It’s been a busy month in disability sport and Get Yourself Active
August has been a busy month for Get Yourself Active. Despite people going on holiday, there have been lots of developments in the world of disability sport with some nice performances by British teams and athletes including in wheelchair basketball. And we’ve also been involved in some interesting activities, including training social workers in Essex. So do read this newsletter and do consider taking part in some fun events,
Reactions and Announcements
The FA announces new equality, diversity & inclusion plan
On Tuesday 14 August The Football Association [The FA] announced its new three-year equality, diversity and inclusion plan called In Pursuit of Progress.
New film collection highlights ways to apply Ten Principles in activities
Earlier this month Activity Alliance, supported by Sport England, released five Ten Principles in action films. Following on from the first film released in June that introduced the Principles, viewers meet Shay, TP, Tony, Anthony and Hannah. The latest collection guides providers on how they too could apply the principles in their own activities. To find out more go here.
Activity Alliance releases updated inclusive communications resource
Activity Alliance is adding to its bank of resources 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.
1000 Tweaks: An initiative between Get Yourself Active and Leicester City Council.
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”. To find out more about it go here.
British Blind Sport takes its First Steps into Yorkshire to help Visually Impaired Children Get Active
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. To learn more about it go here.
Sparsholt College Equestrian Becomes the 50th Centre to Gain Accessibility Mark Accreditation
Our congratulations go to Sparsholt College in Hampshire which secured Accessibility Mark accreditation to expand its services to disabled people. 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. To find out more about it and Sparsholt College go here.
Activities for you to do
Don’t forget to tell us and the CQC about your care…
You may be aware that Disability Rights UK and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have a partnership to get you to tell us about care you receive from different providers. Our Communications Officer for Get Yourself Active, Leo Capella, provides his own perspective on providing feedback. Read it and don’t forget to tell us about your care!
Wheels for Wellbeing are conducting their Survey of Disabled Cyclists
Wheels for Wellbeing are looking for people to fill in 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 they’re are hoping that this year’s will be even bigger. To find out more about and take part in it go here.
And we’re still looking for people to take part in our research with the University of Birmingham!
If you consider yourself disabled and affected by one or more of the following impairments: amputation, spinal cord injury, restricted growth, Cerebral Palsy, visual impairment, hearing impairment, are over 18 and have been unable to take part regularly in physical activity or sport for a while. Be like Iyiola our Get Yourself Active volunteer and take part in a fifteen minute interview. You’ll get a £15 Amazon Voucher and could get a £100 one.
Events for you to take part in
‘Parentability’: Reimagining social care services with disabled parents and professionals
Our sister project at Disability Rights UK, DRILL is backing a one day conference for research into adults and childrens’ social care on 21st September. To find out more about it click here.
Starting in September: Indoor Games and Soft Sports in Sheffield!
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.
British Blind Sport are organising Have a Go Days in South Wales and Bristol
British Blind Sport are delighted to announce that two Have A Go Days will take place in September. Come along to either day and take part in an entirely free day of sport and activities including Guide Running, Football and many more. Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up.
To find out more about the day for South Wales click here.
To find out more about the day in Bristol click here.
Deaf Tennis Festival and Deaf National Championships 2018
Don’t miss out on being part of the 2018 Deaf Tennis Festival and Deaf National Championships at the National Tennis Centre! The Festival and Championships are organised by national charity, the Tennis Foundation. As this newsletter went to press there were still places available for both the Singles competition and the Junior Mixed Doubles Open. And there are still spaces for the Festival of Deaf Tennis.
Phew! What a month and what a lot of activities to start September with! And there’s some interesting sports growing too such as wheelchair lacrosse which will be holding its US championships in Denver, Colorado next month.