Our History

Our History

Supported Activities ProgrammeSupported Activities Programme is an independent charity for adults (over the age of 18) with learning disabilities who live in the North Hertfordshire or Stevenage area.

The activities, offered with volunteer support for a safe environment, enable members to have fun, learn new skills, improve their self-esteem, build a social network and access community life they may otherwise not experience. Families and carers have respite and community awareness is increased as we work towards a more tolerant and inclusive society.

The organisation was set up in September 1993 as Leisure Direct, in response to problems identified by HCC’s Specialist Mental Health Teams. The aim was to enable adults with mental health issues and learning disabilities to take part in everyday sports/leisure activities like anyone else. We were registered with the Charity Commission in 1995, and in 2018, the charity relaunched as Supported Activities Programme, to better reflect what we do.

The two members of staff are a full-time Administrator and part-time Organiser. We have 30 volunteers and approximately 150 members.
The Executive Committee is made up of volunteers and members.

Why not contact us today?

For more information on the above and if you live in the Stevenage or North Hertfordshire area, please Contact Us or telephone using 01462 485534 and we will be glad to answer all of your questions. Alternatively, for more information on becoming a member of Supported Activities Programmme, please visit our Members section, or visit our Volunteers section if you would like to become a volunteer. We could not run without volunteers and there are various roles available.