Every 2 months: Greenwich Inclusive and Active Forum

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This forum brings together sports and physical activity service providers, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and organisations representing disabled people in the borough. It meets every two months and may invite other organisations to join it, either on a one-off basis or permanently. It aims to represent the disability, gender, ethnic and social make-up of the borough. Greenwich Parent Voice has a working role in the forum.

The Greenwich Inclusive & Active Forum’s (GIAF) overarching aim is to increase the participation in sport and physical activity by disabled people across the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

This will be achieved by:
1) Agreeing an Action Plan that complies with Inclusive and Active 2: a sport and physical activity strategy for disabled people in London 2010-2015. It is a London wide strategy, with a vision of active disabled Londoners. It has been created in partnership between the Greater London Authority (GLA), NHS London and Interactive. It sets out five overarching strategic themes and identifies targeted outcomes to increase opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport and physical activity.
2) Monitoring the effectiveness of that Action Plan against its objectives and indicators.
3) Ensuring that the objectives of that Action Plan are embedded into all relevant plans for sport and physical activity across the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Representatives at the Forum currently include:
• ‘Interactive’
• Greenwich Association of Disabled People
• Greenwich Mencap
• Blind Independence Greenwich
• Greenwich Parent Voice
• Paralympic Ambassadors from Greenwich Starting Blocks
• GLL Sports Development
• Charlton Athletic Community Trust
• Active for Health
• AHOY Centre
• South London Special League
• Pro-Active East
• Motivate East
• Activ Kids
• Greenwich Dance

and Royal Borough of Greenwich services:
• Adults and Older People
• Public Health and Wellbeing
• Sports
• Customer and Community Services
• Families Information Service
• Learning and Achievement
• Children’s Services
• Schools & Further Education

Much of the discussion in these forum meetings centres around removing the barriers to participation not just in organised sport, but in daily physical activity for disabled people of every age and ability. We look at initiatives to remove these barriers, encouraging and inspiring people to become more active, helping them to discover the benefits of sport. We look at communication channels to see how well these are working and what could be better. The forum also looks at developing mentoring schemes, campaigns to promote the success of local disabled athletes and sportspeople and improving hub websites where people go to find out local information.

Tell us what you think
We need your ideas on what would make it easier for your child to take part on sport and activity in the borough. There are many opportunities out there, what would help you access these? Clearer information, special discounts, tailored schemes, improvements in the way services are delivered or just a wider choice to suit your child’s abilities? Let us know your thoughts by email or by posting comments below. Your personal or identifying details are always kept confidential so you can speak freely.

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