Workforce Development Officer
Date: 2 November 2021 Author: Energise Me
Energise Me strives to ensure everyone has the confidence, support, and opportunity to be active on their own terms. To achieve this, we need a diverse and knowledgeable team that is dedicated to making physical activity and sport more welcoming and accessible to all.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is a commitment to action from our whole team and board. We have made progress and there are things we do well. But there’s more that we can do better. This plan sets out the next steps we will take to improve diversity and inclusion in physical activity and sport.
In our 2017-2021 Diversity Action Plan, we committed to ‘diversity in all aspects of our business and activities.’ During this period, we:
To create our new Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, we have reflected on these successes and what we have learnt along the way. We have also invested time in training and learning to educate ourselves and evolve our thoughts and actions. And we’ve completed a survey of our team and board to test what we know about the diversity of our team.
Energise Me is a team of passionate and hard-working employees and trustees, who enjoy encouraging people to be active. So who are Energise Me?
Physical activity and sport must be open and accessible for everyone. It is vital to our health and wellbeing. Yet people from under-represented communities face significant inequalities, causing a decrease in physical activity.
Currently people who have a disability, who are from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, LGBT+ or women are less likely to be physically active than those who are not. People with caring responsibilities or long-term health conditions are less likely to be active than those without. And, people who are on low wages or are long-term unemployed are the least likely to be active of all. This is not what equality looks like. Tackling these inequalities sits at the heart of everything we do.
We want to be open and transparent about our plans so we can be held to account. This is a public invitation to tell us when we miss the mark and need to do better.
It’s also our way of paying it forward. Over the past year, partners and colleagues from the national Active Partnerships network have shared their plans and experiences with us. Their honesty and generosity have helped us dive deeper into this subject and identify actions we can take. By sharing our plans and what we learn along the way, we hope to help others do the same.
Our plan focuses on 6 broad goals, each with its own set of actions. We will:
If you would like to work with us to make physical activity and sport more inclusive and welcoming to all then please get in touch with Helen.