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.