Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives.
We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.
Battle Back was launched in 2008. It is not a charity - it is an MOD initiative based at Headley Court near Epsom. It exists to ensure the seriously injured have access to the same opportunities in sport and adventurous training that are currently available to the able bodied. Through Battle Back, a tri-service organisation, seriously injured service personnel are encouraged to participate in sport and adventurous training as part of their rehabilitation process and beyond.
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, in an Armed Forces Charity dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight. We support these men and women in their communities throughout the UK.
Since 1932, we have been the only Army Charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Our Members range from the youngest Amputee Veterans to those who fought in WWII.
Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. We providing disability sports, such as football, swimming, athletics, bowls, table cricket and adapted sports. We also offer expert, specialist support to parents, support workers, teachers, coaches, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, sport providers and other professionals on how to adapt sports for people with cerebral palsy.
County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) are networks of local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity. Partners include National Governing Bodies of Sport and their clubs, school sport partnerships, local authorities, sport and leisure facilities, primary care trusts and many other sport and non-sporting organisations. County Sports Partnerships provide strategic support to develop sport and physical activity within their respective county and will have a good overall knowledge of opportunities available within your county.
Disability Arts Cymru works with individuals and organisations to celebrate the diversity of Disabled & Deaf People's arts and culture, and develop equality across all art forms.
Dao's vision is to achieve widespread appreciation for the richness and diversity of disability arts and culture.
We aim to do this by transforming and enriching arts and culture through nurturing creativity and discourse from a disability perspective.We are bold and fearless in instigating intelligent debate to support the development of disability arts and culture. We are a portal into the world of disability arts and a hub that connects people in a strong and vibrant creative community. We nurture and showcase talent, provide information and create opportunities for disabled artists through innovative partnerships. We are an empowering disability-led organisation with 83% of the board and 95% of our writers identifying as disabled people.
Disability Sport Wales is committed to this common vision and believes it has a pivotal and unique role in helping to drive transformational change by building upon past experience and recent success. Our aim is to contribute to the Vision for Sport by creating a more inclusive sports sector where every disabled person is hooked on sport, offering real choice as to where, when and how often people play sport. We believe that this approach will help to secure the sector’s goal of ‘more people, more active, more often’. To achieve this transformation, however, means that we must be ambitious – we must set the bar high. We cannot achieve significant change through Disability Sport Wales alone. We need to bring existing as well as new partners on the journey with us. We must challenge our partners and the wider sporting landscape to accept and embrace inclusion, and in so doing, provide even greater levels of activity for disabled people.
The Douglas Bader Foundation is a charity founded by the family of RAF hero, Sir Douglas Bader to help people affected by limb loss and other disabilities
Douglas Bader Foundation – Bader Braves
Bader Braves is an initiative by the Douglas Bader Foundation to assist and advance children affected by limb loss and other disabilities through adventure
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) was established in September 1998. EFDS is a national charity, dedicated to disabled people in sport and physical activity. They support a wide range of organisations to include disabled people more effectively. Find out more here:
The Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP) is the National Governing Body and Umbrella Organisation for Exercise, Movement and Dance (EMD) in the UK. EMDP work in harmony with affiliates and partners to get more people enjoying Exercise Movement and Dance and to increase the amount of quality teachers delivering Exercise Movement and
The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) has been established for over 10 years, with a national coverage of 400 IFI Mark accredited gym facilities spread throughout the country, equipped with a range of IFI accredited fitness equipment with highly trained gym staff who are experts in providing advice on adapted physical activity. An IFI facility provides a fully inclusive customer journey for all users, from arriving at the facility, through to accessible changing rooms, training advice and equipment choice.
The Limbless Association provides information and support to the limb-loss community. They aim to support people of all ages and backgrounds through a variety of existing services.
Support is offered to individuals of any age, whether they are about to have an amputation or are already living with congenital or acquired limb-loss and offer assistance and information to carers, family members and friends if they require it.
Local Authorities (LAs) aim to provide opportunities for participation in sport for all sections of the community. They distribute information and organise sport-related projects, classes programmes, coaching, club development and training for those who want to participate for fun and those who are interested in competition.
Within LAs more information on activities can either be found on their website or by getting in contact with the Sports Development team.
National Governing Bodies (NGBs) represent, organise and promote their specific sport within England or the UK. They vary greatly in size and scope from British Wheelchair Basketball, to British Water Ski and therefore there are too many to list.
If you are looking for information on a specific sport is is recommended that you get in contact with the relevant NGB.
Deloitte Parasport was created by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) who recognised that more could be done to provide information to disabled people who wanted to take up sport, either at a recreational or competitive level. The BPA and Deloitte also wanted to encourage a more active disability sport community. Deloitte Parasport aimed to signpost people to disability sports that were available to them and where they could play. Parasport is now providing the support and information required to those looking to take the next steps towards a more active life.
Shape Arts has been the leading and innovative force for the inclusion of disabled people into the creative and cultural sector since our inception in 1976, when dancer Gina Levete MBE first took the idea of Creative Movement into the classrooms of disabled children. Shape was a unique organisation, London based, and the ideas promoted by Shape were radical. Over the intervening years and throughout the political changes that saw the first ever legislation enshrining rights for disabled people, Shape was at the forefront, developing access audits that clearly articulated the changes and improvements that cultural institutions would have to make to include disabled people, delivering Disability Equality Training to ensure that the staff teams in those institutions welcomed and understood the needs of disabled people, employing artists and initiating the first ever National Disability Arts Conference in 1991.
Sport England is committed to helping people and communities across the country create sporting habits for life.
This means investing in organisations and projects that will get more people playing sport and creating opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.
Scottish Disability Sport - formerly the Scottish Sports Association for Disabled People (SSAD) - was formed in 1962 to encourage the development of sport and physical recreation for disabled people throughout Scotland. During those early years the organisation was a branch of the British Sports Association for the Disabled (BSAD). It was only a matter of time however before SSAD became independent and a truly Scottish organisation. During those early years the key personnel who were the driving force behind SDS had essentially medical backgrounds. SSAD had strong ties with Scottish organisations concerned with the welfare and care of disabled people. It was not until the mid 70’s that the SSAD attracted a small group of individuals with experience in management and considerable knowledge of physical activity including sport.
VisABLE was founded over 20 years ago as the world's first initiative to create mainstream professional opportunities for actors, presenters and models with disabilities. The result of this is a completely new market which puts disabled artists into the media focus. The most exciting development has been to capture the global imagination and there is now a worldwide movement for change and inclusiveness, trailblazed by VisABLE...
WheelPower are dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to find a sport they enjoy and provide opportunities throughout the year to introduce people to wheelchair sport. With sports events in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and an advisor programme at some of the Spinal Injury Centre’s around the country WheelPower have been able to help even more people. Our work has contributed to a rise in the number of disabled people playing sport in recent years. Currently 17.2% of disabled people play sport once a week, a rise of 224,700 over the last nine years.
Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children with the essential wheelchairs and other mobility equipment they need to lead fun and active childhoods. Transform lives of disabled kids with vital mobility equipment and