There were many Motivation highlights throughout 2018. Here are a few we're already looking forward to in 2019.

Last year had some great moments. We attended the Global Disability Summit and welcomed the UK Government’s Disability and Development strategy launch. Our Ready, Willing and Able project was set up to support more disabled people access work.  And our amazing London Marathon runner, Perry became the top fundraiser in his category.

2019 has some big shoes to fill.

So what are we looking forward to in the year ahead? Lots. From innovative design work to expanding wheelchair services, here’s a preview of the next 12 months.

AT:2030 meets #SparkMotivation

Thanks to seed funding from the Department for International Development, our design, technology and clinical teams are working together on an incredible innovation project that we hope might change the landscape of wheelchair provision. Forever. Plans are progressing and we’re nearly ready to tell you all about it. So stay tuned in 2019!

Helping more disabled people find employment in Kenya

We were thrilled by the response to our Ready, Willing and Able appeal. In 2019 the funds raised will be helping us and our local partners to empower 180 disabled job seekers with confidence and skills to apply for jobs and attend interviews. We’re looking forward to seeing the impact of peer training, coaching and inclusion sessions and ‘job seeking and keeping’ workshops.

Celebrating amazing volunteer achievements

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Perry in 2018, Motivation have been awarded one extra place at this year’s London Marathon. That’s double the fundraising potential. We are so grateful to everyone who has applied to run and raise funds for us so far – we’ll soon be announcing our 2019 runners. Applications are still open for the half marathon and other events!

Putting our Wheelchair Fund to good use

Every single person to receive a Rough Terrain, Moti Go or Active Folding wheelchair has a bespoke fitting from a trained professional. We provide mobility and skills training as well as health and rights awareness sessions. We continue assessing needs to make sure that users have the right wheelchair. Our fund makes all this possible – and you can help. Make a single or regular donation today!

Expanding our wheelchair service network in India

This year will bring with it a rapidly expanding network of wheelchair services across India, thanks to some fantastic partnerships with government institutions and hospitals, as well as local service and outreach partners. Improved wheelchair services will train more service personnel and will create more wheelchair clinics and skills units. Our teams in India are doing amazing things. We’ll tell you more in the Spring.

Launching the Pioneer

Last summer we launched a competition to name our newest wheelchair. We kept the best elements of the Rough Terrain, but made it easy to fold. That means users can travel even more easily over broken pavements and bumpy roads – before folding up their wheelchair on buses and trams. The winning name was judged by The Conran Foundation - funders of the new design. After some final product testing, we’re planning to launch the Pioneer later this year.

Speaking at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics

In October our Founder Director, David Constantine, will be making a keynote speech at the ISPO World Congress. The theme of the event is ‘Basics to Bionics’. It will bring together experts from a huge range of disciplines to talk about the wide variety of rehabilitation and assistive technology approaches that exist now – and might be possible in the future. Follow our social media for highlights from the event!

Watching the World Para Athletics Grand Prix

We’re already looking forward to the Tokyo Paralympics next year. While we’re waiting, 2019 brings a taster of the competition with a series of nine Grand Prix events. We’re looking forward to watching what para athletes can achieve – and hoping it inspires even more disabled people to join their local sports clubs and get active in a Multisport.

Seeing disability on the global political stage

We welcomed the UK’s Department for International Development disability strategy, which recognises the importance of inclusive approaches to aid. In 2019 we’re poised to learn more about the International Development Committee’s inquiry to current work in the area. And we’re intrigued to see how the government will cover disability in its Voluntary National Review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, which it will submit to the UN in July.

Sharing all this with you

Our donors and volunteers make our work possible. We couldn’t do any of this without you.

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All in all, it looks like a good year ahead. We hope you’ll be part of it.

Photos: © Matt Grayson and © David Constantine