An award from the Isolation themed programme enabled this project to help people with disabilities to access social, leisure, education and volunteering opportunities in the borough. Although the number of disabled people in Britain is growing, many do experience considerable loneliness. For those who grew up attending special schools, many of their friends live some distance away and visiting needs help from others. Those who have a progressive condition or an acquired disability often find they can no longer take part in hobbies they used to share with friends. This project provides practical help for clients to reengage with hobbies such as golf or sailing which they felt were impossible due to their disabilities. It supports people to take part in group volunteering activities so that they can meet new friends and feel useful.
However, a growing part of the project is developing supportive networks for disabled people through group activities such as cinema trips The Bedford Activity group has developed five-aside football sessions at members request, as there were no similar activities for disabled people in the Borough The group meets weekly , and recently received a tremendous boost when BBC Match of the Day presenter and former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin launched the group and signed the football they will be using in their weekly sessions.