Community Link Funding Award

Burscough based West Lancashire charity Sporting Challenge had been awarded £900 from the Community Link Foundation to go towards the cost of the support for country walks this year.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 40 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire for over six years by organising evening and weekend activities which are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle whist providing valuable respite for their parents/carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties 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 can really help as it provides specialist support workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home again.

Sporting Challenge Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy “I am delighted with the support we have received from the Community Link Foundation. This will help fund our walks over the next year. On behalf of Sporting Challenge I would like to thank them for their support it will make a huge difference.”

Visit the  http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk/ and http://www.clfoundation.co.uk/for more information.

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One West Lancs Forum & Showcase “Getting West Lancs Active”

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The One West Lancs Forum & Showcase entitled “Getting West Lancs Active” took place on Wednesday 6th July at Edge Hill University.

Our stall was a collaboration of linked organisations- Timesavers, Sporting Challenge and Divine Days Community Arts CIC.

During the day we were welcomed by West Lancs Borough Mayor Cllr Liz Savage. We heard from various speakers including Greg Mitten West Lancs CVS Chair, Pamela Holstein from WLBC and Anne Strachan about Crowdfunding UK.

We watched a moving presentation called Crossing The Line a collaboration from the Artz Centre an West Lancs Community Safety Partnership.

There were presentation slots where organisations talked about what they to, including Divine Days Community Arts CIC.

Later in the day the delegates could choose from 3 active options-walking, singing or painting.

“Paint and Enjoy” was run by Suzanne Blundell from Divine Days.

There was a prize draw for £250 which a participating organisation could win, Timesavers were the successful charity.

John Haggart, Chairman of Sporting Challenge, said: ” I found the event very inspiring and we were able to network with our colleagues from other organisations who support the One West Lancs partnership.”

For more information on One West Lancs visit – www.onewestlancs.org or telephone 01695 733737.

For more information on Timesavers visit – www.timesavers.org.uk

For more information on Sporting Challenge visit- www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

For more information on Divine Days visit www.divinedays.co.uk

West Lancs Borough Council Funding Award

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Burscough based West Lancashire charity Sporting Challenge had been awarded £500 from West Lancs Borough Council to go towards the cost of their various sporting and social activities.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 40 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire for over six years by organising evening and weekend activities which are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle whist providing valuable respite for their parents/carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties 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.

This is where Sporting Challenge can really help as it provides special workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home again.

Sporting Challenge Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy “I am delighted with the support we have received from West Lancs Borough Council. This will help fund our activities over the next year. On behalf of Sporting Challenge I would like to thank the Council, their support will make a huge difference.”

Visit the  http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk/ and www.westlancs.gov.uk/more/your-community/grants-to-voluntary-groups.aspx  for more information.

Boshier-Hinton Foundation Funding Award

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Burscough based West Lancashire charity Sporting Challenge had been awarded £3000 from the Boshier-Hinton Foundation to go towards the cost of their various sporting and social activities.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 40 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire for over six years by organising evening and weekend activities which are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle whist providing valuable respite for their parents/carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties 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.

This is where Sporting Challenge can really help as it provides special workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home again.

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation exists to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, in any part of the country, by making donations to charitable institutions providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs: or by making donations to other registered Charities: or by making donations to local community charities or other agencies in any part of the country whose objects are no wider than the charity’s own, or to any charity for particular purposes which fall within the Foundation’s objects.

Sporting Challenge Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy “I am delighted with the support we have received from the Boshier-Hinton Foundation. This will help fund our activities over the next year. On behalf of Sporting Challenge I would like to thank the Boshier-Hinton Foundation, their support will make a huge difference.”

Visit the  http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk/ and http://www.boshierhintonfoundation.org.uk for more information.

 

 

Skipton Building Society Funding

Burscough based charity Sporting Challenge had been awarded £880 from the Skipton Building Society to go towards the cost of their various sporting and social activities. The funding is for:

  • Bowling sessions.
  • Coach hire for a trip to the Lake District.
  • Funding for art/ craft/ nature materials
  • Wii equipment batteries and a new game.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 40 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire for over six years by organising evening and weekend activities which are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle whist providing valuable respite for their parents/carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties 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.

This is where Sporting Challenge can really help as it provides special workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home again.

Sporting Challenge Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy “I am delighted with the support we received from the Skipton Building Society which will enable us to organise a trip to the Lake District as well as other sessions. The people we support will enjoy the trip and on behalf of Sporting Challenge I would like to thank the Skipton Building Society.”

