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

Southport Lord Street Roadworks in September

Sefton Council has sent out letters to residents and businesses on Lord Street, Southport to let them know about an upcoming carriageway resurfacing project.

Through a series of technical surveys and engineering analysis undertaken across the borough, Lord Street has been identified as a priority for resurfacing works.

Lord Street will undergo an important series of resurfacing works, to improve the carriageway, commencing on Monday, September 18 and taking approximately six weeks to complete.

In a bid to minimise disruption, the works will be managed in four stages:

Stage 1: Duke Street to Eastbank Street
Stage 2: Eastbank Street to Nevill Street
Stage 3: Nevill Street to Manchester Road
Stage 4: Eastbank Street junction and Nevill Street Junction

Each phase will be carried out between 8am-5pm with the exception of Phase 4, which will be carried out after 7pm.

Pedestrian access to shops and amenities will be permitted at all times, while access for deliveries is restricted between 7.30am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm daily.

There will be ongoing liaisons with properties affected as the works progress.

Diversions will be in place via Duke Street, Victoria Way, Esplanade, Promenade and Seabank Road.

Llandudno Coach Trip for Sporting Challenge Activities

The Sporting Challenge Activities group has had a coach trip to Llandudno on Saturday 19th August.

The group went on a Don Fraser coach from Burscough then Skelmersdale.

The group had a great day. On arrival they had time for a walk with some sightseeing. Then lunch in local restaurant Tribells. Then more time for more sightseeing , some of the group went along the front and some went up the Great Orme.

The group headed home late afternoon.

The coach was funded by the Skipton Building Society Charitable Trust and the rest of the day was funded by the Community Link Foundation based in Southport and a donation from the former Villages in Partnership charity.

For more information visit –

http://www.skiptoncharitablefoundation.co.uk

http://www.clfoundation.co.uk

Sporting Challenge Activities have organised activities for adults with additional needs in West Lancashire since 2008.

Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting / leisure 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, walk, Pool nights, Wii nights,  Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres.

Sporting Challenge provide Sessional Workers who collect the adults from where they live, support the people whilst they out at the activities and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “The group had a great day in Llandudno. The group tried a lot of new experiences during the day and enjoyed the seaside atmosphere. A big thank-you to our funders , without whom the day would not have been possible.”

For more details visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

 

Sporting Challenge Activities September 2017

Flyer below- SCA Flyer Sept 2017

Date Event Venue Cost Start time
4th Sept Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport. £10 7:30pm
6th Sept Boccia and New Age Kurling Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm
7th Sept Talent Show Rehearsal The Old Peoples Club, Lord St, Burscough. £7 8pm-9pm
8th10th Sept Holiday Calvert Trust, Lake District.
11th Sept Pool/Snooker 22 Club, Moorgate, Ormskirk. £7 7:30pm
13th Sept Wii Night and Virtual Reality Night Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm
14th Sept Fitness night Fitness night at Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre. £7 7:30pm
18th Sept Dance Strictly Tea Dance/. Burscough British Legion, Lord St, Burscough. Session by McDonald Dance. £7 7:30pm
20th Sept Boccia and New Age Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm
21st Sept Music Divine Days Music session at the Greenhill Hub, Skelmersdale. £7 7:30pm
25th Sept Swimming Nye Bevan, Skelmersdale. £7 7:30pm
27th Sept Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport. £10 7:30pm
28th Sept Aerobics The Old Peoples Club, Lord St, Burscough. £7 8pm-9pm

 

Funding Award from The Rank Foundation

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £750 grant from The Rank Foundation. This grant of £750 is to support our Lake District Short break for young adults with learning disabilities coming up in September.

The registered charity was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 40 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 planned short break later in the year. We are going to go to the Calvert Trust Centre near Keswick for an activities based weekend. Our group will really enjoy such a break, 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 visit http://www.rankfoundation.com/

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email Edward@divinedays.co.uk

Photograph of group members on a previous activities short break.

July 2017 Activities

Click below for new flyer-

SCA Flyer July 2017

Date Event Venue Cost Start time
3rd July Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport. £10 7:30pm
5th July Boccia and New Age Kurling Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm
9th July Southport Walk and Bike Afternoon Park at Splashworld. £7 1:30pm
10th July Pool/Snooker 22 Club, Moorgate, Ormskirk. £7 7:30pm
12th July Wii Night and Virtual Reality Night Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm
13th July Fitness night Fitness night at Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre. £7 7:30pm
17th July Trampoline Night at Jump Warehouse Jump Warehouse, 31 Slaidburn Industrial Estate, Slaidburn Crescent, Southport PR9 9YF. £10 6:30pm-8pm
19th July Boccia and New Age Kurling Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm
To be Confirmed 20th July Music Divine Days Music session at the Greenhill Hub, Skelmersdale. Date not £7 7:30pm
24th July Dance Burscough British Legion, Lord St, Burscough. Session by McDonald Dance. £7 7:30pm
27th July Aerobics The Old Peoples Club, Lord St, Burscough. £7 8pm
31st July Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport. £10 7:30pm

 

Sporting Challenge Activities

Sporting Challenge Activities are diversifying their range of activities for adults with additional needs in West Lancashire. Recent activities now include snooker, a fitness night, walks, Latin American dancing, a quiz night, and a computer course. The group are planning an activity holiday for the autumn in the Lake District, trying a wide range of new outdoor activities.

The registered charity was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 40 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: “It can be difficult to access sport and exercise activities with barriers including parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, or they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes. Sporting Challenge provide specialist support workers who collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home again. We provide sessions of ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming, Wii nights and much more. We work closely with local organisations Divine Days Creative Arts, Domino Partnerships and the charity Linkability to provide our ever popular sessions.”

