Stepping Stone has now come to an end of the latest funding from the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (John Stewart Memorial fund and Healthy Fenland Fund). Over the past year we have given out 80; £50 bursaries to individuals and groups of people to support them to get more active and overcome barriers to participation they were facing due to their disability or long term health condition. The project was not only able offer bursaries but advice on how and where to get active that was specific to each individual and advised over 100 people during the project. People benefiting from the project ended up taking part and in most cases staying involved with a wide range of sports including Tennis, Goalball, Horse Riding, Running, Swimming and Fitness classes.
One recipient having been supported to take up goalball said ‘In terms of personal progress, I’m happier, healthier and more determined. The positive change in me and what it has given me is wonderful. The friends I have made are now irreplaceable and I won’t even try to decide who I respect more. The team has challenged me to think more of myself, expect success and not be held back by my disability.
Another recipient was able to take up running after advice and a bursary ‘Wow since last being in contact with you lots has happened. I have continued with my local running group and still running at least 2x a week and the furthest I have got to is 4K, still working towards my non-stop 5k. I have now also completed 3 Park runs and my times are getting quicker! I attended a Limbpower multi-sport event off the back of one of your contacts and spent the day with other active amputees, which was a first. I have seen great improvements in my overall well-being, confidence and energy. I’ve even lost weight and been able to find strategies to manage my stump to keep healthy and active. The whole project has been very supportive and can’t thank Rebecca enough’
If you want to find out more about disability sport opportunities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough visit our disability sports pages