Access and Advocacy Group

Access and Advocacy Group

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We support disabled people to have their say about the barriers they experience in taking part in Sport and Physical Activity. There are different ways in which we do this.

When we started Into Sport our Access and Advocacy Group met regularly to share experiences and to campaign to make things better.

Some of the things the group was involved in included:

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.

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Mystery shopping. Over the past year, our Into Sport Worker Abs has visited Brixton, Clapham, West Norwood and Streatham Leisure Centres, the Castle Centre at Elephant and Castle and the Black Prince Community Hub in Kennington 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 have been discussing with Better (GLL) which runs the main centres on behalf of Lambeth Council and we are working closely with them to help them make changes which we think will enable more disabled people to benefit from what the centres can offer.