Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Science Museum is holding a VIscovery day – 20 May!

The Science Museum VIscovery day 2017
The Science Museum
20th May 2017

The Science Museum VIscovery day 2017

The Science Museum is holding a VIscovery day on Saturday 20th May 2017 where events will be held for families with members who are vision impaired, partially sighted or blind.

All events will be free and suitable for children aged 5 and over.

The day is going to have a technology theme and we are very excited to announce that Microsoft will be hosting some of the events on the day!

The full timetable will be finalised shortly, but we are looking to hold:

  • Physical coding workshops using project Torino.
  • Robotics themed workshops
  • Computer Surgeries with a blind Microsoft engineer; this will be your chance to ask an expert any computing questions.
  • Object handling session

Events will be individually bookable so that families get the most personal interactive experience possible so make sure you sign up when further information is sent out.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact or  or call on 02079424756


‘Kindle for the blind’ – Canute E-Reader!

Above photo, Ed Rogers, 29, Director at Bristol Braille Tech with the Canute E-Reader

A technology company is hoping to bring braille back from decline after inventing the first ‘Kindle for the blind’. The Canute, which contains over 1,000 cogs, pinions and mechanical connectors, turns text downloaded from a memory stick into braille.

Continue reading ‘Kindle for the blind’ – Canute E-Reader!


How to be a Guide Runner!

Becoming a guide runner article from London Athletics

Becoming a Guide Runner

original article by 

Anyone can support a visually impaired person by guiding them whilst running. England Athletics have a specific Guide Runner Licensing scheme supported by British Blind Sport so we can identify guide runners who meet certain criteria and therefore have the relevant training and welfare checks to match them with a visually impaired runner. To become a licenced guide you need to:
1)    Attend a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop (see below)
2)    Undertake a DBS check

Click Here to take the national survey for people interested in becoming a guide runner.

Click here to download a Guide Runner Licensing FAQ sheet

Sight Loss and Guide Running Workshop

The England Athletics Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop has been developed in conjunction with British Blind Sport and provides runners, leaders, coaches and volunteers with information and experience in guide running for people with a visual impairment. The workshop covers a number of areas including types of visual impairment (VI), behaviour and terminology and how to make running sessions VI friendly. The two hour workshop also includes a practical element where attendees get the chance to experience guiding and being guided by each other.

England Athletics staff are trained to deliver the workshops and can discuss possible dates to deliver in your area. If you are a club, RunTogether group leader, sighted runner or volunteer and would like to take part in a workshop,

Click here to find a Sight Loss and Guide Running workshop.

If you have any problems booking onto courses please contact the LEARN team on
Tel: 07872 161 406 or  Email:

Here is what previous attendees had to say about the workshop:

“I really enjoyed the workshop and now feel better informed as a guide. It’s also great that at my Running Club we now have this expertise to offer. Personally being guided with a blindfold made me appreciate how much trust visually impaired people have to place in us!” Mike
“I have run with my guide for over two years now. It was very much find our own way on how to do things so to actually go along to a workshop and gather other information and experiences was extremely useful.” Keith

More about British Blind Sport

British Blind Sport (BBS) is a registered charity and the leading voice in sport for the blind and partially sighted in the UK.  BBS believe in the many benefits that sport can offer people with a visual impairment, including improved health and mobility, broadening horizons, making new friends, and becoming more independent.

BBS encourage blind and partially sighted children and adults to participate in sport at all levels, from ‘grassroots’ to Paralympic representation.  In addition BBS provide help and support to the many professionals working with people with a visual impairment, particularly within leisure and recreation, sports development, education and social services.

Finding a Guide Runner

You can find a guide runner in your area by searching the national Find a Guide Database at  The Find a Guide database only shows licenced guide runners.



Coaching can change lives! – Videos by Sport For Confidence!

Coaching can change lives! - Videos by Sport For Confidence!

Audience how coaching can change lives; telling of the impact coaching has on people’s physical and mental well-being, as well as their personal, social and economic development.

Four video stories were produced with Sport For Confidence – an organisation based in Essex, who use coaching to significantly benefit the lives of people with mental illness, physical and learning disabilities. And following the release of Lyndsey’s and Jack’s stories from the suite, the third and fourth videos are now live.

Watch Christopher, Donna and Robert share their experiences of Sport For Confidence – Donna was encouraged by the organisation to do a Boccia Leadership Course – and listen to Guy Disney from the Royal Foundation talk about working alongside Active Essex and Sport For Confidence.
Access the videos

If you missed the first instalment, 30 March 2017, you can access it here

Link to coaching information website