We have formed collaborative partnerships with different community companies to develop the health and wellbeing services for disabled people. A successful collaboration between The Disability Resource Centre and BIG Health and Fitness has led to some remarkable achievements for service users and the creation of a small fitness suite at The Disability Resource Centre. Here is an example of the effect these partnerships are having on disabled people in our area.

"In March, a female Luton resident "V" approached us because she had become upset when using a slimming club. As a wheelchair user (due to an illness) she was unable to use the scales that the commercial club required, she felt humiliated and isolated by the experience.

The advisor from The Disability Resource Centre took her to our wheelchair scales which are in a private room and weighed her, the advisor has counselling qualifications and was able to work with the person over the coming weeks as she returned for her weekly weigh in. After a few weeks V had lost a little weight and was feeling much stronger emotionally.

At this time she was referred to BIG Health and Fitness specialist exercise classes at The Disability Resource Centre which covered confidence and motivation. Enjoying them greatly and gradually making new friends in the group after a few months V then started going to the group nearer to where she lived.

She has a new social circle and enjoys regular outings in addition to her exercise and slimming regime. To date she has lost over 3 stone and is now out of the chair in the gym doing sit ups."