Activity Alliance have created this tool in partnership with Club Matters to see how inclusive and accessible your organisation is when meeting the needs of disabled people.
Being a successful organisation
means being inclusive and accessible to everyone. All participants and
volunteers need to feel valued and have equal access to participation or
volunteering opportunities. Ensuring an organisation meets its participants’
and volunteers’ needs means that people may then share their experience and
encourage others to join, helping the organisation to grow and become more
Disabled people can face
additional challenges and barriers to participating and volunteering. These
barriers are explored in more detail on
with disabled people’ page. Guidance can also be found on our ‘How
to create an inclusive environment’ webpage. It provides information on how
to make your organisation’s offer welcoming to everyone.
Alliance’s Annual Survey 2021-22 shows that the majority of disabled people
would be more active if given the opportunity to do so. Clubs, groups, and
coaches play an essential role in ensuring disabled people’s experiences of sport
and activity are positive and meaningful. Inclusive organisations can reach and
engage more of their local community by creating better, more welcoming environments
Activity Alliance’s research highlights
a number of improvements that can be made to support disabled people to feel
more comfortable in a club or group environment. These can be found on their ‘Understanding
the barriers to participation’ webpage. The recommendations include being
open towards disabled people, exploring the level of support needed to be able
to take part in activities, and making small changes to traditional practices.
The research also identified that the main way disabled people find out about
sporting opportunities is through word of mouth from other disabled people and
those they trust.
If an organisation communicates
and promotes how inclusive and accessible they are, it can help to reduce the
anxiety of attending sessions. It’s important to remember that being inclusive is
not just for the purposes of disabled people, but also about shaping the
organisation to reflect the needs and wants of the community it serves. For
more information on becoming more inclusive for other under-represented groups,
explore the ‘Understanding
different audiences’ section on our website.
Developed with Activity Alliance,
you through a few key questions designed to help organisations understand how inclusive they are, and where
changes can be made to improve their offer.
What do I need to know before using the tool?
Using the tool is quick and easy and is likely to
take around 10 minutes. All users will complete the questions about your
organisation, your promotional activities and your coaches and volunteers. Each
question will have a yes or no answer so pick the one that best reflects your
Accessing the tool
In order to access the tool you must be
logged into a Club Matters account. If you are not signed up, you will prompted
to do so when you access the tool using the link below: