British Blind Sport to host See My Voice Conference

To mark the end of the initial period of the See My Voice project, British Blind Sport’s Young Leaders are hosting a conference to share valuable learnings and experiences that the project has delivered over the past 3 years.

See My Voice is a British Blind Sport project for 10-20 year olds focusing on volunteering and leadership in sport and physical activity. So far, SMV has helped over 100 young people achieve leadership qualifications and gain credible employability skills and sector experience.

The See My Voice Conference will be aimed at all sport sector organisations who work with volunteers. This unique event will provide the opportunity to share learning shaped by the experiences of See My Voice Young Leaders in order to help other organisations improve the experience of their volunteers and ensure that inclusivity is naturalised into the volunteering process.

The conference is driven by young people with sight loss and will consist of workshops to help organisations understand how they can diversify their workforce and shape activities to become more inclusive.

There will also be workshops delivered by members of organisations who hosted volunteers, to discuss the impact and value that the volunteers brought to them and what they learnt about inclusivity and accessibility in the process.

BBS will also be showcasing its new toolkit developed based on Young Leader feedback which is designed to help organisations make their volunteering programmes more accessible. It will include tips and advice on the adjustments that need to be made to the application process, communications, volunteering roles and other aspects within the organisation.

See My Voice Support Assistant Kian said, “We’re really happy to be able to deliver the See My Voice Conference this year – even if the format has had to be adapted due to Covid-19! It’s important for us that the experiences of our Young Leaders in their voluntary roles provide us with learnings and knowledge that we can share with the wider sector to encourage change and progress in terms of inclusivity. We want to make it the norm for someone with a visual impairment to be able to volunteer with an organisation easily, without having to overcome various barriers and so we hope this conference will give organisations the confidence and tools they need to be able make their workforce more diverse.”

The See My Voice Conference is open to any sports sector organisation team members who work with volunteers. It will run on Wednesday 25th November and Thursday 26th November, from 1:00pm – 3:30pm on both days.

Please find attached your conference invitation, which we also ask you to share via your communication channels to reach other organisations who may be interested in attending.

Please click here for more information and to register for the conference.

If you have any queries, please contact Young Leaders Officer, Tommy, on tommy@britishblindsport.org.uk or 07494104806