The Together Fund project was aimed at providing a range of sport and physical activities for families to participate in. Through these activities Little Miracles Charity hoped to
When asked about the organisation impact of the project Little Miracles said:
Running this project has been a benefit to our charity as well as the families involved. It has raised our profile in the community allowing us to reach more families who need our support. We have also made good contacts with local groups and organisations, such as the local leisure centres which will allow us to run more sports sessions in the future.
The interest from the families has also shown us how much need there is for these types of activities as many of our young people are excluded from a lot of the sports activities and groups because of their disabilities. Being able to put on these sessions has given them the opportunity to try things they may not have otherwise been able to.
‘Sam has never gone on a bouncy castle before as he was always too scared but today he has not only gone on the big bouncy castle but has come down the slide as well. We are both so proud of him’ (parent)
The charity say they have learnt that there is a real need for these types of activities amongst families they support. Activities such as archery and roller skating sessions both went very well.
Little Miracles are now looking at working with the local leisure centres and their coaches to provide more courses (rather than just one-off sessions) for families and young people, so they can build on the skills they have learned. They are also hoping to arrange sessions for any of the families that currently home school.
Once this framework has been published, we encourage partners to consider how they can implement the framework to make a real change for disabled people to access physical activity, sport, and leisure in the way they want, when they want, with no barriers placed on them by society.