Welcoming disabled young people to your group or club. A Gloucestershire guide.

January 03, 2018

Happy New Year! As your community groups, clubs, teams and activity providers restart sessions after the Christmas break you might be welcoming new members. Do you feel confident welcoming disabled young people? In Gloucestershire there are lots of training opportunities, support networks and guidance to help you be more inclusive of disabled young people.  Active Impact has collected key information about these local services and put them in a helpful booklet, find out how to get your copy below.


But what exactly do we mean by being more inclusive?  Inclusion means everyone can be involved and feel they are included.

Making all members, new and old, disabled and non-disabled feel included is really about being welcoming, ensuring your members feel safe, able to take part and able to interact and communicate with their peers during activities.

Think about what makes you feel comfortable when you are in a new situation, chances are the biggest impact is the positive attitudes and warm welcome you receive when you arrive and the confidence you gain from feeling included and able to participate.  Everyone likes to feel welcome, and being able to include everyone means recognising that each person attending your session is an individual; who will have their own interests, strengths and potential areas in which they might need a bit more support, time or an adapted approach.

Now think about why you are involved in the group you run or help at.  It’s probably something you really enjoy doing; you feel confident in supporting others to do and you get a lot from sharing the activity with other people.  Sharing your expertise is what helps new members progress and gain new skills themselves.  Offering your services in an inclusive way means you can give disabled young people the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers to take part in activities in their local communities and have fun doing new things together.


Being inclusive is about thinking creatively in how you arrange your sessions and adapt activities to suit the abilities and needs of all participants, ensuring there is good communication and interaction between those taking part.   Find out more about what is meant by Inclusion or how your group can become more confident in welcoming disabled young people in our FREE booklet ‘Support and Guidance for inclusion of disabled young people in community groups‘. We can post you a copy (contact us) or you can download it as a PDF.

front cover of Inclusion Guidance Booklet

Inside you will find our Top Ten Tips for being more Inclusive; up to date information about training on offer in the county; support networks and meet ups for activity providers; and funding opportunities to help you buy adapted equipment, train your staff or potentially add extra support workers where needed.

Gloucestershire has a FREE Inclusion Needs You Training programme which is run by Active Impact.  Up to three employees or volunteers from any Gloucestershire organisation can attend the training which offers fun, informative sessions about Inclusion; covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of being inclusive, and a series of guest speakers offering awareness training in Autism, Positive Behaviour Support and Communication.   Find out more HERE.

These are links to each section of the booklet, we keep it updated regularly online with expanded information available where possible.  The printed booklet is updated each year in August.  Gloucestershire is a county that includes everyone and this guide is a really positive way to help your group be a part of this work.

Training Opportunities

Support Services

Glosfamilies Directory and the Local Offer for families of disabled children 0-25 years

Local sources of funding to support inclusion

Inclusive Award

Networks of support you can join

Online Resources to support inclusion

Active Impact Newsletter – December 2017Top Ten Tips for Being More Inclusive of Disabled Adults and Young People