Activities in West Lancs


Other Activities to try in West Lancashire.


Divine Dance

We are a Creative Dance Group for people with additional needs – we use music
and movement as a way to celebrate and create! This is a great way to keep fit,
meet new people and learn new skills. The group have performed in Schools
and to the public their Dance Recital “True Colours” and are due to
start a new project that we hope to tour. The group meet Thursdays 10am – 11.30am at The Ecumenical Centre Skelmersdale. Cost is £3.50 per session.

Divine Drama

We also have some places available on Tuesday afternoon on the Therapeutic
Drama session. This session is for people with complex needs who would benefit
from a therapeutic and sensory environment – we have a person centred approach
which results in all it’s members experiencing the positive effects of sound,
music, lights, story telling, puppets to mention just a few. This session runs on a Tuesday afternoons 1.30pm – 2.30pm at Eskbank Resource Centre in Skelmersdale. Cost £3.50 per session.

Also sessions available

Divine Designs – Therapeutic
Art Session for individuals with complex needs (limited places available)
Tuesdays 10 – 11am Derby St Ormskirk For further information contact Katie on  or 07896137236.

Please see Flyer for more information-

Divine Days Flyer


The Percy Bilton Charity- Funding Award





Sporting Challenge 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 venues.

The Percy Bilton Charity is a grant-making trust founded in 1962. Grants are made to organisations and individuals in need throughout the U.K.

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £159.98 from Percy Bilton to purchase an additional Boccia Set and a Kurling Mat from Amazon. Sporting Challenge would like to take this opportunity to thank the charity for their funding award.

There are pictures below of the new purchases.

For more information visit the Percy Bilton website.

The Percy Bilton Charity Website



Yorkshire Building Society Press Release


YBS F Logo

Press Release regarding our funding received in late August 2012.



People with learning disabilities have been taking part in sporting activities thanks to a little help from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

Sporting Challenge, a charity dedicated to providing sporting activities for people with learning disabilities, received £540 from the Charitable Foundation.

The donation was used to fund three months of activities, including ten pin bowling and kurling, for 30 people in West Lancashire.

David Marshall, branch manager at the Yorkshire’s Southport branch, said: “The Charitable Foundation is dedicated to helping good causes where our staff and members live and work.

“We’re so pleased the Society has been able to help Sporting Challenge. We hope the activities will help local people with learning disabilities in a number of ways.”

Participation in sporting activities is known to improve peoples’ mental and physical well-being, increase confidence and encourage independence.

Edward McCarthy, Sporting Challenge Director and Secretary, said: “We’re so grateful to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for their generous donation.

“Unfortunately some people with a learning disability aren’t able to take part in an exercise activity as they’re unable to get places on their own, or need support. With the help of generous donations like this one, we’re able to help people take part in activities and get the benefits that come with it.”

Sporting Challenge provides staff to collect the participants from their homes, support them whilst they take part and return them home after the activities.



Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is the focal point for all the Yorkshire Building Society group’s charitable giving including; Yorkshire, Barnsley, Chelsea and Norwich & Peterborough Building Societies.

The Charitable Foundation’s purpose is to support good causes where the Society’s members and staff live and work, helping to demonstrate the value and support that the Yorkshire Building Society group provides to local communities throughout the UK.

The Foundation is supported financially by the Society, its staff and members, particularly through Yorkshire’s innovative Small Change, Big Difference scheme where over 860,000 members currently donate the pence of their interest to the Foundation.


For more information please contact:

Linzi Clark on 01274 472521

Press Office on 0845 1200 890

Thank-you to funders in 2012


Many thanks to all the funders we received funding from in 2012. Including Lancashire County Council, West Lancs Borough Council, Yorkshire Building Society and Skipton Building Society.  These awards have helped us fund many activities in West Lancashire and we will continue to do so in 2013.






Sporting Challenge awarded funding from Skipton Building Society September 2012




Sporting Challenge have been awarded £1050.80 from the Skipton Building Society to go towards the cost of various sporting activities over the next year. This funding will allow the Sporting Challenge to try new activities as well as ones tried before. The donation will enable the group to introduce more people in the area who have learning difficulties to creative and fun exercise sessions.

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 for nearly three years. They organise evening and weekend activities including ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming and now kurling golf. 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.

Chairman of Sporting Challenge, John Haggart said that he was delighted with the donation Sporting Challenge had received from the Skipton as it has enabled us offer more activities for our members. Thank you very much on behalf of everyone.