Shropshire Providers Consortium (SPC) and partners (Energize (County Sports Partnership), Shropshire Disability Network, Figaro, Headway Shropshire, South Shropshire Furniture Scheme, Shropshire Football Association and Shropshire Public Health). are today announcing their excitement, reference the award of the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Grant.
The grant is for £241,000 and the four year project is called Shropshire Inclusively Fit Project. There is additional funding from Shropshire Public Health and Energize (County Sports Partnership) taking the total project to £282,500.
Social isolation for young disabled people increases substantially after leaving education, young people can become isolated with no peer support to help engage in sports or social activities. Coupled with Shropshire rurality making travel difficult, this can be a real problem.
An Inclusive Officer will be employed to:
- To reduce social exclusion and health inequalities by raising awareness and opportunities for engagement within sports clubs and societies for disabled people of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.
- Identify current exercise and sport provision for disabled people (mental & physical) of Shropshire
- Run a travel and equipment bursary for disabled people of Shropshire.
- 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 support to and at events for disabled people to attend and participate.
Run sport taster sessions across the county for disabled people and clubs.
The project aims to make sport & physical activity more accessible to disabled people by providing a web based resource, of what’s available, transport & equipment support and most of all a volunteer buddy to go along with for the first few visits. We all know how difficult it can be walking into a gym or sports club for the first time, imagine how that must feel if your disabled and have no idea what facilities are available to you or how people may react to you?
The partnership will be governed by a steering group made up of the above partners and disabled users.
Ruby from Shropshire Disability Network (SDN) stated that “it is fantastic that disabled people will now have opportunity to engage in sport & physical activity in a way that has been impossible for many, due to transport & rural issues. The Buddy Scheme & Bursaries will enable those that want to, to have a go, it gives them opportunity.”
SPC would like to thank Shropshire Council (Sport & Leisure Team), Shropshire Public Health & Energize for use of their surveys and statistics and Shropshire Disability Network for their consultation with the target group.
Shropshire Provider’s Consortium (SPC) is a collective of community and voluntary sector organisations working and bidding together for the benefit of the people of Shropshire.
The consortium pools the experience, skills and knowledge of its members to deliver seamless services for clients and customers, creating a more defined public profile for Shropshire’s VCS sector and enabling organisations to work as one. http://shropshireprovidersconsortium.co.uk
Shropshire Disability Network is a member of the Shropshire Providers Consortium for more information about our work please visit www.shropshire-disability.net For more information about SDN contact: Ruby Hartshorn email@example.com Phone number 07780 852 229
Further Information about Shropshire Inclusively Fit Project. please contact Julie Tustin, SPC Contracts Manager.
Telephone 01743 367758 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org