Story added: 12th February 2021
The project, funded by Children in Need, encourages participants and their families to put on their walking shoes
Dog…check! Give Way sign…check ! A yellow car…CHECK!
A simple but fun challenge, designed to promote physical activity, has seen disabled children and adults get their walking shoes on this lockdown.
The concept is simple; participants, and their families, have one hour to find as many of the everyday street objects listed on their worksheet as possible.
Objects encompass everything from feathers and animal footprints to fire hydrant signs and grit boxes.
A recent study by UCL showed that two-fifths of people say they are doing less exercise in this lockdown than during the first one in spring 2020.
By putting a fun twist on the daily walk, the Find and Seek project helps to encourage the Foundation’s disability participants to exercise, boosting their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
According to the Foundation’s Disability Development Manager Darren Hunter, the project has come at a much needed time.
“We’ve run online catchups, sessions and quizzes with our participants across the year, and – for a minority of our participants – we were able to run in-person sessions during out of lockdown times.
“For our most vulnerable participants however, we’ve not been able to run sport sessions for over 11 months now.”
He continued: “This Find and Seek challenge is something fun that our participants and their families can do together, within the current government guidelines about social distancing and daily exercise.
“The feedback has been great from participants and parents so far; they’ve really enjoyed it.”
The project is part of the Foundation’s Positive Pathways programme and is supported by funding from Children in Need. It will run until the end of March, with eight different worksheets to complete.
New participants are welcome to join in with the challenge. Please contact our Disability Development Manager Darren Hunter for more information.