The Inclusively Fit Project is a successful Big Lottery Reaching Communities funded consortium project delivered throughout Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The project incorporates seven partners to support delivery and give direction to the designated staff member employed to coordinate the project across its four years of funding.
Partners – Shropshire Providers Consortium (SPC) and partners: Energize (County Sports Partnership); Shropshire Disability Network; Headway Shropshire; South Shropshire Furniture Scheme; Shropshire Football Association; and Shropshire Public Health, were successful in being awarded funding through the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Grant.
Target group – Priority will be given to adults with a disability, out of education and who have the potential to improve their quality of life, adhering to the definition of Disability under the Equality Act 2010 ‘A person with a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities’. The project will benefit those living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.
The project aims will include the following:
- To reduce social exclusion and health inequalities by raising awareness and opportunities for engagement within sports clubs and societies for disabled people.
- Identify current exercise and sport provision within the County.
- Run a travel and equipment bursary to increase accessibility.
- Raise awareness & practical solutions for sports and social clubs throughout the county to make adaptations to facilities and become more inclusive as a body with more accessible activities for disabled people.
- Develop a buddy volunteer scheme to provide 1:1/group support for disabled people to attend and participate in local activities.
- Run sport taster sessions across the county to raise awareness of club/group activities for disabled people in the community.
The project will endeavour to make sport & physical activity more accessible to disabled people by creating a web based activity directory showing what is currently being delivered around Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. In addition, there will also be transport & equipment support in the form of bursaries to benefit individuals, clubs and groups to remove many barriers to accessibility. Also what we anticipate being most in demand, is a volunteer buddy programme, to support with motivation and confidence for new disabled participants for the first few visits to a new activity.
The partnership will be governed by a steering group made up of the above partners and disabled people from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.
The Inclusively Fit Project incorporates an Activity Directory, including many sports and physical activity opportunities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The opportunities will have various search features to source opportunities within your locality, for specific disabilities and even a preference of sports/activities available.
This activity directory will go live later this year, and can be interacted with on the Shropshire Disability Network website
Inclusive Buddy Programme
The Inclusively Fit Project is committed to getting more disabled people involved in sport and physical activity as participants and volunteers. Our new Buddy programme has been structured as a befriending service, so a participant/volunteer is engaging 1 hour a week for a flexible time period to support a new participant’s needs.
If you are inactive, feeling lonely and feel you haven’t got the confidence to attend an activity session on your own, register for the project and be supported to make some positive changes to your lifestyle.
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Energize may amend the criteria subject to availability, eligibility and legislations
The Bursary has three strands:
Coaching – To support coaches to gain National Governing Body qualifications to increase the amount of sporting opportunities in the community, along with having a positive impact on the quality of sessions delivered.
Transport – Support access to physical activity provision where transport may exist as a temporary barrier. Group applications where impact and sustainability can be demonstrated will be looked upon more favourably.
Equipment – Ensure adaptive equipment is being used where necessary primarily for health and safety reasons, but otherwise providing more opportunities within local areas.
Examples of how the bursaries can be used:
- 50% funding given towards a Level 2 UKCC Basketball course in order for a volunteer to expand a clubs inclusive offer
- Purchase of specialist equipment for use within clubs, groups or the community.
- Funding the transport of a group from a central location to a venue with restricted public transport for a period of time.
Who can apply?
- Community Groups/Clubs offering provision for disabled adults and children
- Community Groups/Clubs wanting to provide more inclusive opportunities
- Community Groups/Clubs/Individuals with a need for initial financial support with transport
- Priority may be given to groups than individuals to maximise bursary reach.
- Restricted access to public transport, which may be impairment related, will also be prioritised.
- The bursary will be for a limited amount of time and not on an on-going basis.
- A percentage of match funding will be looked upon favourably in the application.
- Equipment will not be funded for individuals, but can be considered for multiple participants.
- Priority would be given to groups maximising usage of equipment with other members of the community.
To request an application form email Inclusivelyfit@energize.org.uk or call 01743 297193.
You will receive confirmation upon receipt of your application. It will then be reviewed against the eligibility criteria, ensuring a fair allocation to the bursaries. The Bursaries will be authorised at bi-monthly meetings, so applications may take up to 8 weeks from time of submission.
The ensure the bursaries gain maximum reach to the applicants if a group or organisation have been successful in receiving funding, they cannot apply for 6 months from the day funds were allocated.