Keeping young people active with Mencap and Argyle Community Trust

Argyle Community Trust are delighted to partner with Mencap to deliver the All Move programme to children with a learning disability.

The programme will engage participants aged 11-16 from SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability) schools across Devon in a sport and physical activity Marathon challenge. The challenge has been designed to increase opportunities for young people with a learning disability and autism to get physically active, aiming to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

All Move participants will get to try a range of sports and activities as well as receiving home activity resources. The aim of the challenge is for pupils to complete a marathon of 26 hours of activity, one hour equating to one mile of a marathon. This framework of exercise promotes overall wellbeing and confidence, developing an understanding of healthy habits and a positive outlook on physical activity for the future. Pupils will receive resources and milestone achievement rewards which are designed to motivate and instil a sense of achievement which will leave a lasting positive impact on participants.

The programme has been funded using the income raised from Mencap’s partnership with the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. This funding enables Argyle Community Trust to offer the programme to a limited number of schools FREE of charge. Participating schools and organisations will also receive a legacy grant from Mencap on completion of the project: this can be used beyond the All Move programme to provide the continuation of physical activity opportunities for children with a learning disability and autism.

“We are delighted to be a delivery partner for Mencap to enable children with a learning disability the opportunity to take part in such a fun and motivating programme of activity, especially at such a difficult time.” – Alice Young, Disability Officer

“To be working with an organisation such as Mencap is something we’re immensely proud of. Here at Argyle Community Trust we are creating new found links to support SEND provision across Plymouth and Cornwall, this programme will help to show our vision in doing so” – Daniel Hart, Community Engagement Manager

Charlotte Aspley has Mosaic Down’s syndrome and a learning disability and ran the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon for Mencap to raise money for the All Move programme.

“The launch of Mencap’s All Move programme with Argyle Community Trust could not have come at a better time,” Charlotte commented on the new partnership.

“It will give young people with a learning disability the opportunity to get fit and improve their physical and mental health. All Move is more important than ever as many have struggled with loneliness and keeping active during the coronavirus pandemic.”

As per all of Argyle Community Trust’s school delivery, we work within COVID-safe guidelines and deliver the programme with flexibility. For more information or to register your school or organisation’s interest please contact our Disability Officer Alice Young on alice.young@pafc.co.uk. Find out more about Mencap’s All Move challenge here.

About Mencap

There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want. www.mencap.org.uk.

For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap’s Freephone Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111 (10am-3pm, Monday-Friday) or email helpline@mencap.org.uk.     

What is a learning disability?

  • A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks – for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places – which affects someone for their whole life;
  • Learning disability is NOT a mental illness or a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. Very often the term ‘learning difficulty’ is wrongly used interchangeably with ‘learning disability’;
  • People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability might need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability. 

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