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Halifax workshop builds on year-long work with Active Calderdale

A group of staff that deliver and plan activities across Calderdale left an Inclusive Activity Programme with a newfound confidence in delivering sport for disabled people.

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Paul Downes, Activity Alliance Strategic Partnership Advisor for Yorkshire & Humber, has been working alongside Active Calderdale for more than a year. In his role he supports them in taking a more inclusive approach to their work.

Thanks to this developing partnership Activity Alliance were able to deliver their Inclusive Activity Programme to a selection of local sports and physical activity deliverers in Halifax. Led by an experienced tutor the group were engaged throughout.

Chris Mitchell, Projects Manager at Calderdale Community Coaching Trust, said the session helped to build his confidence reaffirming the skills he has but ensuring they are suitable for disabled people. He said:

"The world is evolving so we need to learn from the leaders in this space. Hearing about new legislation is also important."

Rob Whitely, Sport Development Projects Officer at Calderdale College added:

"To be able to widen our offer and ensure we can cater for all abilities is vital in our work. Networking is great too and we have learnt from other providers in the room."

The CIMPSA accredited Inclusive Activity Programme equips deliverers with the skills to engage disabled people and people with long-term health conditions more effectively in physical activity.

The comprehensive programme covers a wide range of topics with help guidance to further support, training and opportunities. It is ideal for the sport and leisure sector, community groups and organisations, disability organisations, and individuals supporting disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.

Miles Smith, Director at KIXX Halifax, a sport provider in the education sector, was one of those present in Halifax. He said the course will make a difference to his day-to-day work:

"It gives lots more confidence in directing your staff how to engage with disabled people. I can explain these activities better to staff and it has provided a theory and a model to use."

You can find more information about the Inclusive Activity Programme on the Activity Alliance website.

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