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British Blind Sport Have a Go Day South Wales

17 August 2018

British Blind Sport are delighted to announce a Have a Go Day in South Wales.

Come along and take part in an entirely free day of sport and activities including Judo, Guide Running, Football, Tennis and many more. Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up. Friends and family are also welcome. Register for the Have a Go Day in South Wales.

Working in with Sport Cardiff and Cardiff Institute for the Blind, this event will take place at Cardiff House of Sport, Cardiff on Saturday 29th September. A number of successful events have already been held this year including Cambridge, London, Liverpool and Surrey. Here’s what other participants had to say:

“We had an amazing day altogether in the family. It was great to have both my VI children and their siblings involved as it made the day much more fun. Thank you for organising!’ Parent of participants, Have a Go Day Surrey

When and Where

Venue: Cardiff House of Sport, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Cardiff CF11 8AW

Date: Saturday 29th September 12:30 to 5pm

 Get Involved!

Register for the Have a Go Day in South Wales

For further details please contact Alex Pitts, Participation Officer on telephone:  07929 356428 or email alex@britishblindsport.org.uk

In other news: British Blind Sport are also organizing a Have a Go Day in Bristol!

Sparsholt College Equestrian Becomes the 50th Centre to Gain Accessibility Mark Accreditation

17 August 2018

Sparsholt College in Hampshire is delighted to have secured Accessibility Mark accreditation to expand its services to disabled people.

The college joined forces with Andover RDA group in 2017 and have recently expanded on this by becoming an Accessibility Mark Centre.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding.

The college offers a wide range of equine programs especially designed to enable both adults and children to develop their skills, improve their awareness, communication and confidence.  This combined with the numerous therapeutic benefits of riding to help individuals become stronger and more supple within a community of like-minded people is a fantastic way to widen participation in the sport.

Through the Accessibility Mark Centre initiative, the college has been able to successfully train its coaches’, all of whom already hold BHS coaching qualifications, to be a part of this life-transforming venture.

Gabbie McHenry, the Equine Centre Manager explained, ‘Many of the college’s full-time equine students enjoyed being a part of the RDA group sessions last year, gaining valuable experience in volunteering as ride leaders, side walkers and training to become coaches themselves. This opportunity allowed Sparsholt students an insight into working alongside others who have difficulties and disabilities which they found not only rewarding but inspiring too.’

The college will continue to work closely with the RDA to gain further training and advice.  However, by becoming an Accessibility Mark Centre, the hope is that this will enable more students to join as volunteers and become involved in a variety of ways.  The centre will also be able to host additional lessons and expand the offer beyond the current weekly group lesson.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide you with a first class service and an experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

For further information contact Sparsholt College Equine Centre on 01962 776895 or visit https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/college/equine-centre/

There are currently 50 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk

In other news: Want more information on physical activity and sports? then look at this web page.

Leadership programme calling for Disabled People involved in football

16 August 2018

Leadership programme calling for Disabled people involved in football.The Integrated Dreams Association is pleased to announce the Football for ALL leadership Programme. The programme aims to be the first course to promote employability and entrepreneurship of Disabled people in the world of football. Are you, or someone you know, involved in football and would like the opportunity?

Football for all logo

For the development of the project, the organisers are working  in partnership with three academic reference entities in Europe (Nova University of Lisbon, Trinity College Dublin and the IUN World International Fooball Institute, from Munique), as well as the Portuguese Football Association (FPF) and the SL Benfica Foundation.

The course plan includes two weeks of on-site classes to be held in Lisbon, from 26 November to 7 December 2018 and six months of project implementation or professional internship, taking place in the local region of the participant.

You can register and access more information on the official website of the programme or through the contact line of the programme here https://www.integrated-dreams.com/football-for-all-leadership-programme . Contact telephone: + 351 96 740 57 44

In other news Greater Manchester Moving are looking for a Programme Manager for their Local Delivery Pilot

British Blind Sport Have a Go Day Bristol

16 August 2018

British Blind Sport are organizing a Go Day programme in Bristol!  Working in partnership with Wesport and Vision West of England.

Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up, including their friends and siblings, come along and take part in an entirely free day of activities including Cricket, Football, Guide Running and many more!

Last year a number of successful similar events took place across the UK. Here’s what other participants had to say:

“I found it amazing! The things I thought I couldn’t do, I actually could. Especially cycling for the first time in 11 years. I felt the wind on my face as we moved around the track. Really enjoyed the day and look forward to the next.” Participant, Have a Go Day Leicester

When and Where

Venue: Bristol Grammar School Sports Hall, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR

Date: Saturday 15th September, 11am-4pm

Get Involved!

Register for the Have a Go Day in Bristol.  For further details please contact Alex Pitts, Participation Officer on telephone:  07929 356428 or email alex@britishblindsport.org.uk

In other news Indoor Games and Soft Sports in Sheffied!

THE FA ANNOUNCES NEW EQUALITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION PLAN

Tuesday 14 August 2018

The Football Association [The FA] has today announced its new three-year equality, diversity and inclusion plan called In Pursuit of Progress.

The new plan is part of The FA’s commitment, announced in January 2018, to ensure the diversity of those leading and governing football better reflects what we see on the pitch in the modern game today.

In Pursuit of Progress is a new strategy that will deliver initiatives primarily focused around gender and ethnicity across The FA’s general workforce and leadership roles, including coaching staff across the England teams.

The FA’s three-year plan focuses on the following areas:

  •  The FA and Our Culture
  •  The England Teams’ Support Structure
  •  The Game’s Grassroots Workforce
  •  Inclusion Programme Across the Game

In 2014, The FA introduced English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan and has continued to make good progress to improve equality, diversity and inclusion across English football. This includes the formation of The FA Inclusion Advisory Board [IAB], strict anti-discrimination regulations with robust reporting mechanisms and tough sanctions across the game, clear inclusion structures for every County FA with many progressing through the levels of the Equality Standard for Sport, and The FA meets Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance. As a result, The FA’s current workforce consists of 32% female staff, 13% staff from BAME backgrounds and has an average age of 37.

Today, The FA has set out a new, focused, challenging, yet achievable set of targets that have deliberately chosen to help drive faster and more meaningful change within the organisation. These changes will make The FA a more diverse organisation that will better reflect modern day football and society, whilst also helping to bring down barriers and inspire the next generation.

These new targets, which aim to be completed by 2021, initially focus on improving opportunities around gender and ethnicity, however The FA will continue to work with and support all under-represented groups, to ensure football is For All.

Greg Clarke, FA Chairman, said: “As the governing body of English football we want to lead the way in equality, diversity and inclusion. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also benefit the organisation greatly. A diverse workforce is an effective workforce and we want The FA to reflect modern society in this country. It will not happen overnight, but this is a significant step in the right direction to make football more equal, more diverse and more inclusive For All.”

Paul Elliott, Chair of The FA Inclusion Advisory Board [IAB], said: “This new plan signifies The FA’s determination to accelerate the pace of change of the organisation and taking a real leadership role. Since 2016 The FA has more than doubled the number of senior women – including now having three women on the FA Board. BAME representation at The FA has also improved greatly over recent years, but we know there is room for improvement. This new commitment from The FA proves that they are redoubling their efforts to bring our great sport together.”

