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Vacancy: Research and Evaluation Advisor needed at Activity Alliance

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Activity Alliance are moving into a new era in their history and are looking to expand their research and insight team by appointing a new proactive and self-motivated research and evaluation advisor. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 3 August 2018

The successful candidate will have a strong research background and be comfortable working on both qualitative and quantitative research projects. You will be able to analyse and interpret data as well as offer advice to internal and external customers.

The organisation offers 26 days holiday plus bank holiday, pension contribution at 9 per cent, childcare vouchers and cycle to work scheme. Activity Alliance is an equal opportunities employer and aims to provide a discrimination-free working environment.

Download Research and Evaluation Advisor job description.

How to apply
To apply for this post please complete and return an application form along with the equal opportunities form.

You should return your completed application by email to

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 3 August 2018.

Interviews will be held in Manchester on Wednesday 15 August 2018.

If you do not hear from us about an interview, please presume your application has been unsuccessful.

For any queries or support with filling out your application, please call Joan Massie on 01509 227750 or email Joan Massie.

In other news: Members wanted for Sheffield International Venues Disability Inclusion Steering Group


Disability Rights UK is working with the Care Quality Commission as part of their ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ partnership.

Monday 30 July 2018

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is working with several national charities to gather feedback from people who contact them about their experiences of care.

This information is valuable to them as it helps them to make decisions about when, where and what to inspect.

Michael Paul from Disability Rights UK said:

“It’s vital that disabled people and those with long term health conditions can share their experience of using not only specialist services but also GP surgeries, dentists and the like. The partnership with CQC, who regulate these services, will ensure more disabled people are able to do so.”

The CQC website can be accessed here, and you can also provide direct feedback to the CQC on your experience of using any of the services they regulate.

NB please remember to select Disability Rights UK in the ‘how heard’ section!

Good Care, Poor Care. Tell us now

Good Care, Poor Care. Tell us now

We're working together to ensure health and social care services in England provide you with high quality care so tell us about your care.

We’re working together to ensure health and social care services in England provide you with high quality care so tell us about your care.

In other news: Get Yourself Active reacts to Sport England statement on why sport for disabled people matters

Vacancy: Metro Blind Sport are recruiting for a Sport Development Officer

Monday 30 July 2018

Metro Blind Sport currently has a vacancy for a Sport Development Officer. The application closing date is the 17 August 2018.

Job Description

Job Title:  Sport Development Officer for Metro Blind Sport

Responsible to:  Metro CEO

Salary:  Competitive

Location:  Primarily working across the Greater London area, utilising office space at the Pocklington Hub in Euston and with opportunities to work from home.

Contract / Hours:  Permanent contract – 36 per week worked flexibly including some evenings and weekends.

Purpose:  To develop and implement a sports programme, increasing the range, quality and local availability of sporting opportunities for visually impaired people across greater London.

View the full Job Description here:

Click the below links for all the documents needed to apply for the above role. All links will download a word document.

Email your completed forms, plus any other attachments, to

Good luck!

In other news: Disability Rights UK is looking for new trustees to join its board from January 2019

Join British Blind Sport for their ‘Have a Go Day’ in Newcastle

Thursday 26 July 2018

We are delighted to inform you of a British Blind Sport Have a Go Day in Newcastle. Working with Sight Service and Smile Through Sport, this event will take place at The Parks Sport Centre, Tyne and Wear, NE29 6TL on Friday 31st August.

Attendees can expect a FREE sports taster event with lots of activities and fun including Cricket, Archery, Athletics and many more! Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up, adults and children, friends and family are welcome.

Please find the event information attached.

To register, visit the Events page of the British Blind Sport website or use the link below.

Register online now for the Have a Go Day in Newcastle

For further details please contact Participation Officer, Alex Pitts on 01926 424 247, mobile 07929 356 428 or email

In other news: Members wanted for Sheffield International Venues Disability Inclusion Steering Group


British Blind Sport is seeking a Treasurer to join their Board of Trustees

Thursday 19th July 2018

Warwickshire based British Blind Sport are seeking a Treasurer to join their Board of Trustees.

