any queries: Contact Anna Denham at or call her on 07968 292141.

Click here to view the invitation designed by one of the I Can Make It champions.

Get Yourself Active announces new partnership with The University of Birmingham

Monday 20 March 2017

Get Yourself Active is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Birmingham.

The new partnership is designed to promote and enhance teaching between the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University and Get Yourself Active.

The partnership will see research led by disabled people for the purposes of Get Yourself Active, with the possibility of further research opportunities for Disability Rights UK.

This relationship will provide students at the University with the opportunity to carry out projects which are both beneficial for them and aligned to the aims of Disability Rights UK.

Both organisations are excited to work together and look forward to discovering other opportunities for collaboration which are valuable for everyone involved.

We hope to share some of our research plans soon so please sign up to GYA e-news for updates.


Disability Rights UK is looking for volunteers

Friday 17 March 2017

We are looking for volunteers to join our sales team and learn the various aspects of a busy sales department.

Duties will include:

  • Answering telephone enquiries
  • Taking / placing sales orders
  • Processing transactions received via our online shop
  • Managing incoming post
  • Dispatching products

Applicants should:

  • Be comfortable taking inbound and making outbound telephone calls;
  • Be happy working with numbers;
  • Have good written / oral communications skills
  • Be able to commit to one day per week, for an initial period of three months
  • Be able to travel to our office in London, N1

This is a fantastic opportunity to support our work to improve the independence of disabled people.

In the past our volunteers have developed good office / clerical experience and used this volunteering opportunity as a platform from which to move into paid employment. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people. Reasonable expenses will be paid.

To register your interest please send your CV to

Should you require any further information, please use this email address or telephone us on 020 7250 8191.

About Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK is the leading charity of its kind in the UK, run by and for people with lived experience of disability or health conditions. We work to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.

As part of our commitment to providing accurate, up to date information we produce the Disability Rights Handbook, an annual publication now on its 42nd edition which was published in April.

We also sell the Radar NKS key, which provides disabled people with access to more than 9,000 disabled toilets across the UK. At our busiest, we dispatch up to 400 keys per week.

Find out how Disability Rights UK helped Susan to get her daughter, Sarah, active in a way that was right for her.

Being active improves my daughter’s quality of life

Tuesday 14 March 2017

The below case study came from the Disability Rights UK Personal Budgets helpline and inbox. Names of people have been changed as the caller wishes to remain anonymous.

By Banane Nafeh, Personal Budgets Advisor

Susan was concerned that her Local Authority (Haringey) had denied her 20-year-old daughter, Sarah, the right to use her Personal Budget for outdoor activities.

Sarah receives a Personal Budget to assist her with her Down’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, delayed speech and her difficulty socialising with her peers.

Sarah loves being active and wanted to use her Personal Budget to join a gym. Her main dream was to use it for horse riding. However, in July 2016 Sarah was told by her social worker that her Personal Budget was not intended to be used for horse riding or gym sessions.

With Sarah unable to use her Personal Budget to improve her wellbeing in the way that was right for her, she was stuck at home, unable to be active in her community. This had a negative impact on her. She became depressed, unable to engage and lost confidence, which consequently affected her language development and learning.

Her mum, Susan, sought advice from Disability Rights UK. Following our advice and literature, Susan has taken up her issue with a senior person in the adult social services department at Haringey Council. The Council acknowledged their fault and admitted Sarah was provided with the wrong information. They confirmed that Personal Budgets can be use for anything that constituted an activity as well as any activity that enhances Sarah’s independence and wellbeing.

Sarah’s case is now resolved and she is happy again. Her confidence and stimulus has once again been boosted through her enjoyment in horse riding and gym sessions. She is no longer stuck at home and depressed and she is enjoying more independence. Susan thanks us for our valuable advice and help, saying:

“My daughter now has a good quality of life as she is doing the activities she always wanted to do.”

The Disability Rights UK Personal Budgets Helpline telephone and email service (formerly the Self Directed Support Line) is an advice service that is open for individuals and organisations to receive information on Personal Budgets as part of the personalisation agenda.

Telephone: 0300 555 1525 or email Opening hours: 9.30am -1.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Find out more about getting active using personal budgets.

