Funding Award from John Laing £1000

Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire are one charity who have benefited from funding from the John Laing Charitable Trust.

Sporting Challenge received £1,000 in January as part of this Programme.

Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the Board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves. The charity is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

The charity aims to provide sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. They organise activities that our members feel are most beneficial to them in improving their health, fitness, well-being and enjoyment of physical activity and those which they are most likely to continue with. These activities include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities.

They currently support around 46 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. Around a third of its members are aged 16-22.

Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “I would like to thank John Laing for this funding award which will make a huge difference.”

For more details visit http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606.

 

 

 

Funding from the charity Trefoil

 

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £1000 donation from the Trefoil charity. This grant will fund some of parts of the group’s activities for members aged 16-22 years of age.

Trefoil’s origins lie in an initiative by a group of Girl Guides in St Abbs at the outbreak of World War II to help a group of “special evacuees” from Edinburgh. These were in the language of the times “physically handicapped” children for whom no provision had been made. The volunteers initially provided a home at Northfield House, St Abbs Head, and care for about 20 children aged 6-16.

Registered charity Sporting Challenge was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 45 people with learning disabilities to keep them fit and healthy.

The Activities take place across West Lancashire during the evening and sometimes at weekends.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “The funding award is fantastic news and helps fund our activities for our ever increasing number of younger members.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

For information on the charity Trefoil visit – http://www.trefoil.org.uk/

Photograph of group members taking part in a cycling session.  

 

 

 

 

 

The Peter Lathom Charity

 

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £500 donation from the Peter Lathom Charity. This grant will fund some of parts of the group’s activities.

The Peter Lathom’s Charity provides grants to individuals in particular need and to local groups working with those in need – for further details contact Brighouse Wolff solicitors (In West Lancs) who act as clerks for charity.

Registered charity Sporting Challenge was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 45 people with learning disabilities to keep them fit and healthy.

The Activities take place across West Lancashire during the evening and sometimes at weekends.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “The funding award is fantastic news and helps fund our activities which our group really enjoy. Our group enjoy our sessions, and at the same time their families will be also to be able to have a short break too from their carer duties.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

For information on the Peter Lathom Charity visit – Peter Lathom Charity Commission Website Listing

Photographs are of group members taking part in sessions.  

 

 

 

Christmas Bowling Visit from the Community Foundation for Lancashire

Sporting Challenge’s Christmas Bowling night took place on the 4th December in Southport but it was a little different than usual ! The group members all took part in a seasonal “Best Christmas Jumper” Competition. There were all kinds of jumpers on show.

The winners were chosen by a special visitor on the night, Joan Ford from the Community Foundation for Lancashire who is a Community Philanthropy Manager for Donor Care & Community Engagement. Joan said: “It was great to see the group in action after having funded it on several occasions. I really enjoyed talking to some of the members and finding out more about how they benefitted from the group and what difference it made to their lives.”

 

The Community Foundation for Lancashire recently awarded the group £500 from the Lancashire Community Investment Fund. This grant will fund some of the group’s activities.

Registered charity Sporting Challenge was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 45 people aged 16+ with learning disabilities to keep them fit and healthy. The Activities take place across West Lancashire during the evening and sometimes at weekends.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “Tonight’s bowling was a lot of fun, I am glad so many people wore their Christmas Jumpers too. This added to the Christmassy feel of the night. It was also great to meet Joan from the Community Foundation for Lancashire. Charities are constantly looking ahead and trying to fund their activities so meeting one of our funders was a great opportunity to show what we do in practice.”

Edward added: “The recent funding award is fantastic news and helps fund our activities which our group really enjoy. Our group really enjoy our sessions, and at the same time their families will be also to be able to have a short break too from their carer duties. A big thank-you to the Community Foundation for Lancashire on behalf of the group.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

For more information on the Community Foundation for Lancashire visit – http://www.lancsfoundation.org.uk/

Photographs are of group members taking part on the night.

The Competition winners !

 

 

 

Funding Award from the Barchester Charitable Foundation

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £350 grant from the Barchester Charitable Foundation. The grant will fund a coach or barge trip for the group.

Sporting Challenge is a charity which was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 45 people with learning disabilities to keep them fit and healthy.

The Activities take place across West Lancashire during the evening and sometimes at weekends.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “The funding award is fantastic news and will help fund a summer outing for the group. During the last year we went to Llandudno and Blackpool. our activities which our group really enjoy. Our group really enjoy our supported sessions which are always a lot of fun.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

Photographs are of group members taking part in our activities.

 

 

 

Lancashire County Council Grants for Sporting Challenge 2017

Sporting Challenge have been awarded funding from some of the West Lancashire division of Lancashire County Councillors from the Lancashire County Council Local Member Grant Scheme.

Sporting Challenge, we 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. Details of the individual awards are below. Many thanks to Lancashire County Council and it’s respective councillors. Over the last year a number of new adults have started attending and we have also tried some new activities such as sailing.”

  • Cllr David O’Toole – West Lancashire South £200 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Julie Gibson – Skelmersdale West £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Malcolm Barron – West Lancs North £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Nikki Hennessy – Ormskirk £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Terry Aldridge – Skelmersdale Central £250 for our sessions.
  • Cllr Eddie Pope – Burscough and Rufford £250 for our sessions

Also:-

  • Cllr Joan Burrows – Champion for the Elderly £500 for aspects of our sessions.
  • Cllr Peter Steen – Champion for the Disabled £1100 for aspects of our sessions.
  • Cllr Mark Perks the Champion for Youth £1000 towards our sessions for younger members.

Visit – http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/grants-and-funding/voluntary-community-and-faith-sectors-grants-and-funding/local-member-grants.aspx

and http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=6472&pageid=38603

Visit – www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

 

LCC

Community Foundation for Lancashire

 

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £500 grant from Community Foundation for Lancashire. This grant will fund some of the activities.

Registered charity Sporting Challenge was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 45 people with learning disabilities to keep them fit and healthy.

The Activities take place across West Lancashire during the evening and sometimes at weekends.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “The funding award is fantastic news and helps fund our activities which our group really enjoy. Our group enjoy our sessions, and at the same time their families will be also to be able to have a short break too from their carer duties.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

Photographs are of group members taking part.

 

 

Blackpool Illuminations Trip October 2017

The 36 of the Sporting Challenge group went on a trip to see the Blackpool Illuminations on 25th October 2017.

The group had tea at the Seafarer Restaurant in Lytham-St-Annes and then went on to see the Illuminations.

Edward McCarthy Activities Coordinator said: “The group had a great time. the weather was great. I would like to thank all the activities support staff, the restaurant staff and Don Fraser Coaches for a fantastic trip. The trip was partly funded by the Community ink.  A big thank-you from Sporting Challenge.”

Sporting Challenge are a registered charity who provide social activities for 45 people with additional needs in West Lancashire.

www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

Sporting Challenge arrange evening and weekend activities that  include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres. They 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.

Visit – https://donfrasercoaches.co.uk/and https://www.seafarerstakeaway.co.uk/