Ability Bow is a small, local charity seeking to empower people with disabilities and long-term health conditions to get stronger, increase confidence and become more independent, through regular exercise. Many of our service users have had a life-changing event such as a stroke or the diagnosis of a long-term health condition which can make it difficult for them to take part in mainstream exercise provision. When people come to us they have often found themselves in a position where they can no longer dress themselves, prepare food, cook, shop, or wash. They no longer go out, lose touch with people and become increasingly isolated. They may lose their jobs and often become depressed, losing all confidence.
We offer a unique, accessible community gym; support from friendly, experienced Instructors; affordable fees; and support to access mainstream services. We provide initial 1:1 personal training sessions to meet each individual’s ‘smart’ goals, with the aim of then moving on to group sessions and finally independent exercising. Sessions are delivered by qualified and experienced Advanced Instructors who factor in time for discussion to encourage and motivate participants to make healthy lifestyle changes. We also build in community-based goals e.g. walking to the shops to meet friends and support people to other access other activities. Through our intensive support, people with disabilities become more independent and enjoy fuller, richer everyday lives.