Surrey-based learning disability charity halow project was delighted to receive £3,300 of National Lottery funding from the Sport England ‘The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund’. This funding will allow the charity’s Social Activities project to run a regular sports group for the young people it supports.

halow’s Social Activities provide meaningful activities which enable young people to enjoy an active social life, make new friends, and become part of their community. Recently, the project group has enjoyed being involved with a more diverse range of sports, including cricket, croquet, and bowls at the Guildford Castle Bowls Club. The young people it support have really embraced these new opportunities, so the charity is confident the regular sports group will be of great benefit to them. Not only will it be a great way to socialise with friends, but it’ll also encourage the young people to keep active and healthy, and possibly discover a new hobby.

Jason Butcher, Social Activities Co-ordinator, was thrilled with the successful application. He shared, “There is a keen interest from our young adults in participating in different types of sport, to exercise and keep active and healthy. The Sports Group will provide these opportunities by hosting a variety of sports twice a month to help increase young adults with learning disabilities’ participation in sport. The group will be a space for the young people to enjoy different types of sports which may not be available or promoted in local community sports clubs. Often people with learning disabilities can struggle to understand healthy lifestyles and how to live that way themselves. This is an important focus for us at halow, which is interwoven into all our programmes. We are really looking forward to sessions starting and are so grateful to Sport England and the National Lottery for their support. Thank you also to everyone who plays the National Lottery, we wouldn’t be able to do this without you!”

Sessions will start from October 2022. If you are, or know of, a young person with a learning disability living in Surrey that would like to take part, please contact to find out more.

halow project is a vibrant Surrey-based charity that works with young people aged 16+ with a learning disability on their journey to independence. halow supports them to build relationships and socialise, to feel part of their community, to gain skills to find suitable employment, and provides assistance with living independently. To find out more visit its website,