‘Sense, Active Together’ aims to provide lifelong opportunities for people with complex disabilities to be active by establishing meaningful and local opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity.

Objectives

  1. Provide lifelong opportunities for people with complex disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity in more areas of England
  2. Influence and equip the sports and health sector to enable more suitable opportunities for people with complex disabilities to be active throughout their lives
  3. Influence and equip the sports and health sector to enable more suitable opportunities for people with complex disabilities to be active throughout their lives

Our current geographical focus is split into 5 regions with a Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator based locally. Focus areas include:

  • North
  • West Midlands
  • East
  • London & South East
  • South West

Participation

  • Developed provision in 3 regions
  • Expanded into 3 new regions
  • 4670 individuals have attended activities
  • 853 are newly engaged
  • 1064 sessions delivered
  • 24 different types of activities

Evaluation and learning

  • Co-founded Disability & Physical Activity Impact Collective
  • Research report about the key role of support workers

Workforce development

  • 4 new workshops created
  • 21 workshops delivered
  • 285 people upskilled
  • 5 resources created

Innovation

Sensory Walks

  • 12 workshops delivered
  • 150 people upskilled
  • 21 Sensory Walks mapped Sensory Sport

Sensory Sport

  • Sensory Tennis workshop delivered
  • 40 coaches upskilled
  • Sensory Football piloted

Children and young people

  • Opportunities for those aged 14 and under
  • 133 sessions delivered
  • 325 children and young people engaged

Partner collaborations

Cross-sector partnerships are crucial and in total we’ve worked with over 100 organisations across the sport and social care sectors.

Key collaborators:

  • Inclusive Ping Pong
  • Sense Specialist Service for Children & Young People
  • UK Coaching
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Disability & Physical Activity Impact Collective

Drumming helping to improve Kyllian’s speech & encourage choice

Kyllian sits on a woman's lap. He's smiling and holding drum sticksHow do we make choices without speech? Before Kyllian was born, he suffered a bleed on his brain which affected his speech and movement.

Gesturing, pointing and talking all have their challenges so, imagine our shock when he started to communicate through song picked up from a weekly Drumming to Music activity.

He is now singing along to the different songs and making his choice of activity clear to his parents.

Download the full report

Download the accessible version of the full impact report in Word