Do you have a mobility issue? It doesn’t matter what caused it, adjusting to life in a chair can be difficult. Many people get depressed at the
thought that life as they know it is over. Nothing could be further from the truth!
It is important to get out, socialise and lead an active lifestyle. Activities for people with disabilities are particularly important on both a psychological and a physical level. Physical activities, even a low intensity activity, can help boost metabolism, as well as improve muscle tone, mood, and circulation. If you’re not interested in any of the many sporting activities on offer why not try singing, music therapy, travel or art.
Below is a list of charities which offer help, support and information about the many activities that are available.
Back Up – www.backuptrust.org.uk
The Back Up strategy is focused on finding better ways to support more people affected by spinal cord injury at times when they need it the most. They specialise in helping people to get the most out of life and offer a range of practical services, as well as challenging the perceptions of what’s possible to increase skills and confidence.
Access Adventures – www.accessadventures.co.uk
Access Adventures is a registered charity delivering life-changing adaptive sports & activities. Their services are designed to increase expectations and build self-confidence for people with disabilities. They host regular camps and sessions, offering the opportunity to try water skiing, wakeboarding, alpine skiing, kiting, biking, paddle sports and yoga.
Spinal Track – www.spinaltrack.org
Spinal Track is a charity dedicated to giving free track days and rally experiences to disabled drivers, with adapted cars developed by racers who understand the wants and needs of disabled car enthusiasts.
Freedom Wheelchair Skills – www.freedomwheelchairskills.co.uk
Peer-led teaching of everyday skills and techniques to get the most out of life while using a wheelchair. They aim to develop the skills and confidence of people who need a wheelchair for their mobility, to enable them to get out there and lead more independent lives.
The Calvert Trust – www.calvert-trust.org.uk
The Calvert Trust is the inspiration of John Fryer-Spedding, whose vision was to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside. They provide a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities, meaningful challenges and adventures within a framework of safety. With skilled, qualified, and caring staff and accommodation appropriate to the needs of their visitors, they provide facilities for families and friends who can also share the enjoyment and experience.
So, what are you waiting for? There’s a whole world of activities out there waiting for you to discover them