Past projects

In Touch

Disabled people report that there is often a tendency for them to be thought of as ‘asexual’: that they do not have sexual feelings, desires or capabilities. Relevant sexual health information, advice and education for young disabled people still remains inappropriate and, often, inaccessible.

In Touch gave disabled people greater and easier access to sexual health information, education and services. Young disabled people were closely involved in all aspects of the project, from sharing their views and experiences of sex, sex and relationship education, and sexual health services, through to helping to directly improve access to local sexual health services.

The project ended in 2010 but there are still useful resources available online, including:

  • Training resource to support those working with young disabled people around their sexual health and wellbeing.
  • Five powerful dramas with suggestions for guided discussion, linked activities and further work, as well as other films about sex and relationships.

Sport for Change

Comic Relief part-funded a number of projects between 2011 and 2013 which aimed to get more disabled people active. Find out more about Sport for Change.

European Highway to Entrepreneurship

This was a partnership between seven organisations across Europe. Each worked with people from disadvantaged groups and supported them to become independent from social welfare and take a full part in society and their local community through self-employment and enterprise.

The partners produced a manual, which condenses the experiences and findings of the project and includes tips for tutors/advisors and information for people who want to start up a business or tackle the European market.

Download the European Highway to Entrepreneurship manual (PDF).

Ready to Start

The Ready to Start project ran from 2006 to 2009 and was a huge success: we supported 735 disabled people to set up a business and a further 274 progressed into employment, training or found the confidence to take on a volunteering role for the first time.

The project provided entrepreneurs with training, free adapted computer equipment and access to a Barclays ‘buddy’, who supported clients with their expertise in the start-up process. Regional coordinators and distance mentors motivated clients to move through an individual development path and linked them with appropriate local support and services.

Download Ready to Start's closing report (PDF) to find out more about the project model.

Social Business in Progress

This project was co-financed by the EU’s PROGRESS programme and aimed to combine the knowledge and expertise of partners from four European countries in order to create replicable projects (which followed social business, social entrepreneurship or inclusive business models) that would contribute to the employability of disabled and disadvantaged people and address the problems people face when trying to set up a business.

A practitioners’ handbook was developed to assess the impacts of social entrepreneurship by monitoring the development of pilot social enterprises and reporting on recommendations to promote the impact of social business in the EU.

Read more about the project and download the handbook from