Me, being active - Anoushé's story

Anoushé lives in London and certainly has a head for heights. She is a climber and says it is a great challenge for her body and mind. From learning to balance and jump on a wall to making new friends and socialising at the climbing centre - the benefits of being active are endless.

Anoushe looking up at climbing wall

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) recognised Sunday 3 December 2017 as International Day for Disabled People with the release of a new collection of Me, Being Active films. Two years since the first collection, viewers meet seven disabled people and learn more about the benefits they gain from being active. The national charity hopes the new films provide disabled people with useful information to lead an active lifestyle.

Anoushé told EFDS:

Activity is one of the biggest tools you have in your own toolkit that you can actually take control of.

I hated going to the gym, that’s why I started out climbing.

It was hard, because I had to recondition my body and learn about what would and wouldn’t work for my body.

The climbing spirit and community is something that I’ve not experienced anywhere else.

Watch Anoushé's video

The Me, Being Active films are supported by Disability Rights UK and funded by Sport England. They follow the successful Being Active Guide released in 2014, which talks directly to disabled people. It gives those, who are inactive, access to relevant information, so they can have control over where, what and how they start being active. The new collection of films add to the Guide’s success, allowing viewers to hear other disabled people’s advice.

EFDS worked again with production company Fuzzy Duck to capture the stories of seven disabled people with a range of impairments and long-term health conditions, who all lead active lives. In their own words, each individual shares their personal story about how they first became active and the way it makes them feel.

The new collection of Me, Being Active films are available on EFDS YouTube channel. To watch Anoushé, Evie, Richard, Sam, Shona, Tesfai and Zack’s stories, visit the Me, Being Active playlist here

The Being Active guide is available to download in accessible PDF and Easy Read format. For more information on being active, contact EFDS by email federation@efds.co.uk or call 01509 227750.

To find out more about indoor and outdoor climbing, visit British Mountaineering Council (BMC) website. For information on activities and support for people with limb impairments, visit LimbPower website.