Adults with learning disabilities are at greater risk of poor health than the general population. Based in Mansfield, our 2.5 year Reach Fitness project used volunteer support to enable adults with learning disabilities to enjoy getting fitter and healthier. 

The project has been funded through the Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund.  We were one of only 25 organisations nationally to receive this funding in 2013/14.

Each week, 10 volunteers and 14 adults with learning disabilities enjoyed:

  • a one hour fitness session led by a qualified instructor
  • a one hour session of fun learning activities and discussion in a café style setting. Led by an experienced Project Worker

Building on the learning of the project, we are now producing a training pack for volunteers that specifically focuses on providing support around healthier lifestyle choices.

To find out more please contact Julia Sandhu on 07713 498711 or

Click here for other volunteering opportunities at Reach.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this 2013 project enabled 12 adults with learning disabilities to explore their local heritage. The group made new connections between our lives and the past, and shared their experiences through performance, art, craft and cooking, exhibitions and a blog.
Run in partnership with the local Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) nurse, this weekly group encouraged and supported participants to explore ways of staying safe as they navigated their way through relationships and recreational activities.

Positive outcomes reported include smoking cessation and reduced intake of alcohol, fizzy drinks and snacks.

This short project aimed to support Flower Pod clients to reflect upon their horticultural learning to date and to share their learning with others via Photo Story software.

Positive outcomes included enhanced confidence and communication skills, new ICT skills, and reinforcement of previous learning.

Funded by Nottinghamshire County Council Adult & Community Learning Service.

This collection of poems has been written by Southwell poet Paul Mein, Reach’s poet in residence. The poem entitled ‘Reach piece 07 12 (2)’ was written following conversations with four mothers.  The other pieces were produced following Paul’s visits to Reach bases.