Yearly Archives: 2019

Blind Sailing beats the Blues!

Sailing - It's official - Blind Week beats the Blues

Sailing: It’s official, Blind Week beats the Blues.

The sun shone, the wind blew, the sea was flat and the smiles were beaming.  The recipe was right and  the proportions spot on as Blind Week 2019 hit Lymington town, we were there with four yachts as a part of the twenty two strong fleet of boats with over fifty blind and visually impaired sailors pulling the strings and singing the songs.

The Visa-gb fleet all pimped up wearing our sexy dodgers and flying our flags cut a dash as we manoeuvred our way from one end of the Solent to the other.  Many a positive comment from the spectators on the wall and sailors on other boats as we moored our charges with the lightest of touches.

What a surprise expressed by the boat owner we rafted alongside when introduced to the visually impaired helm and crew that secured the boat, and the delight in showing off ability.

Pontoon parties, gala dinners, early morning fitness work outs, swimming in the bay, motorbike riding (please don’t ask!), wet wheels driving and of course we filled our boots with sailing, sailing, glorious sailing.

Fish & chip suppers, egg and bacon breakfasts, veggie, vegan, cake and cuppas and, dare I let the cat out of the pc bag?, dancing on the tables!  Great organisation from Will & Grant, thanks again to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and a special thanks to the fleet leaders who did a great job, yes you may now rest your weary eyes.

So folks it’s done and dusted for another year, but what’s next we hear you cry? Well fear not as back at Visa HQ plans are afoot.  First, we’ve a week on the South coast starting on 26th August where we plan to visit Poole and the surrounding area to promote Visually Impaired sailing to local organisations, there are a couple of berths available as I write.

Then we have two separate weeks exploring Majorca, twelve Visually Impaired sailors will be exploring the Island’s harbours and coves with an aim of a six boat flotilla in Autumn 2020, more details on this after the trip.

West Coast of Scotland Trip

If you can’t wait until Blind week 2020 then sign up for our trip to the beautiful West Coast of Scotland, we’re sailing out of Largs and have five yachts booked and an option on one or two more. We will have over 30 Visually Impaired sailors onboard, it doesn’t matter if you’re an old hand or a newbie you’ll get a warm welcome and an opportunity to feel empowered, energised and engaged aboard our yachts.

The dates are 18th April to 25th April 2020, the cost is £300 this includes all food for meals onboard but you’ll have to cover the cost of transport to and from Scotland.

To book please email membership supremo Sue Hogge at or call her on 07767717440.

That’s all for now folks, enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope we’ll meet up on the water soon.      Ready about………….



Tactile Paving Survey!

Tactile Paving Survey- Closes on the 24 July

The Department for Transport is presently in the process of considering changes to the document Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces, and have commissioned TRL and Urban Movement to understand more about the understanding of tactile paving by blind & partially sighted people, and also people with other disabilities such as wheelchair users or those with mental health conditions or non-visible disabilities.

The results of this study may be used to improve this guidance document, which would feed through into better on-street provision.

A questionnaire has been created online – Link below

The questionnaire closes for responses on 24th July 2019.

We might encourage that any individual who encounters a difficultly with completing the online questionnaire either elicit the assistance of friends/family

Should you be unable to complete this survey online, please call during office hours on 01344 770098 or 01344 770831 and ask to complete the Tactile Paving User Questionnaire.



Blind dressage rider: Nicola Naylor

The competitive horse rider who is blind - BBC News

BBC News – The competitive horse rider who is blind

Blind dressage rider, Nicola Naylor, competes nationally and internationally in para and non-disabled events. But how does she do that if she can’t see?

Although dressage is difficult to perfect, Naylor says one of the biggest issues for her is the simple matter of knowing whether the horse is positioned straight or not.

She has developed a variety of techniques with her trainer, Daniel Watson, to assist her with this and achieving the predetermined movements in the arena.

BBC video Page here:

Produced by Adam Bloodworth and filmed and edited by James Stewart for BBC Ouch.

For more videos and podcasts like this, visit BBC Ouch.


Chessington WOA Trip 31 July!

Merton Visions 18-30’s Chessington World of Adventures Trip
Meeting point : The Guardian Centre
67 Clarendon Road, Colliers Wood, SW19 2DX
9.30 am - TBC
020 8540 5446
31st July 2019
£31.50 to cover your ticket and travel costs.  Don’t forget to bring your spending money!

Chessington World of Adventures Trip  31 July with Merton and Croydon Vision!

The next 18-30’s social group trip is to Chessington World of Adventures features a theme park, sea life centre and zoo. The theme park has more than 40 different rides and attractions, including rollercoasters, a log flume and a safari jeep ride, which takes you through the enclosures of some of the African animals and a mysterious cave!

The sea life centre has many fascinating exhibits, such as interactive rock pools, a breathtaking ocean tunnel and marine conservation talks. The zoo is home to more than 1000 beautiful animals, including Asiatic lions, Amur tigers and Western Lowland gorillas.

There will be lots of animal talks and feeds throughout the day – this is a great opportunity to learn more about the amazing creatures that live at Chessington, as well as the conservation projects that support their wild counterparts.

Don’t forget to visit the Nitrogenie stall if you want to try the “World’s Best Ice Cream”!

Date: 31st July 2019  Time:  Please arrive at MertonVision by 9:30 am so we can be ready to leave at 10:00 am

We will be at Chessington from 11:00am  to 3:30 pm

We will be leaving and returning to Merton Vision. Assistance from Colliers Wood station will be provided.

Merton Vision Address:  The Guardian Centre,67, Clarendon Road, Colliers Wood, London, W19 2DX

Merton Vision  Telephone 020 8540 5446

COST: Each person must pay £31.50 to cover your ticket and travel costs.  Don’t forget to bring your spending money!

  • Pay to Merton Vision with your name followed by the word Chessington as the reference by Tuesday 23rd July at the latest.
  • You can pay by card by calling Merton Vision on: 020 8540 5446
  • or you can make a bank transfer using the details below:
    Account name: Merton Vision  Caf Bank Sort code: 40-52-40
    Account number: 00022141

Please bring a guide if you can. Guides go free. If you do not bring a guide, the free ticket will go to one of the volunteers we are providing for the trip.

To book your place please fill out the registration form using the link below. All parts of the form must be completed.

Chessington Registration Form

The Guardian Centre
67 Clarendon Road
Colliers Wood
SW19 2DX

Registered charity number 1075388


VI Sport Taster Day 20 July!

Vision Impaired Sport Taster Day - Hounslow - 20 July

Vision Impaired Sports Taster Day – 20th July

  • Are you looking to get physically active?
  • Maybe, wanting to try something new?

 Activities on offer include:

Goalball, Tennis, Football, Cricket,  Guided Running Swimming, Introduction to the Gym, Health Checks

Venue: Heston Pools and Fitness, Hounslow, TW5 0LW  Time: 12 pm – 3.30 pm.

To register for this FREE Event! Please, Email: or Call 07956 292 046

Meet and greet will be available from the Hounslow East Station at 11.30am, with a free minibus service to the Sports Centre.

Organised by

Metro BlindSport, Goalball Uk, Middlesex Association for the Blind and Fusion logos

Metro Blind Sport, in collaboration with Goalball UKMiddlesex Association for the Blind and Fusion Lifestyle invite you to  come along to the Free VI Sports Taster Day and have some fun by trying out a wide range of sports designed for blind and partially sighted people.