As health and wellness professionals, coaches, teachers and trainers, 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 health and wellness services and activities, so we encourage you to consider the following tips in order to make your offerings accessible and inclusive to all:
Set a fee or payment system that makes sense. The fee is often the first piece of the puzzle people will consider when creating an accessible offerings. 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.
Who do you want to serve? 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 the location. 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 it.
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? Do you have access to simple yet effective props like straps or chairs for people to support their practice? 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.
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 providing accessible services and offerings.
If you’re an instructor, coach or wellness professional providing services to the community, you can easily add these offerings into your OfferingTree website and even set payment at no-cost or donation-based. To check out this feature, watch this demo video. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to send us a note to: firstname.lastname@example.org