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#Unity - Elaine and Hashum - Disability Sports Coach Community Clubs


Meet Hashum, an enthusiastic 27-year-old Dutch student with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a learning disability. Hashum moved to London in 2007 and initially he found it difficult to form friendships with a culture change from his home city Amsterdam, struggling too, to find suitable activities.

Cue Elaine, an extremely social 35-year-old Londoner with a learning disability and hearing impairment. Elaine attended multiple community-based activities but lacked a real companion to share her experiences with.

Born 337 miles apart, Elaine and Hashum are a friendship made in heaven and are now inseparable.

They are just one example of how our Community Clubs inspire more disabled people to be socially connected through sport.

Our award-winning Community Clubs are specialist, weekly sports activities for all disabled people. Their purpose is to ensure disabled people are more active, more often, whilst being integrated in their local community with the opportunity to develop independency and social skills. The main objectives are:

  1. Improve disabled people’s physical, mental and social wellbeing by attending weekly sessions, competitions and annual events
  2. Provide support to ensure members are able to access other opportunities to be more integrated in their local community
  3. Support and train disabled people and their network to become volunteers and coaches, creating a more representative workforce

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