Grant to get the disabled active in Mansfield

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A disability charity has secured more than £45,000 funding to get people active in the community.

Reach Mansfield - formerly the Mansfield Pod and Southwell Care Project - is one of only 25 organisations across the country to receive funding from the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund local grant scheme.

Named the Reach Fitness Project, it will now enable a group of volunteers to be trained to support adults with learning disabilities to get fitter and healthier.

Thanks to the funding, the project will run until mid-2016 with the group meeting for two hours weekly.

Tracy Radford, development manager for Reach, said: “Our clients often tell us they desperately want to feel healthier and happier in themselves.

“Many rely on fast food, snacks and fizzy drinks and don’t get any exercise.

“It’s hard for anyone to change old habits, but adults with learning disabilities often face extra barriers to getting healthier.

Reach Mansfield is holding an Open Day for people who are interested in volunteering at the St John’s Centre, on St John Street, Mansfield from 11am to 2pm.

The work could be of interest to those considering a career in health and social care.