The voluntary position will be at their Leamington Spa and  the successful candidate would need to be available to attend four quarterly board meetings as well as providing ongoing support and advise for the charity throughout the year.

To apply, please send your CV including references with a covering letter explaining why you are perfect for the role to:- Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive Officer, British Blind Sport, Pure Offices, Plato Close, Tachbrook Business Park, Leamington Spa CV34 6WE or via email

The closing date to apply is 27th July 2018, 1pm.

In other news: Members wanted for Sheffield International Venues Disability Inclusion Steering Group



Members wanted for Sheffield International Venues Disability Inclusion Steering Group

Thursday 12 June 2018

Disability Sheffield and Sheffield City Trust (SIV) are looking for disabled people to be part of a steering group to improve customer experiences at SIV (Sheffield International Venues) venues. They are looking for individuals who are interested in developing a better experience for disabled people using leisure services and offer critical feedback with practical solutions.

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved and contribute to a new way of working – something that could have both local and national implications for people’s health and well-being!

The steering group

The steering group will be made up of disabled people or people with long term health needs, Disability Sheffield and SIV management. The group will use their expertise and knowledge to guide SIV with clear and concise guidance on how it can be more inclusive for disabled people in its policies, processes and programmes. This is a service which needs to be inclusive of a wide range of needs and your input will create a better service.

The time commitments for this steering group will be decided on by successful applicants. Please note this is flexible to individual circumstances.

The steering group role:

  •  Identify how to better involve disabled people in a way that is realistic and practical for SIV, yet highly impactful for disabled people
  •  Identify priorities, assess impact and drive change
  •  Hold SIV to account for delivering this implementation plan
  •  Inform and influence SIV equality statements and policies
  •  Help SIV share best practice amongst partners, SPORTA trusts and beyond
  •  Highlight and feedback issues that are beyond the remit of the steering group to relevant bodies


  •  Steering group will report to SIV Trust Board
  •  Steering group is not directly accountable to any other body
  •  Steering group will feedback progress to all who have taken part in associated work – e.g. disabled people

Skills, knowledge and experience

  •  Lived experience of disabilities or people with long term health needs
    Interest in physical activity/leisure/entertainment sector
  •  Passion for inclusivity
  •  Expertise in, and experience of developing user/person-led initiatives and change is advantageous
  •  Willingness to, and experience of, working with people who have different experiences and views to deliver collaborative change

As a member you will

  • Have access to a number of benefits (dependent upon personal needs and preferences) to include:
  •  Free / discounted membership to SIV venues
  •  Free access to SIV activities including swimming, ice skating and others
  •  Free lifeCARD including member discounts on SIV activities and food
  •  Tickets to selected shows at Sheffield Arena and City Hall
  •  Partner vouchers (e.g. Meadowhall, Fit Co)
  •  Refreshments at meetings
  •  More TBC

Interested in joining the steering group?
If you are interested in getting involved and joining the steering group please contact:
Emily Morton at Disability Sheffield by 8th August 2018.
Or phone 0114 2536747

In other news: Disability Sheffield are one of our six project partners.

Get Yourself Active reacts to Sport England statement on why sport for disabled people matters

Thursday 12th July 2018

Sue Bott CBE, Deputy CEO of Disability Rights UK says:

“We’re delighted Sport England want to partner with groups engaged with disabled people and will be happy to play our part. We know you can’t simply urge disabled people to be more active. There has to be an acknowledgement of, and ways to overcome, the social, environmental and attitudinal barriers disabled people face. Our Get Yourself Active project has shown how, with the support of disabled people’s organisations, disabled people can become more physically active.”

The statement by Sport England can be found here.

In other news: For an example of disabled people’s organisations supporting efforts to get more disabled people physically active look at this report about Chester FC Mental Health and Well Being.

