Help us reopen our sports clubs for disabled people
Please help us to reopen our Community Clubs so disabled people aren't left out of sport.
The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for so many. As you know, lockdown meant we took the tough decision to close our 14 Community Clubs across London, which hundreds of disabled people relied on each week to keep active and meet friends.
Now, with guidelines changing, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This September, a full 18 months after closing, we want to reopen our Community Clubs so disabled people can once again enjoy sport every week in their local community.
But we need your ongoing help.
With fundraising events still postponed, our income continues to be hit. However, with disabled people still disproportionately affected by the pandemic, we remain committed to safely opening our clubs.
As venue providers also seek to recover financially from the pandemic, the cost of running our weekly sessions will increase. Safety is our top priority, so we want to provide each club with personal protective equipment so participants can feel confident about joining us again.
The difference you will make is massive.
Thanks to supporters like you, we have continued to transform the lives of disabled people throughout the pandemic. We have sent 1,000 packs of adapted sports equipment to the most vulnerable people across London, so they have the equipment to be more active, more often. We have delivered hundreds of free online sessions so people can keep active safely at home.
Now, as communities across the country recover, it is more vital than ever that nobody is left out. Please support our clubs and give disabled people the confidence to feel part of their local community once again.
Without our weekly clubs, hundreds of disabled people across London feel more isolated than ever. Hundreds of disabled people have lost the only opportunity they have to meet friends, play sport and keep active.
No matter how big or small, you really do change lives.
Thank you everyone.
Help us tackle loneliness among disabled people this Christmas
This year, we’re bringing our community together over Christmas to tackle loneliness among disabled people
This Christmas is going to be unlike any other we’ve experienced. For many of us, social distancing restrictions mean we can’t celebrate quite as we’d like to. But, for disabled people, this is even more challenging.
Christmas can be a time of increased loneliness for many people, especially disabled people – who are four times more likely to experience loneliness than non-disabled people.
So now is the time for us to get together and support each other with a bit of festive cheer!
Let's make this Christmas count
The period between Christmas and New Year is often frustrating for many disabled people, with many activities closed or inaccessible. While the pandemic means our Christmas activities can’t run face-to-face this year, we’re committed to bringing disabled people together as we head into the New Year.
That's why we're hosting free online sport sessions throughout December, with a special Christmas Club on 29 December to keep disabled people active and connected.
And with your support, we're going to send sports equipment to disabled people across London. Each pack costs just £50 and includes skipping rope, balls and bats.
We have already sent over 800 packs this year, and with your support, we're aiming to reach 1,000 people by the end of 2020. Please support us and help us spread a little cheer this Christmas!
Find out more by visiting www.disabilitysportscoach.co.uk/loneliness/