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It’s time for the Special Olympics and we are thrilled to, once again, be sharing positive stories of the people we support through our Active Citizens campaign.

Research collated from the NHS shows that:

  • Active people have more fun
  • Active people are more healthy
  • Active people have more friendships
  • Active people are less likely to be depressed

The aim of Active Citizens is simple – we want to celebrate the people we support around the country achieving incredible things and being active citizens in their own communities.

Read stories of the people we support being Active Citizens

Alison recently ran the race for life in memory of her Mum and fundraised for Cancer Research UK

Tony has become ” Man of the Year” and maintained amazing weight loss at Slimming World loss deciding to lose weight in January

Freddie hates having his birthday acknowledged – but his surprise swimming party made his day

The people we support loved their Interactive Health Workshop put on for them by a local charity recently

Nathan’s story

We’re thrilled to announce that Nathan Fleming, a gentleman we support in Sheffield, shall be competing in this year’s Special Olympics.

Nathan, 23, is the goalkeeper for Derek Dooley FC, a team created by Sheffield United for people with learning disabilities and autism.

He was picked as one of thirteen people selected to make up the “Yorkshire and Humberside” football team in the Special Olympics and his entry kindly sponsored by a local organisation, People Plus.

Nathan lives in a supported living service with five others in Sheffield. He has been playing football for as long as he can remember and has, in his words, “always been very competitive!”

But his competitive nature has served him well, as he is showing great promise to represent Great Britain in the World Games in the future.

He will be staying over in the Olympic Village and also playing the bass and drums at the opening ceremony at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 8th August.

Thanks to a series of spectacular saves, Nathan helped the Yorkshire and Humberside team to win the final match 3-0, winning gold!