Mencap Round the World Challenge imageIn January 2021 Community Links Bromley (CLB) led a bid alongside Bromley Mencap, MyTime Active and Palace for Life Foundation to apply for funding from Royal Mencap to take part in the Round the World Challenge. The Round the World Challenge supports people with a learning disability to get outside and get active in a way that is flexible, fun, and empowering.

Round the World Challenge is about turning hours of fun sporting and physical activities into a round-the-world adventure. Each hour of activity logged by the individual moves them closer to their next destination, on their way to complete their route which can be around the UK, Europe of the World. Individuals will receive a postcard from a different location as the number of hours of activity they do takes them around their chosen route.

CLB was successful in securing funding to run a programme for 12 months. We began with an online launch event in March and delivered two taster sessions in April where coaches demonstrated football, dance and keep fit and Tai Chi.

Since then, we have delivered several events online and have just begun to take the activities into outside locations as restrictions ease and the weather improves.

We are now in the process of delivering new events such as ten pin bowling at the Pavilion in Bromley and hopefully football soon.

The events are all currently free to those over 16 with a learning disability.

We try and post upcoming activities on social media and on our events page so please follow us on keep an eye on the website for updates: Events Training - Community Links Bromley. Event dates are as follows:

  • Bowling at the Pavilion: Tuesdays at 10am for 6 weeks. Final session 27 July. Meet at 10.00am for a 10.15am start.
  • Keep Fit with Ann Wilburn: Wednesdays at 3pm for 6 weeks, final session 28th July.
  • Tai Chi at Beckenham Public Hall with Rob: Thursdays at 11.15am for 6 weeks. Final session 29th July.

If the events are of interest and you would like to take part or find out more, please contact Matthew Yule at Bromley Mencap - Tel: 020 8466 0790, matthew.yule@bromleymencap.org or Steve Smith at Community Links Bromley - fdo@communitylinksbromley.org.uk Tel Mobile: 07510002157.

Watch the video below to see some of the latest activities which took place as part of this challenge!