Monthly Archives: October 2017

Audio-Described Tour Royal Naval College

audio described guided tour of royal naval college
The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9NN
11.30 am - 12.30 pm
020 8269 4770
04th October 2017

Audio-described guided tours for blind and partially-sighted visitors

Audio-described guided tours of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich will take place on 4th November 2017 and 20th January 2018.

A unique opportunity to gain access to the painted ceiling at close quarters while it is being restored.

Audio-Described Painted Hall Ceiling Tour

Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of Britain’s largest painted ceiling.

Painted between 1707 and 1726, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College hides many surprises. Currently undergoing a major conservation project, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast baroque masterpiece up close.

Take an hour long ceiling tour via a special observation deck and discover the painting’s mysteries as they are revealed for the first time in half a century.

This audio-description tour is suitable for blind and partially-sighted visitors. The tour is delivered by an expert tour guide and includes a series of tactile objects.

Venue: The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9NN
Dates: 4 Nov 2017 , 20 Jan 2018, Time: 11:30 am –   12:30pm
Cost: £5, plus one accompanying person for free.
Contact: call  Matilde  020 8269 4770 or email

To book online:

To book by phone call 020 8269 4770

For a map and information on how to get to the site:

Access Requirements

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome: do let the organisers know when booking a tour if you will be accompanied by one of these.

Please note that the observation deck is reached by climbing a metal staircase of approximately 70 steps. Lift access is available but must be pre-booked.

The venue can also offer individuals and groups audio-described tours of the Painted Hall at other times by request. To book one of these sessions call 020 8269 4770 or email Matilde on

Please meet at the welcome desk in the Painted Hall at 11.15am. The closest station is Cutty Sark DLR. If you would like to be met at the station please contact Matilde Martinetti,, 020 8269 4770.


TFL Accessible Travel Day 28 Oct!

TFL Accessible Travel Day 28 Oct!
Stratford station
11.00 am - 3.00 pm
020 3054 7208
28th October 2017

TFL Accessible travel Open Day – 28 Oct!

Stratford station on Saturday 28 October, between 11:00 -15:00.

The event will be an opportunity for disabled and older customers, and people travelling with buggies, to find out more about the accessible services available to them.

Customers will be able to speak directly to members of staff to ask questions and give feedback – there will also be an opportunity for them to try out some of our accessible vehicles, and take part in a behind the scenes tour of the station.

Much of the activity will take place in the mezzanine, above the Jubilee line concourse; or outside, in front of the station.

As part of Stratford Accessibility Day, customers can take part in the following:

Where: Inside the station, on the mezzanine above the Jubilee line concourse

Tour of the station
We’ll be running an accessible tour, where customers will be able to find out more about the station, and the history of the Tube. There will be some tactile elements to the tour, and a British Sign Language interpreter will be available. Tours are free, but are limited to ten customers per tour. Tours last 40 minutes, and will take place at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Customers can sign up to take part at the London Underground stand, found in the station mezzanine.

Speak to London Underground operational staff
Customers will have the opportunity to speak to a range of staff from Stratford station. They’ll be able to ask them questions about what they do and find out more about how our staff are trained to assist disabled customers.

Step-free access on the Tube
Customers will be able to speak to our London Underground accessibility managers. They can find out more about our £200m Step Free Access programme and hear about how we’re making 30 stations step free by 2022. Customers can also ask questions and give feedback about infrastructure, information and staff training on the Underground.

Elizabeth Line
MTR staff will be available to provide information about the new Elizabeth line trains, and services as well as planned closures over the Christmas period and our station upgrade works. Customers will also be able to sign up to take part in a bespoke accompanied trip, at a future date.

Customers will be able to meet the DLR Ambassadors and find out more about the accompanied journeys they offer. They’ll also be able to speak to the DLR’s community mental health nurse, and find out more about their ‘Back on Track’ scheme, which supports people with a wide variety of conditions, including Claustrophobia, anxiety or depression, to use the network. The British Transport Police will also be on hand to provide information.