WDBS release new video to showcase players and sport

Thursday 12 July 2018

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has released a new short film to highlight the organisation’s significant growth and events. Recorded across two recent events in Preston and Northampton, the video features a number of disabled snooker players who talk about their positive experiences of competing at WDBS tournaments.

WDBS was founded in 2015 by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) to provide opportunities for disabled people to play snooker competitively. Players are classified under eight disability groups, based upon the Profiling Toolkit resource created by Activity Alliance.

Among those featured, Robert Craft, who is visually impaired, explains how welcoming he finds the events. He is involved in a number of other capacities in addition to his playing career, including BSL signing and refereeing matches. Nitesh Chavda, who is deaf, discusses the knowledge he has gained from coaching sessions held on the Friday of each weekend event, while Kal Mattu describes the WDBS team of players and officials as “one family.”

Chris Hornby, WPBSA Sport Development Manager said:

“For me the video demonstrates the community feel of WDBS events. WDBS prides itself on welcoming every player with any disability. Hearing each player’s story and the joy the events bring to them encourages myself and the WDBS board to work harder to make events bigger and better for players.
“Snooker is a sport for all and we hope those who are perhaps unsure of coming to our events and watch this feature will be inspired to come and give it a try.”

Filmed and edited by Jamie Hyde, the video features Mickey Chambers (Group 4), Robert Craft (Group 7), Kal Mattu (Group 3), Niteshk Chavda (Group 8), Lee Finbow (Group 8), Lewis Knowles (Group 8), Christof Niklaus (Group 8), William Thomson (Group 3) and BSL interpreter Yvonne Gouldingay.

Learn more about WDBS and its upcoming events at

In other news: Don’t forget to look at and share our films about getting active.

A Special Olympics Taster Event will be held from 10am to 2pm on 16th July in Sheffield

Tuesday 10th July 2018

People with an intellectual disability, their families and friends are invited to try a number of different sports at a taster session at the English Institute of Sport. Participants can be new or existing members of the Special Olympics South Yorkshire Partnership.

The Special Olympics South Yorkshire Partnership is an accredited delivery network of Special Olympics GB. The network is a group of sports clubs & sessions working together to increase participation opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities across South Yorkshire.

The Taster Event is for any participant with an intellectual disability, their families and friends to give something new a go! Local coaches and clubs will deliver their sessions and provide information for follow on sessions to get involved.

Meet coaches and clubs in:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Boccia
  • Cricket

This event is open to people ages 8+. There will be a café open throughout the day for food and refreshments.

To find out more information about the day and book your place click here. 

In other news:What is the Children and Families Local Offer?

British Blind Sport Have a Go Day Sussex

Tuesday 10 July 2018

We are delighted to announce a British Blind Sport Have a Go Day in Sussex! Working with Active Sussex and Albion in the Community the event will take place at Falmer Sports Centre, University of Brighton, on Sunday 12th August.

Register online now for the Have a Go Day in Sussex

Kindly funded by the Peter Harrison Foundation, come along and take part in an entirely free day of activities including Golf, Goalball, Archery, Bowls, Tennis, Football, Cricket and Judo! Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up, including their friends, family or siblings. Last year a number of successful events took place across the UK. Here’s what other participants had to say:

“Amazing day, great opportunity to try new sports. Thank you” Participant, Have a Go Day Cambridge

When and Where

Venue: Falmer Sports Centre, University of Brighton, Village Way, Falmer, BN1 9PH

Date: Sunday 12th August from 9.45am to 2pm

 Get Involved!

Register online now for the Have a Go Day in Sussex. For further details please contact Alex Pitts, Participation Officer on telephone:  07929 356428 or email

In other news: British Blind Sport is a National Disability Sports Organisation (NDSO). More information about what it and other NDSOs do can be found here. 

Young hopefuls impress at Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships

Issued by Activity Alliance
10 July 2018

North East athletes were celebrating tonight after they lifted the team trophy at this weekend’s Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships (7 and 8 July). Typhoo supported the event, which was organised by Activity Alliance and held at the Warwick Athletics Stadium in Coventry. More than 200 junior disabled competitors returned home with an incredible collection of medals and personal bests.

