Bowls for all
Active Essex, Griffins Bowls Club and Essex Youth Service worked collaboratively to support a youth disability group by creating physical activity sessions that would be sustainable.
A 12-week programme of Saturday morning bowls sessions was created. Griffin Bowls Club offered their qualified coaching volunteers to deliver the sessions for the young people, with Active Essex helping to fund and provide the specialist disability bowls equipment. Essex Youth Service oversaw the sessions and supported the young people who attended.
The Saturday morning bowls session set out with the intention of introducing young people to a new activity that they could carry on with in the future. However, these sessions have had a wider impact due to cross-generational mentoring which has benefitted both volunteers and attendees.
An unexpected outcome was how much the Griffin Bowls club members valued the engagement and involvement of the young people in attendance of this programme.