Organisations who support people with learning disabilities in Bedfordshire are being sought to take part

Mencap has worked in partnership with team BEDS&LUTON and Northamptonshire Sport to secure £10,000 of funding to deliver the Sport England funded, Round the World Challenge programme.

The programme aims to help people with learning disabilities across the two counties to get more active.

The Round the World Challenge is open to anyone with a learning disability aged 16+. It provides them with an opportunity to travel virtually around the world by converting activity hours into miles which are stamped on to a passport.

The more activity they do, the further they go. The first step is to make it around the United Kingdom, which is achieved by doing 20 hours. Then Europe in 40, and finally the world in 100 for those who wish to.

Participants will receive regular rewards throughout the challenge in the form of t-shirts, postcards for reaching each stage along a route, certificates for completing passports and opportunities to build up volunteering hours.

Any form of physical activity counts towards the challenge. Given the nature of the pandemic, they can take place virtually, or in person within social distancing guidelines that adhere to COVID regulations.

Organisations who support people with learning disabilities in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire are currently being sought to participate in the RTWC.

They can apply for some of the funding available to help provide activities whether that’s for purchasing equipment, hiring facilities, or anything else they may need.

Johnathan from team BEDS&LUTON said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity that’s been presented to us by Mencap thanks to funding from Sport England!

“We know that sadly people with learning disabilities are currently some of the least active in society, so I hope that the Round the World Challenge provides opportunities in our county for them to get involved, find something they enjoy and want to do more of which will help to readdress the situation.”

For more information about the programme please visit the Mencap website, and if your organisation is interested in being involved then please email Jon.Stonebridge@mencap.org.uk, or phone 07970 965649.