Physical Activity Funding Boost for County Disability Support Organisation From Tesco’s Bags of Help Initiative!
Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:50
Northamptonshire Federation of Disability Sport (NFDS) have been awarded £2000 from the Tesco's 'Bags of Help' scheme having been one of their three good causes for shoppers to vote for in their Northampton stores during September and October.
The NFDS group which is coordinated by Northamptonshire Sport brings together people from organisations involved in physical activity development with those who support disabled people to get disabled people more active and remove barriers that may prevent them from doing so.
They are going to use the funding received to help fund a project involving the creation of some short films in partnership with Screen Northants featuring disabled people who are already active in various ways and enjoy all the benefits of being so. These will then be used to help encourage other disabled people who are currently doing little if any physical activity to participate in more by seeing what can be achieved by people with the same, or a similar impairment to them.
Northamptonshire Sport's lead for disability development, Graeme Wilson who is the NFDS Secretary and coordinates the group as part of his role said of the great news:
"This is a great boost for the group ahead of Christmas! The funding will be well utilised to help encourage more disabled people to become active by seeing others like themselves gaining all of the physical, mental and social benefits that we know physical activity can bring!
"Disabled people are currently half as likely to be active as non – disabled people! One of the reasons we often hear given for them being inactive is that they don't think disabled people can do these things, but these films will help show them otherwise!"
"We'd like to thank all of the Tesco shoppers who voted for us in Northampton stores as they've made this possible. Their kindness will result in the creation of a resource that has the possibility of making a long and lasting impact on participation by disabled people."
"We would also like to thank Tesco's and Groundwork who manage the scheme for giving NFDS the opportunity to be one of their good causes. We would certainly encourage other local groups and good causes to apply to be involved in it too!"
The 'Bags of Help' initiative is funded by sales of carrier bags in Tesco's stores, and to date they have awarded over £63 million to more than 20,000 local community projects.
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.