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Women In Sport & Physical Activity

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Charity no. 100646 Date registered. 17/12/2014

Public benefits

Purpose of Women in Sport & Physical Activity: to provide women with increased opportunities to participate in healthy recreational activities in Belfast. The direct benefits which flow from the purpose include improved health and wellbeing outcomes, enhanced mental health, increased self-esteem and reduced stress and anxiety. These benefits are

demonstrated through extensive government research and statistics, local health authorities’ strategies and feedback from our beneficiaries gained through the regular evaluation of our services. In providing exercise programmes there is a risk of minor injury which may occur through increased participation in physical activity. This harm is outweighed by the benefits of improved health. The risk of injury is mitigated by way of health check assessments and guidance from fully qualified coaches in the correct use of equipment and training techniques within health and safety guidelines. The charity’s beneficiaries are women residing in Belfast The only private benefit flowing from this purpose is the use of self-employed instructors/coaches who deliver the programmes. This benefit is incidental and necessary. Without payments to qualified coaches and instructors the sessions would not be able to take place. There are no private benefits affecting the trustees.

What your organisation does

WISPA is a cross community women’s project which works to identify gaps existing in local communities with regards to women’s health. Our aim is to provide increased opportunities for women to access affordable fun based physical activity programmes. As WISPA has grown it has built on its reputation for providing good quality programmes designed

to meet the needs, abilities and fitness levels of the women participating. What we offer: •We offer a wide range of activities such as Aerobics, Dancercise, Boxercise, Pilates, Circuit Training, Armchair Aerobics and many more. •All our classes are delivered by fully qualified female instructors. •We work with individuals, groups and other community based health projects. •We deliver tailored physical activity programmes or tasters sessions to compliment health events or health programmes

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • Other charitable purposes

Who the charity helps

  • Adult training
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Ex-offenders and prisoners
  • General public
  • Interface communities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Older people
  • Parents
  • Physical disabilities
  • Sexual orientation
  • Specific areas of deprivation
  • Travellers
  • Unemployed/low income
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Volunteers
  • Women
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Community development
  • Cross-border/cross-community
  • Gender
  • Relief of poverty
  • Sport/recreation

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2023

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2022

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2021

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Charitable purposes

The objects of the Company shall be to promote the participation of women in healthy recreation in Belfast (“the area of benefit”) by: a. Providing information to women on the availability of physical activities and community sports facilities and resources and voluntary/community sector sports organisations in the area of benefit; b. Promoting, supporting and developing the work of voluntary and community sector organisations for all or any purpose deemed to be charitable and in particular the advancement of education, social inclusion and the furtherance of health; c. Acting as a forum for the exchange of information between organisations to facilitate the development of a strategic approach to physical activity/sports development for women in the area of benefit and presenting the views of providers and beneficiaries to policy makers and funders; d. Encouraging participation in physical activity and sports by women of all ages e. Educating the general public as to the benefits, including health, personal development, education and social inclusion, of the availability of physical activity and sports opportunities for women f. Facilitate an increase in the number of female coaches/instructors in the area of benefit.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

  • 5 Trustees
  • 2 Employees
  • 3 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Niamh O'neill, Wispa Office 6, 331-333 Shankill Road, Spectrum Centre, Belfast, BT13 3AA

Trustee board

Mrs Emma Mary Sheehy
Miss Eileen Weir
Miss Louise Irvine
Miss Angela Hodkinson
Ms Nicola Stanley

List of regions

  • Belfast City Council