The action plan is designed to support and develop sport for people with complex communication needs across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Participation in sport and physical activity has significant physical, mental and emotional benefits, yet over 300,000 people with dual sensory loss in England encounter a number of barriers in accessing and participating in sporting activities.
Locally, there are estimated to be 125,618 disabled people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (16%), and of those who are visually impaired, 780 people also registered an additional disability (49%)
In 2016, Sense were awarded over £420,000 from Sport England to deliver ‘Sporting Sense’, a project aiming to increase opportunities for people with multi-sensory impairments and complex communication needs to participate in sport and physical activity.
With Cambridgeshire and Peterborough being a key area of focus for the Sporting Sense project, Sense will be working closely with Living Sport over the coming year to establish new, sustainable sports opportunities for people with multi-sensory impairments and complex communication needs. The plan will also aim to raise awareness of the project, and up skill individuals for them to feel confident in supporting and delivering sporting opportunities to those individuals who have complex communication needs.
The partnership between Living Sport and Sense focuses on developing more links with local providers, marketing and promoting opportunities for increasing participation, and up-skilling a workforce to increase demand, accessible provision, and increasing opportunities for those with complex communication needs to enjoy sport & physical activity.
Rebecca Gilbertson, Relationship Manager at Living Sport said:
“We’re very excited to be working with Sense and supporting the Sporting Sense project. The action plan we have developed provides a framework and sets out key targets for this partnership working. This provides an opportunity for Living Sport to support the development of more accessible activities, and raise the profile of activities for those with a disability”
Callan Barber, Midlands Sport Coordinator at Sense said:
“We are really looking forward to working in partnership with Living Sport to develop sport for people with sensory impairments across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We know that with the expertise and reach provided by Living Sport, we can raise awareness of our work and ensure that more people with sensory impairments have access to high quality physical activity provision than ever before. We hope that through this partnership we can inspire more people to engage with sport by breaking down barriers and perceptions to ensure sport is inclusive to all.