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Benefits of joining a club – Mates Dates and Plates

So joining a Club that’s a wide topic. That could be a sporting club, it could be a book club, could be a social club, any place where you are likely to meet with people of all backgrounds and interests.

As a disabled person it does take more effort and careful thought before joining. Even things as simple as is the building where the club meets accessible ?, do they have toileted facilities I can use ?, are their activities beyond my reach ?, that sort of thing. One thing I can say from experience is that most people will welcome you to their club if you are willing to make the effort to go.

The value to you being part of a club, enjoying, not only the activities, but also the human inter reaction with other people can be massively beneficial to the body but also your mind and spirit.

Last year I joined a group of people from around Salisbury where I live, who liked to go and see the Bournemouth Syphony Orchestra, during the season they went together on a coach, to concerts once or twice a month. At a basic level it got me out of the house on a Wednesday.

I didn’t know anyone before I went, except one person, but they were all friendly, we had a collective interest in classical music which was enough. Before I joined things were pretty boring really, didn’t go out much at all, but taking those first steps to get out opened some new possibilities and ideas. It also helped to lose some of my self conciousness about my prosthetic leg and moving around, I needed to find places on the bus where I was comfortable and soon persuaded the organiser to arrange an end of row seat for me at the concert to accommodate my unbending leg.

There’s no doubt about it, it does take a lot of effort to get out and join in but to feel socially isolated is not good for you and the benefit of making the move more than cancels out the initial doubts or fears you have.

When I left hospital I would have loved to have known about the many online groups that are out there for people going through the same expierence, just search online and you’ll find support groups for all disabilities and most of them have been set up by ordinary people like you and me. Some groups have started meeting up as they realise how many others live in an area, real freindships are being formed and even some dating sites.

Sport can be very theraputic and it’s important not to just think in terms of the traditional sports, the para olympics have brought a range of sports to many with a range of abilities, but you don’t have to be at olympic level to take part. The spin off from the games is that a lot of clubs are now opening up areas of their sport that might have not been considered before.

  • Archery
  • Bowls
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Horse Riding
  • Walking Football, Amputee Football, Blind Football
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Sking
  • Sailing
  • Motor Racing
  • Climbing
  • Wheelchair Table Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Swimming, Scuba Diving
  • Weight Lifting

You name it, you can proberly do it !!

Just as much enjoyment can be achieved by attending Football and Rugby matches in fact any sporting events nowadays as understanding that access and technology needs to get better to assist disabled supporters to take part fully in the expierence. There’s a long way to go but it will happen.

I’m intrigued by the prospect of using digital simulation devices to enhance peoples view of visiting a site or seeing an event there are huge strides forward being made in this area.

We can now access a whole suite of online learning opportunities and university distance learning courses to stimulate and expand our mind. There is a revolution of online business going on right now around the world which will enable people to earn an income from non traditional employment in a multitude of fields as we move into the future. It’s very exciting but we need to cultivate an awareness and willingness to explore opportunities to enhance and fulfill our lives and others around us to take advantage of where we are.

Hope you enjoyed this post, if you have comments or questions please leave below and I’ll be sure to get back to you

Take care my friends

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

 

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