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SHOUTaboutSEND 5k run in Derby

Tuesday 13th August 2019

Students from two special teaching schools in Derby are staging the SHOUTaboutSEND 5k in October.

The schools have some incredibly talented young people who have great sporting ability but due to their learning disabilities and complex needs they receive very few opportunities to participate and compete in sporting events. The schools are working hard with clubs across their locality and region to support them in becoming more inclusive and the event will showcase the talents of their students and hopefully challenge perceptions and stereotypes. 

Students from the schools are running the event (marketing, logistics, catering etc) as part of their employability curriculum.

They are hoping that the SHOUTaboutSEND can be a catalyst to engage young people / adults with additional needs in local sporting opportunities. A number of clubs are working with us to become more inclusive and will be present on the day to share information with young people and their families.

Download the SHOUTaboutSEND Flyer 

Follow @SHOUTaboutSEND on Twitter for more details.

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Join the Great Get Together this weekend

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) partners are delighted to be involved with The Great Get Together from 21 – 23 June. The programme, funded by Spirit of 2012, will host a range of activities across the country, encouraging more people across the country to get together.

The Jo Cox Foundation in memory of the late MP’s belief that ‘we all have more in common than that which divides us’ established the Great Get Together. It seeks to bridge division and remind communities of how much they have in common by staging a series of picnics, events and meetups.

The Great Get Together is now one of the UK’s biggest and most successful charitable projects, honouring Jo Cox by showcasing the values she championed.

Since its launch in 2017, which has seen over a hundred thousand get togethers and almost a million people taking part, it has become a powerful symbol of national unity and community.

This weekend, GOGA partners are joining in. GOGA is an exciting programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. With support from Spirit of 2012, all partners are focused on getting some of the UK’s least active people moving.

All involved in GOGA believe in building happier, healthier, more active communities. The activities are about having fun, making friends and feeling included.

The 2019 Great Get Together theme is ‘Let’s Get Back Together’. It’s a chance for people across the country to reconnect with old friends, families, communities and groups, and comes at a time when it’s needed most of all. Studies have repeatedly shown that Britain is more divided today than at any time since Jo’s death.

Spirit of 2012 was delighted to award £20,000 to the Jo Cox Foundation, which it has matched with a further fund to support its portfolio of projects to hold Great Get Together events. The idea is to develop a framework for storytelling that will empower local organisers to tell their own unique stories.

“Get Out Get Active partners and our funders, Spirit of 2012, are really proud to be involved in the Great Get Together. This weekend enables us to bring more people together in their communities to find activities that are appealing, accessible, fun and inclusive. We hope those who come along to activities, will continue to take part and feel the social, physical and mental health benefits long-term.”

Kat Southwell, Head of Programmes for Activity Alliance and managing GOGA

Among the GOGA Get Togethers this weekend will be:

  • A great walk in the park takes place at the Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy, Scotland on Friday 21 June from 10.30 – 12.00pm. GOGA Fife coaches will lead the Big Warm Up and peer mentors and volunteers will lead the walk around the beautiful Beveridge Park, followed by tea and cake at the Kirkcaldy Rugby Club.
  • Rochdale marks the occasion on Friday 21 June between 10am until 2pm, with some exciting cycling sessions at The Bowlee Sports Centre in Manchester.
  • GOGA Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon in Northern Ireland will be celebrating through a Tai Chi and Tea session at Banbridge Leisure centre from 12 noon until 2pm on Friday 21 June.
  • On Saturday 22 June at Lister Park from 11:30am until 2pm, GOGA Bradford is putting on a range of activities such as Parkrun, cycling and Tai Chi followed by celebrations.
  • Between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 23 June, GOGA Thanet celebrates through their Wheelability summer open day at Minnis Bay in

In the GOGA spirit, you can download our branded bunting, chat mat or colouring fun activity.

Contact the Get Out Get Active team to find out how you can get involved. Email goga@activityalliance.org.uk or call 01509 227750.

Find out more about Get Out Get Active here.

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New activity sessions in London as part of Sporting Sense

25 October 2018

Sense have some great activities set-up as part of the Sporting Sense project in London, which they invite you to get involved in.

Sport England – Merchants’ Academy climbing. 11 June 2014

Climbing
For anyone 14+ with a sensory impairment or complex needs who wants to get involved. This group is led by an instructor, participants take it in turns to have a go on the various climbing walls. Limited space available!

When: Thursday 11th October to Thursday 15th November
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Where: The Reach, Unit 6 Mellish Estate, Harrington Way, Woolwich, London, SE18 5NR
Cost: Free Climbing sessions.

Ice Skating
For anyone 14+ with a sensory impairment or complex needs who wants to get involved. This is an opportunity for people to attend an open ice skating session at the leisure centre for people with a disability. This session is not led by an instructor, but there is a skate marshal present.

When: Mondays Started on Monday 17th September.
Time: 10:00 -11:00
Where: Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, 390 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 6HX
Cost: £5.70 per session. Paid upon arrival to leisure centre.

