Southend United Community & Educational Trust (CET) has combined with local community group, Project 49, to deliver weekly fun and engaging activities to adults with learning disabilities in Southend.
Project 49 is an award-winning, community-based resource run by Southend Care promoting healthy living and wellbeing for adults with learning disabilities, with a focus on putting people first.
Taking place from the start of September across six weeks at David Lloyd Southend, the weekly sessions put on by Southend United CET are aimed at encouraging physical wellbeing, independence and confidence.
The participants have a wide variety of learning disabilities including Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia and Global Developmental Delay.
Project 49’s Community Inclusion Co-ordinator, Pete Shrimplin, commented:
“The coaches Chloe and Jake have formed a good relationship with the participants, using verbal and physical instructions for everyone to understand in a simple and clear way.
“The variety of warm-up drills involved challenge everyone’s hand-eye co-ordination but are inclusive to all. The participants have to work and think individually as well as in teams and follow the coaches’ instructions, thus developing listening skills in a controlled and safe manner.
“Each person has responded positively by trying to the best of their ability, with some exceeding themselves in this short amount of time.
“Every week the participants clearly look forward to attending the session due to it being run by a local professional football club.
“We’d like to thank Southend United CET for their input, the sessions really are proving to be popular amongst our group.”