SMILE Together Project officially launched


SMILE Through Sport are thrilled to have officially launched their SMILE Together project, which over the next four years will change the lives of many families living in Northumberland. The SMILE Together project, funded through Sport England Families Fund, aims to encourage families living in Northumberland with a disabled member, to become active together in sport and physical activity as a family unit.



The SMILE Together project was officially launched with an activity afternoon on Saturday 27th October at Ashington Leisure Centre. Families were invited to come along to get involved and try a variety of sports and games as a family. Throughout the day families could enjoy basketball, tennis, kurling and boccia activities in a safe and friendly environment. The event saw new families accessing sport opportunities, some for the first time as a whole family unit.



Ashington’s MP Ian Lavery attended the event and joined in with families trying his hand at all of the sports. The launch event was a great success with all families thoroughly enjoying the sports and activities on offer.

For any family finding time to participate in activities as a family unit is sometimes hard due to time commitments and other daily tasks. For families with a disabled member, alongside time commitments and daily tasks, other barriers include finding an activity that the whole family can take part in and is suitable for their needs is sometimes impossible. This is where the SMILE Together project will thrive at providing an environment where all families and family members are able to access sport and physical activity together.


If you would like to find out more about the project please contact SMILE on 01670 457 757 or e-mail

Alternatively we are organising a parent/carer forum meeting on Monday 26th November from 1pm – 2.30pm at Beaconhill Community Centre, Langdale Drive, Cramlington, NE23 8EH. This forum meeting is for parents and carers to hear about the project idea in more detail and give their views and opinions on the project going forward. The forum will also allow for families to give the team insight around when and where is best for activities to take place.