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Disabled People Work Hard and Get Fit

Funded on Spacehive 19 November 2019 Delivered 31 October 2020

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Disabled People Work Hard and Get Fit

Ability Bow By Ability Bow

Helping disabled people get fitter and live more active, independent daily lives through inclusive specialist exercise.

Tower Hamlets Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 19 Nov 2019!

We help disabled people to identify and overcome barriers to exercise and to get fit in our gym, building strength and confidence so that they can reach their fitness goals. With this project we will provide more disability exercise sessions including ones which are focused on finding other enjoyable activities and exercise opportunities in the local area. We want to extend our impact beyond the walls of the gym and into the community. Our incredible instructors are integral. Achieving the unthinkable–including aiding people to move from wheelchair to walking, to succeeding in supporting life-changing mobility for those with brain injuries and strokes our premier personal trainers have enabled our gym members to physically and mentally prosper. With your help we will deliver one-one exercise sessions, small group exercise classes, and many opportunities to continue our support while people take part in other local activities, broadening their scope for staying fit and active long term.

What we'll deliver:

  • Provide one-one exercise sessions for disabled people
  • Provide supported sessions outside of the gym, at local leisure centres and other community spaces
  • Lay on an event to celebrate participants achievements and to sign post to other local activities
  • Provide small group exercise classes for people to meet others and make friends

Why it's a great idea:

The people we help have complicated health conditions and disabilities that impact their abilities to be active and take part in exercise, so we have developed a can-do approach and an expertise to both work around what people can’t do and seek out what they can do. Our Level 3-4 instructors specialise in adapting exercise to meet the needs of anyone who is willing to try, and supporting them to achieve results. Gym attendees achieve things they had long given up on believing were possible, and some people achieve spectacular results like no longer needing their wheelchair or going back to employment. Many people end up relying less on family or paid carers and most people feel that they have gained more ability to manage their health and built up a higher level of personal resilience and confidence.Some of the conditions we work with: MS, stroke, spinal and head injury, cardiac rehab, learning disability, autism, diabetes, mental illness, cerebral palsy and neurological disorders.

Steps to get it done:

  • promoting the project to disabled people
  • 30 people signed up to the programme and assessed
  • Exercise sessions delivered in and out of the gym
  • celebratory event delivered
  • participants reassessed and outcomes measured
  • participants using local exercise and leisure facilities
  • 10 disabled people volunteering

Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £27,517

Instructors sessional hours to promote, plan and deliver all activities - £25,152 (91%)
celebration event - refreshments and venue - £450 (2%)
promotional material - £250 (1%)
Other - £1,665 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Instructors sessional hours to promote, plan and deliver all activities
celebration event - refreshments and venue
promotional material
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • if extra money raised we will spend it on 1) expanding the service to include more 'top-up' sessions for people who have completed the programme and who would benefit from refreshing their activity programme and 2) delivering healthy living workshops to focus on specific health topics, eg eating well with diabetes or exercise benefits and mental health.

Total £27,517

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • We need 10 volunteer cheerleaders on Sunday 20th October to help marshal the Big Fun Run and to cheer on our runners! We'll supply warm drinks - and purple pom poms - and you'll get to help us raise more money from sponsorships towards our campaign.

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