Research and consultation targeted at individuals with a disability indicates that better support is needed to help people get into coaching, and so the Inclusive Coach project was born. Each potential coach is first matched with a mentor who meets with them regularly to help identify their strengths and areas for development. This contributes to that individual becoming a confident and competent coach and their mentor supports them on this journey. The project is helping to increase the number of coaches with a disability who are active in Scotland.
Mentors and mentee coaches currently on the programme came together at Caledonia House, Edinburgh, on Sunday 19 February for a series of workshop sessions aimed at supporting all those involved. Mentee coaches present enthusiastically described their coaching journey to date and joined with mentors to run sessions oncreativity in coaching and personal development. Throughout the day there were practical and theory sessions with all participants contributing.