To download The FA’s In Pursuit of Progress plan, please visit:

http://the-fa.com/wvQWCw

In other news: Activity Alliance releases updated inclusive communications resource

 

Activity Alliance releases updated inclusive communications resource

Issued by Activity Alliance
Tuesday 14 August 2018

Activity Alliance is adding to its bank of resources with a series of new factsheets that support providers to be more accessible and inclusive in their communications. Written in partnership with Big Voice Communications and Sport England, each factsheet is bursting with bitesize tips and better practice guidance. If applied effectively, the resource can help providers to reach a wider audience, including more disabled people.

Since the first Inclusive Communications Guide launched in 2014, Activity Alliance is proud to be considered a leader in sport and active recreation on this important topic. As well as producing the Guide and its complementary film, Activity Alliance regularly advises partners and delivers workshops to raise awareness of the key principles. The impact has been notable with many local and national partners, leading to changes in their communication processes and promotions.

One in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition – around 11.5 million people. However, currently, disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people. There is a long way to go to address this imbalance, and accessible and inclusive communications play an important role in this.

As with any other large population group, there can be no one-size-fits-all approach to how or what is communicated with disabled people. Despite the advances in technology, a number of different factors or barriers can still prevent audiences from accessing communications.

Updated with the latest insight, these new ten factsheets aim to address the main communication barriers that many people experience when accessing opportunities. They provide clear guidance and practical tips on effective planning, design and delivery of accessible and inclusive marketing communications. The factsheets cover a range of subjects, channels, tools and platforms, including:
1. Social media
2. Promoting your events
3. Digital communications
4. Language and terminology
5. Accessible communications on a budget
6. Marketing campaigns
7. Accessible design
8. Photography
9. Writing news stories
10. Inclusive communications checklist

Sarah Brown-Fraser, Marketing and Communications Manager at Activity Alliance, said:

“Whilst there are lots of people working hard to make their activity accessible to everyone, we know it can be a challenge for many to get the message across effectively through inclusive marketing and communications. Many people, including disabled people, continually miss out in sporting communications- sometimes for reasons that would only require small changes to campaigns.

“Understanding people’s needs and preferences in communications can dramatically improve everyone’s engagement with their audiences. It can also open the door to new audiences, not reached before. These new factsheets are a fantastic addition to our inclusive communications offer and we hope more providers can maximise their opportunities with this new guidance.”

Adam Blaze, Strategic Lead for Disability at Sport England, said:

“Sport England welcomes Activity Alliance’s updated inclusive communications guidance, which builds on their extensive bank of existing resources. Our research shows that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people, and that’s why resources like this are so important in removing barriers to participation.

“Enabling providers to improve their communication with disabled people will lead to better access to and experience of sport and physical activity, helping to close the activity gap that exists between disabled and non-disabled people.”

To access the new series of inclusive communications factsheets in accessible PDF format, please visit the inclusive communications page on our website.

Find more information on Activity Alliance on www.activityalliance.org.uk

In other news:British Blind Sport takes its First Steps into Yorkshire to help Visually Impaired Children Get Active.

British Blind Sport takes its First Steps into Yorkshire to help Visually Impaired Children Get Active

14 August 2018

The leading national charity for visually impaired sport in the UK, British Blind Sport, is delighted to announce an exciting project in Yorkshire called First Steps, thanks to funding from Children in Need.

With many visually impaired children struggling with physical activity due to the lack of accessible and inclusive PE in mainstream schools and a personal fear of failure or low confidence, this often leaves them feeling isolated when it comes to taking part in sport. With over 25,000 visually impaired children living in England, there are a large number who are risk of obesity and inactivity.

British Blind Sport’s “First Steps” project aims to solve this problem by distributing its First Steps packs to blind and visually impaired children, aged three to eleven years old. The pack includes a bright inflatable sound ball, an activity booklet, that has been developed with specialists in visually impaired sport, which enables children and their families to play a wide variety of games to develop skills. In addition, each child receives a reward chart with stickers to encourage them to achieve their goals.

British Blind Sport Chief Executive Alaina MacGregor said, “BBS is tremendously proud and passionate about our First Steps programme which will often give visually impaired children their first opportunity to try sport or physical activity specifically adapted for them. The team at BBS know first-hand what a difference participating in physical activities and playing sport can make to a blind or VI child’s life. As a rolling programme across the country, successful pilots of ‘First Steps’ have already benefited over 100 children in Scotland and the Midlands. The response from participants has been consistently positive. It can build confidence, encourage communication, improve health and develop relationships. Put simply, First Steps will empower young visually impaired children and their families to have a healthier, more active and fun lifestyle.”

British Blind Sport are now inviting families across Yorkshire to take part in the project. If you know a child with a visual impairment who could benefit from a First Steps activity pack, register today by visiting www.britishblindsport.org.uk/firststeps. To discuss the First Steps project in Yorkshire in more details, please contact Tegan Darby at firststeps@britishblindsport.org.uk

In other news:Coming soon:Indoor Games and Soft Sports in Sheffield!

1000 Tweaks: An initiative between Get Yourself Active and Leicester City Council.

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Get Yourself Active and Leicester City Council are working together to see how we can make Leicester a healthier place to live as part of a new initiative called “1000 Tweaks”.

The ‘1000 tweaks’ initiative is a large-scale campaign that will encourage individuals, families, organisations, places, and businesses to make a few small changes to their day to day routines to help children and young people to eat good food and enjoy physical activity. The idea is that across the city all the small changes made by individuals, families, schools, charities and many more will add up to over ‘1000 tweaks’!

Get Yourself Actives’ delivery partner, LCiL, are pledging to make their West End Neighbourhood Centre a healthier place to be by making a few small Tweaks!

Daniel Ball, Get Yourself Active Sports Broker for LCiL said:

“This is a great initiative put forward by Leicester City Council, and is just one of the ways the Get Yourself Active project is working in the city to make it a happy, healthier place to live.”
“We’re pledging to make our centre a healthier place to be by making sure free water is on tables during our weekly Social Media Café, and use the cafes as a way to showcase physical activities opportunities.”

For more information about 1000 Tweaks click here.

In other news:This is the latest example of the work that our delivery partners do to help disabled people become more physically active. Click here to find out more about them.

Survey of Disabled Cyclists

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Wheels for Wellbeing is delighted to announce the launch of its latest survey on the needs and experiences of disabled cyclists. Last year more than 200 disabled cyclists took part in our survey, which attracted plenty of media attention, and we are hoping that this year’s will be even bigger.

As with our 2017 survey, we will be looking to gather a range of information about disabled cyclists – including demographic profile, key issues and challenges, and common experiences. This year we have also added questions on the experiences of disabled cyclists when using cycles as mobility aids and engaging with the benefits system, which we hope will shed light on little known areas of cycling and disability policy. We also have the advantage this year of being able to compare the results with our 2017 survey – the first of its kind – which will allow us to identify trends and to see how the experiences of disabled cyclists has changed over the last twelve months.

