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Disability Rights UK is pleased to invite you to attend our seminar: Into Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and Supported Internships

Thursday 7 December 2017

This event will be of interest to employers and Human Resources and will include keynote contributions from National Apprenticeship Service, Access to Work, Disability Confident, local government, business representatives, training providers and organisations.

Delegates will talk about:

  • Funding reforms, the Apprenticeship Levy and additional payments for employers and providers
  • Advantages of being an inclusive employer and recruiting disabled apprentices, trainees and supported interns
  • Reasonable adjustments to make the workplace inclusive and accessible
  • Support available to disabled apprentices, trainees and supported interns including Access to Work
  • We will also hear stories from young disabled trainees/apprentices

This event will take place on:
6 February 2018
10:00 am- 16:30 pm

Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road,
London N7 6PA

Click here to register 

Agenda to follow.

Please advise as soon as possible if you have any access, dietary, or other requirements with regard to attending and participating in this the event. If you require a BSL interpreter, could you please let us know before 6 January 2018. 

Resource for London has free parking for registered Blue Badge holders based on availability: please email your details in advance – date, name, car registration and the name of the event to

The nearest tube station is Holloway Road.

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This is a free event.

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Make volunteering in sport more appealing for disabled people, new research finds

Tuesday 5 December 2017

New research released on International Volunteer Day (5 December) will enable providers to improve their volunteering opportunities, especially for disabled people. The report, ‘Encouraging disabled people to volunteer in sport’, explores the barriers to volunteering and the drivers that could improve its appeal.

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) alongside the eight National Disability Sports Organisations and Sport England commissioned the project. It aims to understand more on volunteering in sport, as well as to improve the quality and number of opportunities for disabled people. The researchers involved almost 1,500 disabled and non-disabled people in the report and compared the differences in perception and experience of volunteering between the two audiences.

The findings guide providers on how and when disabled people volunteer generally and the extent to which they volunteer in sport. They highlight the different ways in which disabled people commonly volunteer and their interest in sports volunteering. These can help providers to encourage and support more disabled people to volunteer in sport.

One key finding explores the reason disabled people may not volunteer in sport. It shows the impact disabled people’s low participation in sport has on volunteering. Disabled people who volunteer in sport are twice as likely as non-disabled people to have taken part before. This suggests that the sport sector is not something that appeals to disabled people who have not been part of it previously. Concern about the need for volunteers to be frequently involved (at least once a week) arose in responses. Disabled people can be fearful of regular commitment due to fluctuating health problems.

Other key findings included:

  • There is a desire from disabled people to volunteer, but they are more likely to have negative experiences. Almost half (47 per cent) of disabled people currently volunteer generally compared to just over a third (34 per cent) of non-disabled people. Almost half of disabled people have had a negative experience when volunteering (48 per cent) compared to a third of non-disabled people (33 per cent).
  • Despite disabled people’s higher level of interest in volunteering in society generally, this is not reflected in their level of interest in volunteering in sport. Levels of volunteering in sport for disabled and non-disabled people are the same (21 per cent).
  • Disabled people are much more likely to recognise and experience barriers to volunteering. Their concern is in relation to the impact their impairment will have on their ability to volunteer. In addition, providers of volunteering opportunities feel that they lack the skills and ability to support disabled people fully in their volunteering roles.
  • There is often a mismatch between the expectations of providers and volunteers about what the roles entail and too often organisations give insufficient thought to the distinctive needs of volunteers as opposed to participants. This plays a significant part in creating a negative experience for disabled volunteers.
  • Providers do not routinely ask or capture whether volunteers have impairments or long-term health conditions. This means providers’ awareness of disabled volunteers and their needs is low, and they are less confident in how to support disabled people.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive of EFDS, said:

“We know that volunteers are vital in sport and active recreation. Not only do they help to boost the number of activities available, but develop leaders and role models in sport. Disabled people offer useful skills that can be extremely valuable and it is a missed opportunity not to draw from their lived experiences.

“It is clear in these findings that the knock-on effect of the low numbers of disabled people taking part in sport, is that there is less appeal in sports volunteering. We hope more providers improve their opportunities to all volunteers, but crucially work towards engaging and retaining more disabled volunteers.”

Phil Smith, Director of Sport at Sport England, said:

“The contribution of 6.7 million volunteers in sport is immense. It helps individuals get more active, it benefits local communities, and it can do wonders for the volunteers themselves. However, as this new report identifies, there’s a lot to do to make the experience more attractive to disabled people. We need to work on attracting more disabled people to volunteering in sport and activity and ensure they have a great experience when they do get involved. We hope that the whole sport and physical activity sector embraces this challenge.”

International Volunteer Day (IVD), mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work.

EFDS marks International Day for Disabled People with new Me, Being Active films

Friday 1 December 2017

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has released a new collection of Me, Being Active films ahead of International Day for Disabled People.

Two years since the first collection, viewers meet seven disabled people and learn more about the benefits they gain from being active. The national charity hopes the new films provide disabled people with useful information to lead an active lifestyle.

Meet Anoushé, Evie, Richard, Sam, Shona, Tesfai and Zack. They are seven disabled people with a range of impairments and long-term health conditions, who all lead active lives. In their own words, each individual shares their personal story. They talk about how they first became active and explain the way it makes them feel.

The Me, Being Active films are supported by Disability Rights UK and funded by Sport England. EFDS worked again with production company Fuzzy Duck to capture the stories that highlight climbing, horse riding, karate, fitness, dancing, yoga and rugby.

The films follow the successful Being Active Guide released in 2014, which talks directly to disabled people. This Guide gives those, who are inactive, access to relevant information, so they can have control over where, what and how they start being active. The new collection of films add to the Guide’s success, allowing viewers to hear other disabled people’s advice.

Kamran Mallick, Chief Executive for Disability Rights UK, said:

“We are delighted to support the next set of EFDS’s ‘Me, Being Active’ films. Disabled people tell us that they do not have the confidence to try sports and activities because they don’t know what is available locally and whether it is accessible or welcoming to people with impairments.

“The good news is that with the right information at the right time through the right channels disabled people enjoy getting active and benefit particularly from the social aspect of sports and activity. The films demonstrate this through the stories of individual disabled people. We must continue to work with providers of sports and activities to remove barriers and open up access to all. ”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS, said:

“We are delighted to release our next set of Me, Being Active films ahead of International Day for Disabled People. Not only do they promote disabled people’s motivations in sport and active recreation, they amplify findings in our own extensive insight.

“To increase the number of active disabled people, we need to understand more about disabled people’s lives. Everyone has different reasons and influences for being active. The new people involved in these films show their love for their activity and its benefits. We are grateful for their time.”

Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Sport England, said:

“Disabled people are half as likely to be active. That’s not right, especially as many disabled people want to be active or play sport and gain a great deal from it; something that these new films demonstrate so powerfully.

“At Sport England we’re working hard to reduce the inequalities that exist for disabled people and increase the number who are active. We want to make taking part in sport or being active an easy, practical and attractive choice for disabled people.”

Since 1992, people from across the globe have celebrated the United Nation’s International Day for Disabled People on 3 December. The annual celebration adopts a theme every year. In 2017, the theme is-“Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

The United Nations created The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), as it is also known, in 1992. It aims to promote awareness and gain support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of disabled people in society. The Day raises awareness about disability issues and draws attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.

The new collection of Me, Being Active films is available on EFDS’s YouTube channel. From Monday onwards, EFDS’s website will focus on a film each day.

To watch Anoushé, Evie, Richard, Sam, Shona, Tesfai and Zack’s stories, visit the Me, Being Active 2017 playlist here.