YMCA London South West has been awarded a Big Lottery Grant for approximately £319,000 over three years to address the significant health inequalities experienced by people with disabilities through a project called YMCA Inclusive Lives.
The project is aimed at encouraging people with disabilities to make positive lifestyle choices by offering a wide range of health and wellbeing activities.
YMCA Inclusive Lives will be delivered in the Boroughs of Merton, Kingston and Richmond for those aged 16+ years.
Gina King, Director of Health and Wellbeing at YMCA London South West, said:[su_quote]“This is a great opportunity for us as a YMCA to show local communities how having a disability does not mean you have to stop you enjoying life. To ensure we can reach to as many people as possible we will offer individual counselling sessions, counselling and support groups, emotional and mental health/lifestyle workshops, staff training and brief courses”.[/su_quote]
The project will be focused on these four key areas:
1) Increase opportunities for participation in physical, arts and cultural activities.
2) Provide training opportunities to gain qualifications, in selected work areas.
3) Support other organisation’s client groups by having our participants run activities for them by designing and delivering sessions and resource materials.
4) Through celebratory events break stigmas around disability and what that person “can and cannot do”.
If you would like to be part of this project either as a Volunteer, Delivery Partner or in another capacity please contact GinaKing@ymcalsw.org or call 078 2689 0171.
The project will commence from July 2015.