For some time now, as part of our Sporting Sense project, we have been
developing all sorts of sport and physical activities for people with complex
disabilities – everything from swimming and cycling to yoga and dance. These
are great because individuals can do these at their own pace, in their own way,
and experience how their body feels in a sensory way.
We’ve also built up good partnerships with local sports clubs and
providers to deliver these activities and had a lot of positive interest.
According to research carried out by Sport England, almost half (42%) of disabled people are classed as inactive, which means they do less than thirty minutes of exercise a week. This rises to over half (51%) among people with complex disabilities.
At Sense, we are familiar with the disparities that exist and are working towards ensuring that no one is left out of life. There are so many physical, mental and social benefits to being active but unfortunately there aren’t the same opportunities available to people with more complex disabilities.
That’s why we’re excited to be launching a new three-year project, ‘Sense, Active Together’ building on our foundations of supporting people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities to be active, and aiming to reach another 2,500 people.