Access and Advocacy Group
Our Access and Advocacy Group is for you if you want to meet other disabled people to share your experiences and to campaign on breaking down barriers to disabled people taking part in Sport and Physical Activity.
Our Into Sport Access and Advocacy Group is user-led and based on peer support principles. The group is open to any local disabled person. Some of the things the group has been involved in include:
Giving views on Lambeth Council’s ideas for sport, physical activity and recreation services. For example, the group was consulted on the Active Lambeth Strategy 2015 - 2020 which you can download here. Disabled people are one of the Council’s priority groups in terms of getting more people to be regularly active.
Meeting to share experiences and information as a group of people with diverse impairments and come up with ideas for activities, visits and projects including buddying and other ways of supporting each other to take part in sport and physical activity more regularly.
Training and learning new skills. In January 2016 a group of 10 people attended our two day course in access auditing and will be putting their knowledge into use to assess ways in which local leisure centres can improve their design and accessibility.
Mystery shopping. In July and August, our Into Sport Worker Abs visited Brixton, Clapham, West Norwood and Streatham Leisure Centres with small groups of disabled people to look at the facilities for disabled people and make suggestions for improvements. We have produced a report with recommendations which we are discussing with Better (GLL) which runs these centres on behalf of Lambeth Council and we will be working closely with them over the coming months to help them make changes which we think will enable more disabled people to benefit from what the centres can offer.