See My Voice
See My Voice is a sports leadership programme for 10 to 20 year olds. The See My Voice project supports Young Leaders to develop life skills that will inevitably increase their confidence and enhance their employment prospects as well as providing an opportunity to develop meet new friends and improve lives.
We have provided our Young Leaders with fun and meaningful volunteering experiences that have developed invaluable leadership skills and increased confidence, enhancing their future prospects. Our Young Leaders Officer has worked with at least 35 young leaders annually, providing mentoring as well as a leadership qualification.
After a hugely successful 3 years See My Voice is now coming to an end, and the project team and Young Leaders have worked hard to deliver four projects to close out the programme. You can find out more about these projects below.
See My Voice Conference
In November, Young Leaders and British Blind Sport staff delivered a hugely successful conference to delegates from a range of sports and charitable organisations. The conference showcased not only Young Leaders and the See My Voice project, but also the positive impact of volunteering and how organisations can be more inclusive when offering volunteering opportunities.
A documentary was also created and premiered at the See My Voice conference, produced and edited by Hannah Brochocki. The documentary highlighted the positive impact of See My Voice and the impact it has had on our Young Leaders and the organisations at which they have volunteered.
Young Leader Recognition Awards
In December, British Blind Sport staff and Roy Turnham, Paralympian and former England Blind Football player, hosted the Young Leader Recognition Awards. The Awards celebrated the volunteering achievements of Young Leaders involved in See My Voice, and commemorated three years of the programme.
Youth Advisory Panel
Finally, British Blind Sport’s first ever Youth Advisory Panel has been created. The panel, made up of young people, will act as a voice for young people with visual impairments that take part in sport and physical activity, support British Blind Sport with their projects that target VI youth, and advise on new projects and policies. As the panel develops we are hoping that it will influence the wider sporting sector, including the policies of NGBs and the accessibility of mainstream youth projects.
In addition to all of these projects, we are also thrilled to announce that See My Voice has been chosen to be involved in a new programme led by Spring Impact and Sport England. The Scaling Programme looks to assist five projects, all of whom work to engage a diverse range of people to volunteer in sport and physical activity, to scale up their operations and reach more people across England. While British Blind Sport and Spring Impact are still in the early stages of development, we are incredibly excited for the impact that the Scaling Programme could have on the future of See My Voice.
If you have any queries or would like any more information on the See My Voice project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01926 424247