Disability Staff Network Group
Customers can speak to representatives from our internal Disability Staff Network Group, to find out what it’s like to work for our organisation as a disabled person. They can also find out information on routes into work, including hearing about our staff members own personal experiences, and details about our Steps into Work scheme, for people with learning difficulties.

Our Tram team will be on hand to talk about their services, including their community work.

Where:  Outside the station, on the concourse

Our Buses team will be hosting a double decker bus outside the station, behind ‘Robert the steam engine’. Customers will be able to ask questions and give feedback – they’ll also be able to try out the accessibility features on board. Disability equality trainer, Jean Eveleigh, who works for Tower Transit and is a wheelchair user, will be available to explain her work with bus staff, including drivers. The lead trainer from Stagecoach London will also be on hand to discuss staff training.

Dial-a-Ride and Travel Mentoring
There will be a Dial-a-Ride vehicle outside the station for people to try out. The DAR and Travel Mentor team will be on hand to provide information on their services, including the Travel Mentoring service; Travel Support Card; Mobility Aid Recognition Scheme. Customers will be able to sign up for these services on the day.

Taxi and Private Hire
The team will be on hand to provide information about their services, including their campaign with drivers to raise awareness of the different types of assistance dogs, and their responsibilities towards assistance dog users. There will be a taxi available on the day for customers to try out.

Sign up to our customer research community
At every stall, customers will also be able to join ‘My London Journeys’, our online community. The community is made up of disabled people (including people with invisible conditions), carers, assistants and those who travel with buggies. The community’s aim is the gather feedback from customers about their travelling experience.

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Inclusive Multisports Day – 27 Oct!

Inclusive Multisports Day -27 Oct at Barking and Dagenham College!
Sports Hall, Barking and Dagenham College, Dagenham Road, RM7 0XU
10.30 am - 12.30 pm
27th October 2017

Inclusive Multisports Day

Barking and Dagenham Progress Project are running a FREE Multisports event for disabled people aged under 25. Come and try something new!

DATE:  27/10/2017  Time: 10.30am—12.30pm

Venue:  Sports Hall, Barking and Dagenham College, Dagenham Road, RM7 0XU

For more information and to confirm your attendance

please contact Bradley on 07455446445


Goalball Worlds most Inclusive Sport?

Is Goalball the most inclusive sport

Is Goalball the worlds most inclusive sport?

“As I stepped onto the goalball court I felt incredibly nervous. I walked over to face the goal so that the referee could check my eyeshades; I placed them over my face and was plunged into darkness. I was given the “ok” so I knelt down and felt around on the floor to locate the tactile markings on the court to guide me to my position on the left wing. As I waited for the game to start I must have stroked the floor about twenty times to check my marker because I needed to know that I was in the correct position and that I was facing the right way.

As someone who is fully sighted, the idea of competing in a visually impaired sport was something I would never have even thought about until I started working at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) four years ago. Goalball has always been one of the most popular sports at RNC and the only experience I had of it up until this week was coming into the odd session and having a throw of the ball, without wearing eyeshades. Now, on the court in my first ever goalball tournament without being able to rely on my sight, I suddenly felt very vulnerable. I called out to Ciaron, who was in the centre, he reassured me and said “I’m here, don’t worry. You’ll be fine.”

When I first met Ciaron he was a 14-year-old boy who had come to a Have a Go activity weekend at the College and was nervous about being away from home for the first time, even though his parents were going to be on the same campus. To go from that scared teenager back then to now being the confident young man commanding the centre of the court, I couldn’t believe it! Ciaron had come to RNC primarily to study IT and had picked up goalball as a fun learning and leisure activity on a Wednesday afternoon; he had never been able to do sport at school because of the usual ‘health and safety’ excuse.

