A special event celebrating International Day of People with disability and the advantages that exercise can provide for them is being held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium 11.00am -3.00pm and is open to everyone. The day will start with introductions and talks, followed by lunch, there will be stalls and information desks provided by a number of organisations. In the afternoon there will be a tour of the Yorkshire county cricket museum and also of the Leeds Rhinos changing rooms.
Guest Speakers include Cllr Adam Ogilvie and Stephen Ball from the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.
Why do we still need International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)?
People with disabilities make up an estimated 15 per cent of the population of the world that’s almost one-fifth of the estimated global total and a quarter of the global population is directly affected by disability, as care-givers or family members. And yet they still encounter significant difficulties on a day-to-day basis.
United Nations supports this day to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. One way of maintaining dignity is being able to choose to exercise.
Following an operation for a brain haemorrhage 42 year old Gaynor spent a year in hospital. This was an anxious time. Gaynor wasn’t used to being so inactive as she had worked full time for a major national company.
Gaynor was then referred to Osmondthorpe hub when she started to attend the art class. As she began to feel better and enjoy the services offered by in Physical Impairment she decided to volunteer too. But it was when the art class tutor at Osmondthorpe hub started to run groups at Holt Park Active, that Gaynor decided to visit the centre for herself and discovered the other activities available there.
Encouraged by the Holt Park Active staff Gaynor tried out the gym equipment and she enjoyed it so much that now she goes there every Monday and Tuesday.
Gaynor said “I get a lot from attending Holt Park Active but sometimes the gym is hard work!”
The Physical Impairment Service at Osmondthorpe Hub helps anyone with a physical impairment and/or a head injury by offering a variety of activities to build conﬁdence and promote independence. People can learn new skills, join support groups, socialise, be creative or simply have fun. Anyone using the service is supported through a consultation process to identify a programme that best meets their needs, and that has realistic outcomes. The centres have been developed with these principles in mind in collaboration with numerous other partner agencies.
For more information about the International Day of People with disability contact: David Fletcher 0113 3782859.
More sporting opportunities can be found in the Leeds Disability Sport Programme 2014. This covers children, young people and adults with any disability, and all ability levels.