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Personal Experience Blog | Meet Jonathon

Read Jonathon's story 'From Boccia to Ice Skating - It's Important to find the right activity for you'

This blog shares with us Jonathon's experiences of getting active, and how he benefits from physical activity. His story is told to us by his Personal Assistant, Mandy.

Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a young boy, Jonathon attended the Peto Institute where he received physio theraphy to better enable him to control the muscles in his body. Growing up Jonathon was entertained and kept active at school where he had hydro-theraphy. Like many people who finish college, this is when Jonathon's contact with physical activity and sport stopped, leaving him to become bored very quickly. It was at this point when Mandy began looking at different physical activities and sports to try. 

Join Jonathon and Mandy as they share with us their journey into trying a multitude of sports ranging from boccia and hand cycling, to ice skating and sailing. 
GYA says a warm welcome to our New Partners

Get Yourself Active is a project run by Disability Rights UK, and funded by Sport England. As well as continuing our work with our original delivery partners – Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living and Cheshire Centre for Independent Living – we have just started working with four new partners. We are continuing to build strong partnerships between disabled people and the sports, health and social care sectors in each locality. A brief description of each of our new partners is outlined below.

Visit the Get Yourself Active website for more information about our new partners, as well as our other partnerships. 

Inspire Peterborough is project of Disability Peterborough, a local registered disability charity. Inspire Peterborough promotes sport and leisure activities, as well as promoting Health and Wellbeing initiatives and support for disabled people and their family members and carers.

Read more about Inspire Peterborough.

Disability Equality North West is a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) based in Preston. We are run and controlled by disabled people. Our main aim is to further the human rights of disabled people across the North West and we provide a number of user-led services to support disabled people and achieve this aim. The different services we offer have arisen out of local community needs and they promote the Social Model of Disability.

Read more about Disability Equality North West. 
Personal Experience Blog | Meet Andrew

Read Andrew's story 'Why I Run

Growing up Andrew was never sporty. He was always the last to be picked and usually the last to finish. He occasionally played 5-a-side with work colleagues, but once he turned 40 he stopped playing and the weight piled on, going from 14st at age 40 to 19st 10lbs at age 45. Andrew was diagnosed with depression and prescribed multiple forms of anti-depressants - none of which worked. It was only when a friend suggested he showed signs of Asperger syndrome that he went to the doctor and finally received the diagnosis he'd been craving his whole adult life. This diagnosis transformed his life. He went back to studying and began expressing himself via writing and performing poetry. Yet, Andrew knew something was still missing from his life. This is when he discovered running...

Join Andrew as he shares with us his incredible journey and how he got into running, and the plethora of benefits he has gained.
Meet our new Engagement and Research Officer

Take a look at Kirsty's blog about what the Get Yourself Active project means to her, and how it can be used to empower disabled people to use their voice to exercise freedom, choice and control over their wellbeing. 

Read Kirsty's blog here.

Active Independence is a small charity based in Doncaster. We offer advice, support and assistance to anyone encountering one of the many barriers facing disabled people, and those who care for them. We don’t think disability is dealt with very well. We’re here to change that.

Read more about Active Independence.

Disability Sheffield is a membership and user led organisation, run and controlled by disabled people. We promote independent living for disabled people in Sheffield. By independent living we mean that disabled people have the same freedom and rights to exercise choice and control over their own lives as any other person.

Read more about Disability Sheffield.
Get Yourself Active Resources

Getting Active and the Care Act
Using your personal budgets and personal health budgets to get active
Disabled People's User Led Organisations 
Useful Links
Information in your local area
Health, Social Care and Disability Information
Physical Activity and Sports Information
Get Out Get Active
In other news
Happy Christmas from the Get Yourself Active team!
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