Our projects improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities and society as a whole.Read more
Perceptions of Disability
Building on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, our projects challenge people’s perceptions of disabled people.Read more
The activities that we fund bring people together, to find common ground and work better together across all areas of life.Read more
A spirited conversation with… Susie Rodgers
Paralympian Susie Rodgers is a Director of Spirit of 2012 and is also the Chair of our Spirit of Achievement Panel, which comprises 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.
Spirit of 2012 awards funding to community circus project in Northern Ireland
Spirit of 2012 has awarded £100,000 to Streetwise Community Circus, to deliver a wide range of inclusive circus workshops across Northern Ireland.
Spirit of 2012 awards £4.5 million to help people to ‘Get Out & Get Active’ across the UK
Spirit of 2012, a charity set up with money from the Big Lottery Fund to carry forward the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has awarded £4.5 million to a UK wide consortium led by the English Federation of Disability Sport.
The initiative will be called Get Out &Get Active and the funding will be used to get people active in eighteen locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Happy and Healthy 2016!
As we enter the new year Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012, welcomes the publication of the government’s new strategy for an active nation.
Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, published at the end of last year, marks an interesting shift in the Government’s approach to sport and physical activity. In the simplest of terms Sporting Future is less about numbers playing sport in National Governing Body settings and more about the impact that sport and activity has on physical, mental and social wellbeing.
10 ways we're tackling...
loneliness and isolation
This Christmas, the issue of loneliness and isolation has swung into focus after John Lewis partnered up with Age UK for its Man on the Moon advert, to help highlight the one million older people in the UK who will be alone this Christmas.
At Spirt of 2012, we’re absolutely committed to funding projects that bring people together. With that in mind, here are just ten of the (many) ways we are helping tackle the loneliness and isolation felt by an increasing number of people across the UK.
Join the team… your chance to become part of the Spirit of 2012
Spirit of 2012 are looking to recruit a new Board Member.
We are an independent trust established with a £47m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund with one simple mission: to fund projects that empower people to get out, be involved and feel better.
Tackling loneliness and isolation through memories of sport
Spirit of 2012 funds Sporting Memories: Uniting Generations - a project designed to capture memories of Olympic and Paralympic Games gone by and to tackle social isolation amongst older people.
With loneliness and isolation being at the forefront of people’s minds this Christmas, Tony Jameson-Allen, Co-founder & Director of Sporting Memories Network, talks about how they are tackling this issue in a very unique way.
funding In Focus… Viewfinder
Here at Spirit of 2012, we are absolutely committed to funding inclusive projects that address the barriers, attitudes and perceptions that may disable people from having equal opportunities to participate. One such project is Viewfinder, a programme designed to help young filmmakers reach their full potential.
Spirit of 2012 helps Young Londoners tackle local issues at Mayor’s Youth Summit
Along with Unilever, Spirit of 2012 is really pleased to fund the Team London Young Ambassadors Programme, which supports social action in London schools. Over 250,000 Londoners aged 5-18 have participated since the programme launched in 2013. Young people from every borough have taken part in events and projects focusing on a variety of issues, including food waste and poverty, the environment, homelessness, gardening, community spirit, bullying and friendship.
A spirited conversation with… Martina Barber
Spirit of 2012 funds My Sport, My Voice! – a national project that raises the profile of the UK’s elite athletes with a learning disability by providing a platform to showcase their sporting achievements and inspire others. The Athlete Ambassadors who are leading the project have all excelled at the highest levels in sport and have been chosen from each country of the UK.
International Day of Disabled People - 3 December
Spirit of 2012 funds Unlimited Impact - an organisation that works with and supports young disabled artists and helps them reach out to wider and more diverse audiences. To coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Disabled People on 3 December, Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited Impact, writes here about the current state of play.
SPIRIT OF 2012 LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR NEW BOARD MEMBER
A national charitable trust set up as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Games is celebrating and showcasing some of the work it has funded so far at a prestigious event at the House of Lords today. Dugald Mackie, the Chair of Spirit of 2012, will speak at the event where he will announce a campaign to recruit a new member to the Spirit of 2012 Board. The vacancy arises following the resignation of Jan Paterson MBE.