Please register your attendance for any of the activities above, or for more information contact Mayana:
Email: mayana.mcdermott@sense.org.uk 
Telephone:0207 014 9318

As with all of our sessions they welcome friends, family and support workers to come along and join in, you don’t have to be sat on the side, you can have fun and learn as well.

In other news:From Boccia to Ice Skating – It’s important to find the right activity for you!

Mental Capacity Act and Court of Protection Seminar will be held on Tuesday 13 November

23 October 2018

My Afk (previously Action for Kids), together with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and The Advocacy and Support Partnership are delighted to announce that two new speakers will be joining their expert solicitor Alex Rook, at the Transition to Adulthood – Mental Capacity Act seminar for parents, carers and professionals on Tuesday 13th November.

Her Honour Judge Hilder, Senior Judge of the Court of Protection will be speaking about the Court Of Protection and how it works. In addition, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Michael King, will talk about the ombudsman – what he does and how it can help parents of disabled children.

Book now so that you don’t miss out – the seminar runs from 10 am to 2.30 pm in central London and costs only £15 for parents and carers and £45 for organisations and professionals. Places are going fast.

To download a flier for the seminar click here.

Book your place using this link.

In other news:Applications For The Virgin London Marathon 2019 for Disability Rights UK (DRUK) are now open!

Applications For The Virgin London Marathon 2019 for Disability Rights UK (DRUK) are now open!

11 October 2018

 DR UK is now recruiting runners for London Marathon 2019 and we need you!

Are you eager to make a difference? Ready to make a change for the people with disabilities across the UK? We are devoted to campaigning to strengthen and protect disabled people’s rights and you can help us to raise money to support the work we do. The money that you raise goes straight back into the work the charity does in supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in society. We receive no government funding for our core work so the money raised really does make a difference!

Join #teamDRUK and apply to run the Virgin London Marathon! By joining us you will receive:

  •  Running Vest or T-Shirt
  •  Fundraising advice, ideas and support
  •  Weekly emails for encouraging advice and training tips
  •  Your Story published on our website

Any Questions? Contact Chelsey via email: Chelsey.tredgold@disabilityrightsuk.org

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Disability Talent ID Workshop on Friday 16th November 2018

9 October 2018

West Riding County FA have recently been accepted as a Disability Talent Hub for the 2018/19 season so they would like to invite you to their first ever Disability Talent ID Workshop; Coaches who attend this workshop will get 2 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from FA Learning.

CPD events are for anyone involved in football who is looking to improve their skills and knowledge of the game.

The FA will deliver a workshop at West Riding County FA to give you an introduction into Disability Talent ID within the disability pathway and how those involved with mainstream football can play a massive part in this.

This workshop is free to attend and is aimed at coaches/teachers with or without qualifications who work with players under 16 years old.

This workshop will help attendees identify players in the local area and give them information on how best to support/signpost players to appropriate environments. The disability talent pathway is developing year on year to support talented young players and the workshop will give attendees the awareness to have a positive impact.

Here’s a goal from a very talented Cerebral Palsy footballer Matt Crossen:

Date: Friday 16th November 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: West Riding County Football Association, Fleet Lane, Woodlesford, Leeds, LS26 8NX

Teas and coffees will be provided.

If you or someone you know are interested in attending, please e-mail Colan Leung, Disability Football Development Officer at West Riding FA with your/their name, FAN, email address and any support you require for the workshop.

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Spaces left on Coaching Disabled Footballers Course on 30 September

20 September 2018

West Riding FA still have spaces left on their Coaching Disabled Footballers Course. This course will be held at Middleton Centre in Leeds on Sunday 30 September 2018, 10am-5pm

The course costs £40 and covers both theory and practical elements. By the end of the workshop each participant should be able to meet the following outcomes:

  • Apply and extend your existing coaching skills and experience to meet the needs of players with a range of impairments
  • Establish basic communication skills for coaching disabled footballers
  • Use appropriate terminology
  • Identify appropriate safety and medical considerations
  • Plan a wide range of coaching sessions for disabled footballers
  • Using the Inclusion Spectrum, plan your coaching sessions to include disabled players or provide alternative appropriate opportunities
  • Understand the player pathways available for disabled players including the appropriate structure for competition.

 For more information on the Coaching Disabled Footballers course and book your space as soon as possible click here.

In other news: Chester FC Community Trust received a national award for its work supporting men who have experienced mental health problems.

The latest WheelPower Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp is coming soon.

4 September 2018

WheelPower are pleased to announce their latest  WheelPower Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp is coming up on the 16th October 2018! This event is being held at Stoke Mandeville and will include sports such as table tennis, basketball, archery, fencing and tennis! The camp is open to people aged 12-18.

Entry to the event is FREE with family and friends also welcome to participate.

WheelPower’s Feel Inspired Junior Camps are a great way for young people aged 12-18 with a disability to discover sport in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment and all activity is adapted to suit your abilities. The Camps are a great way to make new friends, improve your health and have fun!

Time:

Registration is from 9.30am and the camp will finish at approximately 2:30pm.

Location:

There is plenty of accessible parking at the Stadium – make sure you give your vehicle registration number to reception and then parking is free all day!

