YMCA Active Living Project - for young disabled people aged 16-28.

  • 07-10-2011

"To whom it may concern,

I am emailing to inform you of a new project we have running here at the YMCA for young disabled people between the ages of 16-28.

The project is called Active Living and is focused around getting young disabled people, or those with long term health conditions, into sport. This might be through participation, for example, regular sessions in the YMCA gym or a fitness class, or even sports volunteering. To kick start the project, we are trying to set up free taster sessions in various sports, from Boccia and New Age Kurling to Zumba and Exercise to Music. I am really keen to get small groups down to the new Sovereign Centre to try one of these FREE taster sessions in the near future. Once these taster sessions have been completed, we can consider how next to take the project for each individual. This could be assisting these young people into mainstream exercise sessions at the YMCA, or, if interest is great, maybe even setting up a new activity!

As mentioned, another side of the project involves sports volunteering. We are currently in the process of setting the centre up as an accredited centre to deliver the Sports Leaders Award qualification. This means that any young people coming to me through the Active Living project can embark on this course (funded by ourselves), gaining valuable skills in leadership, communication and organisation. It will provide young people with a Level 2 qualification in Community Sports Leadership, which will enable them to assist in sports clubs or activities here at the YMCA. The course requires 10 hours of community volunteering to be completed before certificates are issued and so, it provides a fantastic opportunity to gain voluntary experience at the same time!

We are also able, as part of the Active Living project, to offer in depth inductions of the YMCA IFI gym for parents, carers and support workers. Through offering this, we are hoping that interest and participation in the gym will increase, as carers gain the knowledge and confidence to assist their clients on the equipment.


I really hope that the Active Living project will be of interest to you and/or the young people you work with/care for. I have attached a copy of the Active Living flyer in this email for you to have a look at; if you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Additionally, I am keen to hear from people interested in free taster sessions, so we can get these up and running and make use of the brilliant new facilities at the Sovereign Centre.

Yours sincerely,

Amy Fazackerley

Active Living Co-ordinator

Reigate & Redhill YMCA, Prince’s Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6JJ –

Tel 01737 779979.

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