#inclusiveoctober

As part of #inclusiveoctober, we’re committed to helping Sported members be as inclusive as they can be, by sharing existing information in the sector from as many places as we can.

 

We want to keep adding to these resources as we find out about them so that you can learn from experts in the field.

 

 

The VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool

 

Thank you to Friends, Families and Travellers who shared this resource with us, developed in conjunction with Homeless Link

 

This online tool will help your organisation to audit it’s engagement with Inclusion Health groups. These are the groups identified as experiencing the worst health inequalities in the UK.

 

The tool consists of five sections and takes around 15 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the audit tool, you will be provided with a unique and tailored guide which will help your organisation to embed action on tackling health inequalities into its everyday activities.

 

Women and Girls

 

The Girls Unite online resources available on Your Sported Network cover all aspects of getting more girls and women active. These modules are produced in partnership with Women in Sport

 

Disability

 

 “It’s not about ability and dis-ability… It’s about recognising we all have different-ability”– participant in the Sported Include project

 

Sense  – Sense is a national charity, supporting people with complex disabilities, including people who are deafblind.

 

Recently they were awarded £1.3m from Sport England to support the delivery of their Sport programme through the Sense,  Active Together Project. At Sense, we believe everyone, no matter how complex their disabilities, deserves the right to enjoy a physically active life.

 

Read more about the project here

 

Activity Alliance

 

The Activity Alliance (formerly EFDS) works to make active lives possible. They do this by enabling organisations to support disabled individuals to be and stay active. Their work is centred on research and insight with disabled people as well as engagement with organisations from various sectors.

 

Their website has a wide range of resources. Particularly we highlight the 10 Principles research for sports providers to follow to help make their sport or activity more appealing to disabled people.

 

 

Angel Eyes

 

Sported recently partnered with Angel Eyes in Northern Ireland to help community sport groups become more knowledgeable and accessible for young people who are blind or partially sighted, and provided opportunities for young visually impaired people to become involved in their local community sports groups.

 

Here are their Top Tips for mainstream clubs and groups seeking to become more accessible & inclusive to those living with visual impairment. Click here to read more about the project and the learning.

 

1.    One size does not fit all.

 

2.    Communication is crucial

 

3.    Talk to the young person and the family before you get started

 

4.    Vision is not static – there are various factors that can affect vision

 

5.    Think about the environment – potential hazards, equipment, lighting and coaches and volunteers.

 

6.    Some young people and children will use a cane to negotiate unfamiliar environments.  This does not mean they are completely blind or that they will always require a cane. Again, the ‘top tips’ is to ask them what support they need!

 

7.    Have fun and welcome the young person to the club!

 

Disability Rights UK   –  Disability Rights UK is working in partnership with Sport England to increase the number of disabled people playing sport or to access sporting opportunities. Kirsty from Disability Rights UK is writing a blog for #inclusiveoctober focussing on how the sports sector can work with disabled people directly to really listen to what they want in order to help to include and attract more disabled people to their sessions/leisure centres etc.

      

 

LGBT+

 

Stonewall

Stonewall is a charity that campaigns in schools, workplaces and communities across Britain to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people can be themselves and participate fully in society.

 

Ensuring lesbian, gay and bi and trans people can take part in sport is about building awareness around key areas. For example what language is and isn’t acceptable for staff and young people to use.

 

For trans people, there may be further considerations based on an individual’s needs and your governing body’s policy. But nothing should prevent all LGBT people from participating and being accepted in sport.

 

Stonewall have created the MAKE SPORT EVERYONE’S GAME toolkit to help you make sure that your organisation is a welcoming environment for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

 

BAME

 

Sporting Equals

 

Sporting Equals exist to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity.

 

Their three primary aims are:

 

1) To raise awareness and understanding of the needs of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities within the sports and health sector, in order to change attitudes and increase participation in sport and physical activity.

 

2) To empower individuals and communities to play a part in this change, and achieve their full potential through playing sport and being active.

 

3) To advise and support policy-makers and delivery bodies to be inclusive of all under-represented groups, drawing on our experience with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Their website has lots of research, advice and training opportunities.

 

Mental Health

 

Mind

 

At Mind, they use the power of sport and physical activity to raise awareness, tackle mental health stigmas and support those of us with mental health problems to become more active. They also offer a range of resources and engagement opportunities for sports organisations who wish to do more around mental health.

 

Check out:

 

Their toolkit on how the sport sector can deliver physical activity to support mental health

 

Get Set to Go helps people find the physical activity that’s right for them so that they are able to enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of being active. Read the findings from phase one with recommendations.

 

The Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity e-learning offer

 

Sign up to their newsletter to hear our latest news and events by emailing sport@mind.org.uk

 

Welsh speakers

 

Amdani! (Give it a go!)

 

Using the Welsh language in sport.

 

1 in 5 people in Wales speak Welsh. Welsh speakers are also more likely to be hooked on sport and to become volunteers. By offering services in Welsh your club can:

 

Attract new members and volunteers to your sport
Meet the needs of your current members
Create a sense of team and national pride

 

Click here for a short checklist offering practical ideas of how your club could increase the amount of Welsh it uses.

 

 

We’re really keen to get resources in as many areas as possible so please share your knowledge and expertise. Email membership@sported.org.uk