Sense Charity and Sport Birmingham aim to boost
Posted: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:52
Sport Birmingham and Sense charity have teamed up to develop an action plan- designed to provide more activities for people with complex communication needs across the city.
Participation in sport and physical activity has significant physical, mental and emotional benefits; yet over 300,000 people with dual sensory loss in England encounter a number of barriers in accessing and participating in sporting activities
In Birmingham there are 197,901 people report that their day-to-day activities are limited by a long-term health problem or disability; representing one in five of the population. Currently, only 13.5% of this population regularly access physical activity or sport.
In 2016, Sense were awarded over £420,000 from Sport England to deliver 'Sporting Sense', a project aiming to increase opportunities for these individuals with multi-sensory impairments and complex communication needs to participate in sport and physical activity. Following on from the Sport England- funded Deafblind Active project awarded in 2014, this represents a combined £670,000 investment in Sense's sports function over the last 3 years- around a third of which has been directed towards developing activity across Birmingham.
With Sense already delivering a number of sport and training opportunities across Birmingham, the aim of this partnership is to strengthen and sustain current provision, whilst working together to establish new opportunities for people with multi-sensory impairments and complex communication needs to engage with physical activity.
Together, Sport Birmingham and Sense hope to drive the development of these opportunities by connecting one another with key partners, sharing best practice, insight and learning, and marketing and promoting new activities and training opportunities through multiple channels. The action plan also outlines ambitions to upskill the local workforce, ensuring they are equipped to deliver their activities to people with sensory impairments and complex communication needs.
The Birmingham Disability Sports Forum - developed by Sport Birmingham and attended by a host of sports and disability focussed organisations - provides an ideal platform to achieve the objectives outlined in the plan.
Amy Bird, Investment and Development Manager at Sport Birmingham, said:
"We're very excited to be working with Sense and supporting the Sporting Sense project. One of the key areas we will be supporting is the upskilling of deliverers to ensure that individuals with an impairment get a great experience when trying new activities. The joint action plan certainly provides the framework to generate more accessible activities and raise the profile of much-needed opportunities to be active for people living with a disability in Birmingham."
Callan Barber, Midlands Sport Coordinator at Sense said:
"We are really looking forward to working with Sport Birmingham over the next year and beyond, to develop sport and physical activity for people with complex communication needs across the city. Our work with Sport Birmingham to date has laid the foundations for this action plan, and building on this relationship will ensure that we can continue to develop accessible and appropriate sports provision with valuable input from the CSP. We believe that by working together, we can inspire those who currently perceive their disability as a barrier to become more physically active."