Sport for Change

Comic Relief part-funded a number of projects between 2011 and 2013 which aimed to get more disabled people active.

Sport has regularly been used within Leonard Cheshire Disability as a medium for promoting increased engagement for communities who are physically and socially isolated, using it as a method of tackling social exclusion and allowing people to develop their self-esteem, self-confidence and well-being.

Access to Inclusion in Wandsworth, London

Provides users of Randall Close resource centre with the skills and confidence to effectively engage with and contribute to their local community and, where relevant, to support their transition back to independent living.

By linking physical rehabilitation and exercise to social inclusion, awareness-raising and networking in the local community, the project raises awareness of disability issues, and ensures that service providers include disabled people in their provision, and that the beneficiaries remain fully active and involved with their families, friends and communities.

To find out more, contact Randall Close resource centre.

ATLAS Transitions in Newcastle upon Tyne

Offers affordable, supported and inclusive sport and related community activities to young disabled people in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Users receive tailored one-to-one support to assist them in identifying barriers that prevent them from accessing further services and help them to overcome these barriers.

The project has led to increased levels of self-confidence, increased community involvement and an increased ability to live independently for people taking part, along with obvious health benefits.

To find out more, contact The Minories.

Everybody Active in Paisley

Reid Kerr College in Paisley and Ayr United Football Academy (AUFA) have teamed up with Leonard Cheshire Disability on the Everybody Active programme. The programme is delivered in South Ayrshire schools and provides young disabled people with an opportunity to learn and play football in an accessible environment with qualified coaches from AUFA.

Benefits include the development of team working, communication skills, increased friendship networks, decision making and self-confidence.

We hope to develop the concept further and open the programme up to school leavers.

To find out more, contact George Smith at Reid Kerr College on 0141 581 2315 or at

Get Up & Go! in Omagh

Through the use of community access, community inclusion, social outings and sporting and leisure activities, Get Up and Go! ensures disabled people aged 18-65 living in rural and urban areas in Northern Ireland are able to access activities in leisure and outdoor facilities.

The project aims to provide people with an awareness of their own health and well-being, as well as engage them in activities which improve their physical and mental health and social inclusion.

To find out more, contact the Get Going Disability Resource Centre.

Kent Active in Sevenoaks, Kent

Supports disabled people living in our Chipstead Lake home to take part in a range of regular community based sport and leisure activities.

As a result, it is hoped that the wider community will view inclusive activities as the norm rather than the exception.

To find out more, contact Chipstead Lake.

Universal Fun! in Bath

Offers disabled people based at Greenhill House the support they need to regularly access community sporting facilities and outdoor leisure opportunities. Beneficiaries enjoy the experience of participating with non-disabled members of the community, as a way of breaking down barriers.

Positive participation in activities outside of the care home brings about increased confidence, improved self-esteem and greater skills in social integration. Service users make new connections and friendships, as well as gain greater knowledge of managing their lives, finances and health which is a huge step towards taking control over their whole life.

To find out more, contact Greenhill House.

YouthAbility in Barrow in Furness and Kendal, Cumbria

Offers inclusive sport and related community activities for young disabled and disadvantaged people to facilitate a smoother transition into adult life.

YouthAbility provides young disabled people, their siblings and friends with opportunities to participate, have fun, learn and achieve safely and within their own range of ability.

Where appropriate, participants also gain accredited certificates through ASDAN, Can Do, V-Involved or the Duke of Edinburgh Award. This means that young people who would not have been able to achieve academic qualifications will be able to develop skills and have these evidenced in portfolios of work and certification.

To find out more contact Riverview community hub.