London Youth and partners embrace Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training

The numbers of people taking part in Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive Community Training continues to rise, with now more than 1,500 successfully trained to help make disabled people’s lives more active.

In one recent example, 18 delegates from Wac Arts, Springfield Club, Action on Disability and London Youth underwent low-cost, three hour face-to-face Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training at Wac’s facility in Belsize Park, north London.

John Jones, Sport Development Officer at London Youth, told the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS):

“We felt that the training would be perfect to develop young leaders, volunteers and workers in-house, but also provide a chance to bring people together from different clubs and share experiences. We believe in equipping staff, volunteers and young leaders with a wide range of quality training, both practical and theory, that they can utilise in their daily practice.”

Inclusive Community Training, part of Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All scheme, is a creative, informal and informative workshop. It is designed to improve the skills and confidence of those who support disabled people to be more active.

Described as “fun, interactive and interesting” by past participants, Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training has dozens of further sessions arranged for 2015.

London Youth’s John Jones continued:

“The training did not disappoint. They were able to deliver at a time and place that worked for us. The tutor built a great rapport with the attendees and left them inspired and hungry to learn more and do more to ensure young people with disabilities are fully included. To achieve this in three hours is no mean feat, plus the fact the training is funded. It makes it a no-brainer.”

Many of those who attended the training on Wednesday 8 April told EFDS they had found it extremely informative:

“The tutor was an excellent facilitator and very engaging. It was the perfect mix of interactive activities and theoretical knowledge and there were many things which I will be able to implement in my own sessions. The group I worked alongside was excellent and very friendly.”

“The workshop was great fun! I learned so much, especially how to adapt and modify different activities to suit different levels and needs. Also, how to use the right language and get everyone involved. Thanks for the opportunity.”

George Timotheou, the tutor who delivered the session, told EFDS:

“Workshops are designed to teach delegates how to use the Inclusion Spectrum and STEP principles. The delegates picked this up very quickly and asked good questions to clarify their understanding. They engaged well in the activities and looked like they thoroughly enjoy the workshop. I'm sure they already do a great job in their workplaces because of their positive and energetic approach to disability sport. On the day, I think we inspired each other.”

You can view nationwide upcoming Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training events on the EFDS website, as well as finding out about Active Kids for All.

For further information, please contact EFDS, email AK4A@efds.co.ukor telephone 01509 227751. Find us on Twitter @Eng_Dis_Sport,Facebook and LinkedIn.