The Stadium also has accessible toilets and changing facilities.

Cost:

Entry to the event is FREE including lunch which will be provided.​

Accommodation, if required, will be available on the nights of the 15th and 16th at the Olympic Lodge, Stoke Mandeville Stadium at an additional cost.

The deadline for registration and camp payment is the 5th October 2018.

Camp Information:

Who is the Camp for?

The Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp is open to young people with physical or mild sensory impairments between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age, please note however younger participants may be included at the organisers discretion.

If any of the young people’s siblings or friends (of camp age) want to attend as well to enable them to take part in the activities togther then they are more than welcome – just let us know. The activities on offer can cater for disabled and non-disabled people.

We are expecting between 30 to 80 young people to attend the Camp.

Sports and activities:

The sports and activities at the Camp may include archery, cue sports, indoor athletics, shooting, table tennis, tennis and wheelchair basketball.

These activities ​are all about having fun, learning new skills and receiving coaching – this may include a small element of competition but this is optional.

Everyone will be welcomed to take part and the sports and activities will be suitable for you at a level at which you will feel comfortable.

Each sport will last for approximately 35-minutes but young people can go at their own pace and have rests when needed.

All of our sports coaches are qualified, have DBS checks and have lots of experience of delivering activity to young people who have different impairments and needs.

All young people attending can discuss their needs and support with the Event Manager and sport coaches in a safe and private environment before starting an activity.

For some of the sports at the camp you will be required to use your own wheelchair. Please ensure, if applicable, that you bring a chair that you are willing to use in activities at the Camp. WheelPower’s sports wheelchairs will be available for certain sports.

To register for the camp click here.

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International Workshop on Cycling Training

30 August 2018

An International Workshop on Delivering Cycling Training and Activity Sessions for Disabled People will take place at University College London on Tuesday, 11th of September 2018.

The workshop will focus on the delivery of inclusive cycling activities/training based on the experiences in the UK, Netherlands and Japan. The workshop topics will include: instructor training, developing a guideline for delivering inclusive cycling training, inclusive transport planning and improving perceptions of disabled people, parents, carers and cycling instructors on the current provision of inclusive cycling activities. The workshop will cover cycling activity provision for a variety of impairments and ages.

This event will be a great opportunity to discuss the current situation of cycling delivery for disabled people and to network with academics and practitioners from Japan and the Netherlands involved in disability cycling, as well as other UK-based organisations.

The workshop is free to attend.

RSVP and a full list of guest speakers can be found here

In other news Deaf Tennis Festival and Deaf National Championships 2018

Deaf Tennis Festival and Deaf National Championships 2018

21 August 2018

Don’t miss out on being part of the 2018 Deaf Tennis Festival and Deaf National Championships at the National Tennis Centre! The Festival and Championships are organised by national charity, the Tennis Foundation.

All the details you need are below but if you have any questions please get in touch with Liz Terry at Tennis Foundation – Email Liz Terry.

We are looking forward to a fantastic weekend of deaf tennis!

Deaf Tennis Festival

On September 15 and 16 the Tennis Foundation is running a festival of deaf tennis. There will be a range of fun events and competitions to ensure there is an activity right for everyone!

We will have fun activities for beginners which will let them try tennis, learn new skills and take part with friends, siblings and parents – these activities are for everyone, not just those who are deaf.

There will be a fun competition in a Fast 4 format – this competition is only for deaf players but you can leave your hearing aids in. You don’t need to be a superstar – the focus is on enjoying tennis in a match environment!

Venue: The National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton (London) SW15 5JQ

Dates: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018

Time: 9am start both days, Saturday we will finish activities around 5pm with the BBQ at 6pm. Sunday finish time approx. 3pm. If you are taking part in activities only you can be flexible, just book a time with us via email

Cost: Fun Competition – £10 per player / Activities only – £5 per player

All players will be given a complimentary BBQ Meal on Saturday night with player’s guests being invited to join us for £10 per person

To book: Email Liz Terry

Accommodation: There is limited accommodation onsite at the National Tennis Centre at £48 per person per night (you will share a room with someone else).  This can be booked on a first come, first served basis via Liz Terry – Email Liz Terry.

Deaf National Championships

The Deaf National Championships will also be taking place alongside the festival. This event will see Great Britain’s best deaf players battling it out for the title of National Champion – a great spectacle!

On the Saturday evening there will also be a BBQ for everyone – a great way to make new friends.

Venue: The National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton (London) SW15 5JQ

Dates: Friday 14 – Sunday 16 September 2018

Time: Friday qualifying or Round 1 matches to start from 4pm. Saturday and Sunday play to begin at 9.30am

Cost: Deaf Nationals Main Draw Competition – £25 per player

All players will be given a complimentary BBQ Meal on Saturday night with player’s guests being invited to join us for £10 per person

To enter: Visit Online entry for Deaf National Tennis Championships 2018

Accommodation: There is limited accommodation onsite at the National Tennis Centre at £48 per person per night (you will share a room with someone else.) This can be booked on a first come, first served basis via Liz Terry – Email Liz Terry.

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