The Ripple Effect

Swim England works with national disability sport organisations to increase inclusion and accessibility across their volunteering programmes.

The project in numbers

£60,000

Project spend

March 2022 – May 2024

Project duration

Swim England

Grantee organisation

The Ripple Effect breaks down barriers for disabled individuals who want to become volunteers and encourage them to get involved with aquatic sports.  Swim England works closely with national disability sporting organisations to get their input ensuring the inclusive programme is developed by disabled people.

A cohort of disabled volunteers is working with Swim England and progressing through the volunteering pathway. This will identify accessibility barriers for the volunteers, present an opportunity to work with non-disabled volunteers and challenge perceptions around disability.

The Ripple Effect uses a test and learn approach, and will share learning with other sporting organisations and sectors at a series of learning events during the grant period.

Project aims

  1. Remove barriers to participation for disabled volunteers
  2. Develop inclusive volunteering practice
  3. Share learning about inclusive volunteering practice with other sporting and non-sporting organisations

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