CIC-logo-190As part of Learning Disability Awareness week 2017, we have collected good news stories from our members. Here, Community Integrated Care share  their exciting partnership with St. Helens Rugby League Club.

This year, national social care charity Community Integrated Care and St. Helens Rugby League Club – The Saints – formed an exciting new partnership offering people with learning disabilities the opportunity to take part in health and wellbeing activities, as well as special match day experiences.

The club hosts weekly accessible sports sessions for adults with learning disabilities and mental health concerns – many of whom are huge Saints fans – who are supported by the charity’s care services across St Helens in Merseyside.

At each session, participants take part in relay activities, team games and physical exercises, promoting their health and wellbeing. It is also a fantastic opportunity for the people supported, and their support workers, to socialise and make new friends.

CIC and St HelensIn April, 30 people from the charity were invited as guests of honour to a special match day experience when St Helens played Huddersfield. The highlight of the day came when the club invited everyone from Community Integrated Care onto the pitch before kick-off to have their photograph taken with several of the first team players including James Roby and Luke Thompson.

Community Integrated Care proudly sponsor first team player, Danny Richardson, and throughout the year Danny will visit the charity’s care homes and care services, sharing his rugby league experiences with fans.

Samantha Brennan, Community Integrated Care’s North West Regional Director, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be working in partnership with The Saints. We are a deeply person-centred organisation, making sure that the people we support people lead the best lives possible, and we have a happier and healthier workforce.

Samantha continues: “Rugby League is one of St Helens’ biggest passions, so teaming up with The Saints has enabled us to bring once in a lifetime opportunities to the people we support and our staff. They’ve got to meet the club’s coaches, star players and experienced VIP match days – treasured memories they’ll never forget!”

Steve Leonard, Manager of The Saints Community Development Foundation, says: “We’re delighted to have welcomed Community Integrated Care into The Saints family. It’s been brilliant to see the people they support grow in strength and confidence each week at our wellbeing sessions.”