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About Diverse Abilities Plus

Diverse Abilities Plus is the only charity that has been supporting children and adults with often profound and complex physical and/or learning disabilities in Dorset for over 50 years. The charity provides a range of assistance, support and education services for hundreds of children and young people, adults and their families.



Langside School a specialist day school for children with profound and multiple disabilities. Support for adults a well equipped day centre where adults can learn new skills, enjoy a wide range of experiences and access activities throughout the community, plus a supported living service which helps adults to live independently in their own homes with 24/7 support.   Advice we provide advice and assistance for disabled people, their families and carers, across Dorset.   Children’s respite projects including overnight breaks to offer respite and help families manage the challenges of providing full time care for their child, home support (domiciliary care) for children and young people as well as holiday and after-school activities that give young people with disabilities the same leisure and fun opportunities that their peers enjoy. Fun activities for siblings and parent support groups are also provided.

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I can't put into words how it feels to do something that scares you, love it, raises lots of money for a charity dear to you and then get to witness first hand the good that it does. It's incredible!

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Gemma - Skydive participant

We thoroughly enjoyed the Michael Buble Tribute night. The whole evening was a relaxing way raising money for Diverse Abilities Plus who provide care for children and adults with disabilities in Dorset.

Wendy - Music night guest I wanted to raise money for Diverse Abilities because it is a great local charity that is close to my family. The experience was absolutely amazing,  it was hard but everybody got each other through it... Thank you Sharon and team at Diverse Abilities for your support during my training leading up to the event.

Ed - Overseas cyclist Fantastic experience! Very wet and sometimes cold but would not have missed it for the world! The expedition and charity staff were very knowledgeable with a great sense of humour, I don’t think I’ve laughed so much before.  I won’t say it was comfortable, but what a great time with great people

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Challenge the World!



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Sweden Canoe Adventure JULY 2013/14 The best way to experience the tranquil and stunning scenery in Northern Sweden is to travel by Canadian canoes, stopping off at islands each evening! London to Paris Bike Ride SEPT 2013 Connect two of the world’s most chic capital cities as you embark on the charity bike ride challenge of a lifetime - Explore picturesque countryside, ride along coastal pathways, alongside rivers and into towns!

Peru Trek OCT 2013 Immerse yourself in ancient Peruvian culture trekking and exploring the remote Lares region of the Peruvian Andes!

Arctic Adventure Challenge JAN 2014 Experience the thrill of Snowmobiling around mountains, husky sledding, survival challenges, ice-fishing, plus much more! Sahara Trek MARCH 2014 Feel the Sahara desert underfoot and enjoy mesmerising landscapes and dramatic sand dunes as far as the eye can see!

Iceland Trek JULY 2014 Lava fields, icecaps, glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs and geysers, the stunning Icelandic landscape is one you will never forget! The CUBAN Escambray Encounter MARCH 2014 trek across,farms, coffee and fruit plantations, Caribbean pines and an abundance of ancient tree-ferns and across the Escambray mountains, amazing views and tropical waterfalls to bathe in!

We’re here to help!

Diverse Abilities Plus will help you every step of the way with planning for your challenge and fundraising.

If you are interested in getting involved in any one of these fantastic challenges then get in touch. Our events team provides helpful advice on raising sponsorship and will keep you updated and informed on all you need for your adventure. If you can’t see the event for you here, let us know what you would like to do and we’ll help find it anywhere in the world. All of these events have other dates available, please get in touch to discuss.

Run fundraisersRun! 10 Miles

Great South Run 27TH OCT 2013

13.1 Miles (Half Marathon) New Forest Half 22ND SEPT 2013

26.2 Miles (Marathon) Bournemouth Festival Marathon 5/6TH OCT 2013

Sussex Marathon 7TH APR 2013            

Various runs are also available including 5km, Junior races, other Marathons and halfs just get in touch to find out more.

Entering a run for charity is a great, fun challenge - whatever the distance contact the fundraising team and Diverse Abilities Plus for more information and to enter a race. Whether you enter one of these runs or have your own place for another we will support you every step of the way!

