WheelPower is our main supported charity for this Rotary year.
WheelPower has long been supported by Rotary and Wendover and District are aiming at a closer relationship to help more disabled people in our communities to access and enjoy sport.
WheelPowerare passionate about sport and dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to live healthy active lifestyles. Undoubtedly, the Paralympic Games in 2012 delivered an amazing showcase of elite sport and inspired a generation. The goal in 2014 was to continue this momentum and maximise the many benefits of sport for disabled people at the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and all around the country.
Over the last twelve months WheelPower began a pilot project in Spinal Units. WheelPower’s Physical Activity Advisorshave been providing expert advice and support to patients with a recent spinal injury in the crucial early stages ofrehabilitation.
This year the Paralympic Legacy project Motivate East delivered by WheelPower has seen an upsurge of people from East London take part in sporting activities. From Paralympic prospects to those that had never played sport previously, over 5,800 disabled people have taken part in a range of sports and activities. Sport can develop confidence and improve fitness but it’s also a great wayto have fun and make friends. There are tremendous physical and psychological benefits, whatever your age or ability and that’s why more and more people are joining our sport events.
However, there are an estimated 750,000 wheelchairs users in the UK, many more have a disability which means they would use a wheelchair to play sport. There is still much more we and our partners can do transform the lives of disabled people.