Learning Disability Day Service scoops Disabled Sport Award

The award is part of the annual Wokingham Borough Sports Council’s Awards and the Services were nominated by WBC Disability and Vulnerable Adults Physical Activities Co-ordinator Chelsea Piggott for the teams’ commitment to involving customers in regular sporting activities.

A weekly programme of sport activities including line dancing, pilates, gym and multi-sports takes place at the Loddon Valley Sport Centre for customers of the Learning Disability Day Services supported by the Optalis team working alongside the Wokingham Sports Team.

Maz Burgisser, Deputy Manager of Woodley and Earley Day Services says, “The programme is a great opportunity for customer to try out some new skills and continue with building on their existing skills. The sessions are always planned in advance and keep everyone active throughout the session whilst being able to work at a pace to suit the individuals.

“Customers have said that they are having lots of fun and it makes exercising enjoyable. The customers have shown great determination and commitment during these activities by everyone giving it a try.”

Other customer feedback is equally positive. Leigh says “Sports is a very good session because I like doing tennis and Boccia (similar to Bowls) and the instructor Chelsea supports me while I’m doing exercises.”

Support Worker Paula Smith said, “I think these activities work really well in promoting a healthy lifestyle but in a fun environment.”

Customers and staff from Earley, Woodley and Wokingham Learning Disability Day Services attended an awards ceremony at the Bulmershe Leisure Centre on Friday 25th November.

Roland Mear, Chairman of the Sports Council said, “The Wokingham Borough Sports Council Panel was very impressed by the achievements of the services in the range of sports provided.”

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