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Amilly Fitness is here!

Thursday 19 October 2017

Inspire Peterborough, Oak Activities and The Mobility Aids Centre have worked hard to create our very own inclusive health and wellbeing centre, one that’ll cater to everybody!

Based in Stanground, Peterborough they are providing the perfect go-to destination for all of Peterborough and the nearby villages. Excited to know more? Read on!
WE CAN NOW ANNOUNCE THAT THEY WILL BE OPENING ON 1 NOVEMBER 2017 with two action-packed days a week for you to enjoy!

Earlier this summer we hosted an open day that SAW a near 100 people – including the Mayor and a television actress – come and check out not only what we will have to offer, but share their views and ideas also.

Once you enter the doors at Amilly Fitness you will have the chance for an all-inclusive workout, you can have fun and take part in classes. Also, it’s a chance to meet new people, set up a routine to live your week by, and yes, we’ll have refreshments on offer. So whether you’re looking to add something to your weekly schedule, or you want to meet new people, Amilly Fitness will be providing a platform for you to do both with.

Tom of Oak Activities insisted there’d be something for everyone to enjoy, saying,

“for the seated exercise class; aimed at 50+ and adults with disabilities. This fun class which is aimed at all levels and abilities: focus on strength and conditioning and the major muscles groups. The aim of the class is to improve balance, strength and movement in arms, legs and hands.”

Looking for more reasons to come and see what Amilly Fitness has to offer? Tom further added

“We want the gym to offer something other gyms do not offer – a non judgemental place for adults to come and improve their fitness without feeling self-conscious. A safe and welcoming gym where people can get fitter then have a cup of tea with friends.”

Doesn’t that sound like the perfect place to come and spend your Mondays and Wednesdays? We think so! With our fully-trained gym staff, our Inspire team located nearby, and much, much more, you’ll have an experience that’ll keep you coming back for more for just £2 per session.

We also have room for you to join the team in some capacity. If you’re looking to gain some experience or add a new reference to your CV then Amilly can help you. We’re always on the look-out for both gym instructors and refreshment assistants. Contact us or you want to meet new people and gain new skills.

Stay tuned to our social media for all updates, timetables, vacancies and much, much more.

This is quite simply just the beginning, and although we’re already giving you a lot to keep you entertained, we’re aiming to grow with your demands, preferences and needs.

Kenneth from Inspire is adamant that Amilly Fitness will be like nothing that went before it.

“People want a place they can visit that will refresh and reinvigorate them both mentally and physically”, he said. “Amilly Fitness will be just that. I myself was a carer for my Mother, and a place like this would’ve been not only beneficial for her, but carers like myself”,

he continued.

“We wanted to create something unique, something that would get the city of Peterborough and the surrounding areas talking. I think we’ve done just that and on November 1st you will all get to see what the entire team has spent months working on. I, for one, can’t wait to welcome you the Amilly Fitness family”,

Kenneth concluded.

WE ARE AMILLY FITNESS AND WE’RE HERE FOR YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING NEEDS!

Who are we? Amilly Fitness, part of Inspire Peterborough an inclusive and disability sport project of Disability Peterborough

Where are we? Amilly House, Stanground, by The Mobility Aids Centre 88 South Street, Stanground, PE2 8EZ

How to book? Visit www.bookwhen.com/amilly-fitness or for group bookings please call Inspire on 01733 330815

Further information? If you want to know anything at all then email Inspire Peterborough on contact@inspirepeterborough.com, visit our facebook page/amilly-fitness, or call Inspire on 01733330815 or Tom Milner from Oak Activities on 07342036029!

Has becoming active helped you? Why not share your story with us by emailing kirsty.mulvey@disabilityrightsuk.org or read other people’s personal experiences here.

Free wheelchair dance talent development programme

Friday 13 October 2017

Wheelchair dance is recognised by the International Paralympic Committee and people compete all around the world. Supported by the Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund, we are delighted to announce a FREE 9-week wheelchair dance development programme for people interested in competing or performing.

The course will be led by a world-leading wheelchair dance champion who will take participants through the different Latin and Ballroom dances, developing technical and creating skills. You don’t need a dance partner.