North East team lift Regional Cup at the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships

Last year the North East team just missed out on the team trophy to rivals North West. They returned this weekend to compete for the highly contested award and over the two days accumulated enough points to claim it back. It was a memorable moment for team captain, Joseph Gray, who competed in his final Junior Championships after many years developing his talent through this athletics programme.

North East’s Rachel Robson picked up the Outstanding Female Performance Award. Ben Barnes from Wales won the Male Award. The Lions Club UK Endeavour Trophy went to Shannon Dover from the North West region.

It is the fourth year that Typhoo has added an extra ‘OO’ to the National Junior Athletics Championships. The support has enabled over 1000 disabled athletes this year to take part in this athletics programme across England. The event offers a full programme so athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part.

The Lions Club International UK has fundraised for the event since it began and this year they presented a cheque for over £8,000 to Activity Alliance. A team of Lions volunteers also gave up their time and energy at the event.

Activity Alliance’s event programme enables more disabled people to access opportunities in more places, whether for talent development or to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. These activities improve people’s physical and mental health whilst boosting confidence and social interaction.

Jannine Walker, National Events Manager for Activity Alliance, said:
“What a great weekend! From beginners to rising stars, this event captures the spirit of sport. We are thankful to Typhoo, Lions Club International UK and SOS Group for supporting the Championships. It was also brilliant to have Cerebral Palsy Sport involved to promote RaceRunning to more athletes too. We hope all the young disabled people who took part continue to develop their talent, but most of all, continue to enjoy being active for life.”

For the results and more information, please visit Activity Alliance’s website.

In other news: Congratulations to the North East team and everyone who competed in the Junior Championships! For more information on how to get physically active check out our page on  information in your local area.  

Young stars prepare for Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships

Friday 6 June 2018

This weekend (7-8 July 2018) will see 230 young hopefuls from across the country take part in the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships. Following seven regional qualifiers, the Nationals take place at Warwick Athletics Stadium in Coventry, where spectators can spot future para-athletics stars.

Photo Credit: Richard Harris

Typhoo and Activity Alliance have teamed up for a fourth year running to support young disabled athletes.

Somnath Saha, CEO of Typhoo Tea, said:

“Sports unites people and, at Typhoo, bringing communities together is an important part of what we do. Supporting Activity Alliance again this year, we look forward to providing more opportunities for young disabled people to compete at a high level as part of our ongoing Sports for All programme.”

Aiming to increase the number of disabled people in sport, athletes compete in a series of track and field events. The Saturday programme begins at 10am until 4pm, while on Sunday, events will start at 9.45am and the awards ceremony will finish around 12.30pm.

One of the athletes competing this weekend is 14 year old wheelchair racer Nathan Freeman:

“I’m excited to be competing at the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships this weekend. I’ve competed in it for the last three years and it is one of my favourite events. In preparation, I’ve been working hard to improve my times but I’m mainly making sure I just enjoy the event.”

The Championships are organised by Activity Alliance’s events team. The event programme enables more disabled people to access opportunities in more places, whether for talent development or to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. These activities help to improve people’s physical and mental health whilst boosting confidence and social interaction.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance, said:

“The partnerships we have are vital for the work we do, especially for exciting programmes like this one. Typhoo’s support means we can ensure many more disabled people have more opportunities to be and stay active.
“For many years, the Lions Club International’s long-term support has also helped us to deliver this event. Not only that, but they have continued to support us through their excellent team of volunteers. Our sincere thanks to them for their ongoing dedication and generosity.”

For the provisional programme and more information, please visit Activity Alliance’s website. Follow the event conversation with the hashtag #SportsForAll.

In other news: Good luck to everyone competing in the Championships this weekend! To see another possible future para-athletics star meet Maya the determined wheelchair racing whizz kid!

