Inspire Peterborough is a project of Disability Peterborough. We promote sport and leisure activities, as well as promoting health and well-being initiatives for disabled people and their family members and carers. This includes adults and children with a long term health condition such as diabetes or asthma, a physical, learning or sensory disability, special educational needs, mental health issues or having a barrier to sport such as being overweight. Building upon the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we aim to support and inspire 35,000 people living in the Greater Peterborough area with disabilities to have better life outcomes through participating in sport, leisure activities and volunteering.
2. Key achievements
In April 2014 we were awarded £277,720 from the Sport England Inclusive Fund. For three years we are able to offer a range of inclusive sport including archery, cricket and table cricket, handcycling, swimming and sports champions in primary care, and a programme of outreach to community groups. By the end of year one, 406 people have registered with Inclusive Sport Peterborough and we have a throughput (total number of how often each registered person participates in an activity) of 2,635. So on average each person has participated in a sport 6 times in the first year. We are behind on our target, however the activities did not start until the second quarter of the year and numbers are building each quarter. The even better news is that Sport England has just given us permission to include other inclusive sports in our project, and this will help us get right on track.
In January 2015 we held the 2nd Sporting Saturday at the Cresset in order to promote and celebrate the range of inclusive sport available in the Peterborough area. Over 1,000 people attended the event and tried the many sports and activities on offer. Date for your diary: the 3rd Sporting Saturday will take place on 23rd January 2016.
We were contacted by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) to ask for help with Football for Fun; a mental health football project. The original funding had stopped and numbers were in decline. We have successfully secured funding from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation to enable Peterborough United Football Club (PUFC) to provide a qualified coach for the year. Numbers for the project are now increasing steadily and the team recently won their first Mental Health tournament.
On Sunday 5th July Inspire hosted the first ever Sporting Sunday at Jack Hunt School. Participants were able to take part in archery, athletics, goalball, handcycling, rowing machines, swimming, table cricket, volleyball, wheelchair dance and the second Peterborough Para Go-Tri. The school ”Sports Leaders” (aged 16 to 18 years) were on hand to guide participants, including the Mayor of Peterborough, and even joined in with a wheelchair dance routine.
3. What’s new!
In April 2015 we were awarded a Comic Relief Red Nose Day Community Cash grant thanks to the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation to start an Inclusive Ice Skating project. This project enables families who have disabled children or parents to spend time together on the ice, playing and learning to skate. One of our “Inspire Athletes” Calum Titmus, who has autism and severe learning difficulties, performed Singing in the Rain at the Opening Ceremony and has since attended weekly to coach novice skaters. As a direct result of the Inspire project Peterborough is fast becoming recognised as a centre for excellence in inclusive ice sports and currently has the largest fully inclusive group in the country 265 members. The project is a finalist in the Living Sport Sports Awards “Mathew Warn Power of Sport” category and Calum Titmus for the “Jonnie Peacock” category on Thursday 26th November. We are hoping to start offering ice hockey and “bum in a bucket” (sledge hockey) sessions too.
You may not have heard of the Inspiring Peterborough Radio Show on Radio Peterborough! “IPRS” is one of only a few shows on air in the UK dedicated to providing advice, guidance and information for people with disabilities, their family members and carers. IPRS goes out every other Friday 12-2pm. The two hour shows will contain lots of news, views and advice about the issues that affect disabled people in Peterborough as well as special guest interviews and lots of great music. There are future plans to record the show and make it available to download through our website.
Our latest project, in partnership with the YMCA Gym, will offer young people aged 12-18 a new toolkit for life through E-QUIP. With thanks to the USA based Horner Foundation we will work with “children at risk” (not in education, employment or training; disabled, over-weight or obese; affected by mental health/self-esteem issues; having long term health conditions), to provide a pathway of opportunity to gain meaningful qualifications and develop skills that would otherwise be out of reach. We will inspire them to become leading role models for their peers and in the greater community, providing the tools to apply for apprenticeships in the fitness and sports industry and igniting a passion for their future.
We would like to introduce to you two new members of the team. Sophie Nicholson has joined us as a volunteer to help with administration. Sarah McGhie joined us recently to help with PR and Marketing over the coming months.
To round off what has been a very successful year, Inspire Peterborough was a Highly Commended Finalist in the Peterborough Today Business Awards “Social Enterprise of the Year” category on 20th November 2015.
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