The regular physical activities and social contact improves peoples’ health, mental and physical well being leading to further opportunities as their confidence and independence skills grow.

The parent /carer will be also to be able to have a short break each week improving their quality of life and general well being.

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

April 2017 Flyer

 

Click here for the Word version – April 2017 Flyer

 

Sporting Challenge Activities.

Social Activities for People with Additional Needs.

Activities April 2017.

Welcome to the latest flyer.

The next flyer will be out by 20th April2017. This month sees the return of the quiz night and also our second new Dance session in Burscough. I hope you all come and try it out. Each month I am trying to have some different activities where possible. Please let me have feedback on our sessions, suggestions and ideas are always most welcome. I hope you have a nice Easter Break.

From 1st April please use my new email address as I will be working independently as Sporting Challenge’s Activity Organiser. Everything will continue as before, there will be no other changes to the way we organise our activities and the work I do.

Best wishes, Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Coordinator.

For further information – please contact EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

Or Tel 07971 299606.

Activities.

  • Price per activity is half if you come with your own support staff.
  • If you are dropped off by a parent/volunteer you still pay full price.
  • You can only come to one bowling or boccia, unless you come with your own support.
  • If you prefer you can pay for all your activities monthly by cheque, please ask for details.
  • If you would like a receipt for the payments for the activities this is available if you email Edward.
  • If you have a blue badge please bring it.
  • When staff/volunteer/parents drop people off please make sure it is outside the person’s house and make sure you see them go in.

 

April’s Activities.

 

Date Event Venue Cost Start time
Only 4th and 11th April Computer Course Methodist Church Hall, Orrell Lane, Burscough, L40 0SG. £7 6:30pm-8:30pm
3rd April Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport. £10 7:30pm
5th April Boccia and New Age Kurling Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7:30pm
6th April Aerobics Burscough Old Peoples’ Club. £7 8:00pm
10th April Latin McDonald Dance Academy The Royal British Legion, Lord St, Burscough, Ormskirk LancsL40 4BZ £7 7:30pm
12th April Wii Night Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7:30pm
13thApril Quiz night The Wardens, Blaguegate Lane, Skelmersdale. £7 7:30pm
Easter Break Good Friday 14th April to Easter Monday 17th April.
19th April Boccia and New Age Kurling Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm
24th April Dance Greenhill Hub, Skelmersdale £7 7:30pm
26th April Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport. £10 7:30pm
27th April Fitness night Fitness night at Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre. £7 7:30pm

 

Other Activities:

Discos.

The next Big Night Out is Friday 14th April 2017 at 730pm-1030pm at The Wardens, 244 Blaguegate Lane, Skelmersdale Lancs WN8 8TX. Cost £5.

The next Maghull Disco is on Friday 28th April at 730pm, Maghull Royal British Legion, Liverpool Rd South, Maghull, Liverpool, L31 7DJ. Cost £1. These are nothing to do with Sporting Challenge.

 

Divine Dance run by Divine Days Creative Arts

Divine Days Thursday Dance Session 11am-12pm, first session is free then just £3.50 thereafter which includes refreshments. The dance session is at The Greenhill Community Hub, Beech Close, Skelmersdale.

 

Calling parents/carers!

Divine Days’ Community Connections project allows people to try activities they used to enjoy and to sample new activities. Our session allows you dip into a wide variety of activities, learn a new skill, crafts, painting, look at local history books and artefacts from when you were younger, board games, model making and more. With refreshments. Sessions are run by qualified staff.

Thursdays at the Greenhill Community Hub, Beech Close, Skelmersdale. £1.50 per session. £5 membership per year. Please ask if you have any questions or if you want to come.

 

Timesavers.

Timesavers currently have a placement available on Thursday afternoons, get in touch for further details. You must have some basic computer knowledge and are interested in learning office skills.

www.timesavers.org.uk

 

Active Travel – Bikes.

Sporting Challenge are a member of Sefton’s Active Travel Scheme. This means you can use the bikes available from Splashworld (10am-5pm), these include regular bikes and also adapted bikes. Get in touch if you want to use them. I will organise an event with them too in the summer.

 

Activity Cancellations

We understand that sometimes it is necessary to cancel activities that you have booked. We would appreciate it however, if you could give at least 2 days’ notice of cancellation so that we have time to offer your place to someone else. If you don’t give 2 days’ notice, we may have to charge you the cost of the activity.

 

Why not join the Sporting Challenge Facebook Group? https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/197216310299358/  

Activities information.

  • Bowling. Tenpin bowling at Southport bowling alley. Southport-Ocean Plaza, Premier Bowl.
  • Aerobics. Get fit under the expert eye of a qualified trainer. Old Peoples Club, Burscough.
  • Boccia and New Age Kurling. Burscough Wharf Arts Centre. Session by Domino Partnerships.
  • Wii games against your friends! Burscough Wharf Arts Centre. Session by Domino Partnerships.
  • Dance in Skelmersdale. Sessions for all under the instruction of qualified tutors provided by Divine Days Creative Arts. Please bring a drink with you.
  • Try our new Dance session in Burscough run by McDonald Dance Academy from Burscough. Come and try our new session, should be great fun and good exercise. This month is Latin Dancing. With instructors George and Katie. Tonight we are having an Easter bonnet parade. Please bring/make one if you want​ to enter.
  • Fitness night at Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre which is near Burscough Tesco. Please bring a drink with you. Run with West Lancs Leisure Trust.
  • Quiz night. Our new quiz night this month is at The Wardens. The quiz is only for our members. There is a bar at The Wardens. Quiz will feature different rounds so swot up!
  • Computer Course is for people already enrolled. Two dates in April.