Our plan is to analyse the results of the survey in October, with the publication of a report to follow soon after. The data will be used to inform our ongoing campaigning and influencing work, and will help to raise the voice of disabled cyclists all over the UK.

Please take our online survey here (closes 28 September).

In other news:Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people

Vacancy: Greater Manchester Moving are looking for a Programme Manager for their Local Delivery Pilot

Tuesday 7 August 2018

The Programme Manager will establish and manage the systems for programme delivery and monitoring, to ensure the delivery of plans for the audiences, localities and place based programmes. The post holder will ensure programme standards are built in at every level, including application of insight, evidence, high quality community engagement and co-production.

The post holder is accountable for:

Operational

  • Promote and advance identified standards in the design, development and establishment of new models and approaches to reducing inactivity and increasing participation in physical activity and sport, coproduced with the target audiences and the localities
  • Draw up programme plans and establish systems to track and monitor programme delivery that support localities and provide a coordinated overview
  • Work closely with the leads in the localities to ensure systems support their needs as well as contributing to a GM collective picture
  • Identify where system change can make a difference, where success can be scaled up and be alert to new learning and opportunities, working with different partners and groups
  • Draw up plans across work streams,including enabling functions, to ensure coordination but also encourage and promote local place based innovation and delivery that works with the fine grain of places and communities
  • Promote the ambitions of the GMHSC Partnership in supporting operational excellence in Greater Manchester and the wider sector
  • Transfer expertise and knowledge as appropriate, regarding innovation issues throughout the wider team and also externally to partners and lead providers – including developing and delivering formal briefing/training to promote the work
  • Forge positive and close working relationships with colleagues to achieve the objectives of GM and SE partners
  • Work in a matrix management style and foster close working relationships with other managers within Greater Manchester, including local authorities and CCGs

Financial and human resources

  • Ensure appropriate allocation and management of resources, including finance, for which the post holder is responsible
  • To act as client for commissioned work, drawing up specifications and recruiting providers according to commissioning principles and procurement regulations
  • To work flexibly to support team members in the core team but also partners and seconded staff as required
  • Information management, research and innovation
  • Collate qualitative and quantitative information as required and lead appropriate analysis and options appraisal to support robust decision-making
  • Analyse, interpret and present data to highlight issues and risks to support decision making.
  • Draw from experience and expertise in other academic fields and industries and from leading international practice and research, ensuring that Greater Manchester benefits from relevant innovations
  • To contribute to learning locally and across the Sport England national programme

To apply you should submit the following:

  • A current CV outlining your career history
  • Cover note demonstrating you experiences and skills against the person specification

Please send your completed applications to office@greatersport.co.uk

Closing Date:

Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 21 August 2018

Interviews will take place on: Thursday 06 September 2018

For Further information please download the full recruitment pack

Additional Details:

A link to the original advert can be found here. 

E-mail:office@greatersport.co.uk

Salary: £31,401 to £39,002

Telephone: 01612231002

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

Vacancy: Strategic Relationship Manager 2 (Maternity Cover) – Active Sussex

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Have you got sound knowledge of the aims and outcomes of key national and local strategies? Do you have experience in relationship management at a strategic level, especially with organisations who engage with underrepresented and hard to reach groups of the community?Are you interested in working for a charity at the heart of the sport and physical activity sector?

 

If so, Active Sussex’s Strategic Relationship Manager (maternity cover) role could be for you.

For this 13 months fixed term full-time role, you’ll have responsibility for the relationship management of designated stakeholders, in relation to increasing participation levels amongst inactive priority groups and communities in Sussex, and support these stakeholders in the use of insight tools and information. This key role will also provide executive support to the CSP Human Resources & Nominations Committee supported by the CEO, and will act at the CSP’s Deputy Safeguarding Officer, as well as ensuring the Trust is compliant with GDPR.

You will also have strategic responsibility for the annual Sussex Sports Awards and positively contribute to other Active Sussex events and working groups, including team planning activities in relation to organisational improvement and compliance.

The successful candidate will be a real team player whose can-do attitude inspires and motivates others. Educated to degree level or equivalent, you will have sound knowledge of the aims and outcomes of key national and local strategies, robust budget management, reporting and monitoring skills, and proven experience of managing people.

Active Sussex has a small but energetic team that is committed to our values of excellence, freedom to innovate and respect for diversity. Our Strategic Relationship Manager would reflect these values and would be confident in taking on the challenges and rewards associated with maintaining Sussex’s position as a member of a world-leading community sport system.

Please complete the online application form using the job description and person specification in the recruitment pack for reference.

If you require an alternative version of the application form please contact info@activesussex.org

Apply Online

Attachment: Strategic Relationship Manager 2 (Maternity Cover) Recruitment Pack

Additional job details

To view the original job advert click here.

Closing date: 12 noon Wednesday 22 August 2018

Job Reference: SCSPT 041

Job Title: Strategic Relationship Manager 2 – Maternity Cover (13 months fixed term subject to starting availability)

Organisation: Active Sussex

Type: Administration & Development

Salary: £35,335 to £38,611

Hours: Full-time

Contract: Temporary

Location: University of Brighton Sports Centre, Falmer Campus, Brighton
Postcode: BN1 9PH

External Website: www.activesussex.org

Contact Name: Gemma Finlay-Gray

Contact Telephone: 01273 644154

Contact Email: gfinlay-gray@activesussex.org

Published Date: 31/07/2018

Closing Date: 22/08/2018

Interview Date: 04/09/2018

In other news: Metro Blind Sport are recruiting for a Sport Development Officer.

Coming Soon: Indoor Games and Soft Sports in Sheffield!

Thursday 2 August 2018

Everyone is welcome at D.A.W.S Community Gym in Sheffield. The gym will start holding indoor games and soft sports sessions every Monday starting on the 3rd of September.

If you want to take part in a variety of non competitive activities including Boccia, New Age Kurling and other soft sports, then sessions will be held each Monday between 6.15pm-7.15pm at:

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Centre,

Beaver Hill Road,

Handsworth,

Sheffield. S13 9QA

There is a charge of £4.00 per session.

For further details contact: Stephen Birkby on 07527 118968 or Tracey Morris on 07414 225161.

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

 

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 jobs@activityalliance.org.uk.

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:  http://bit.ly/SDOJobDescPage

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 applications@pocklington-trust.org.uk

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 Alex@britishblindsport.org.uk.

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 chiefexec@britishblindsport.org.uk.

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

Reporting

  •  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.
Emily.morton@disabilitysheffield.org.uk
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 www.wdbs.info

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 alex@britishblindsport.org.uk

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.

BRIDGING THE GAP

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.

MEETING HEALTH INEQUALITIES

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.

WORKING TOGETHER

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 england.personalisedcare@nhs.net

For more information about Volunteering Matters’ work in this area please contact Duncan Tree on 07841 495942, or email: duncan.tree@volunteeringmatters.org.uk 

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

parkrun UK teaming up with disability organisations will be great as well

Friday 22 June 2018

By Iyiola Olafimiyan

parkrun are doing great things across the world and in the UK. Evidence shows their well-run weekend activities in parks across the country have benefited many people – including disabled people.