Whether you compete in other wheelchair sports and want to challenge yourself in a new field or just love to dance – we will support you to develop your potential and progress along a competitive pathway. Former dance experience is helpful but not required.

Places are limited and must be reserved in advance.

To book visit: www.stepchangestudios.com/classes-lessons/

Or call: 07976 363861

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Cambridge: Make your sports sessions inclusive

Friday 13 October 2017

Adapted Sports Course at Cherry Hinton Village LC – 16th November 2017

Disability Sports Coach is delivering an ‘Adapted Sports Course – coaching disabled people’ with to 20 spaces available. The course is ideal for coaches, support workers, teachers, volunteers and anyone working with disabled people, who want to make sport or activities inclusive.

The course covers both theory and practical experiences including:

  • An introduction to disability awareness
  • Practical experience of Paralympic an Adapted Sports such as Boccia, Goalball, Table Cricket, Polybat & New Age Kurling including setting up and using the equipment, rules, game tactics and coaching scenarios
  • Principles of how to adapt and modify activities for different impairment groups with practical scenarios and tasks

The course is fully accredited by SkillsActive and all attendees receive an Adapted Sport Training Guide and a certificate of attendance on the day.

Course Information

  • Thursday 16th November from 11.30 – 5pm
  • Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre, Coville Road, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, CB1 9EJ
  • £130 + booking fee

Book your place with a few simple clicks today! 

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Wheels for Wellbeing’s Beyond the Bicycle Conference

Monday 18 September 2017

Wheels for Wellbeing are celebrating 10 years of enhancing disabled people’s lives through the many benefits of cycling with our first Beyond the Bicycle Conference.

Following the release of Public Health England’s report and their finding that not enough is being done to promote cycling and walking, Wheels for Wellbeing’s Beyond the Bicycle Conference is perfectly timed. With equalities legislation requiring public bodies to consider the needs of disabled cyclists, attend to gain a crucial update on how to meet this requirement.

This event offers practical strategies for removing barriers to cycling and increasing the numbers of disabled cyclists.

Join us to explore the transformative relationship between disability and cycling through topics such as:

  • Promoting inclusive cycling in your area and understanding its benefits
  • Recognising cycles as mobility aids
  • Making cycling infrastructure inclusive

With increased investment and ongoing efforts to make cities more cycle-friendly, this event explores how to best utilise resources in order to create an inclusive and accessible environment for all.

Speakers include:

Morning Chair: Kamran Mallick, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Rights UK

Afternoon Chair: Ruth Cadbury MP, Co-Chair, All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group

Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner
Rupert Furness, Head of Active and Accessible Transport, Department for Transport

Dr Justin Varney, National Lead for Adult Health & Wellbeing (Healthy People), Public Health England

Isabelle Clement, Director, Wheels for Wellbeing

Dr Andrew Boyd, GP, Clapham Park Group Practice and Clinical Lead, Physical Activity, Royal College of GP’s

Dr Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport, University of Westminster and Chair, Policy Forum, London Cycling Campaign

If you are a disabled cyclists or individual campaigner interested in attending, please email us on: conference@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW VIA EVENTBRITE

DOWNLOAD THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

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WheelPower Primary Sports Camp

Monday 18 September 2017

WheelPower’s Primary Sports Camps are a great way for children aged 6-11 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!

Date: Saturday 4th November 2017

Time: Registration is from 9.15am and the camp will finish at approximately 3.30pm.

LocationStoke Mandeville Stadium Guttmann Road Stoke Mandeville Aylesbury HP21 9PP United Kingdom.

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: The entry fee is £9.00 per participant and £5.00 per parent and a lunch will be provided.​ Accommodation, if required, will be available on Friday and Saturday night at the Olympic Lodge, Stoke Mandeville Stadium at an additional cost.

The deadline for registration and camp payment is Friday 20th October 2017.

To book online via Eventbrite click here.

Click here to download a booking form.

For more information visit Wheelpower.org.uk

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British Blind Sport Have a Go Day Newcastle

Friday 15 September 2017

British Blind Sport will be running a fun, free, multi-sport event in Newcastle on Friday 27th October for local visually impaired and blind people. Working in partnership with Henshaws Newcastle, a number of sports and activities will be available to sample for free.

