Top gong for Bob for his sporting service

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A MANAGER who helps provide activities for more than 200 people with learning difficulties has won an award for his leadership.

Bob Leeves manages the Out There! programme, a service providing sport and leisure opportunities for people with learning disabilities in Sussex, including sessions in Chichester.

He was announced winner of the Frontline Leadership category at the southeast regional Great British Care Awards and is now in the running for the national award in 2013.

“There are so many benefits for the people who attend the sessions,” said Bob.

“The activities have physical benefits but we are also able to reach people who have been isolated for a while.

“It’s very much about socialising and meeting new people too. We are there to help people as much as 
we can.

“Winning this award is great for myself, but it’s also absolutely brilliant for the whole team.

“If we didn’t have the regular volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to offer the activities we do. Coaches from leisure centres also help run sessions, which works really well. It’s definitely a team effort.”

Out There!, run by Outreach 3 Way, offers 27 activities in 15 different sessions per week across Sussex. The sessions are attended by about 230 people, aged 18 to 30.