Monthly Archives: February 2016

 Social and Event Trips in 2016! – MertonVision

Social and Event Trips for 2016 from MertonVision

MertonVision have arranged quite a few  Social and Event Trips in 2016, so have a look and see where you fancy going.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, and if you need a Volunteer to assist you on the trip please tell us this when you book.  If you do not request a Volunteer at the time of booking it may result in us not having anyone to help you adequately on the day.  Also let us know if you are bringing your guide dog, wheelchair or walking frame etc.  Pick up is from MertonVision, The Guardian Centre, and you will be taken home afterwards.

Please note: All tickets for the trips will be non-refundable, however if you cancel for any reason we will try to sell your ticket for you.

Social and Event Trips in 2016

Kew Gardens

Wednesday 13 April
Transport £8
Leaving the Guardian Centre at 10:30.
Take a leisurely stroll around the grounds and admire the beautiful specimens of plants and trees. While you are there you can enjoy lunch in the café or a picnic in the grounds. Should you require to use the land train, there is a charge.

Lunch at The Depot

Barnes, Thursday 21 April,  11:00.
Transport £8.00, Meal payable on the day.
The chef will be preparing a special menu for our party. A three course meal will cost between £20.00 and £25.00, drinks not included.

We have reserved places for 20; seating area overlooks the River Thames.

Thrive Project

Battersea Park, Friday 6 May, 10:30.
Transport £8.00
We will be visiting this gardening project for a talk and guided tour.

After this you will be able to enjoy a picnic or have lunch in one of the cafes. For those who feel more energetic, they will have a chance to take a stroll around the Park.

The Imperial War Museum

Wednesday 18 May, 10:00 a.m.
Transport £8.00
A trip for those who are interested in the history of the World Wars.
Food is available on the premises

WakeHurst Place

Haywards Heath, Wednesday 8 June, 9:30.
Transport £8.00.
National Trust Property
Visit the house and wonderful botanic garden with open spaces to explore and relax in.

Windsor – Thames River Cruise with lunch

Thursday 7 July, 10:00.
Transport £ 8.00
Ploughman’s lunch, slice of cake and tea or coffee, £20.50 per person, including boat fare.

Please note: There must be 20 tickets sold to entitle us to the above prices.

We need to book this trip by Thursday 31st March, all tickets must be purchased by this date. Unfortunately, the boats are not accessible for wheelchairs at the moment, apparently next year this will be rectified as they are purchasing a wheelchair friendly boat.


Friday 12th August, 9:30.
£15.00 Transport
Come and take a walk along the promenade while you take in the sea air.
A perfect opportunity to enjoy fish and chips or a pub lunch.


Friday 2nd September, 9:30.
£ 15.00 Transport
Another perfect opportunity to take in the sea air.  You might even fancy a candy floss or ice cream!

To book your place

Telephone No 020 8540 5446 or visit our website at
or email us at
Address: MertonVision, The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2DXT

Easter Bunny Ride FUNdraiser for Wheels for Wellbeing 25th Mar-1st Apr 2016

aster Bunny Ride Fund Raiser - Wheels for Wellbeing

Easter Bunny Ride:

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We are very excited to announce our first Easter Bunny Ride FUNdraiser, taking place between Friday 25th March and Friday 1st April 2016. 
You can pick your own route or come and join us at our drop-in sessions! All we ask is that you gather a team and go on a sponsored cycle ride dressed as bunnies! You can put on your bunny ears and big teeth, or simply bring a toy bunny along for the ride.

As well as having lots of fun, you’ll be raising money for Wheels for Wellbeing. Our target is to raise £20,000, in order to bring the joy of cycling to more disabled people. It’s a big challenge but with your help we can do it!
If you are interested please email with “Easter Bunny Ride” in the subject line for more information on how to get started.

So go on, hop to it!

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British Blind Sport expands education library with a Vision Impaired Friendly Sport Resource !

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British Blind Sport, the National Disability Sport Organisation committed to enhancing and improving sport and physical activity for visually impaired people, is pleased to announce the publication of its fifth educational resource – Visually Impaired Friendly Sport.

The new Vision Impaired Friendly Sport resource offers in-depth guidance and advice to help sport providers learn more about the impairment and how to adapt and modify sport to ensure any sports or physical activity session is inclusive and accessible to a person with a visual impairment (VI).

Visually Impaired Friendly Sport follows a series of sport specific resources published by British Blind Sport over the last 2 years. All of British Blind Sport’s resources can be found here.

Supported by Scottish Disability Sport, Guide Dogs UK and Blind Children UK, each organisation hopes that Visually Impaired Friendly Sport will enhance sport and physical activity for VI people by educating the sport and PE workforce.

By utilising this resource, coaches, PE Teachers and sports leaders will:

  • Understand sight loss
  • Gain knowledge of specific eye conditions
  • Learn about guiding and supporting VI people
  • Adapt and modify sports and physical activity to include VI people into mainstream sessions
  • Understand the pathways available for VI people

British Blind Sport Chief Executive Officer, Alaina MacGregor said:

“We are delighted to include Visually Impaired Friendly Sport into our library of educational resources for teachers and coaches of adults and children living with sight loss. Our resources are used across the UK in schools and sports clubs to assist others to enable visually impaired people become more active. The resources were initially developed as a reaction to feedback parents of children with a visual impairment, who found that their child is often left out of mainstream PE lessons. These early experiences are not helped when VI adults are experiencing similar issues in sports clubs later on in life. We have such positive feedback from coaches and teachers of sport who all want to help change this by using the resources to develop their skills and knowledge to increase participation in VI sport.”

Scottish Disability Sport Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Macleod

”We are delighted to be working in partnership with British Blind Sport and our Scottish partners to offer this exciting and innovative resource. Scottish Disability Sport has delivered disability inclusion training across Scotland to both the education and sports sector and the addition of the Visually Impaired Friendly Sport Resource will provide additional support and guidance for those actively including pupils, athletes and players with visual impairments.”

British Blind Sport would like to thank its partners, Scottish Disability Sport, Guide Dogs UK and Blind Children UK for support in producing and funding this resource, with special thanks to Goalball UK and ECB (England Wales Cricket Board) for contributions.

Visually Impaired Friendly Sport is available online to download here in both PDF and plain Word format. It is also available in a VI Friendly Sport Resource – WORD FORMAT

British Blind Sport will be working with partners to distribute the resource to schools, clubs and coaches.

To request a printed copy of the resource please or 01926 424247.
For more information about British Blind Sport and opportunities for  visually impaired people visit the British Blind Sport website. Click here to download an accessible PDF about British Blind Sport.
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Weekly Swimming with Sense and Metro Blind Sport – Mile End – 25 May!

Mile End Leisure Centre, 190 Burdett Rd, London, E3 4HL
11.30am - 1.30pm
020 7014 9318
25th May 2016

Sense, the national charity that works with people who experience sight and hearing impairments and Metro Blind Sport running a friendly, weekly swimming session.

Two coaches are available to support during sessions. Carers and support workers are welcome to come along and join in as well.

Weekly Swimming with Sense and Metro Blind Sport

Date: 25 May  Every Wednesday,
Times: 11:30am -1:30pm
Venue: Mile End Leisure Centre, 190 Burdett Rd, London, E3 4HL
How to book:
Places are limited – to book a place on the sessions, or for more information,
Please contact Ian Carpenter.
Email  or call 020 7014 9318