Runners at parkrun

The organisation is teaming up with royal college of GPs and getting GP surgeries to encourage their patients, staff and carers to get active. This is a positive development and, as this article highlights, will save the NHS loads of money.

However, running and other physical activities bring more than just medical or wellbeing benefits to disabled people.

Whilst the good people at parkrun are doing great things getting more people running in parks across the country, it would be good if they could start forming alliances with projects and organisations that embed their practices in the social model of disability and equality.

‘Disability’ from the social model perspective is about an activity or environment that has been planned without involving disabled people.

We at GYA endorse this partnership with the GPs and the Royal College and indeed many disabled people will often visit their surgeries as patients. However, developing partnerships with organisations that speak up for disabled people and linking them in a 3 way relationship with GPs will have an impact that goes far beyond just organising events in parks.

The partnership will benefit everyone. Doctors and other health related professionals will understand the importance of listening to disabled people and not just making assumptions. Volunteers and organisers of park runs will understand that different impairment groups have different access needs and work with their organisations to offer practical solutions to these needs.

Finally, disabled people themselves will feel empowered and valued. They will not necessarily view themselves as patients who are always sick, but ordinary citizens who value the health and wellbeing benefits of being part of a community of active people in their local parks.

In other news: Disability Rights UK’s challenge to the tech industry- how tech can get more disabled people moving!

Disability Rights UK’s challenge to the tech industry- how tech can get more disabled people moving!

Tuesday 19th June 2018

“Disabled people are the experts in what they can and can’t do. It’s about involving them at the initial stages of an idea”


Our Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Peer Support Lead, Kate Pieroudis was guest speaker and panel debate member for FutureFit– a one day event looking at how the tech industry can get more people active. This is one of many events happening as part of London Tech Week.

We talked about some of the challenges the Get Out Get Active Peer Support Project faced around linking disabled people with one another to offer support and how the tech industry can help us capture the process of change for someone when they get more active, things like increase in confidence and better mental well being. This helps us to show the impact of our work and the positive changes that projects like Get Out Get Active can have to transform someone’s life.

One of our star mentors on the Get Out Get Active Peer Support Programme, Lindsay Swain, was also a guest speaker sharing experiences supporting a mentee, Henrietta to get more active. Lindsay has also recently developed a health condition herself so has a really unique perspective of someone who was really active but now due to rheumatoid arthritis needs to re-think how she exercises

“Flexibility is really important, I sometimes need to cancel a class on the day due to pain, I don’t like being charged fees for doing this. Could there be an app that knows I have an account linked to having a disability? Also, class passes are a great idea, buying a set number of classes so not being charged monthly membership fees”

We know that not many fitness related apps or websites are designed with disabled people in mind and that this can lead to apps that don’t meet the needs of disabled people. Also, we’re used to seeing images of disabled people as Paralympians- something that doesn’t resonate with many disabled people.

Our main message was that disabled people and people with health conditions need to be properly consulted with from the very start of design of websites, apps and other innovative platforms and be involved at all stages from design and delivery all the way to evaluation so they actually work for disabled people. This would generate huge income for developers to reach this untapped market of people who don’t have apps or platforms specifically aimed at them.

More than this, more support and resources need to be channeled to support disabled people to take up jobs in the tech sector.

We’ve since been approached by tech companies who want to find out more about how disabled people and Disability Rights UK can get involved with their work building apps designed to get people more active. Watch this space for more!

Find out more about Get Out Get Active and Peer Support here:
www.gogapeersupport.org or for more information, contact kate.pieroudis@disabilityrightsuk.org on 07715 960710

Read Lindsay’s blog about being a volunteer mentor here:

https://disabilityrightsuk.blogspot.com/

In other news: Why do we push so hard for disabled people to become more physically active. Look at our why get active page? to find out!

National Award For Trust’s Mental Health Project

Thursday 14th June 2018

Chester FC Community Trust has received a national award for its work supporting men who have experienced mental health problems.

The charity won the Best Health Project category in the 2018 National League Trust Community Awards, which celebrate the impact of clubs across the three divisions of the National League in their communities.

Chester FC Mental Health & Wellbeing is a partnership between Chester FC Community Trust, forfutures, which provides homeless support services across Cheshire West and Chester, and the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living through the Get Yourself Active project.

Weekly football training sessions take place at the Northgate Arena and a team representing Chester FC competes in the Cheshire Ability Counts Football League with participants invited to attend Chester FC matches as a reward for their involvement in the project.

The project helps to reduce the social isolation people with mental health problems can experience, offering participants opportunities to make friends and keep fit in a welcoming environment and talk about their problems without stigma, seek advice and access additional support.

In addition to physical health benefits, evidence shows regular exercise is beneficial for mental health and well-being too, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, increase self-esteem and reduce risk of depression.

Lee Gregg, who lives in Blacon, is a regular at the sessions and has captained the team, who completed a Cheshire Ability Counts League and Cup double this season and won the Cheshire round of the FA People’s Cup.

He said: “I first started going to the sessions about three or four months ago and I absolutely love it.

“I’ve always wanted to play for Chester FC and now I’ve got that opportunity. It means a lot to me to be able to play for the club and they’ve been great in inviting us to matches.

“My fitness has improved and I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since I started. I feel better in myself and I feel more confident.

“I didn’t know any of the other lads when I went to my first session but they are a great bunch. We have a good laugh, I’ve met some new people and they’ve become good mates.

“We help each other out. If one of us has had a tough week or something then the rest of us can pick up on that and we make sure they’re okay. The football helps because you can be feeling a little bit low before the session and by the end of it your mood can be a lot better.”

Levi Lloyd, of forfutures, has been involved in the project from the outset and manages the team.

He said: “I have seen first-hand the difference this project has made and how much pride the lads take in being associated with Chester FC.

“From a group of individuals who didn’t know each other and who each has their own issues to face, the lads have become a real team and are now friends who support each other on the football pitch and in everyday life.

“I have been really impressed at how much they have learned about team spirit and achievement. Their attitudes have been first class and they are a brilliant group of lads to work with.”

Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We are thrilled to receive this award and grateful to the National League Trust for their recognition and continued support of our programme.

“It is extremely rewarding to see the positive impact it is having on the participants and demonstrates how football has the potential to change lives.”

Thomas Bell, Get Yourself Active coordinator for Cheshire Centre for Independent Living, said: “This project has been a great success and highlights the importance of partnership working in order to create new, fulfilling activities for service users.

“The Get Yourself Active project’s main aim is to give anyone, no matter what their background, age or ability, an opportunity to take part in a meaningful sport or physical activity opportunity across Cheshire.”

In other news: Congratulations Chester FC Charitable Trust! To find out more about Cheshire Centre for Independent Living go to this section of Our partners page.

Activity Alliance releases Ten Principles film

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Activity Alliance, supported by Sport England, has today released the Ten Principles film to guide providers to deliver more appealing and inclusive opportunities. If embedded within planning and delivery, the principles can be the vital ingredient for delivering activities that will support disabled people to be and stay active for life.

