Mencap Keynsham

Applicant: Mencap Keynsham & District
Date: 17/12/2012
Grant Awarded: £1680.00

Project: For continuation of weekly fitness class for 22 members

Feedback from grant recipient:
In April 2012 with the support of the Bath Half Marathon Fund and Quartet we set up Keynsham Mencap Fitness Club, a fun and supportive weekly exercise and fitness class for 25 adults with learning and/or physical disabilities.

The club enables adults with learning and/or physical disabilities to take part in a regular fitness class in a supported setting. Our members have a wide range of learning and physical disabilities, including one wheelchair user.

Shortly after the club started the instructor took some basic indications of fitness levels. Follow up assessments were carried out after 6 months. The assessments focused on many of the recognised components of physical fitness: motor skills; muscular endurance; cardiovascular fitness and flexibility. The following was noted:

1. Average increase in cardiovascular fitness of 40%;
2. Increased agility/balance in all participants;
3. Marked increase in success in co-ordination tests.

Feedback from the Bath Half team:
This brilliant local organisation believes that all children and adults with a learning disability should be able to access the same play, social and leisure activities as their non-disabled peers. Providing the funding to enable the Fitness Club to be set up and seeing such great outcomes for the participants makes us feel really proud of the runners who donate to the Bath Half Marathon Fund, enabling us to support such fantastic local organisations.

Charity website: http://www.keynshammencap.co.uk/