The event is open to everyone, no previous experience in sport or physical activity are necessary and family or friends are welcome to attend.

When and Where

Date: 27th October 2017

Time: 10:30-3pm

Venue: Walker Activity Dome, Wharrier Street, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 3BR.

 Get Involved!

Register online please click here

For further details please telephone:  07917 388 172 or email participation@britishblindsport.org.uk

Sign up for a Get Yourself Active learning event near you, and find out how we have been working with and for disabled people to get them more active.

Sign-up for a Get Yourself Active learning event near you

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Disability Rights UK and partners are holding a series of events across the country to share the learning from the Get Yourself Active (GYA) project. Project partners will share their experiences of developing better opportunities for disabled people to be more active. They will highlight their success through partnership work with disabled people’s user led organisations, social care, health and sport sector organisations. If this is your area of work, you can sign up for an event near you today.

About the event

  • Listen to presentations from GYA partners about their experience of coproducing with and for disabled people.
  • Learn about our key findings from evaluation and research carried out in partnership with OPM and the University of Birmingham.
  • Discuss how you might be involved in developing these approaches locally with colleagues from different sectors.

A full agenda, including the list of speakers will be available soon.

Areas of interest

  • Personal budgets, personal health budgets and the Care Act
  • Coproduction in design, development and delivery of physical activity and sport locally
  • The role of disabled people’s user led organisations in engaging with inactive disabled people
  • Outcomes of physical activity around independence, choice and control, health and wellbeing and community connections

Who should attend?

These events are for you if you are from a Disabled People’s User Led Organisation (DPULO), the health or social care sectors, or the sports sector, and you have an interest in early intervention and prevention approaches through physical activity, personalisation, co-production and involvement and wellbeing outcomes.

Event listings

North West – Manchester, 27 September 2017, 09.30 – 13.30

East – Peterborough, 2 October 2017, 10.00 – 14.00

Yorkshire – Leeds, 9 October 2017, 10.00 – 14.00

South West – Bristol, 10 October 2017, 10.00 – 14.00

South East – Southampton, 17 October 2017, 10.00 – 14.00

East Midlands – Leicester, 2 November 2017, 10.00 – 14.00

North East – Newcastle Upon Tyne, 9 November 2017, 10.00 – 14.00

West Midlands – Telford, 15 November 2017, 10.00 – 14.00

You can click here to sign up to your nearest event

We hope you can join us for a morning of interesting presentations and discussions, followed by a networking lunch. Find out more from Kirsty Mulvey, Engagement and Research Officer at Get Yourself Active by calling 020 7250 8112 or emailing kirsty.mulvey@disabilityrightsuk.org

 

 

Parkrun Collaboration

Thursday 17 August 2017

Join Parkrun and Parallel London on Saturday 19th August at Southwark Park, London for a fully accessible 5k walk, jog or run.

This is a great training opportunity before 3rd September as both parkrun and Parallel volunteers will be on hand to help in any way.

Like all parkruns it is completely free, you just need to register on their website.

Register here

Date: Saturday 19 August 2017

Time: 09:00 am

Location: Southwark Park, London, SE16 2UE

There are accessible toilets within a 7 minute walk from Southwark Park and it starts at 9am on the day. For more information on transport, the course, starting point, safety and accessibility information please email us.

Find out more about Parallel London.

InstructAbility: Fitness industry training for disabled people

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Are you disabled? Do you live in Rotherham? Ever thought about being a gym instructor?

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Click here to view the flyer

What is the instructability programme?

  • It is a FREE Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Exercise and Disability Course with an Industry Placement.
  • It is for disabled people who are age 16 and over.
  • We are looking for people who can use their own experience of overcoming barriers to exercise and improving physcal function and/or mental health, to inspire and support other disabled people to exercise.

For more details visit the InstructAbility website www.instructability.org.uk or email instructability2@aspire.org.uk.

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Success for Inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance classes launch

Tuesday 13 June 2017

On Saturday 10 June 2017, Step Change Studios launched its inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance classes at the Abbey Centre in London.

The launch class was a fantastic start to the summer term course, with many wheelchair participants ranging from professional and competitive dancers to people who were dancing for the first time. The classes provided many previously sporty participants with the chance to get active again.