The first in a series of films on the ten principles, it introduces viewers to the approaches which together can drive awareness, engage, support and reassure participants. Activity Alliance chose to work again with Fuzzy Duck, a creative agency, to devise and script a new style film.

Kris Saunders-Stowe, a fitness instructor and a wheelchair user, presents the film in a variety of sporting settings. Other people with impairments and long-term health conditions support him to explain the principles in more detail. From a sunny afternoon at a Salford Wheels for All cycling session to a cold morning running on Southport Promenade, the film captures the principles in the real life environment.

In October 2014, Activity Alliance (under its former name the English Federation of Disability Sport) released the Talk to Me report. This report outlines ten principles developed with disabled people that sports providers should follow to help make their activities more appealing.

The report and its principles have been key pieces for Activity Alliance. Not only are they now widely used across the sector and at the heart of new programmes like Get Out Get Active, the principles were positively referenced in the Government’s 2015 strategy, Sporting Future.

Presenter Kris said about the film:
“I was delighted to be asked to take the lead in this film as the subject is something very close to my heart. In my experience, simple changes in the way we perceive people and their needs can easily remove barriers, providing equality and access to all.

“I hope viewers will take the information in the film and apply it to their own work. It doesn’t need to be a daunting or complicated exercise to move forward and embrace our multi-ability society.”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance:
“Whilst many providers already offer opportunities for disabled people to take part, the high number of disabled people who are inactive remains a major cause for concern. Disabled people told us that, too often, they are unaware of opportunities available to them or said that what is offered is not appealing or accessible enough.

“This film gives us an understanding of how we can all make opportunities attractive and inclusive. What’s clear from our experience of applying the principles is that they can be adapted to all audiences but include some considerations which are particularly important to successfully engaging disabled people.”

Sport England’s Executive Director Mike Diaper said:
“We’re proud to support the creation of this film highlighting how the barriers that can deter disabled people from playing sport or being active can be removed. Everyone who works in the sports and activity sector needs to watch it and then put the simple and practical principles into action.”

You can view the Ten Principles film here.

Find more information on Activity Alliance on www.activityalliance.org.uk

In other news: Do look at the Ten Principles film, as well as our own films about getting active.

 

 

Activity Alliance launches new Inclusive Activity Programme supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England

Friday 8 June 2018

Activity Alliance is delighted to announce the launch of the brand new Inclusive Activity Programme (IAP). The announcement comes during Coaching Week (4-10 June) after a successful application to Sport England which will see £450,000 of National Lottery funding dedicated to the programme. Over three years, the programme will engage key groups in specialised training with the aim to increase the number of active disabled people across England.

 

Activity Alliance, UK Coaching and Sport England have come together to build on the success of the programme’s predecessor, the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training. IAP will equip people with the skills to engage disabled people and people with long-term health conditions more effectively in activities. It will provide a unique opportunity to improve significantly the confidence and competence of the coaching family, local community activators and health care professionals to deliver inclusive activity.

Statistics show that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people. However, there is significant unmet demand with research showing that seven in ten disabled people want to be more active.

Over three years, the Inclusive Activity Programme will deliver over 600 practical tailored face-to-face workshops and provide access to ongoing learning and development opportunities for 8,500 individuals. This support package will enable participants to develop their coaching skills and confidence continually. Ultimately, trainees will be empowered to tailor their own delivery to a variety of different audiences.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance, said:

“We are very excited about this new enhanced programme and the impact it will have across the country. This funding from Sport England’s National Lottery will enable us to build on our learning from previous work.

“We know there are groups of people who have greater influence on how active we are or want to be. IAP will target these individuals to make a real difference to the lives of people who are not currently active. The aim is to ensure that disabled people have more opportunities to be active for life.”

Sport England’s Executive Director Mike Diaper, said:

“Our research shows that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive which means they’re missing out on a wealth of physical and mental health benefits. Many disabled people want to be active but can be put off by things such as a lack of opportunities and the right support. Sport England are delighted to be providing National Lottery funding for the Inclusive Activity Programme, which will train coaches, local community activators and health care professionals so they can offer disabled people strong support and help build their confidence about getting active.”

Mark Gannon, Chief Executive Officer of UK Coaching, said:

“One of the greatest skills any coach can have is that of adaptability. The ability of a coach to make changes, in situ, to ensure more people are able to take part in a sport or physical activity is key if we want an active nation. UK Coaching is delighted to be working in partnership with the Activity Alliance to support coaches to deliver great experiences for all.”

In line with the Coaching Plan for England’s definition of coaching, IAP partners recognise that there are a range of individuals who can play a key part in supporting sport and active recreation.

The programme targets three different sectors. These enable us to reach an extensive number of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions:

  1. Coaches / traditional physical activity deliverer family (including; qualified sports coaches, activators, sport leaders, outdoor recreation deliverers, personal trainers / fitness instructors)
  2. Local community activators (working for example in disabled people’s organisations, community interest charities, housing sector and scout/guide groups )
  3. Health and care professionals (including; occupational therapists, physiotherapists, care workers and support workers)

The training will cost a maximum of £20 for participants to attend (subsidies may apply) and will enable them to:

  • Learn about practical tools to support inclusive delivery
  • Explore creative ideas to support disabled people to take part in sport and activity
  • Access a range of resources to support delivery of activity sessions beyond the workshop. Also, to ask questions, share ideas, network with others and receive additional online support and mentoring
  • Learn about local opportunities, organisations and further training both for themselves and the disabled people they support

To ensure maximum impact of the programme, Activity Alliance and UK Coaching aim to work closely with the County Sports Partnership network and other identified national partners. These include National Governing Bodies of sport, MIND, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.

We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to be part of this programme as an individual or an organisation. Please contact programmes@activityalliance.org.uk or call 01509 227753.

Find more information on Activity Alliance on our website www.activityalliance.org.uk

In other news:  Disability Rights UK and Activity Alliance have worked in partnership to create a resource providing information on: Supporting disabled people to be active using personal budgets.

UKSA announce British Team heading to Paris for first Inas European Summer Games

Friday 8th of June

Britain’s best athletes cross the channel in July to take on some of the World’s best at the inaugural Inas Summer Games as part of the UK Sports Association (UKSA) Great Britain Team.  

UKSA is proud to announce its athletics, cycling and swimming Teams, with further announcements in Tennis, in collaboration with the Tennis Foundation to follow. 

British representation spans the 4 sports of athletics, cycling, tennis and swimming and includes previous internationals Declan Manning and Nathan Fleetwood as well as six others making their GB international debuts for UKSA.

Supported by a dedicated team of coaching professionals, expectations are high as athletes continue to prepare to demonstrate their sporting prowess.

Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive, UK Sports Association comments  “We really have seen some excellent performances from the British Team already” comments

“We set competitive standards for the event and this has without a doubt shown that British athletes are ready to rise the challenges that this performance environment will throw at them”.

“The Inas Summer Games will be challenging, but we have selected a Team of strong talented athletes who are ready to do the job. We have a dedicated group of coaches supporting the Team and I am delighted that one of those coaches is a former Paralympian who started his career as an Inas competitor. Congratulations to all athletes and coaches on their selection to the UKSA GB Team.”

