Westcroft supported housing do a great job at encouraging their residents to try new things or get involved in a new hobby. A few weeks ago we wrote about how Westcroft have worked with Graham the owner of ‘BIG health & fitness’ in Dunstable to introduce gym sessions for residents, which are now a favourite activity of many residents there.


This week it’s the turn of the Judo champs!


Five tenants at Westcroft regularly take part in Judo classes in Berkhamstead run by Rush Judo. Rush Judo run a variety of classes including two for those with learning disabilities. The adults class has been running for over six years and has grown from strength to strength.


The team at Rush judo work in partnership with Dacorum Mencap and have become a flagship club for British judo with regards to adult judo players with learning disabilities. The residents who attend the classes say that the team at Rush Judo are incredible, and that they are prepared for all outcomes and are very supportive. It seems their flagship status is well deserved.


It started very organically a long time ago with one resident going, and then as these things do – other residents heard about it and joined it to give it a go. Now the attendees go to training days as well as weekly sessions and some even compete in other countries in competitions specifically designed for those with learning disabilities. We most definitely have champions in our midst!

 Judo learning disability Michael

Michael one of the residents at Westcroft says he enjoys going to Judo because it helps keep him strong and busy and it would have made his parents proud of him. Many other residents share the sentiment and add that it has given them new friends that they wouldn’t have had any other way.