Spirit Appoints Evaluation Partner for Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund
Spirit of 2012 is pleased to announce the appointment of the University of Strathclyde as the evaluation partner for the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund.
After a competitive tender process, Spirit is now working closely with University of Strathclyde to ensure the impact of and learning from the 11 projects selected by our Panel last month can be captured and shared across Scotland and around the UK.
SPIRIT YOUTH ADVISORY PANEL LAUNCHES NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Today, our Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) launches its first funding opportunity, to tackle social isolation amongst young people.
SOUTHBANK CENTRE AWARDED SPIRIT OF 2012 GRANT TO CONTINUE DEVELOPING WOW
Southbank Centre is delighted to announce that Spirit of 2012 has awarded a grant of £671, 859 to present WOW – Women of the World festivals in five new locations across the UK between 2015 and 2018.
Projects benefit from Commonwealth Games Legacy fund
Eleven projects that encourage some of Scotland’s least active people to become more active have been awarded grants as part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.
The projects, spread throughout Scotland, work with groups who are most at risk of inactivity, and use physical activity to improve health, wellbeing and social cohesion.
Inclusive Futures: A Year of Success
Youth Sport Trust awarded grant to extend project
Spirit of 2012 has given a grant that will see the exciting Inclusive Futures initiative delivered for an additional year from September 2015 to September 2016.
All About Wales
Our Board Director, Efa, writes about Spirit's activity in Wales
Soul of the Age
When I taught English at a Rochdale FE college, my students weren’t typical academic achievers. Evening classes included retired women who’d left school at 13 to work in cotton mills and who, over half a century later, had discovered a love of reading. Now they fancied trying Literature A Level. But Shakespeare?
Jacob (22), from Swansea, lost most of his sight suddenly and unexpectedly in 2011.
His loss of sight meant that his career plans were dramatically halted. After some soul searching....He was referred to the British Red Cross. During his time there, Jacob became a lot more confident in himself and in his own abilities; he is now more aware of how much he can bring to an organisation
Spirit Marks the Mightiness of the Pen:
Spirit launches its Leading Voices grant opportunity. We are looking to fund a project that will inspire young people to take part and develop their skills in the verbal arts.
Students Take the Lead on Local Litter
Students Take the Lead on Local Litter
Uphall Primary School, Ilford, London
“Before I did the level 1 course I never thought about doing dance as a career. The teachers were really encouraging. I went home and looked it up and it seemed doable. I never thought that I would be able to do that.”
"Events are not a magic wand"
"The London 2012 Games was a step-change for Paralympic sport – but it didn’t start there and it doesn’t end there either"
Paralympian Andy Barrow writes about the power of events, Team London Young Ambassadors and National Paralympic Day
Jonnie Peacock calls on fans to join him in supporting National Paralympic Day
Paralympic Champion Jonnie Peacock calls on the British public to joing the celebrations for National Paralympic Day on Sunday July 26.
New funding for Active Legacy of 2014 Games aims to reach most inactive groups
Spirit launches a new fund to further encourage physical activity among Scotland’s least active people
The Wider Impact of Arts & Culture
The thread running through my life is access to opportunity and that is why Spirit of 2012 is such a fantastic way to spread the happiness and fulfilment that comes from participation, by evening out the chances in our unequal society.
Spirit grants will empower people through arts and culture
Spirit of Achievement Challenge Fund supports arts organisations that challenge perceptions of disability
Remembering for the future
A blog post by Harris Lorie, Programme Manager at Spirit. Remembering for the Future.
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: 10 Years On
"The juxtaposition of those two very different events is particularly vivid for me. I was involved both in the aftermath of 7/7 and the preparations for London 2012."
Ten years on. Our Chief Executive, Debbie Lye, reflects.
Celebration of Team London Young Ambassadors reaching 1000 schools
Do It For Real
Challenge Fund Closed
Stop the clock! The #ChallengeFund has closed for applications. Have a fab Monday everyone & for all those that applied - good luck.