Womens Wheelchair Basketball. Player about to take a shot whilst other attemps to block her.

Spirit of Achievement

About the Programme

One of our flagship programmes over the next four years is to build on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in challenging perceptions of disability (including self-perceptions) and empowering disabled people to better participate in their communities. 

As a matter of principle, all other Spirit programmes will contain activity for and with disabled people, in addition to the Spirit of Achievement programme.

We have a Spirit of Achievement Panel, comprising individuals from the world of arts, culture, campaigning and disability sport. They inform our decisions and investments to ensure that our work in this area involves the right people and has the biggest possible impact. They challenge our thinking, help us define open funding opportunities and shape our communications.

Spirit of Achievement is a £4.6m investment across the UK.

Projects

  • Circus Aurora

    We fund Circus Aurora. It is a three-year programme that will take high-quality circus workshops into rural parts of Northern Ireland – specifically Ballycastle, Downpatrick and Omagh.

    • Wellbeing

      Wellbeing

    • Perceptions of Disability

      Perceptions of Disability

    • Social Cohesion

      Social Cohesion

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  • Cultural Shift

    Cultural Shift, delivered by ARC Stockton in partnership with Little Cog, is a comprehensive three year programme of dynamic arts activity involving disabled people at every level.

    • Wellbeing

      Wellbeing

    • Perceptions of Disability

      Perceptions of Disability

    • Social Cohesion

      Social Cohesion

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  • Viewfinder

    Viewfinder is a 3 year talent development initiative that supports filmmakers with learning disabilities to take their skills and aspirations to the next level.

    • Wellbeing

      Wellbeing

    • Perceptions of Disability

      Perceptions of Disability

    • Social Cohesion

      Social Cohesion

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  • Making Routes

    Disabled and non-disabled artists will deliver inclusive activities across three disciplines: visual arts, play, and performance.

    • Wellbeing

      Wellbeing

    • Perceptions of Disability

      Perceptions of Disability

    • Social Cohesion

      Social Cohesion

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  • Bethany Firth, MSMV Ambassador

    My Sport My Voice!

    Raising the profile of elite athletes with a learning disability across sport and wider communities

    • Wellbeing

      Wellbeing

    • Perceptions of Disability

      Perceptions of Disability

    • Social Cohesion

      Social Cohesion

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  • 2 people laughing in Southbank Centre.

    Unlimited Impact

    Empowering and eye-opening disability arts project focuses on developing and inspiring the next generation of young, disabled artists 

    • Wellbeing

      Wellbeing

    • Perceptions of Disability

      Perceptions of Disability

    • Social Cohesion

      Social Cohesion

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  • Wheelchair basketball player. Action shot.

    National Paralympic Day

    A celebration of the Paralympic movement and an annual opportunity for people to come together to relive the wonder of the London 2012 Paralympic Games

    • Wellbeing

      Wellbeing

    • Perceptions of Disability

      Perceptions of Disability

    • Social Cohesion

      Social Cohesion

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