My name is Simon Jones, I am the Disability Sport Wales Development Officer for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, I am based in the Healthy Living Team and work alongside my colleagues to help increase physical activity levels throughout the Vale.
One of my main aims to link with local community sport clubs so we can offer a wide range of activities in different settings, these range from disability specific to inclusive sessions. A large majority of the clubs are run by volunteers who do an amazing job in offering a wide range of sport and physical activities, to name a few, Vale Accessible Cycling Club, Barry Town Utd PDFC, Motion Control Dance and many many more.
There is a Disability Sport Directory available on the Vale of Glamorgan councils website which offers over 50 different opportunities, all of the activities have contact details so you can speak to the clubs directly.
My job has a lot of flexibility so I can work with a wide range of organisations, these include: Carers Forums, Social Services, Schools, Day centres,basically anyone who has links with disabled people.
Even though my job title has the word “Sport” in, I am not fussy about how people increase their physical activity levels, I am happy to promote or help set up any physical activity, examples of this in the Vale are Tai Chi, Walking Groups and Walking Football.
If you’re looking to get more active, please get in contact and I will be happy to help.