I remember speaking to his mum on the phone and she had been singing the praises of the College and in particular the unexpected joy that goalball had brought to their whole family – Ciaron’s mum and dad went to watch him play goalball at tournaments around the country and cheer him on, it was an experience they never thought they would have. Yet here, Ciaron was the one that was reassuring me as I sat anxiously on the edge of the court waiting for the whistle.

The bronze winning RNC team

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The bronze-winning RNC team at the Region B Novice Goalball tournament in Birmingham. Left to right; Joe Roper, Ben Sheppard, Anes Saleh, Bik Lee, Ciaron Naughton, Chay Clark and Kali Holder.

So I would sum up my first game of goalball as brutal; I am sure that the other team were targeting me because they knew that I hadn’t played before! The game is so fast-paced, you’re on the floor defending a ball, tracking its movement to block it and then you’re straight back up to take your shot and down again to defend. Early on in the game I could feel a ball brush past my fingers and I knew it was going in the back of the net but I couldn’t move fast enough to stop it. I whispered the word “loose” for Ciaron to get to it but it was too late. I felt really bad that I’d conceded so early in the game but all Ciaron kept saying was “It’s ok, it’s ok, you’re doing really well.” His reassurance was really comforting but I was definitely ready to come off at halftime!

It’s the most inclusive sport in the world!

Goalball is the first game to have been developed specifically for people with visual impairment and for anyone who has never played it you should read the rules of goalball. For me, the beauty of goalball is the fact that anyone can play it – whether you’re blind, partially sighted, fully sighted or have additional disabilities; it’s the most inclusive sport in the world!

I see that every day at RNC, during the students’ timetabled goalball sessions in the Sports Academy there will be novice players, who may have only learned about the sport since being at the College, intermediate players, elite players and international GB players all training together in the same session. Obviously, adaptions are made and there are rules about how hard the balls are thrown etc. but the principles of the game are the same at every level.

It was a long day at the Region B Novice Goalball Tournament in Birmingham and during the games we had breaks where we would sit together and chat, it was great to see the sort of banter between the RNC students that you would have at any sporting event and it made me sad to think that these guys had never experienced that before, the joking around and the team camaraderie that comes with sport.

A lot of students come to RNC having never taken part in sport, often saying that they weren’t allowed to play sport in school so were often made to sit in classrooms, either on their own or with a TA, to do extra work whilst their sighted peers enjoyed sport. For the lucky few that were allowed to compete, they often say that there was no competitive element because their classmates were told they weren’t allowed to tackle the ‘blind kid’ so they never much-enjoyed sport as they were still made to feel different.

The atmosphere is completely different at a goalball tournament – opponents won’t avoid you for any particular reason, they will still chuck the ball at you and there’s no such thing as taking it easy on you – the bruises I still have are proof of that!

Something which boosted the morale of our team at the tournament was that we had Kali and Joe with us as coaches. Kali plays for the women’s GB goalball team and Joe is in the GB goalball youth development programme. After each game, we would go into a separate room and have a debrief where Kali and Joe would go through the talking points of the previous match and then give us pointers of what to focus on for the next match.

It was our penultimate match against a team called Fen Tigers, a team who is actually coached by two former RNC students, which proved to be our toughest match. After halftime we were losing 7-1 and our team were clearly down and already looked defeated so Kali called a ‘time out’, she rushed onto the court with Joe and the team huddled together. I have no idea what they said but it must have been one hell of a team talk because it was like having a different team back on court, they played with so much more passion and within seconds they had scored goal.

Joe was jumping up and down with excitement on the edge of the court as they scored another and another. The atmosphere was electric as if we were at some sort of cup final! Kali, Joe, Ben and I were cheering from the sidelines for every single RNC shot and defence. By the time the whistle blew to signal the end of the match we had clawed it back to 7-5 but because of that tremendous comeback, it felt like a win. We were all buzzing as we came off the court and could not have been more pumped for the last match versus Winchester.