“Running the Great South Run was definitely a highlight of my year! It was the biggest running event I have ever taken part in and with the bands playing, the cheering crowds and the famous landmarks, I had plenty of encouragement to keep me going. I finished the race tired but happy and very proud of myself – an awesome experience!” Ashley - Great South Runner 2011


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Dragon Boat SUN 14TH JULY 2013

Experience the thrill of Chinese Dragon Boat Racing at it’s best on the boating lakes in Poole Park. Be one of 30 teams (up to 17 people in each team) to take part in this fun day challenge. You will compete against other teams throughout the day in three heats which will culminate in semi-finals and finals, followed by celebratory awards ceremony for the winners at the end of the day. A super day out for all and really good fun with friends or colleagues. Book early to avoid disappointment. Entry Fee: £170 (£10 each) Minimum sponsorship: £750 per team (approx £45 each)

It was great to see so many people out supporting the charity. The atmosphere was unlike any event i have been to before. Jon - Event Participant


SAT 21ST- WED 25TH SEPT 2013

Survive this 5 day challenge learning new skills and techniques to live off the land. All held on a mystery beach location. This exciting adventure contains fundamental elements of survival, which will challenge you from dawn until dusk (and beyond)! It is ideal for groups of employees as a motivational team-builder, and also great for individuals, or with your partner, friend or a member of your family. Sign up early (just 24 available) £50 entry fee £550 minimum sponsorship

During the 5 days there will be fun challenges and tasks to learn .... a few of which are •

Learn all there is to know about survival techniques.

Various ways to light a fire

Building a natural shelter

Sea life-raft survival skills

How to build various traps

Navigate by sun and stars

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Search and Rescue skills Lots of fun challenges

Good event, not too challenging, good fun with good group. Very social with good banter througout. Ken - Event Participant


Jump from 15,000 feet for charity and oin the Diverse Abilities dare devils club. You will be jumping in tandem with fully trained skydiving professionals. SOLSTICE SKY HIGH DAY 22ND JUNE 2013 Join our Flying Team to celebrate Summer Soltice – together we’ll go sky high and have fun!


SKYDIVE ANY DAY! You choose your date, any day of the year.... apart from Christmas Day and we’ll sort the day for you!


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T.G.I.F CORPORATE DAY! Calling all company teams – you choose your Friday date and we’ll arrange your flying day, complete with Bacon Baps and coffee on arrival!

Do something different!

Kamikaze Adventure Run 19TH MAY 2013 EAST SUSSEX 8TH SEPT 2013 DORSET More mud, hills and challenging obstacles then you can point your samurai sword at. This obstacle course run is sure to push you to your limits. Be part of an adventurous gang taking on the Kamikaze for Diverse Abilities Plus White water rafting ALL YEAR ROUND This event is a must for adventure seekers..... experience pure adrenaline with white water rafting racing in the idyllic surroundings of North Wales!



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The Three Peaks Challenge JULY AUG AND SEPT 2013 Take part in this classic fundraising challenge. With a full day of climbing hitting the peaks you’ll go home knowing that you’ve achieved a brilliant feat and all in the name of charity. It’s a Knockout 23 JUNE 2013 Teams of 8-10 people compete head to head with the opposing teams in all of the highly hilarious games (original props and games from the BBC TV programme)

Harbourview Abseil 12 MAY 2013 2013 will see the return of the hugely succesful Harbourview 110ft abseil. With beautiful views of Poole Harbour this is an unforgettable experience. Also keep an eye out for some of our other abseils that will be happening through the year.

Rugby Lunch 6 SEPT 2013 Join us for our third consecutive Rugby lunch, a brilliant opportunity for rugby enthusiasts and networking. Enjoy a delicious three course meal and fascinating annecodate from TV personality and Rugby pundit, John Inverdale.

Dive with sharks ALL YEAR ROUND In this unique opportunity Diverse Abilities supporters will have the chance to swim with 10ft Sand Tiger Shark, Nurse Sharks and Guitar Sharks  as well as other species of aquatic life including Southern Sting Rays!

Throughout the year Music Nights Diverse Abilities has played host to big names like Buble, Sinatra and Elvis (tributes) who knows who will be next. Keep checking the website to find out! Bowlathons Bowl a ton for charity in these tough endurance events.

Further events are being added all the time, visit our website for other exciting events!


If you spot an event in this brochure that interests you, or you would like to do something specific; we’ll be happy to find the perfect challenge for you anywhere in the UK or around the world. Please get in touch with Sharon Wells using the contact details below Diverse Abilities Plus Ltd Unit C, Acorn Business Park Ling Road Dorset BH12 4NZ


Telephone: 01202 718266 Fax: 01202 717448 E-mail: Website: Charity no. 282197


Diverse Abilities Plus Events 2013  

A booklet full to the brim with lots of events