Zumba as a new Day Opportunity for Adults with a Learning Disability
10/11/2014Day Opportunities in the Southern Trust has enabled a group of people with a learning disability to enjoy Zumba Fitness.
This 12 week Zumba Day Opportunity program promotes flexibility, strength, stamina, mental agility and happiness. Day Opportunities are based on the needs of clients and gives them the opportunity to continue to live, be educated, employed and enjoy leisure and social activities within their neighbourhood with as much independence as possible.
Some of the participants who attended the program commented:
"I loved Zumba, especially the fast music and my favourite was Gangnam style." "Julie the coach was great! She showed us how to do all the moves and even taught us a bit of line dancing." "It was good exercise." and "The teacher was lovely and my fitness improved."
Traditional Day Care within Day Care Centres is no longer seen as the only option to meet the needs of adults with a Learning Disability. The Trust now provide ‘Real Community Day Opportunities’ which have and will continue to be developed within local communities to form a comprehensive menu of choice. Day Opportunities include: conservation work, gym sessions, access to college courses, pottery, information technology, animal husbandry, horticulture, catering.
Noreen McComiskey, Assistant Director for Disability Services said: “To date a total of 363 people with a learning disability participate in Day Opportunities to gain real life experience in their own community. People with a learning disability want to be independent and make their own decisions and choices about their lives. Having real choice means knowing the range of social, work and leisure opportunities available in their local communities and being able to choose what they want to do. It gives them the opportunity to form and maintain friendships.
“Day Opportunities for people with a learning disability is a great example of how the Trust, by working with our partners in community, voluntary organisations and business sectors to identifying and delivering programmes, we can improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability and make a real difference to their lives, their carers and their families.”
If you want to find out more about Day Opportunities please contact Noreen McComiskey on Tel: 028 3883 3248 or email: email@example.com
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Julie Beattie, Zumba coach with Ciara Goodman, Daytime opportunities support worker and participants who enjoyed the Zumba.