The Mayor's Award recognises how an individual, organisation or project has increased opportunities for disabled people in Wandsworth to participate in sport or physical activity.
The Live Well, Feel Great! project, led by Jenny Bourlet, Share's Healthy Living Coordinator, and supported by the Wimbledon Foundation, is designed to tackle some of the health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities and improve our students' overall wellbeing. Over the past year, we have worked hard to get our students active, supporting them to take part in a variety of sports and physical exercise, and eating well by understanding what's on their plate, cooking simple, healthy meals for themselves, and knowing how to choose healthy food options.
In addition, we've partnered with a number of external organisations to raise health awareness among our students; for example, by highlighting the importance of regular health checks, and how they can access other health services such as the dentist, opticians or other screening programmes.
As part of this project, we hold regular inclusive sessions involving sport and exercise every week, including yoga, zumba, chair-based exercise and movement dance, with lots more sessions planned over the coming year, including cycling. Many of these activities are not always widely available or accessible for people with learning disabilities and hence are proving popular among our students – both from a physical and social perspective – and their enthusiasm in wanting to take part has been clear to see.
Following the announcement, Jenny commented, 'We are always looking at new ways we can support our students to improve their health and wellbeing through exercise that is fun, accessible and inclusive. Thank you to the committee for recognising our work and we look forward to providing even more sport and exercise opportunities for our students in the coming year.'
To find out more about Share's healthy living project, contact Jenny via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7801 9813.