Download Inclusive Futures 'Inclusive Volunteering Guidance
Delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, Inclusive Futures is based in nine host cities across the UK – Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Gateshead, Glasgow, Leicester, London, Manchester and Swansea. Young volunteers aged 14-19 in each city are guided by a Volunteer Coordinator, who is hosted within a local sporting organisation. Each city organises training camps and activities throughout the year, as well as identifying volunteering opportunities at regional sporting events.
Volunteer Coordinators help volunteers to find placements and opportunities to volunteer at local schools, events or community sports clubs. In doing so, Inclusive Futures seeks to influence and increase the capacity of local providers to deliver fully inclusive physical activities and sport opportunities for the benefit of the entire community.
The most committed Inclusive Futures volunteers are invited to attend the Inclusive Futures National Camp, where they get the chance to meet top athletes, further develop their leadership skills and create a UK-wide network of ambassadors for inclusive practice.
The project initially received funding of £971,250, and in July 2015 we awarded continuation funding of £491,715. As well as continuing the activities outlined above and growing the number of Inclusive Futures volunteers, the focus of the continuation funding is to build a legacy for the project. This includes developing good practice guidance on inclusive volunteering, and working with sports governing bodies and national disability sports organisations to advocate for and develop training frameworks within sports workforce education that are tailored to people with learning disabilities.
“Previously I didn’t like sports. Occasionally gymnastics, but I just thought this isn’t for me, I’m in a wheelchair. Now I’ll have a go at anything”.