The UK Sports Association (UKSA) is the only official Great Britain member of Inas, the International Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment, Down syndrome and autism.

Hosted by Fédération Française du Sport Adapté on behalf of Inas Europe, the Inas Summer Games will take place in Paris, France from 14 July to 22 July 2018.  With 9 sports in contention, it is expected that over 1000 participants will take part.

The Championships will incorporate the Inas European Championships in Athletics and Swimming and the Inas World Championships in Cycling and Tennis.

In other news DR UK  is now recruiting runners for the Great North Run 2018

Disability Rights UK reacts to Professor Bevans comments on obese workers

Friday 8 June 2018

On Monday 25 June. The Daily Mirror reported that Professor Bevan, head of HR research at Institute for Employment Studies had remarked that obese workers should be allowed to turn up late and be protected under anti discrimination law.

Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs, said that idea was ludicrous. Obese people do actually have some protection under European worker discrimination law  where obesity leads you to have physical, mental or psychological impairments, which could affect your work. Your employer should make reasonable adjustments in this case and you could make a claim for discrimination at an employment tribunal if adjustments are not considered or made.

Unfortunately no mention was made of encouraging obese people to get active. Disability Rights UK is committed to promoting greater activity and wellbeing for disabled people via our Get Yourself Active programme and our involvement in the Get Out Get Active programme.  And while we’re supportive of any approaches that improve attitudes towards disabled people, including people who develop health conditions and disabilities through obesity, we feel strongly that Professor Bevans proposals should not be considered in isolation. Instead we should ensure that there is a joined up approach to dealing with the negative effects caused by obesity, including through peer support (disabled people supporting other disabled people to become active) and greater use of personal budgets by disabled people to take part in physical activity. And particularly as according to the latest biannual Active Lives Survey by Sport England 43% of disabled people are classed as inactive, something that is one of the lead causes of obesity.

We also advocate greater investment and wider promotion of Access to Work as it provides support to meet some of the adjustments required by disabled employees.

In other news: Reaction to the latest report on the Active Lives Survey by Sport England: Is no change a good thing?

Great North Run Half Marathon 2018- Run for Disability Rights UK

Tuesday 5 June 2018

DR UK is now recruiting runners for the Great North Run 2018 and we need you! Taking place on the 9th September 2018, it’s officially the world’s biggest half marathon!

Are you eager to make a difference? Ready to make a change for the people with disabilities across to UK?

We are devoted to campaigning to strengthen and protect disabled people’s rights and you can help us to raise money to support the work we do. The money that you raise goes straight back into the work the charity does in supporting disabled people across the UK. We receive no government funding for our core work so the money raised really does make a difference!

Join #teamDRUK and apply to take part in the half marathon today!

If you would like to apply, please email chelsey.french@disabilityrightsuk.org to request an application form- final deadline for applications is 29th June 2018.

REGISTRATION FEE: £50 *fully refunded if you reach minimum target or over*
MINIMUM TARGET: £300

In other news: For more information about Disability Rights UK and our partners please go to this web page.

Long Lane Equestrian Centre Gains Accessibility Mark

Tuesday 5 January 2018

Long Lane Equestrian Centre, based in Derby has signed up to a national scheme to encourage more disabled riders to take up horse riding.

Long Lane Equestrian Centre proprietor Sally Warwick

Following an appeal by the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) for more centres to apply for the Accessibility Mark accreditation to help meet demand in the North Midlands area, the centre decided to jump on board. A study by the RDA found that this region has the highest level of unmet demand amongst disabled riders than anywhere else in the UK.

The RDA, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

After receiving information about the scheme, proprietor, Sally Warwick was prompted to consider the accreditation having wrongly assumed that it wouldn’t be possible to offer their services to disabled riders, thinking the centre’s facilities and horses and ponies wouldn’t be suitable.

Said Sally: “Through Accessibility Mark we have come to realise that we can facilitate disabled riders. The training provided by RDA has given us tremendous confidence in the suitability of our horses and changed our expectations about what is required to teach disabled riders.

“The staff found the training empowering, having been slightly daunted to start with, but with help from the Accessibility Support Officer (ASO) they were educated on how to support riders without the need for lots of complicated equipment and how to make lessons engaging and fun.”

Located on the border of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, the centre is easily accessible to riders from all over the North Midlands area, and provides lessons for riders of all abilities, using their fantastic facilities that include an all-weather arena.

“We look forward to opening up our friendly centre to a wider range of clients.” added Sally.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.
For further information contact Long Lane Equestrian Centre on 01509 674655 or Like the Long Lane Equestrian Facebook Page.

There are currently 49 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk

In other news: Congratulations to Long Lane Equestrian Centre! To find out how you can get active in your local area please gohere.

England Netball Needs You!

Tuesday 5 June 2018

England Netball are looking for individuals with a hearing impairment to be a part of a deaf netball pilot at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield on Sunday the 15th July.

Over the next year, England Netball will be working with UK Deaf Sport to develop a deaf netball classification and we need your help!

At the pilot, we will be looking at a range of things to develop such as coaching, match play and the rules and regulations. If you have a hearing impairment and want to be part of the pilot then email: compevents@englandnetball.co.uk to register your interest. We are looking for a range of ages and hearing impairments

Also if you are a teacher or have an expertise and would like to get involved in helping shape the sport then please register your interest too.

Date: Sunday July 15th, 2018

Venue: English Institute of Sport, Sheffield

Entry Deadline:  Sunday June 22nd, 2018

Price: Free

In other news: In Yorkshire? the Special Olympic Coaching Bursary Scheme is now open until 11th June. 

Get yourself volunteering

Friday 1 June 2018

It is Volunteers Week’ folks and Get Yourself Active (GYA)’s long term volunteer, Iyiola shares his experience so far volunteering at GYA.

“Volunteering for me is about making connections, updating and acquiring new skills and getting up and physically travelling out to make a difference”

In my last blog about volunteering, I mentioned I started a part time role that keeps me busy two and a half days a week. But I continued volunteering because I just don’t want to sit around doing nothing for the rest of the week.

I have been volunteering at GYA for close to 16 months – wow! Time does fly and it is incredible to see the massive changes that have occurred since I joined the team. The GYA project was so successful Sport England decided to extend their investment further, meaning I get to continue volunteering and enjoying working with the team. The GYA project has a new team member who now does a lot of the communication stuff, L-Boss is off on maternity leave leaving K-boss temporarily in charge.

In my sixteen months as a volunteer I have seen the team move from East Road to Disability Rights UKs (DRUK) new office at Stratford. It means it takes me more time to get to the new office, but my travel is covered by the project as well as lunch. I miss the old office though; I miss the chap at reception who I got on well with, we both use to discuss old politics and the weather, for a non-African and he was very good at pronouncing my name accurately! I also miss the occasional old Arsenal versus Spurs banter with a particular chap who worked for another organisation at the old office, but thankfully we moved before the season ended as he would have had a lot of fun having one over me since Spurs ended the season better than Arsenal. Finally, I miss the full house we use to have there, in the new DRUK office staff often work from home because of the new modern way of hotdesking which means everyone cannot be in the office at the same time.

