This year, we’re bringing our community together over Christmas to tackle loneliness among disabled people
This Christmas is going to be unlike any other we’ve experienced. For many of us, social distancing restrictions mean we can’t celebrate quite as we’d like to. But, for disabled people, this is even more challenging.
Christmas can be a time of increased loneliness for many people, especially disabled people – who are four times more likely to experience loneliness than non-disabled people.
So now is the time for us to get together and support each other with a bit of festive cheer!
The period between Christmas and New Year is often frustrating for many disabled people, with many activities closed or inaccessible. While the pandemic means our Christmas activities can’t run face-to-face this year, we’re committed to bringing disabled people together as we head into the New Year.
Tacking inequality this Christmas with Sport England
That’s why we’re proud to partner with Sport England. Launching on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), we will send 500 packs of sports equipment to disabled people across London so they can keep active with their families over winter.
Adam Blaze, Strategic Lead for Disability at Sport England says:
"Sport England is delighted to be supporting Disability Sports Coach’s Christmas Programme. We know that it’s going to be a challenging time for many people this year, and staying active, having fun and maintaining social connections is absolutely key to reducing loneliness and increasing people’s wellbeing."
Our impact so far
Since April, our charity has sent over 320 packs to disabled people in London, and we’ve seen just how much of an impact they’ve had:
Mum of Club Hillingdon member, Jacob, said:
“Thank you so much for Jacob’s sports equipment pack. He loves it, especially, the table tennis bats and balls. He had everything out and in use straight after it arrived. Thanks once again, he really needed that he was feeling so lonely.”
The packs will also include our brand new Active At Home guide, featuring fun activities and resources to support disabled people, parents and carers.
Our partnership will kick off a month of festive celebration, with online sports activities taking place each week throughout December.
Virtual Christmas Club
On 29th December, we are hosting our annual Christmas Club, with an online twist! Our first ever Virtual Christmas Club will share fun sport sessions featuring special guest Paralympians, creative activities, and a festive quiz.
Our Christmas Club is carried out with the support of the Nike Community Impact Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation.
Disability Sports Coach CEO, Peter Ackred, says:
“It’s really important to focus on disabled people this Christmas, especially with COVID-19 still going on. Research has found that two-thirds of the deaths that have occurred so far due to COVID-19 are disabled people. That sends a really strong message that the members of our community need to be supported not just now, but throughout their lives.”
We will also be running a ‘12 Days of Wishmas’ campaign from the 25th December to 5th January, where you can catch Paralympians and influencers on social media takeovers, along with taking part in competitions, giveaways and other fun activities!
This festive period, we are determined to reduce loneliness among disabled people, and inspire our community to look forwards to a new year with a positive outlook after the challenges of 2020. We hope you’ll join us!
All disabled people are welcome to attend our Virtual Christmas Club on the 29th December 2020.
To book or for more information, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
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