The first class covered Waltz and Cha Cha. Rashmi said:

“Everyone was amazing – they followed well, had great energy and worked well as a group as we changed partners throughout the session.”

It would be great to see as many wheelchair users as possible interested in dance join the class – and to bring friends and other people they think will be interested in being standing partners. It’s a great way to be active and creative, and it can be enjoyed as a social, fun experience or as a way to perform and compete for people that want an athletic, progressive pathway.

After the first class one participant said:

“It was great to see what we could do with our wheelchairs, and fun to learn different dances. The teacher noticed when people needed assistance.”

There are only five more classes (last class July 15th) until a Summer break but classes will return in the Autumn.

View the video from last week’s class.

Parallel London 2017

Friday 9 June 2017

Parallel London is the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event, with something for everyone, no matter what your ability.

Parallel London is a fully accessible fun run and free family festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday, 3 September 2017.

There’s a 10km, 5km, 1km, 100m and the Super Sensory 1km.

All ages and abilities. No cut off times. Everybody running side by side.

Find out more information at www.parallellondon.com or book now.

Disability Sports Coach invites you to save the date for their Summer Festival 2017. Find out more.

Free Inclusive Summer Sports Day in Peterborough

Friday 2 June 2017

Vivacity would like to invite you to their Free Summer Sports Day which will have a number of activities to try. The activities will be delivered by local clubs, county coaches and our own local programme coaches.  The event is open to anyone with a disability (learning, physical, sensory) or long term health condition as well as carers.

Activities include classic and adapted forms of:

  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Cycling
  • Wheelchair Racing
  • Guided running/walking
  • Boccia/kurling

Thank you to Guide Dogs, Sense and PAB for their support in creating a day that people with Sensory Impairments can enjoy through on-site support, planning and assisted crossing points on Bishops Road, due to the road works.

There is a link from all the sports into continued regular participation as we are keen to make opportunities available to promote an active lifestyle.

Venue: Peterborough Athletics Track, Bishops Road, PE1 5BW

Date: Friday 23 June 2017

Times: 

  • 10-10.30am: First Registration (you can attend at a time to suite your group)
  • 10.30-2.30: 30 minute sports sessions (you can take part in all sports or choose specific ones)

Free parking for Blue badge holders in Regional Car Park

There will be a refreshments area (drinks) in the pavilion but please bring a packed lunch.

Please complete the attached registration form ensuring individual requirements are stated and return to Matt Taylor at Matt.Taylor@vivacity-peterborough.com as soon as possible, so you can receive your own timetable before the day.

Disability Sports Coach invites you to save the date for their Summer Festival 2017. Find out more.

Action for Kids invites you to its parent/carer event

Friday 2 June 2017

Action for Kids is organising another amazing parent/carer /professional seminar on 29 June 2017 with a range of expert speakers including lawyers and care experts.

It is heavily subsidised for parents and carers, only £15 including lunch, and £45 for professionals. It takes place in central London.

Please click the below images to view the flyer in more detail, or click this Eventbrite link to book.

Transition to Adult Life Flyer

Click here for more information on events that may take place near you.

North Tyneside Disability Forum invites you to Positive Pathways

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Positive Pathways provides an opportunity to people with health conditions and disabilities to build skills, overcome barriers, increase self-esteem, and move closer towards potential employment.

Participants access a 16 week course, including:

  • Accredited training (including retail skills, developing workplace skills, catering, administration, volunteering…)
  • IT skills
  • CV preparations
  • Travel training
  • Welfare and benefits information
  • Contact with local employers and vocations

After 10 weeks participants put learning into practice by taking up a work experience or volunteering opportunity for a minimum of a six weeks in each area such as:

  • Retail
  • Office administration
  • Catering and hospitality
  • Public Service
  • And many more

The next course begins Monday 19 June 2017.

Location: North Tyneside Disability Forum, Shiremoor Centre, Earsdon Road, Shiremoor, NE27 0HJ

Time: 10:00am – 1.00pm

To discuss the project further or book a place on the course please contact Amy Anderson, Volunteering Development Worker at amy.anderson@ntdf.co.uk or 01912008570. Visit the North Tyneside Disability Forum website.

