A sports, education and wellbeing charity was awarded as its team rose to the challenge of delivering services online.
Colleagues at Inspire+ provide physical education services for local schools and adapted admirably to the challenges of the pandemic.After planned services were suspended by lockdown, Inspire+ offered its coaches and ambassadors to schools free of charge to keep children fit and give them a sense of normality. Operations manager Chris Graves praised his staff as they made an unprecedented swap to delivering their classes virtually when schools were forced to close.He said: “It’s been different for most businesses this year, but for a sport and education charity like ourselves, we are very hands on, we’re doing things, so to swap to the virtual and social media side of things is something that we’ve never done. “None of us are highly killed in IT, or social media engagement, creating videos etc. It was a complete unknown and leap into the dark for all of us.”
“Phenomenal credit to everyone at Inspire+ for stepping outside of their comfort zone, being resourceful and really putting ourselves out there for the good of young people.” Judges Marie Bond, Grantham Journal editor, and Sharron Marriott, Iliffe Media events manager for the Midlands, thought that Inspire+’s volunteers had an incredibly positive impact on the mental and physical wellbeing of youngsters. They said: “Children have suffered greatly throughout this pandemic, with many losing out on exercise which is vital to boost both their physical and mental wellbeing. “There’s no doubt in our minds that the actions of the charity’s volunteers had an incredibly positive impact on the wellbeing of hundreds of children throughout the Grantham area.”
Original article sourced from The Grantham Journal: GJBA Inspire+