Charity information

Ability Bow

Ability Bow is a team of committed individuals supporting people with disabilities and health conditions to get fitter and more independent through exercise in our specialist accessible fully gym. Many members have had a life-changing event such as a stroke or the diagnosis of a long-term health condition which often make mainstream provisions unsuitable because the level of support they need is not provided.

Founded 2006

  • Mission statement

    People with disabilities or long-term health conditions can experience many barriers to exercise, from not feeling welcome or being able to access a mainstream gym to not appreciating what exactly are the benefits of doing exercise.
    It is our mission to break these barriers down, to overcome the obstacles, and help every individual fulfil their highest potential by working with people in a very individual way; doing one-to-one exercise sessions and setting personal, realistic and measureable goals. Many health conditions severely impact quality of life ; when people come to us they often find themselves in a position where they can no longer dress themselves, prepare food, cook, shop, wash or shave. They no longer go out, become increasingly isolated, they may lose their jobs and often become depressed, losing all confidence.
    At Ability Bow we strive to empower our clients to become fitter and thus increase their confidence, independence and resilience ; many return to living their lives independently and are less reliant on NHS services, family and friends.

  • Aims

    Ability Bow aims to:

    • Ability Bow works with people with a range of health conditions and disabilities to bring about positive change and maximise health and well-being in the communities of East London
    • We help our gym users achieve a better quality of life through building in strength and confidence, leading to increased independence and better management of their health conditions in the long term
  • Overview

    Established: April 2006

    Registered Charity Number: 1115595

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 1

    Phone number: 020 8980 7778

    Address: Ability Bow, St Paul's and St Marks Church , St Stephens Road , Bow , London E3 5JL

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