Visit the  Sporting Challenge Website and Skipton Charitable Foundation Website

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New Kurling Equipment for Sporting Challenge

 

A local charity is celebrating after using two recent funding awards to buy some much needed specialist sports equipment.

Sporting Challenge have used spending from the Percy Bilton Charity and Furness Building Society to purchase some new kurling equipment.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire since 2008.

They organise evening and weekend activities including ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming, archery, Wii nights, boccia, kurling, and dance sessions. The classes are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle. And they also provide some respite care for their families and carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties to access sport and exercise activities. Barriers include parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, and they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes.

Edward McCarthy Charity Trustee and Secretary said “We have bought the kurling equipment with the funding we have received. I would like to thank the Furness Building Society and Percy Bilton Charity. Our members will enjoy using them in the years ahead.”

For more information on the Furness Building Society award please visit: http://www.furnessbs.co.uk/community/the-furness-150-community-giveaway/

For more information on the Percy Bilton Awrd visit – http://www.percy-bilton-charity.org/

For more information visit-http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk/contact/

 

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Lancashire County Council Funding Award 2016

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 30 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 Charity Trustee and Secretary 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. We are looking into trying new activities in the future.”

  • Cllr John Fillis – Skelmersdale East £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr David O’Toole – West Lancashire South £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Julie Gibson – Skelmersdale West £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Cynthia Dereli – West Lancs West £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Malcolm Barron – West Lancs North £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr David Westley – West Lancs East £100 for one of our sessions.
  • Cllr Nikki Hennessy – Ormskirk £200 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Stephen Holgate – Chorley West – LCC Disability Champion £600 towards bowling, swimming and fitness sessions.

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

Visit – Lancashire County Council Disability Champion – http://council.lancashire.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=4419

Visit – www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

 

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Sporting Challenge Funding Award

FBS-Logo2(3)A local charity is celebrating after receiving £150 from the Furness Building Society. The funding is from the Furness 150 Community Giveaway which celebrates 150 years of the building society.

Sporting Challenge have received £150 which will be spent on new Wii equipment and games.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire since 2008.

They organise evening and weekend activities including ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming, archery, Wii nights, boccia, kurling, and dance sessions. The classes are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle. And they also provide some respite care for their families and carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties to access sport and exercise activities. Barriers include parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, and they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes.

John Haggart Chairman and Trustee at Sporting Challenge said: “We are delighted with this very kind donation. It is a wonderful opportunity for Sporting Challenge. We will ask our users for ideas about which games to purchase. Thank you very much on behalf of everyone.”

Edward McCarthy Charity Trustee and Secretary said “We have bought the new games and batteries today which our members will enjoy in the months ahead.”

For more information on the award please visit: http://www.furnessbs.co.uk/community/the-furness-150-community-giveaway/

For more information visit-http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk/contact/

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Funding award from County Councillor Steven Holgate the Champion for Disabled People

Sporting Challenge have received a grant offer of £700 to be spent on support towards some bowling, fitness and swimming sessions and admin costs.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire since 2008.

They organise evening and weekend activities including ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming, archery, Wii nights, boccia, kurling, and dance sessions. The classes are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle. And they also provide some respite care for their families and carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties to access sport and exercise activities. Barriers include parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, and they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes.

This is where Sporting Challenge can really help. It provides special workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home.

Secretary and Charity Trustee Edward McCarthy said:  “I am delighted with this funding award.  It is a wonderful opportunity for Sporting Challenge. It is important that we continue with our activities especially in the winter months. Thank you very much on behalf of everyone. ”

For more information visit-http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk/contact/

For details on the funding available from the County Council Disability Champion visit – http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=6472&pageid=38603

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Sporting Challenge Lottery Funding Award

 

 

Sporting Challenge have received a grant offer of £9180 to be spent on bowling, boccia/kurling, aerobics, fitness training, country walks, and 12 taster sessions (swimming, Wii games, dance etc). They are due to Commence on 1st August.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire since 2008.

They organise evening and weekend activities including ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming, archery, Wii nights, boccia, kurling, and dance sessions. The classes are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle. And they also provide some respite care for their families and carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties to access sport and exercise activities. Barriers include parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, and they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes.

This is where Sporting Challenge can really help. It provides special workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home.

Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy said:  “I am delighted with this funding award from the Big Lottery Fund.  It is a wonderful opportunity for Sporting Challenge. Thank you very much on behalf of everyone.”

For more information visit-http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk/contact/

 

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