Vitalise breaks down barriers for people with disabilities

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29th January 2013

Vitalise sustains Paralympic legacy with new opportunities for people with disabilities

National disability charity Vitalise is fulfilling its Paralympic pledge to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities to engage with society.

Demonstrating its commitment to the Paralympic legacy, Vitalise is offering an innovative range of activity and excursion based opportunities designed to promote confidence and independence and enable its guests to engage more fully with society.

The opportunities on offer in Vitalise’s new UK Breaks Brochure 2013 include new excursions to France and the Isle of Wight, activities including photography, bird watching, sport and fishing, together with dozens of specially themed weeks devoted to topics ranging from dance to museums, wildlife to stately homes and music to history.

To commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2013, Vitalise has also laid on special birthday weeks at each of its three centres, enabling the charity’s guests and volunteers to play a part in Vitalise’s golden jubilee celebrations.

The breaks are themed to different interests, age groups and particular disabilities and a wide range of accessible excursions and activities and inclusive entertainments are an integral part of each week’s break.

In response to demand, Vitalise will also continue to provide its ground breaking Alzheimer’s Weeks, which facilitate a supportive environment for couples affected by dementia to spend quality time together and reconnect as husband and wife.

The aim of Vitalise’s breaks is to improve the quality of life of people affected by disability through socially inclusive programmes of activity which are designed to restore their confidence, wellbeing and capacity to cope.

Vitalise Chief Executive Chris Simmonds said:

“Last year’s Paralympics helped society view disability in a much more positive light. For perhaps the first time we all saw what people with disabilities were truly capable of.

“Like the Paralympic movement, Vitalise focuses on what people with disabilities can do, not what they can’t. We aim to empower our guests to achieve their personal goals, whatever they may be, and part of this mission is to give them access to the kind of social, educational and recreational opportunities that most of society takes for granted.

“This year we celebrate our 50th birthday and we’re renewing our pledge to carry on treating people with disabilities as individuals who share the same needs, desires, hopes and aspirations as the rest of us – and doing our very best to give them the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.”

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