As wellness professionals, we care about the people we work with. We take our practice to this level because at the core of what we do, we want to help others. So then, it’s only natural when you want to offer your practice and offerings to others in the community, especially to those who can’t easily access services and activities that promote health and wellness.
At OfferingTree, we care deeply about furthering access to services that promote health and wellness. In that spirit, we encourage you to consider how you can build community by making your classes or services accessible and inclusive:
Set a fee or flexible payment structure
The fee is often the first piece of the puzzle people will consider when creating an accessible offering. Classes or services offered on a donation-based, sliding scale, or at no cost is a great start to removing some barrier to accessing quality services and activities that promote better health and wellness.
Figure out who you want to reach with your wellness services
Cost is sometimes just one factor in addressing the issue of inclusivity and accessibility. Ask yourself who it is you want to serve or provide your offerings to. Is it a specific population or demographic? For example, if you would like to offer chair fitness classes to the elderly, then you may want to research and reach out to places like senior homes, the library, or other community gathering locations.
Consider where to offer your services
Expanding on the last point, consider where you can teach or offer your service. Can potential students or clients easily get to you? Do you need a car to get there or is it near public transport? Is it in a residential area where it might be easy to walk to?
Providing an option that can be easily reached by car, bike, or public transport will help open the doors to more people who have different needs and access to transportation. One of the common mistakes that well-meaning individuals make is not taking their services or classes to those that need them most.
Consider other accessibility needs
If you’re hosting yoga or fitness classes for those living with disabilities or mobility issues, be sure to look into the accessibility of your venue. Are there ramps or easy entry points for people using wheelchairs? What are the options for parking?
If you’re interested in offering adaptive fitness activities, it’s important to do your research and even consult with others who have experience with this.
Be patient and compassionate with yourself
Finally, remember that like any new venture, this too will take time to build. Have patience, ask for help when you need it, and listen to feedback. Think of this as a true community-building effort. Over time and with commitment, you can build a special and safe space for people to come in as they truly are – and that’s the bottom line in making wellness more accessible.
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