It’s Learning Disability Awareness Week 17-23 June 2019 and it’s all about sports and inclusion. The people with learning disabilities who use Grace Eyre services tell them they ‘want to lead healthy lives: learning new things and keeping fit’ and that they ‘want to have strong and supported relationships’.
Sean attends a weekly Kickboxing class – this session centres on fitness, fun and friendship. Sean doesn’t always have the opportunity to see his friends as much as he would like, but this space gives him that chance to spend time with the people he wants to – building strong and supported relationships. They all have a great time working out and building up a sweat together.
Sean’s kickboxing skills have improved too! People with learning disabilities may sometimes experience obstacles to participating in physical activities. This kickboxing session has been a great chance for Sean to push himself physically and learn new skills. As a result, Sean’s stress levels and confidence have improved. Martin, who runs the session, has also noticed the positive changes in Sean and the way he carries himself now.
This story shows the huge impact that sport can have on many different aspects of the life of a person with learning disabilities.
Grace Eyre is a vibrant charity that has been supporting people with learning disabilities for over 100 years. Their vision is for a society where people with learning disabilities are respected as equal citizens, are part of and contribute to their communities, and where people can fulfil their dreams and wishes. To find out more, please visit www.grace-eyre.org