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British Blind Sport and Birmingham Vision deliver ‘Have a Go Day,’ Birmingham

Tuesday 30 May 2017

British Blind Sport and Birmingham Vision are working in partnership to deliver a sports taster event for blind and partially sighted people in Birmingham on Thursday 22 June from 10am until 4pm as part of Birmingham’s Inclusive Sport Festival. The event is free of charge and open to anyone who is blind or partially sighted, providing an opportunity to try a wide range of sports.

Returning to the city from Saturday 17 to Sunday 25 June, the 5th annual Birmingham Inclusive Sports Festival will run a fantastic programme of sporting activities for those with and without disabilities to try alongside their friends and family members. To celebrate the event, British Blind Sport and Birmingham Vision are delighted to showcase visually impaired (VI) sport, offering anyone with a visual impairment the opportunity to try new activities with a multi-sport taster event. Confirmed activities for the day include: Football, Cricket, Goalball, Gymnastics, Judo, and more (subject to change).

 Alaina MacGregor, British Blind Sport CEO, said, “We are delighted to be able to provide these opportunities for the VI community to try different activities locally and find out what a positive effect sport can have on their lives.  Rio 2016 has no doubt sparked interest for many people and we hope that these events will provide new opportunities for those living with sight loss to see if sport is for them.”

Bernadette Dawes, CEO Birmingham Vision stated, “Birmingham Vision are proud to be working in partnership with British Blind Sport to put on Have a Go Days, to give people with a visual impairment a chance to try out different sports and hopefully discover a passion or hobby to pursue. Sport plays such an important part in the lives of many blind and partially sighted people and Have a Go Days ensure that more people will get an opportunity to experience some of the many things on offer.”

The British Blind Sport and Birmingham Vision Have a Go Day will take place at Queen Alexandra College, Birmingham, B17 9TG on Thursday 22nd June from 10am -4pm. Online registration is available on the British Blind Sport website: http://britishblindsport.org.uk/have-a-go-days/enter-title-he/

For further details please telephone: 07929 356428 or email participation@britishblindsport.org.uk. British Blind Sport also needs volunteers to help out at these events, so if you can spare some time to help the visually impaired and blind attendees enjoy the day fully, please get in touch.

For other events that may be going on near you visit our events page.

 

Inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance classes launches in Central London

Friday 19 May 2017

Coming this June disabled people and friends/family members can learn how to cha-cha, rumba or samba as Step Change Studios launches their inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance classes in London. The classes will be at a lovely accessible space at The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street London SW1 3BU in Westminster. There will be 6 weekly classes every Saturday starting at 3.30-4.30 with a break for the summer then returning with regular classes from September. The launch class on 10th June is free. In consultation with participants there will be a review of the class format over the summer (for example whether people would like a longer class, different levels and so on).

Compared with commercial Central London providers’ rates, Step Change will only charge participants £9 per class.

For enquiries and booking:

Visit www.stepchangestudios.com/classes-lessons

Email: contact@stepchangestudios.com

Phone: 07976363861

So get dancing, get active….

Visit our information in your local area page to find out how you can get active near you.

Disability Sports Coach Summer Festival

Saturday 6 May 2017

Disability Sports Coach invites you to save the date for their Summer Festival 2017

The festival is a free event for all disabled people. There will be 20 sports and activities, special guests, performances, partnership tour, raffles, prizes, live music, giveaways, and face painting.

When: 28 July 2017, 10am to 2pm

Where: Westway Sports Centre, W10 6EX

Watch last years highlights to see the buzz!

Interested but want to know more?

The Summer Festival 2017 is a free sports event for all disabled people, acting as an end of year celebration for all those that attend our Community Clubs in London. The day is open to any one even if you haven’t joined your local Community Club.

The event will have over 20 different sports and activities delivered by our partner organisations so you can find out about more opportunities to get active in your local area!

To Register…

To attend simply turn up! If you are an organisation and want to bring a group, please email Louis from Disability Sports Coach at louis@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk to let us know.

For other events that may be going on near you visit our events page.

Metro Athletics Open

Thursday 4 May 2017

Metro Blind Sport welcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join them in their annual competition’s 41st year!