Volunteering, The Voluntary Sector and Personal Health Budgets: Unlocking Inclusion and Personalisation

3 July 2018

A blog from James Sanderson, Director Of Personalised Care At NHS England. First published on Volunteering Matters to mark the publication of IPC and Personal Health Budget Support Programme Learning and Next Steps

I am delighted to welcome the publication of this report by the Voluntary Voices Partnership which describes the critical role that the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) has to play in delivering personalised care, and shows what needs to happen at a local level to realise this potential.

Over the last two years the Voluntary Voices Partnership (Volunteering Matters, NAVCA and National Voices) has been working closely with the Integrated Personal Commissioning and personal health budgets programmes at NHS England to increase local knowledge and understanding of the role and contribution of VCSE organisations to personalised care, particularly their role in enabling people to access and use personal health budgets. This work has included a running series of workshops around the country which have enabled VCSE organisations to learn more about personalised care. VCSEs are working in partnership with CCGs and people with lived experience to support the scaling up of personalised care including personal health budgets.

As the report shows, the support provided by Voluntary Voices has made a big difference. VCSEs taking part reported that they now:

  • know much more about personal health budgets
  • are more confident in working with the NHS
  • are better able to include people with lived experience in the design and development of personal health budgets.

From the earliest days of personal health budgets, the VCSE has played a vital role in helping the NHS to learn from the experience of personal budgets in social care. The Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, which started in 2014, was established from the start as a partnership between the NHS, local government and the VCSE.

But why is it essential for the VCSE to be at the heart of our work? We know that personalised care requires a new relationship with people. It moves the agenda of ‘what’s the matter with you’ to ‘what matters to you’. It harnesses the power of people and their communities to enable people to have more choice and control over their lives and improve their health and wellbeing outcomes. It requires more creative and flexible use of resources.


The VCSE is well placed to bridge gaps between statutory organisations, helping people to get better information about NHS and other services, and know how to get their needs met. The VCSE is also well place to help local government and the NHS to build community capacity and peer support, making the most of the assets and knowledge available in local communities, looking for solutions that work for people and their families, and which rely less on health and care services.

We have seen some great examples from areas taking part in the Integrated Personal Commissioning and personal health budgets delivery programmes. For example the Disability Resource Centre in Dunstable has developed a comprehensive personalised model of support to help people manage their personal health budgets.

In Warrington, the NHS and the VCSE are working in partnership to improve people’s experience of end of life care.  Flexible personalised support which is enabling people to experience a good death in the place they choose.

Right across England, work supported by the VCSE has helped to stimulate the growth of micro-enterprises, individual service funds and other new forms of support, which are enabling people to lead the lives they want and filling gaps that conventional residential and home care services have struggled to meet.


The VCSE is also diverse, and well placed to help the public sector to meet our health inequalities. Local area coordination and social prescribing is expanding across the country, enabling the NHS and local government to harness the potential of local community groups, timebanking and informal networks.  For example, in Brighton, the VCSE has enabled people from the traveller community to gain better access to health services.

When health and care services are under pressure, it has not always been easy to argue the case for investing time and money in partnership working with the VCSE.  This report provides vital insight to some of the barriers which can get in the way. These are not just about money – the report highlights some difficulties in communication between statutory services and VCSE which can feel like they are speaking different languages. In turn the VCSE needs to get better at showing how it can contribute and making the most of the business opportunities that could come from the shift to personalised care.


The report is a really useful resource for commissioners and VCSE alike to understand each other’s priorities and work together to ensure that the VCSE can make its unique and vital contribution to personalised care locally. We are very grateful for to the local VCSE organisations and CCGs who contributed to the workshops and to the Voluntary Voices Partnership for producing this excellent resource.

To find out more about personalised care, including personal health budgets and the role of the VCSE see the personalised health and care framework. You can also contact us at

For more information about Volunteering Matters’ work in this area please contact Duncan Tree on 07841 495942, or email: 

In other news: What are personal health budgets ? Go to our glossary and find out!