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Active Impact celebrates 10th birthday with official charity status

Known for making inclusion happen in Gloucestershire, local enterprise Active Impact is celebrating becoming a registered charity during its landmark year.

After 10 years as a community interest company, Active Impact has now been granted official charity status. 

The charity said that becoming a registered UK charity is an important development which will enable them to reach a greater number of organisations and support the provision of more inclusive opportunities for disabled people.

Caroline Eardley, director of programmes and policy at Active Impact said: "This is an exciting milestone in our 10-year journey. It will open new funding opportunities to develop projects giving more organisations the confidence and tools they need to improve and grow their inclusive practice. Making inclusion happen is at the heart of everything that we do.

"We are delighted to have been awarded charitable status enabling us to further support arts and leisure organisations to include more disabled young people alongside their non-disabled peers."

Active Impact was established as a social enterprise in 2010 bringing together organisations to help to eliminate the gaps in inclusive provision for disabled people. It stands by the fact that, for disabled people and their families, improved inclusive practice increases friendship and positive interactions within their communities reducing isolation and discrimination.

Today, the charity makes inclusion happen by working to ensure that there are:

  • More choices available for disabled people across a wide range of interests, age groups and geographical districts
  • Increased opportunities for friendships and ongoing social interactions for disabled people and their families
  • More organisations that provide the clear information that helps disabled people participate and feel welcome
  • More disabled people aware of grants and assistance available to them
  • Greater awareness of the importance and benefits of being inclusive across more activity providers, disabled people and their families

The team at Active Impact added that they will continue to champion inclusion by influencing, challenging, and helping local authorities, public institutions and other organisations to welcome and include disabled people of all ages within activities and opportunities in their local communities.

Now embarking on the next phase of our journey, Active Impact is asking for your help to make Gloucestershire a place where disabled young people feel safe, welcome, and able to take part in the activities they choose. For more information about the charity please visit activeimpact.org.uk.

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