The morning Festival of Athletics will once again provide those new to the sport a wonderful opportunity to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, supported by Qualified Coaches. If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete in the afternoon, or are looking to improve your performance this is the place for you.

The event takes place at Mile End stadium on the 17th June.  This is free and open to all ages and abilities for people living with sight loss.

For more information please click the link to the entry form to this years “Metro Athletics open” entry.

Find out what other events may be happening near you by visiting our events page.

Boccia Buddies in Bath

Friday 28 April 2017

Bath Sports and Leisure Centre invite you to join their Free Boccia Buddies sessions

Where: Bath Sports & Leisure Centre

When: 11.30-12.30

May 11th and 25th

June 8th and 22nd

July 6th and 20th

August 3rd, 17th and 31st

All equipment provided. Contact Caroline_Gaze@bathnes.gov.uk for more information.

Click here for further information about events that may be taking place near you.

You are invited to NOW Dance Festival, Cheshire

Tuesday 18 April 2017

NOW Dance Festival is an annual celebration of Dance in Cheshire.  The Festival provides a platform for community dance groups, dance in education, student dancers and professional artists.

Building on the success of last year, Now Dance Festival 2017 will be divided in to three parts: daytime workshops and performances; the launch of a conversation surrounding the creative case for cultural diversity in dance and an evening dance platform.

NOW Dance is about bringing people together, celebrating the potential and commitment to dance in Cheshire, and providing opportunities for much needed debate and conversation.   NOW Dance is delivered in partnership between Cheshire Dance and the University of Chester and supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Arts Council England.

Date: Thursday 4th May 2017

Format of the Day

Morning

10.45am-12.15pm, workshops / sharing

  • 45am-11.45am An inclusive dance workshop for Cheshire Dance Community Groups, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre’s Chester group and University of Chester Students
  • 45am-12.15pm Some of the participant groups will celebrate their work by sharing their pieces with other groups and participants.

Evening

6.00pm-6.45pm Cultural Diversity Debate

  • Open to dance artists/professionals, HE staff and students and anyone interested in cultural diversity in dance
  • A selected panel will engage with attendees in a discussion surrounding dance and cultural diversity in the Northwest that will lead to future conversations and to affect positive change for dance in the Northwest

6.45- 7.15pm Drinks / Nibbles

7.15pm-8.45pm Performance Platform

  • Performances from DOPE Groups, Homegrown Groups, Chester University Groups, Sir John Deane’s Groups, Iselin Brogeland, Ella Performs as well as 2 dance film by Chysalis and Jo Cork
  • Open to the public.  £5 (£4 concessions) Tickets available on the door.
  • Please email jane.atherton@cheshiredance.org to reserve a ticket.

This event is part of DanceFEST!

Throughout the month of May the studios at Kingsway will be jam-packed with fabulous workshops, performances and residencies for you all to participate in.

Please contact a.harrop@chester.ac.uk to book onto any of the workshops as there are limited spaces available.

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

Football for Wellbeing and Recovery, Peterborough

Thursday 6 April 2017

Football can provide an essential element in the recovery and wellbeing of individuals with mental health conditions, their families and carers.

Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm Inspire Peterborough meet at Nene Valley Community Centre, Riverside Pavilion, Candy Street, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9RE, to play 5 aside football.

We have both males and females participating and all levels of experience are welcome to just turn up and join us, and it’s only £2 per person.

Register now at www.inspirepeterborough.com/register

contact@inspirepeterborouogh.com

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

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 allan@pne.com

Read more here.

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

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.

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

RSVP

Jana Fickerova or Jane Bevan at Firebird PR on 01235 835297 / 07977 459547 or via email to enquiries@firebirdpr.co.uk

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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 LaurenM@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk or call 020 7021 0973 in advance.

Related story: Paralympian Kate Grey becomes Disability Sports Coach Patron

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

Venue

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 admin@choice-international.com or the Peepul Centre on  0116 261 6000.

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

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 anna.denham@disabilityrightsuk.org or call her on 07968 292141.

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

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 jack@rslonline.co.uk   or admin@choice-international.com

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

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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

Hospitality/administration

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: info@disabilitysheffield.org.uk

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

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 bounce@pctc.org.uk. 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.

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 shallam@cpsport.org 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!

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