About Us

iDID launched in 2012 as a response to a lack of accessible and engaging opportunities for disabled people to improve physical and mental well-being through adventure sports. Since launching, iDID has supported over 500 individuals to access adventure activities and has supported countless professionals to become inclusive service providers. 

Our team is dedicated to inclusion and continues to develop resources that support professionals and individuals to increase participation in adaptive adventure. We are passionate about working in a collaborative network and promote opportunities and services from high quality providers across the UK.

Our mission is to become the largest social organisation promoting the positive use of adventure sports to improve well-being in marginalised groups by supporting professionals and individuals through engaging activities and training.

"If we are to build a healthier, more productive and fairer society in which we recognise difference, we have to build resilience, promote mental health and wellbeing, and challenge health inequalities." no health without mental health: a cross-government mental health outcomes strategy

Aims

  • Improve well-being, confidence and self-esteem through adventure sports
  • Increase inclusive participation in adventure sports
  • Provide quality training opportunities for professionals
  • Reduce negative perceptions of disability, mental health and disengaged youth

Why we do what we do

At iDID, we define good well-being as 'positively engaging in life'. That can be when a person feels valued, understands and contributes to their environment, and feels connected to others. Feeling valued in society can have a huge impact on an person's well-being and many marginalised individuals can become more susceptible to mental health issues as a result of social isolation or deprivation..

  • There are an estimated 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK who are disproportionately affected by mental health issues.
  • 1 in 12 young people deliberately self-harm
  • People with disabilities are more likely to experience mental health problems
  • Half of those with a lifetime mental health issue experience their first symptoms by the age of 14, and three quarters before their mid-20’s
  • 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 has a mental health condition

No Health Without Mental Health

In 2011, a cross-governmental strategy was launched which set out 6 key strategies to improve mental health in England. Mental health is at the core of good well-being which is why iDID is passionate about increasing opportunities to reduce the disparity between physical and mental health.

Measuring what we do

Whether we are talking about social impact, social value or how we change the world; iDID Adventure is committed to making a significant difference to the lives of those with additional needs who want to take part in activities which improve their well-being.

To this end, we undertake regular evaluations of our programmes, gain feedback from our members and participants, and have a commitment to measuring our social impact. Working with the University of Northampton, we research how our work adds value to the lives of our members and participants.