FA Disability Cup returns to St. George’s Park for 2017

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Build-up to the second annual FA Disability Cup Finals Day intensifies this month with a series of events looking ahead to the showpiece day at St George’s Park on 6 May.

With a world-class backdrop, the country’s largest football event of its kind will feature domestic disability finals in Powerchair, Blind and Cerebral Palsy football.

Additionally for this year, finals will be contested in Amputee and Deaf football.

The FA Disability Cup ensures that players within impairment-specific football have a national FA competition which they can take part in with dreams of reaching St. George’s Park for finals day.

It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the players, coaches and volunteers involved in our partner competitions, and provides a platform for raising awareness of the opportunities that exist for everyone within disability football.

Director of National Game and Participation, Kelly Simmons, said:

“Following the success of last year’s inaugural FA Disability Cup, we are all looking forward to another successful event.

“We remain committed to ensuring this is a landmark day to look forward to on the football calendar each year.”

To find out more about the FA Disability Cup Finals Day and the dates of the impairment-specific events visit the FA website.

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


Are you interested in Wheelchair tennis in Redbridge?

Monday 13 March 2017

New Wheelchair Tennis session at Redbridge Sports & Leisure starting from 11th March 17.

The session will be led by Samanta Bullock and Mark Bullock, assisted by Jack Dowsett and Manoj Soma, a flyer attached.

We will be running two sessions simultaneously for beginners and more experienced players. We have limited sports chairs so please register your details before you attend the session.  If you interested in participating the above session please send the following details asap.

  • Name:
  • D.O.B:
  • Address:
  • Contact details: Mobile:                                              
  • Email:                                 
  • Facebook:
  • Disability/impairment:
  • Do you own a Sports Wheelchair? Yes/No
  • If the answer is no. What is the size of the Wheelchair you would like to use from the centre?  Small/Medium/Large
  • How long have you been playing Wheelchair tennis?
  • Which session would you like to join? Beginners/Intermediate/ Advanced

Please send the above details to   or

If you need more information please contact  Jack on or 020 8498 1033 or Manoj on 07940967723

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Find out more information about upcoming events.

Sheffield Cycling 4 All Needs Volunteers


Monday 13 March 2017

After a  very successful and rewarding 2016 delivering  cycling sessions in Hillsborough Park on Thursdays, GYA partner Sheffield Cycling 4 All are delighted to be able to offer a second day for people to come along and enjoy their accessible bikes.

We are seeking volunteers to join our new Tuesday team who are able to commit to a regular work pattern. You would need to be available 9.30am-3.30pm


If you’re comfortable with people and happy collecting data then we need your help greeting our cyclists, recording their details if they’re new, taking payments and providing drinks/hospitality from our hub on the hard courts.

Cycling enablers

We need help getting people on bikes, choosing and sizing an appropriate bike for them, assessing their ability (control and braking) and ensuring their safety. We encourage our cyclists to enjoy the park and it would be great if you were happy to occasionally pilot one of our side by side tandems or take a wheelchair user on one of our wheelchair carrying bikes.  You will need to be alert to our cyclists using the park in case any of them get into difficulties.

What we can offer

Volunteers get lunch from Lily’s and we can reimburse travelling expenses.  Disability Sheffield will organise a DBS check for you. Huge smiles are guaranteed!

If you are interested in either role or something in the middle then please get in touch. We’re launching our 2017 season on Thursday 23th March and will begin Tuesdays as soon as we have a team able to deliver.

Please phone or email us at Disability Sheffield and we’ll get Rodger who will be running our Tuesday sessions to get in touch with you.

Tel: 0114 2536750 or email:

Find our more about Disability Sheffield and the rest of the Get Yourself Active partners.

Brand new community hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough to open by mid-2019

Thursday 9 March 2017

St George’s Community Hydrotherapy pool is delighted to confirm that the council will be providing a brand new community hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough by mid-2019.

St George’s is a fully accessible community hydrotherapy pool with a spa facility. The Community Pool will be working closely with both the steering group and the user group to co-design the new facility for the wider community.

Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council said:

“We are delighted to confirm that there will be a brand new community hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough that we aim to have open by September 2019. The current pool is well loved and used by a growing number of residents but is rapidly reaching the end of it’s life.

