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3rd Sector Insport Pathway

The Outdoor Partnership becomes the first third sector organisation to receive the Disability Sport Wales Insport Accreditation

The Outdoor Partnership (TOP), a community partnership charitable company based in Capel Curig, North Wales, has become the first 3rd sector organisation to receive the Ribbon Insport Accreditation. They achieved this with a dedicated board, CEO and staff team committed to a journey of becoming a totally inclusive organisation.

Over the past 18 months, TOP has taken a key role in increasing opportunities for hundreds of local people from under-represented groups, including women & girls and people with pan disabilities, to become involved in outdoor activities through participation, education, volunteering and employment programmes. They have introduced an Inclusive Adventure Programme which has seen taster and development sessions in all types of outdoor activity ranging from rowing and surfing to climbing and hill walking in the aim to find an activity suitable for everyone.

Achievements between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017;

  • Organised the first Outdoor Festival for SEN schools which included cycling, climbing and bush-craft activities. It was hosted by Ysgol y Gogarth, Llandudno with 259 participants with pan disabilities taking part over 4 days.
  • Hosted an inclusive schools climbing competition with 59 pupils from SEN schools in North Wales participating alongside mainstream schools in the region. This was the first time the competition has invited additional needs pupils to compete with the mainstream pupils.  
  • 690 people with impairments took part in various taster and development sessions including climbing, cycling, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking, rowing and hill walking. From this, they were directed to local outdoor community clubs of their chosen activity to continue with their personal development with regular support and provision.   
  • 262 women and girls have taken part in various taster and development sessions including climbing, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, canoeing and kayaking, skiing and snowboarding, cycling, and sub aqua. The ladies have then gone on to create their own social groups to continue within their chosen sport. A ladies only climbing club has also been established from graduates of the Outdoor Partnership ladies climbing courses.
  • 4 recruitment events have been organised to encourage women and girls to participate in outdoor activity. This included a surf meet that had over 120 women interested in the sport along with a social climbing evening with world renowned mountaineer Libby Peter doing a presentation for the aspiring ladies on her route into the outdoors.        
  • TOP’s Pathways to Employment Programme uses the outdoors as a means to engage and support local unemployed people living in socially deprived areas on a pathway to participation, volunteering, training and employment. This year in partnership with North Wales Housing 56 people have gained employment at a SROI of £1.12 million.
  • 3 new community outdoor clubs have been set up to accommodate under-represented groups in North Wales (Cycle Power – Adaptive Cycling Club, RBC Women’s Climbing Club, Venture Outdoors). 
  • This programme is currently supporting 16 community-based outdoor activity clubs on their Insport journey, 6 of whom have already achieved at least Ribbon Standard introducing an inclusive mind-set within the outdoor sector.
  • 21 people with pan disabilities have been on various coach education courses ranging from first aid, and competency courses to UKCC coaching and leadership qualifications.
  • 17 volunteer leaders have attended disability awareness training which will support their clubs in becoming more inclusive along with 9 OP staff and board members to ensure an inclusive mind-set runs throughout the organisation.
  • Had a successful grant bid to purchase adaptive climbing, rowing, cycling and paddling equipment which is being used on a weekly basis at local community clubs and public indoor climbing centres.

The Outdoor Partnership thank everyone who has contributed to their success in the beginnings of the Inclusive Adventure Programme and look forward to continue working with local community clubs, volunteers and stakeholders / partners as they work towards achieving the Bronze standard in the future.