So, the new office and my take on it. It’s a cool place. Hotdesking reduces costs for DR UK and you are in this very accessible space (I say accessible tongue in cheek because accessibility means different things to different impairment groups) where different organisations and companies co-exist together. There are long large corridors and the view of the carnal is stunning. You are in a sort of modern tech town and lots of fancy stuff surrounding you – it’s good that a disability organisation exists there though because it keeps DR UK in touch with current trends in the tech world. It also gives these new tech organisations and their staff an opportunity to engage with a disabled people’s user led organisation and see disability from a more positive perspective.

In addition to what I normally do I participated in a research project that GYA is running with the University of Birmingham on inclusive and accessible information for disabled people who might want to be more active.  This involved attending a focus group where participants assessed and advised the research lead about the information they were developing for Public Health England. I enjoyed the experience and felt I was part of a noble cause that will make information about exercise and physical activities more accessible to disabled people. I also transcribed for Kate on the Get Out Get Active project. I listened to (felt like eavesdropping to people having a conversation!) her group of mentees  giving feedback on their experiences about being mentored to participate in sport. The experience honed my listening skills and possibly made me more patient!

In conclusion I see myself volunteering for a long time here at GYA, possibly till the end of the project unless my time is fully taken up by my other activities or if I start working full time. I enjoy volunteering and have been doing it since the 1990s. I understand not every disabled person can physically go out and volunteer like me, however if it’s possible everyone should volunteer one way or the other. Many charities (including some user-led organisations) now encourage remote volunteering (volunteering from home online) and I will encourage our readers whether disabled or not to volunteer in any way they can. The world needs your lived experience and skills and you can mentor or inspire someone too, it’s about being active folks and about getting yourself volunteering.

Happy Volunteers Week!

In other news: Nice blog post Iyiola! For more blogs from him click here

New Limitless Free Trainer gains IFI equipment accreditation

1 June 2018

Two years ago Limitless Gym Equipment set out on a mission to create a multi-functional training system that was accessible by everyone. They had a vision of a machine that offered the benefits of functional training to anyone regardless of their experience level. This is when the concept of the Limitless Free Trainer (LFT) was born.

Mark Ormrod, Ex Royal Marine and triple amputee on The Limitless Free Trainer

Activity Alliance (formerly English Federation of Disability Sport) is delighted to now welcome the Limitless Free Trainer onto its list of IFI accredited products.

Inclusive Features

The LFT’s main feature is its two loading arms – utilised for the majority of its exercises. Made from machined stainless steel, they are extremely durable and able to withstand massive amounts of pressure. The arms are mounted to the frame with a bearing system that allows a fluidity of movement which replicates that of a kettlebell or barbell depending on the exercise. By placing the arms at different heights a wide variety of exercises can be performed. Additional weight can be added via either a sliding mass mechanism or free weight plates.

Dawn Hughes, National Partnerships Advisor (Leisure Sector) for Activity Alliance said:

“The Limitless Free Trainer is a very versatile product with a range of accessible features. For example, the ability to perform multiple exercises on one product will appeal to people with limited mobility and those who find navigating the gym floor difficult. The ergonomically designed handles move to alleviate stress in the wrists during exercise and the sliding mass alternative for the weight plates will also support use by those with reduced hand or arm dexterity.

“Disabled people are twice as likely to be physically inactive as non-disabled people. It is therefore vital that the leisure sector and its suppliers are focused on reaching this market. Limitless Gym Equipment have worked hard to create a product with universal appeal and we look forward to working with them to help get more disabled people active!”

To increase its versatility further the LFT has been designed to incorporate battle ropes, resistance bands, stability balls and suspension training rigs. The result is a product able to adapt to new users through to elite athletes, whether it be for a fighter, bodybuilder or use in a functional circuit/WOD.

Glen Davis, CEO at Limitless Gym Equipment commented:

“Receiving IFI Equipment Accreditation has been the pinnacle of this machines achievements so far. The LFT is the only plate loaded machine ever to achieve this so naturally we were blown away when we found out. We are now pushing to get the LFT into the facilities where users will benefit from the accessibility of such a versatile machine.”

For more information on, visit Limitless Gym Equipment or find our more on the Inclusive Fitness Initiative programme.

In other news: Simone Illger, aged 55 shares her experiences of discovering the benefits of exercise

Get Yourself Active goes to a summit in order to make some sporting sense.

Thursday 31 May 2018

It’s always interesting to see what other charities are doing when it comes to helping disabled people get physically active.  So on Wednesday 23rd  May Leo Capella, Communications Officer for Get Yourself Active took a short walk across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Lee Valley Velodrome to go to the Sporting Sense Summit. At the summit, Sense (a charity that works with people with complex communication needs) revealed their findings from their flagship project Sporting Sense. Leo shares his thoughts on the Summit and what happened when he got to do some inclusive cycling….

Figure 1 The view from inside the Lee Valley (Olympic) Velodrome. What’s not featured in this photo is some cyclists who were doing training while the summit was going on.

What came out of the summit was how much that physical activity makes sense for disabled people. And not just because of the benefits that physical activity can provide for our own physical and mental health. It also helps disabled people integrate in society as I found out through the speeches that were made during the summit. In fact, according to a report released by the Jo Cox commission on loneliness, half of non-disabled people don’t believe they have anything in common with disabled people. So including disabled people in physical activity helps actually integrate disabled people into society, among other benefits.
Also it was interesting to hear the speakers including Dame Tanni Grey Thompson whom having been a Paralympic Athlete had to get back to physical activity after getting out of shape, which is why aside from being an ambassador for Disability Rights UK she is now the chair of UKactive.

Also speaking was visually impaired rock climber John Churcher who had a wide and impressive array of achievements when it came to physical activity. This includes being the first person to Para climb the Eiger – a challenging mountain to climb.

Above all I suppose the biggest insight I got was just how many components or parts are needed for a successful project to work. From the planning with partners to making sure that there are good ways of evaluating the work. Positive outcomes from Sporting Sense over its two year existence included getting over 1000 disabled people physically active, upskilling (developing) over 250 workers in physical activity, well beyond the project’s initial expectations.
And at the end of the summit being one of those people who’s always up for trying something in the name of campaigning I got to ride a hand cycle which was part of an Inclusive Cycling session with an array of different bi- and tricycles.

Figure 2 Leo Capella riding a handcycle as part of an Inclusive Cycling session at the Sporting Sense Summit and having a lot of fun doing so.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when riding the bicycle using my hands to propel myself and steer it, however once explained to me was an easy thing to do. So I would recommend it to people who are not just physically disabled but people with neurological conditions who might feel that a bicycle is unstable for them and want to try something different. It was also a good arm strengthening exercise too. On an interesting side note, the day I went to the Summit was in the run up to the famous Indianapolis 500 motor race which involves cars racing around an oval circuit, something that 2012 Italian Paralympic Champion Alex Zanardi used to do. Although Zanardi never competed at Indy he raced a similar type of racing car on ovals, before a horrific accident in Germany saw both of his legs amputated. However after his accident, alongside continuing to race cars he took up hand-cycling and became a multiple Paralympic champion in the sport.