The score was 3-0 to us at halftime and Kali asked me if I wanted to come on, I was so scared of letting a ball in but Anes was in the centre and assured me again “Don’t worry man, I’ve got you covered.” The positive vibes were still there from the last match and the game was going so well for us. I stopped a ball, picked it up, quickly stood up and walked backwards to locate the goal so I knew I was facing forwards, took a massive lunge forwards and threw the ball. After a few seconds, I heard the sound of the referee’s whistle blow twice and they shouted “goal”.

Bik Lee's Goal at Region B Novice Goalball Tournament in Birmingham

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Bik Lee’s goal for the RNC team at the Region B Novice Goalball tournament in Birmingham. 

Oh, my gosh, my first ever goal in a tournament!!! I don’t know what goalball etiquette is after scoring a goal but I was whooping and screaming and I could hear the rest of my team and coaches on the sidelines doing the same! We ended up winning that match 7-0 and it was the perfect end to a well-fought tournament. Our final results were; 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses which meant that we were placed third in the tournament and were awarded bronze medals – I think I was more excited than the students to receive them!

After playing my first ever goalball tournament I have to say that it’s pretty addictive and I know I will definitely be playing when I get back to RNC! Having worked here for so long I guess I sometimes take for granted how amazing the facilities are for young people – there’s a full size goalball court, a GB Goalball coach and loads of fellow students to play with and against. When you look at any level goalball tournament, the amount of former RNC students that are there is incredible, it’s a place that introduces people to a sport for life. As well as the physical benefits that come from playing sport, it’s great to see that students are picking up new skills such as teamwork and communication as well as a new found confidence.”

This article was written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) Website:   If you require any more info, please email or call 01432 376 396


Free Goalball Session with the London Elephants – 28 Nov!

A Week in Sicily with Metro!

Metro Week in Sicily - Hurry only 1 place left!

To all Metro members,

There are only a few places left!

In partnership with Seable we are planning to take a group of 16 to Sicily on Wednesday 02.05.18 to 09.05.18 – Seable is an experienced accessible and active holiday provider (

This package will include flights, bed and breakfast, airport transfers, transport during the week in Sicily, and a wide range of sporting activities and excursions. These will include a beach day with windsurfing and kayaking – this beach is 5km long and is suitable for running.  Scuba diving lessons – in the accommodation pool, a hike up Mount Etna volcano and indoor tennis. Visit to a local vineyard, award winning ice cream and pistachio product tastings, local markets and a tactile museum.

Holiday insurance to include health cover is not included but is mandatory for each traveller. We will need your policy number before departure. Members must be 18 years or over to attend this activity week.  This holiday is only suitable for those individuals who do not need care support.

The estimated cost for this trip is approximately £800 per person sharing a room, partners welcome. Metro will provide a subsidy of £200 to each member on return from this holiday. A deposit of £150 per person will be required before the end of October 2017 to secure your place and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. NOTE:- These dates are subject to change depending on flight availability. Members will need to complete the Seable registration form and abide by their T&Cs.

If you are interested in this exciting new venture and would like more details please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours in sport,

Roy F Smith MBE
Director of Sport Development
H/W: 020 8255 7788
M: 07803 288083
(Free membership for under 18’s-join online)
Twitter: @MetroVISports


Why Choose Seable?


We offer a local guide/chaperone that will assist you during the entire holiday. He will be waiting at the airport at your arrival, drive you to the accommodation and help you check-in. He will be your local friend during the holiday, your guide during excursions and visits and he will assist you during meals (when requested).


Seable has worked very hard from the beginning to make sure that all the needs of VI people are met. We aim to ensure the holiday is a great experience and you can enjoy every second of it. From sport trainers to restaurant waiters, they have been informed of your specific needs to ensure your holiday is stress free.


The guide/chaperone is always a local tour manager, He/she will give you the best advice on what to eat, the hidden secrets of the destinations and tips to avoid the tourist traps.