“This is part of a wider plan to relocate Heltwate Special School to a new site in the city with extra pupil places and modern facilities, which will include the new pool.

“We are currently in discussions with the landowner of our preferred site for the school and we hope to be able to announce further details in the near future.”

For updates as they develop and news about how to get involved visit the St George’s Community Hydrotherapy Pool website.

Hydrotherapy (aquatic physiotherapy) provides a warm, relaxed atmosphere for treating chronic and acute conditions. Discover more benefits of hydrotherapy here.

For more information about St George’s visit their website or call 01733 453583.

Find out more about Get Yourself Active’s partner in Peterborough, Inspire Peterborough and Read more about St George’s and their Social Return on Investment. discover the blog from their regular attendee, Jonathon who has participated in so many activities to make sure he finds the right activities for him.

Discover Gymnastics Taster Day, Preston

Thursday 9 March 2017

Disability Equality North West is teaming up with Preston City Trampoline Club to put on a Disability Gymnastics taster day.

What will be involved?

Come along to our free Discover Gymnastics day where we will be offering disabled people of all impairments the chance to try trampolining, freestyle gymnastics and gym challenge. You don’t need any experience of gymnastics before; activities will be suitable for complete beginners.

Date: Thursday 30 March 2017

Time: 12pm-3pm

Venue: Preston City Trampoline Club, ane Ends Trading Estate, Blackpool Road, Preston, PR2 2DS

How to get there

You can find us at Preston City Trampoline Club, Lane Ends Trading Estate, Blackpool Road, Preston, PR2 2DS. Buses run regularly to the club; if you are planning to use public transport let us know and we will help you to plan your route. Once you arrive, there is free parking outside the centre and someone will greet you at Reception to show you
where to go.

What do I need to bring?

You don’t need to bring anything in particular; we will have some refreshments for all participants taking part. Wear something comfortable e.g. a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms, and bring a pair of socks to wear on the trampoline. Feel free to come with a friend!

How can I get involved?

If you’d like to hear more or would like to attend, please contact Fiona Robson to book your free place on 01772 720941, 07793893367 or Fiona will be happy to answer any questions you may have and would be keen to discuss any communication or access needs that the club can support on the day.

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For more information on the Disability Gymnastics Taster Day download the flyer here.

Click here for more information about our partner in Preston, Disability Equality North West.

Vacancy for Chief Executive at Disability Rights UK

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Disability Rights UK is looking for an outstanding and passionate Chief Executive to drive progress towards our vision of equal participation for all, building our profile and increasing the engagement of our growing membership base.

  • London, £70,000-£75,000
  • Deadline for applications: 10th March 2017

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to provide inspirational leadership to the organisation and its members, influence the policy environment and develop a range of partnerships and income streams.

Critical to your success will be your personal integrity, people management experience, demonstrable influencing and ambassadorial skills and ability to deliver messages in a complex policy environment. We are seeking a Chief Executive with lived experience of disability or a long term health condition.

We hope that you will be interested in applying and look forward to hearing from you.

To read the full role and person description, and for further details
on how to apply, please go to the Prospectus website.

Disability Rights UK is one of Get Yourself Active’s project partners. Learn more about our other partners here.

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Wednesday 1 March 2017

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and CP Sport is running its Get. Set. Raise. 2017 appeal campaign. They want you to be a part of it.

Here is the chance for you, your friends and family, your school or company to make a positive difference to the lives of people with cerebral palsy!

CP Sport is aiming to raise £10,000 to provide more opportunities for children and young people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to take part in sport. Hitting our £10,000 target would mean up to 400 children and young people will have the chance to try sport for the first time

Please click here for more details and to download your free Fundraising Pack!

  • £20 could pay for medals and certificates for 20 children attending an AthleticStart event
  • £50 could pay for a lifeguard to be on duty at one of our SwimStart events
  • £250 could pay for a Table Cricket set enabling 16 young people with physical disabilities to experience the thrill of sporting competition

To make a donation, please click here.

If you are a company, school or an individual that would like to discuss the campaign, please contact or 0115 9257027.

Jonathon has cerebral palsy and loves to get active with his personal assistant Mandy. Read Jonathon’s blog From Boccia to Ice Skating – It’s important to find the right activity for you!