As part of the Sensory Alliance ongoing work, UK Deaf Sport are leading on a specific project in London, working alongside with British Blind Sport and Sense.
Sensory Alliance Announces New Project in London to Support Older Deaf or Disabled People to be Active
The Sensory Alliance has been awarded a grant from the Tackling Inequalities Fund to help older people with sensory disabilities like deafness to become more active.
Launching on the 9th November 2021, the project will initially focus on the boroughs Barnet, Bromley, Bexley, and Croydon, but it is open to anyone over the age of 45 in London who are Deaf or disabled.
Individuals who register for the project will receive an accessible, downloadable activity pack containing a variety of activities that they can do alone or with friends and family in their homes or local spaces. In addition, the Sensory Alliance will provide training opportunities to assist local partners and organisations in becoming more confident in delivering inclusive activities to those who are Deaf or disabled.
This project is funded by London Sport’s Tackling Inequalities Fund through Sport England. Collectively UK Deaf Sport, British Blind Sport and Sense have all seen the impact that COVID-19 has had to the service users they cater to. Particularly to the services/programme we all deliver to our communities and the local community organisations and partners that have had to reduce or stop delivering services to those who are Deaf/Hard of hearing, Blind/Visually impaired and/or may have complex disabilities. The aim is to:
- Share research and data with partners to support the increase of sport and physical activity levels of people with sensory impairments and/or complex disabilities.
- Working jointly on opportunities that will strive to improve experiences of sport and physical activity.
- Promoting activities and events delivered by each organisation within the Sensory Alliance and other external opportunities.
- Working together to develop resources and guidance for the sport and physical activity sector, on how to best support people with sensory impairments and/or complex disabilities to be active and stay active throughout their lives.
The Tackling Inequalities Fund is focused on those who are 45 year olds and older, who have been socially isolated across 4 London Boroughs. The four targeted borough are:
Participants will be sent home challenge packs, mental health resources and links to community sport activity once restrictions are lifted. Those who take part in the programme will be able to keep the challenge packs and continue to use after restrictions are lifted.
Local community groups will also benefit from increased engagement within the programme which we know will be positively received during a time where people are struggling and finding it hard to engage in sport and physical activity opportunities.