Launching on the 3rd December 2018 and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 'Unity - Community Clubs tackle isolation & loneliness' aims to inspire more disabled people to be socially connected through sport

Here's why...

We are all likely to be isolated or lonely but nearly half of disabled people are chronically lonely with a staggering 67% feeling lonely in the past year. In addition, 43% of disabled children are turned away from Christmas activities (Scope, 2017).

Scope believe a number of factors play a part in why so many disabled people feel lonely, particularly life costs, underfunding and that parents believe that disabled people do not have access to community activities, leading to a sense of isolation.

This Christmas will be different.

Launching on the 3rd December 2018 and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 'Unity - Community Clubs tackle isolation & loneliness' aims to inspire more disabled people to be socially connected through sport and encourage greater social inclusion.

As part of Unity and our Community Club programme, we will:

  1. Share a series of our Community Club member's stories to inspire more disabled Londoner's to be active
  2. Commit to hosting a social Christmas Club for all disabled people on the 28th December, that will return every single year
  3. Raise awareness by actively sharing loneliness and isolation research and stats via social media


Louis Wickett-Padgham, Business Development Manager commented: “It’s evident that disabled people are more likely to be lonely and isolated, particularly during the Christmas and New Year period. This year we listened to our members and wanted to act.

Our Community Club member’s stories are incredibly inspiring, motivational and most importantly, real. We wanted to give them a platform to help inspire others to be part of their community and the chance to connect socially. ‘Unity – Community Clubs tackling isolation and loneliness’ has also pushed us to committing to providing more, much needed activities.”

Launch: Richard's story overcoming chronic shyness

“For 30 years, my only interaction was with my family.” From a chronically shy gym-goer to a confident club member, Richard (49) is finally feeling the benefits of regular social interaction, with friends.

Get involved, share & support #UnityInTheCommunity

All disabled people are welcome to attend our Christmas Club on the 28th December 2018. Click here for more information and to register your attendance.

We really appreciate additional support in promoting ‘Unity – Community Clubs tackling isolation & loneliness’ to enable us to reach as many people and organisations as possible.

Please share using the hashtag #UnityInTheCommunity across all social platforms.

To receive our partner pack or for more information, please contact Louis Wickett-Padgham on 020 7021 0973 or email louis@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk.