Inclusive Volunteering with World Taekwondo
The Manchester 2023 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final and the national social care charity Community Integrated Care came together to change the lives of almost 50 local people who access care and support and inspire many more.
The charity joined forces with British Taekwondo to explore how this prestigious event could pioneer both greater accessibility and inclusion. Through delivering innovative social impact programmes, listening to the lived experiences of people who access care and support, and exploring how the event could be designed to promote greater independence and wellbeing, the partnership broke new ground.
Get ready for the Manchester 2023 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final!
We've teamed up with British Taekwondo for the Manchester 2023 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final to champion inclusion! Together we're exploring life-changing opportunities for people we support and striving to make the upcoming Taekwondo Grand Prix Final the most accessible event yet.
At the heart of this relationship was the delivery of Community Integrated Care’s award-winning Inclusive Volunteering® Programme, which builds the skills, independence and confidence of people who access social care, through delivering innovative training, experiences, and vocational placements at major events.
From enabling people to develop dance skills and co-produce an original Taekwondo-inspired routine that was performed a packed crowd, to leading accessible arts programmes creating gifts for the tournament’s medallists, new creative talents were unlocked.
Here are some of those incredible artworks, including GB Para Taekwondo star Beth Munro receiving the gift while celebrating her Gold medal winning performance!
The programme also provided participants with vital training and life experiences focussing on key areas, including physical activity, wellbeing, and independent travel.
World Taekwondo Grand Prix Explores Accessibility and Inclusion
ITV Granada report on the work being done behind the scenes to make the Manchester 2023 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final more inclusive. Together we've been working to explore best practice in event accessibility and deliver life changing opportunities for people who draw on social care. This work is delivered as part of Community Integrated Care’s groundbreaking Inclusive Volunteering® programme, which aims to build the independence, confidence and friendships of people who access social care through delivering innovative training, experiences, and vocational placements with major events.
Giving participants the opportunity to enjoy dream roles at the event – including volunteering as greeters and photographers, it created transformative moments that build new ambitions, skills, and social connections.
Katie Richardson, worked at the event with the Support Squad and following her passion for media, volunteering as an official event photographer. Check out her photos, which feature across this page!