Lyric House hosts accessible sports day in Okehampton

Posted on: 28 June 2018

Lyric House is hosting a Pop Up Puzzletree event of sport and other activities on Monday 9 July from 10am to 3pm.

This¬†is the eighth year running that Lyric House, Devon County Council’s day services, has organised a quarterly event for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.

The event is free to attend with onsite parking.

From 10:30am to 12 noon, there will be a drumming workshop with rhythm sticks run by Gemma, the winner of Breakthrough UK in the National Independent Living Awards 2011 as disabled entrepreneur of the year.

Gemma started drumming as therapy after an operation on her arm and now runs drum sessions in Devon and Cornwall. Her website can be found here.

There will also be multi-sports during the afternoon with a variety of different activities achievable for people who are wheelchair dependent.

The activities include velcro targets, giant jenga, exercise bikes, archery, badminton and more.

Research suggests that participation in sports by people with disabilities, which is already below that of people without disabilities, is declining.

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care, said:

“Our fun days are always popular, and they present a great opportunity for people to come and try new sports, or enjoy already familiar ones.

“Physical exercise is not only good for body and mind, but also for building one’s self confidence. And it can be a very enjoyable way of meeting people socially.”

The event is supported by Okehampton United Charities (OUC) and Okehampton Community Recreational Association (OCRA).

It takes place at the Riverside Table Tennis Club, Castle Road, Okehampton, EX20 1HT.

For more information or to let them know you intend to go, please contact Lyric House on: 01837 54133

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