Particip8 are a Leicestershire based group, specialising in the delivery of movement, mobility and sporting activities aimed directly at children, young people and adults with learning difficulties, disabilities or particular learning needs. Their work focusses on the development of participant motor skills, cognitive process and general health and well-being.
Particip8 work with local community groups, special educational needs schools and colleges as well as county and district councils.
Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation awarded a grant of £2,000 to Particip8 in 2015. With the funding Particip8 devised and delivered a programme of movement and mobility sessions. These sessions were aimed at increasing core flexibility, stamina, basic coordination, balance and muscle controls. Sessions included the use of basic equipment including yoga mats, blocks, resistance bands, bean bags, hoops and various soft balls.
During sessions break times, those taking part were encouraged to share stories and experiences. These were then discussed collectively and feelings and ways to deal with bullying, discrimination and exclusion were shared.
All participants benefited immensely from the programme – either with an improvement to general health, flexibility, core control and dexterity or by a gain to self-confidence, positivity, inclusion and well-being that sharing with similar adults brings.
Two members of the group have even accessed an independent Pilates session and this has never happened before!
Bethany Asher, a participant said, “I have loved every session. I have lost weight and feel fitter and can even touch my toes. I want more sessions like this nearer to my home. Thanks Particip8.”
If you would like to set up your own fund that works to support charities and groups in the local community, contact Katy Green, Chief Executive at Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org & 0116 2624 916.