The charity was founded in 1993 by Jane Whetnall MBE and Iain Chalmers. Originally based on Macon Way in Crewe, for many years we were known as The Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts. We grew to become The Broad Street Project when we moved to our current premises in 2013 and welcomed in the whole community, as well as opening Poppy’s Restaurant.
In 2019, we renamed the charity Hopes and Beams to dispel the confusion that has come about due to the rise of academy schools. We are a charity and rely on the efforts of our fundraising team and donors to continue our vital work helping people with disabilities discover their potential through sports, teaching and recreation.
We have coached many athletes in disability sport to British, national and world championship level over the years and continue to do so. But the main purpose of our classes and activities is to provide a space where everyone is accepted for who they are, where they can build confidence and life skills, and where we can support everyone to discover and reach their potential.