Active West Lancs

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £500 worth of funding from Active West Lancs.

—‘Active West Lancs’ is a partnership commissioned by Lancashire County Council to deliver a three year programme to improve health and wellbeing across the borough.

—The five partners involved are West Lancashire Borough Council, Skelmersdale Community Food  Initiative, —West Lancs School Sports Partnership, —West Lancs CVS – Community Food Growing and —West Lancs Community Leisure Trust. They offer programmes of early intervention and prevention activities  for physical activity, weight management and obesity prevention.

—They target different sections of the community using local facilities and green spaces. Both medical referral and self referral are possible onto specific courses.

Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 45 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres.

Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. We provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “This is great news and will fund some of our evening activities in the future. It is great that Sporting Challenge are involved in this project.”

Visit – http://activewestlancs.org/

and http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

Contact Edward on 07971 299606 and email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com