Inspire, Awareness & Possibilities – Videos.
CPISRA plans to utilise short videos to bring to life recreation participation possibilities. To start we introduce Julie McElroy, CPISRA Head of Recreation, who in a series of 3 short videos outlines her recreational pursuits and her passion to lead an active lifestyle. Also her hope to demonstrate what is possible.
Introducing CPISRA Recreation
CPISRA is increasing its promotion of the value of recreation for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological conditions. With emphasis being given to recreation related to sports encouraged by CPISRA.
What is Recreation
Recreation can have a very wide meaning, the Oxford dictionary defines as “activity done for enjoyment when one is not working”. Recreation is an activity that people engage in during their free time, that people enjoy. Examples of recreational activities are endless and include sport, music, games, travel, reading, arts and crafts, and dance.
For CPISRA, the “R” in CPISRA is for Recreational activities that provide both physical fitness and well-being benefits and meet one the following categories:
- sport with no competitive performance pathway. e.g. Table Cricket, Frame Football, etc.
- non competitive physical activity with a connection to a sport. e.g all ability cycling, recreational sailing, etc.
- leisure time outdoor or related outdoor activity that is physically challenging. e.g. hiking, recreational skiing, etc.
CPISRA’s primary objective for Recreation is to increase the number of people with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological conditions undertaking regular physical recreational activity. To achieve this through inspiring people to try a recreational activity, by raising the awareness of the fun, fitness, psychological, well-being and social benefits of participation and to show the range of possible activities.
To inspire children and adults with Cerebral Palsy to try different recreational activities and find one they enjoy. For them to see on our website insightful case studies and examples from people with Cerebral Palsy undertaking recreation they both love and benefit from. To be able to associate with the examples and be encouraged to try for themselves
To raise awareness:
- of the health, social and wellbeing benefits in participating in recreational activity that improves physical fitness.
- on type of recreation that people with Cerebral Palsy are participating in and enabling factors for such participation.
- on where you can find more information and contact details for the recreation activity profiled on our website.
- of what is possible.
To demonstrate through the personal case studies what is possible and encourage thinking to what could be possible.
Develop Adaptive Recreation
CPISRA last year undertook a valuable research study looking at developing recreational opportunities. Findings showed that if there were more opportunities to introduce individuals to sports and recreation, or gave them different sports and recreation experiences, this would increase participation.
Calvert Trust is based in Keswick, England within the National Park of the Lake District has been chosen as the pilot location to host the first recreational camp for CPISRA.
The Lake District Calvert Trust provides residential outdoor activity courses for people of all ages with physical, sensory, learning, behavioural and/or mental disabilities. Its mission is to challenge disability through outdoor adventure. Pioneering equipment adaptations, and intensive, instructor-led activity programmes (that include climbing, abseiling, canoeing, sailing, horse/trap driving, archery, orienteering and paragliding), provide an environment whose aims are to teach, challenge, motivate, engender confidence in ability, promote independence, and foster integration. All instructors are highly trained and specialist qualified, and the facilities are specially adapted and fully accessible to all. The Lake District Calvert Trust provides a unique and life-changing experience for those with disabilities, who are encouraged to believe that it’s what you CAN do that counts.
Julie and Lauren summed up the intensive introduction weekend at Calvert Trust exceeded both, Julie and Lauren’s expectations for the weekend. For someone like Julie who has CP and had enthralled of the adventure began from childhood was utmost impressed with the facilities. The high calibre of staff and expertise of the Calvert Trust has to offer ensures everyone regardless of the complexity of the disability, Calvert Trust is well placed to cater all groups and sizes. Calvert Trust will give individuals to challenge their disability in the outdoor.
We are seeking interested participants to attend the first CPISRA recreational camp in 2019.
If you would like more information about CPISRA recreational camp in 2019, please contact Julie or Lauren on: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
CPISRA has released a series of short videos introducing Julie McElroy, recently appointed CPISRA Head of Development. Julie has a PhD in assistive technology, is currently a researcher with International Public Policy Institute at University of Strathclyde, has undertaken many adventure challenges and ambassador/advocate roles for inclusion with various organisations. As with the vast majority of roles with CPISRA, Julie's role is voluntary and we are delighted and very appreciative to her for accepting the challenge of leading the new Recreation initiative.
In the videos Julie outlines her recreational pursuits and her passion to lead an active lifestyle. Also her hope to demonstrate what is possible in her role at CPISRA. We plan for these videos to be the start to inspiring and raising awareness of recreation opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and related neurological conditions.
Insight to the Possibilities
participation opportunity for people with cerebral palsy
Profiles of Recreational activity will be added to this section as the Recreation initiative evolves. If you are interested in providing us with information for this section, we would welcome you contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.