About Us

Inspire Peterborough is a project of Disability Peterborough, a local registered disability charity. Inspire Peterborough promotes sport and leisure activities, as well as promoting Health and Well-being initiatives and support for disabled people and their family members and carers.

Building upon the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we will support and inspire all disabled people in Peterborough to have better life outcomes through participating in sport, leisure activities and volunteering.

We aim to be:

  • First point of contact for anyone interested in disability sports or leisure activities
  • Signpost to opportunities, advice and information
  • Provider of a service for anyone who is interested in volunteering

What will Inspire do?

    • Bring together local sports providers and venues under a unified ‘brand’
    • Support clubs to develop pathways to success
    • Bid for funding, increase capacity and improve facilities
    • Provide opportunities for those wishing to improve their physical and mental health and well being
    • Provide volunteering opportunities for able bodied and disabled people
    • Encourage and enable competitive sporting opportunities locally and throughout the region

Meet Our Team

Nikki Griffiths

Development Manager

Nikki joined the Inspire Team in February 2014 following a two year break from work. Nikki’s career in the NHS had spanned 20 years working in Health Promotion and Public Health in Peterborough, Huntingdon, Cambridge and mid-Wales.

During this time Nikki also worked for the Tobacco Policy Unit of the Department of Health, and the national charities Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) and No Smoking Day.

Bryan Tyler

Project Manager

Bryan has been working with Peterborough City Council and NHS Peterborough since 2009 looking at ways of improving Accessibility, Health and Transport for people with Disabilities in Peterborough.

Involved in many major projects including improved access at the Train Station, Cowgate and Ferry Meadows. Founder of BUGs (the Peterborough Bus User Group) Chair of The Mayors Charity Committee and Vice Chair of Wednesday PHAB Club and Disability Forum Manager. Bryan’s responsibilities with Inspire Peterborough include setting up projects such as Peterborough Games 2015, Sporting Peterborough and Walks on Wednesday.Bryan enjoys playing guitar and piano. Reading and travelling to WW2 places of interest.

That’s not all of us! We have a team of extremely hardworking people that work with us at Inspire as both employees and volunteers.

Cllr Irene Walsh

Team Member (Founder)

Councillor Irene Walsh, Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion, Safety and Public Health. Irene had the following to say about her involvement with Inspire: “It has been a huge privilege to have been involved with the Inspire project right from the beginning. For me it’s about making a reality the inspiration we all felt after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As a Councillor, it is hugely gratifying to see such a project making a real difference to the lives of residents in the city.”

Chris Holmes


Chris Holmes, Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE (born 15 October 1971) is a former British swimmer and now life peer in the House of Lords. He won a total of nine gold, five silver, and one bronze medal at the Paralympic Games.

Chris represented Great Britain at four Paralympics, from 1988 to 2000 and is the only British Paralympic swimmer to win 6 gold medals at a single Games. After retiring from swimming he worked as a journalist and solicitor. He was Director of Paralympic Integration for the London Olympics and it was announced that he would be elevated to the House of Lords in August 2013, as a Conservative Party Peer.


Team Member

Kay has been working with Special Olympics Peterborough for twelve years mainly involved with swimming. She now works with Inspire Peterborough to develop new and existing Special Olympic sports for people with an intellectual difficulty in the Peterborough area.

Echo Web Solutions

Web Design & Digital Marketing

Echo are a web design and digital marketing agency based in Peterborough that works with both Disability Peterborough and Inspire Peterborough, helping continuously develop the organisations online presence.

Echo also provides web and technical support for Inspire and is regularly in contact with the team.

Ebun Team Member

Ebun Bola-Shadipe

Project Officer

Ebun is a communications professional who has experience working for a range of charities and local authorities (KingsGate, Comic Relief, Bite the Ballot, Cambridgeshire County Council). She studied in Wales and enjoys watching rugby. Ebun is passionate about equality and enjoys encouraging others to reach their full potential.

We're dedicated to improving Inclusive Sport & Activities in and around Peterborough.

If you would like to get involved then please get in touch with Inspire today.