All in all the event was a positive one which I gained a lot of knowledge from. And aside from thanking Sense for inviting me to the summit I’d like to congratulate them on their achievements so far with Sporting Sense and wish them all the best for the next year of the project.

In other news: If you live in and around Wolverhampton and would like to try riding a adapted  bicycle or tricycle then there’s an opportunity to DO just that at an Inclusive Cycling try out day on Wednesday 6th June.

Basildon sets perfect example for increasing participation

A local project in Basildon has harnessed the positive influence that carers and supporters e.g. family members, day services, residential homes and paid support, can have on encouraging people with learning disabilities to become more active.

The ‘supporting me to be active’ pilot programme was launched in Basildon by inclusive sport organisation Sport For Confidence in partnership with Active Essex, the county sports partnership for Greater Essex.

Basildon was selected for the pilot district due to its high prevalence of people living with learning disabilities (3,358 people) in relation to levels of inactivity (28.7% of the Basildon population).

Lyndsey Barrett, co-founder of Sport For Confidence, said:

“We have identified that people living with learning disabilities tend to have small support circles, which often includes family members, friends and their carers.

“We have been working closely with those within these circles to raise awareness of the benefits of keeping active. We believe that these ‘support ambassadors’ have an important role to play to encourage and inspire more people with disabilities to engage with sport and physical activity.”

Several carers from local residential homes and support agencies and were selected to participate in the programme as ‘support ambassadors’. The organisations involved included Papworth Trust, Essex Cares Ltd (ECL), Anvil House and Nexus Support.

Occupational Therapists from Sport For Confidence worked closely with participants to understand the value of physical activity and what they see as potential barriers to increasing participation.

Findings showed that ambassadors were most concerned about transport costs, staffing and people’s perceptions of inclusive sport.

The programme encouraged them to think about how they could overcome these barriers with the people they support and develop a plan that will help them work towards a more active lifestyle.

Part of this planning involved a ‘supporting me to be active’ workshop, which educated participants of the benefits gained from keeping active, as well as highlighting opportunities to participate in inclusive sport and physical activity in the local area.

Karen Mannix, Local Business Manager at Essex Cares Ltd, said:

“The programme has helped us identify a clear pathway to providing more physical activities to clients under our care.

“Thanks to the programme, six individuals with learning disabilities are now taking part in at least one multi-sport session a week and we have seen tremendous benefits to the mental wellbeing of those involved. It’s great to see them enjoy themselves with their peers.”

Following on from the programme, four participants with learning disabilities themselves went on to become ‘All Together’ ambassadors to further inspire other disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity.

The All Together ambassador programme was launched by Active Essex to raise awareness of the opportunities, facilities and support available to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

Last year, Active Essex announced a four-year strategy to change one million lives to get Essex active. This included a key priority to improve health and wellbeing of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions which accounts for over 17% of the Greater Essex population.

Hayley Chapman, Relationship Manager – North Thematic Lead for Inclusion at Active Essex, said:

“The ‘supporting me to be active’ programme has shown how important the role of the carer is when encouraging people with learning disabilities to become more active.

“We hope that this model can continue to address some of the challenges faced by people with learning disabilities in participating in physical activities and the workshop can be replicated as good practice across other districts.”

Several carers from local residential homes and support agencies and were selected to participate in the programme as ‘support ambassadors’. The organisations involved included Papworth Trust, Essex Cares Ltd (ECL), Anvil House and Nexus Support.

Occupational Therapists from Sport For Confidence worked closely with participants to understand the value of physical activity and what they see as potential barriers to increasing participation.

Findings showed that ambassadors were most concerned about transport costs, staffing and people’s perceptions of inclusive sport.

The programme encouraged them to think about how they could overcome these barriers with the people they support and develop a plan that will help them work towards a more active lifestyle.

Part of this planning involved a ‘supporting me to be active’ workshop, which educated participants of the benefits gained from keeping active, as well as highlighting opportunities to participate in inclusive sport and physical activity in the local area.

Karen Mannix, Local Business Manager at Essex Cares Ltd, said:

“The programme has helped us identify a clear pathway to providing more physical activities to clients under our care.

“Thanks to the programme, six individuals with learning disabilities are now taking part in at least one multi-sport session a week and we have seen tremendous benefits to the mental wellbeing of those involved. It’s great to see them enjoy themselves with their peers.”

Following on from the programme, four participants with learning disabilities themselves went on to become ‘All Together’ ambassadors to further inspire other disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity.

The All Together ambassador programme was launched by Active Essex to raise awareness of the opportunities, facilities and support available to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

Last year, Active Essex announced a four-year strategy to change one million lives to get Essex active. This included a key priority to improve health and well-being of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions which accounts for over 17% of the Greater Essex population.

Hayley Chapman, Relationship Manager – North Thematic Lead for Inclusion at Active Essex, said:

“The ‘supporting me to be active’ programme has shown how important the role of the carer is when encouraging people with learning disabilities to become more active.

“We hope that this model can continue to address some of the challenges faced by people with learning disabilities in participating in physical activities and the workshop can be replicated as good practice across other districts.”

In other news: Saddle Up for Summer with Accessibility Mark

 

Surrey Wheels for All Sessional Positions

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Cycling Projects are now recruiting for a number of sessional staff to help to deliver a well-received inclusive cycling offer for the county of Surrey.

Covering regions: With particular focus in the West of the county (Woking) and in the East of the county (Epsom) with occasional delivery opportunities in other regions of Surrey

Part time hours to support the delivery of the Surrey Wheels for All programme.

Including weekday, evening and weekday activities. Approx.no. of hours between 5 and 12 hours per week. Rate of £10.75 per hour

Cycling Projects is pleased to announce the continued growth of the countywide Surrey Wheels for All programme, and we are keen to take the Wheels for All service to new and existing regions within Surrey. This is an exciting opportunity to join the country’s leading inclusive cycling charity with a strong focus on disability access, health improvement and social inclusion for all ages and abilities.

As Wheels for All sessional staff, you will be responsible for the delivery of the inclusive cycling sessions, engaging with existing participants and welcoming and supporting new participants to Wheels for All across Surrey. Initially this is a funded programme through to March 2021 with funding and investment from council partners and contributions from exiting participants and partners.

You will be a highly motivated individual with experience of working across a broad section of partners. You will ideally have experience of delivering community projects and had experience of working with people of all abilities/or previously worked for a charity. You will be enthusiastic, driven, well organised and able to embrace cycling as a credible and beneficial activity for people regardless of their ability.

Essentially, we want you to be a part of a solid movement of inclusive cycling activities across all regions of the county of Surrey. You will be part of an effective and exciting movement of bringing cycling to people across many locations regardless of their ability.

Application deadline is Tuesday 12th June 5pm 2018.

Interviews will be held week commencing 18th June 2018.

To apply, please request an application pack and return the application form along with your covering letter & email to janet.haynes@cycling.org.uk

Surrey WFA sessional recruitment advert May 2018

Job-Description Surrey WFA Sessional staff

The original advert can be found here. 

In other news: Our Physical activity and sports info page can give you links to information from key organisations in the sport sector. 

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