The environment of a recreation space impacts the entire experience for an individual. If unhealthy environments are created, this can discourage members from attending your facility and deter broader community engagement.

The design layout of your facility or space is an aspect which can lead to positive or negative experiences.

Questions to consider

  • When people enter your facility, how do they appear? (E.g. confused, happy, overwhelmed)
  • Is your space welcoming and open? How do you know this? (E.g. Is your facility audited to test its functionality for a variety of users?)
  • Do you have flexible spaces with your facility for accessibility? (E.g. movable walls to create more/less space)
  • Have you explored the environmental needs of your members? (E.g. power outlet locations to charge electronic wheelchairs and other devices, variable heights of furniture, width of change rooms)
  • Is the atmosphere at your facility positive, for your members, staff and the broader community?

A safe and supportive environment is a setting in which everyone feels socially, emotionally and physically safe and valued.

Questions to consider

  • How do you work to ensure you are creating a supportive environment for your member groups, which are considerate of their needs? (E.g. Consulting people who identify as indigenous, CALD, LGBTI and people living with disability)
  • Do you have a strategies in place to develop safe environments? (E.g. guidelines to minimise opportunities for child abuse)
  • Have you considered how the noise levels, lighting and visuals in your facility impact a member’s experience to feel safe and supported? (E.g. implementing quiet hours and dimmed lighting for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder as it affects their sensory needs) [SG1]Added

For further information on Environmental considerations for your facility, please contact Inclusive Sport SA www.inclusivesportsa.com.au

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