Project information

Activities and Outings

The Big Idea behind the project is to enable DI’s clients who have complex physical disabilities to undertake activities and outings that would otherwise be difficult or impossible for them without our support.

January 2012 - December 2013

Charity information: Disability Initiative Limited

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  • Need


    As a result of their disability and sometimes the social barriers they have encountered in trying to attend mainstream events, many of our clients are unable to access any educational, social, rehabilitative or functional activities.
    Our mission is to help people with disabilities integrate fully into society, enabling them to release their potential and aspire to their chosen goals


    Regardless of age or disability, all of our clients strive towards maintaining or increasing their independence and rehabilitation. Our Big Idea is to support clients to undertake a range of educational, social, rehabilitative and functional activities and help them access the community, maximizing independence and social inclusion as well as promoting their wellbeing and independent living skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Clients to participate in classes at their own pace with sessions adapted to meet specific needs.


    » 3 terms x 13 weekly sessions of digital photography
    » 3 terms x 13 weekly sessions cookery
    » 3 terms x 13 weekly sessions of music therapy
    » 3 terms x 13 weekly sessions of computer skills (email, spreadsheets, letters)

    What success will look like

    Success will be maintaining current abilities, developing new skills, increasing social awareness,achievement of tangible goals whilst relieving stress and anxiety.

    Aim 2

    Clients to undertake weekly physical activities to achieve a healthier lifestyle


    » Run 3 terms x 13 twice weekly sessions of mobile motivation
    » Run 2 terms x 4 sessions of sailing
    » Run 3 terms x 13 twice weekly sessions of yoga
    » Run 3 terms x 13 weekly sessions of swimming

    What success will look like

    Success will be improvement of musculoskeletal flexibility,posture, balance and coordination.Reduction of risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and obesity.

    Aim 3

    To enable supported access to the community building lifestyle skills.


    » Run 48 weekly sessions of shopping
    » Run 3 terms x weekly sessions of cinema/bowling/theatre
    » Run 3 terms x weekly sessions of social outings (restaurants, places of interest, museums, garden centres, pubs)

    What success will look like

    Success will be developing social inclusion and independent living skills.Giving respite to families and carers with somewhere purposeful and enjoyable to attend.

  • Impact


    The project will enhance a client’s overall wellbeing, extending their life and making a real difference to clients with complex physical disabilities.Success will be monitored by a range of feedback through individual client surveys, care plan reviews, carer comments, social services monitoring and outcomes and goals being measured.


    There is a risk that lack of funding will demoralise clients having trialled the activities and outings. In addition, funding needs to be kept at a level to ensure trained staff, coordination of volunteers, provision of transport and availability to all clients.


    Donors will receive a quarterly newsletter reviewing the activities and outings, number of clients benefitting and feedback from clients participating. They will also be invited to attend activities and outings where possible.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,000 3 x 13 week progammes Staffing and instructors
  • Background


    Established over 30 years ago, Disability Initiative is an independent specialist charity that supports adults with complex disabilities including stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy. DI provides a range of therapeutic services from its purpose-built Resource Centre located in the heart of Camberley on the Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire borders.


    We currently have over 80 clients attending around 170 sessions a week. The additional benefit is to the 100+ carers who are often family members who get respite whilst their loved one is at DI. For some, participating in these sessions at DI would be only opportunity they have to be physically active within the week. We feel that help to maintain physical independence is vital, given the limited resources that are available for continuing rehabilitation in the community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    DI’s standards are second to none. The charity is a specialist provider to people with complex physical disabilities. It has a clear vision where clients can realise their aspirations and we have high quality programmes based on their individual needs. Clients shape DI’s direction and decision making: we don’t just talk about client centred services, we actually deliver on them. It is clear from outcomes that these activities need to be part of their weekly lives.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nicky Hall, Occupational Therapist

    Nicky assesses all clients prior to creating the care plan and individual activity programme for the client

    Sarah Streeter - Manager

    Sarah organises the activities and ensures that each individual programme is achievable, sustainable and deliverable

    Anita Lorenc - Senior Keyworker

    Anita plans the physical support and day-to-day staff participation. She also ensures the appropriate monitoring/reporting of a client’s activities.