The Inclusion Project is a community based service for those 16 and over with learning disabilities, autism, or other specialist needs. This innovative service has a mission of enabling disabled young adults to feel included in their local community by accessing a wide variety of activities, all whilst supporting the development of friendships and independence and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
Having first been formed in Hertfordshire 3 years ago, the service spread to cover Cambridge and Huntingdon in 2018. In their first year of operation in this area the group have enjoyed accessing many of the local disability specific sports facilities and clubs as well as identifying many welcoming and inclusive general leisure facilities. Active and Able sports club in Huntingdon has proved a regular favourite with some of the group, whilst adapted cycling opportunities, disability friendly riding schools and welcoming staff at the One Leisure St Ives gym have helped to create fantastic first time introductions to sports not previously accessed by some of the individuals.
With all of the activities undertaken being determined by the interests of the individuals themselves, the group have found the Living Sport activity map very useful in finding out about local opportunities to suit everyone’s interests. Going forward the group hope to continue finding and accessing local inclusive sport and fitness opportunities and developing partnerships with other agencies in the area, all as part of their community inclusion and active ethos.