New Charity to Support People with Disabilities to take part in Exercise and Sport Activities.

As you may be aware the Blackpool Bears club enabled people with disabilities to take part in sports activities each Saturday morning for over 25 years. However, its activities were suspended as a result of the COVID crisis and its management have decided to close the club. Whilst the club was not a registered charity nor a Community Amateur Sports Club, it provided a valued service for the areas disabled community.

In light of the above a number of parents and carers formed the “Together We Can Do” charity. The charity is membership based and is open to everyone aged 16 years and over with a recognised disability, with priority being given to people living in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre areas. Our logo conveys our inclusive culture and belief that we can call “reach for the stars”, whilst our aiming to also convey our vision. ie. every individual with a disability is able to participate in exercise and sporting activities on a regular basis, can strive to achieve sporting excellence through competition and is supported so that sporting and related social activities are part of a healthy lifestyle choice.

We have had discussions with the three local authorities (Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre) about our plans and been encouraged by the positive feedback. We recognise that all future activities must take account of the additional controls required to manage the threat from the COVID-19 virus. Consequently, the number of individuals permitted to attend the sessions will be less than those organised by Blackpool Bears. However, when fully operational, we expect to run sessions several times a week at various locations in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area.

Sessions will initially be held each THURSDAY at the Blackpool Sports Centre, Stanley Park but owing to the COVID-19 lockdown we are not yet able to confirm when these will commence. We will use Facebook and other social media platforms to communicate with potential users of the service.

We aim to take account of the views of the disabled community when planning the service and the enclosed a questionnaire has been developed to help us do this. However, data protection requirements mean that we do not have contact details of individuals who may be interested in using our service. We are therefore contacting organisations like yourselves to help to make others aware of the charity and our plans.

We aim to take account of the views of the disabled community when planning the service and the enclosed a questionnaire below has been developed to help us do this.

TWCD Activity Questionnaire v4