Monthly Archives: April 2019

Join the Inner Vision Orchestra!

Join the Inner Vision Orchestra!

Join the Inner Vision Orchestra!

The Inner Vision Orchestra is the UK’s only Professional Blind Orchestra. It only Professional Blind Orchestra. “We may not be able to see, but we want to be seen and heard, and paid!” says musical director, Baluji Shrivastav, OBE.

Contact us on if you would like to join the band!

The music of Inner Vision Orchestra moves between songs from Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, to soulful Gospel and Blues to sublime Indian Ragas and Western Classical compositions. Driven by the intensity of an inner vision we celebrate the power of music to transform lives. The Orchestra has 14 members and is growing; we are always looking for new, talented members, so get in touch and join us! 

“Inner Vision Orchestra had a magical mixture of sounds”, Sean Rafferty, In Tune, BBC Radio 3

Come and join our workshops!

You don’t have to be an experienced musician, as Inner Vision workshops are both for those with a sound knowledge of music or with no musical background. Our aim is to offer a stimulating and motivating experience, alongside teaching music and valuable skills giving you the confidence to express yourself. The workshops are free and given by professional VI musicians in many different styles, from jazz to folk, pop and world music and we encourage the peer support based on shared interests and experience.

“Inner Vision Orchestra play bloody great kick-ass music!”, Charles Hazlewood, Conductor, British Paraorchestra and Orchestival

For more information about the Inner Vision Orchestra and Workshops,

please contact Baluji Music Foundation on 0207 226 2094 or email us




Blindfold Games: Blindfold Solitaire!

Blindfold Games: Blindfold Solitaire

Blindfold Solitaire

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One of the first games that I built about 5 years ago was Blindfold Solitaire, and it continues to be one of the most popular of the Blindfold series.

It contains about 24 varieties of Solitaire, starting with  Klondike (the game everyone associates with Solitaire and includes both the 1 card and 3 card variants), Spider (with 3 variants), Freecell (with 10 variants), Golf (with 6 variants), and Baroness, Fourteen Out and Gay Gordon.

Blindfold Solitaire is the game where we pioneered the concept of gesture control as a preferred way to play a game when you cannot see the screen.

When a visually impaired person uses an iPhone, they normally use phone’s voice-over features.  When voice-over is enabled, as you swipe  left and right, the iPhone tells you what button you are at.  For example, on the home screen, if the first row of icons are MAIL, CALENDAR, CLOCK and SAFARI, as you swipe left, you’ll hear the phone say “mail”.  Swipe again, and you’ll hear “calendar”, and so on.  To start one of those apps, you double tap the screen.

In many cases, using voice-over means lots of swiping left and right, up and down, and then finally double tapping.  That can make game play – especially a game like Solitaire – much slower.

Instead, Solitaire uses gesture control.  It makes game playing much faster; you move cards using the following gestures:

  • swipe up and down to move within a pile
  • swipe left and right to move between piles
  • double tap to select a card to be moved, and start playing a beeping sound to tell you that the card (or cards) is about to be moved.
  • double tap again to deposit a card (or group of cards) somewhere
  • tap with 2 fingers to flip sequentially between the deck, the waste pile, the foundation and the tableau.
  • swipe down with 2 fingers to hear all of the cards in a pile.
  • swipe left with 2 fingers to hear the top card in all the piles of either the foundation or the tableau.
  • shake the phone to hear your status in the game, such as the number of cards left, or the top waste pile card.

To download Solitaire from the Apple app store, link here:



Family: Eden Project with VICTA!

Family Entry to Eden Project Cornwall with VICTA

Family Entry to Eden Project Cornwall -VICTA!

We are pleased to announce applications are now open for tickets to the Eden Project, Cornwall. These tickets will provide you and your family with complete access to the Mediterranean and Rainforest Biomes, Orchid Displays, Outdoor Gardens, Rainforest Canopy Walkway and much more!

Feel the tropical heat in the stunning Rainforest Biome and meander through the landscapes of the Mediterranean, South Africa, California and Western Australia Biome.

The Rainforest Canopy Walkway will take you through the tree tops, enabling you to experience the breath-taking views across the Biome. The new Weather Maker section is now open and includes a rope bridge, a cloud bridge and an immersive exhibit where you can shelter from the tropical rain storms.

Take a walk through the Invisible Worlds Exhibition and experience the interconnectedness between life and the Earth’s environments at all scales and beyond our senses.

Date: 15 June 2019
Closing Date: 10 May 2019
Location: Eden Project, Cornwall
Contribution: £5.20 per family member with carers and under 5s free of charge
Application Age: 5 to 17 years, plus immediate family

Apply here:

During your busy day at the Eden Project, take a pit-stop at any of the Baobab Bars in the Rainforest Biome and enjoy a smoothie which combines coconut milk, banana and nutritious baobab powder from Africa’s iconic trees. Alternatively, feast on some sensational food at the Mediterranean Terrace located in the Med Biome.

Please note that VICTA staff will not be present at this activity. If you would like to apply for your family to attend, please complete the online application form via the link below.



Cycling at Herne Hill Starts 5 May

British Cycling Disability Hub Sessions at Herne Hill

British Cycling Disability Hub sessions at Herne Hill

Venue: Herne Hill, Burbage Road, London, SE24 9HE

  • Date: Sun 05/05/19 Time: 11:00 – 13:00
  • Date: Sat 22/06/19  Time:  14:30 – 16:30
  • Date: Sun 07/07/19 Time:  11:00 – 13:00
  • Date: Sun 04/08/19 Time: 11:00 – 13:00
  • Date: Sun 08/09/19 Time: 11:00 – 13:00
  • Date: Sun 06/10/19 Time: 11:00 – 13:00

Cost: £4 + £1 application fee

You will need to become a member of Britsh cycling:

To book your place Visit British Cycling link to enter: 

For more information please Contact




£7942.05 for See My Voice!

BBS: See My Voice awarded £7942


Original Post by Tomas Allum on

British Blind Sport is delighted to announce they have received a donation of £7942.05 from the Torch Trophy Trust in support of the BBS project ‘See My Voice’.

The See My Voice (SMV) project was developed following feedback from young people with visual impairments (VI) explaining that they felt frustrated and were often not ‘seen’ by people in authority, such as doctors or teachers, and felt that ‘as they cannot see, others often do not hear them’.  See My Voice empowers Young Leaders to volunteer in sporting roles, develop life skills, and enable them to share their opinions and experiences to help shape the sporting landscape for VI people, utilising sports volunteering as the vehicle for change.

Established in 1962, for over fifty years the Torch Trophy Trust has provided recognition and support to volunteers in sport across the UK.  The trust’s Founder, Commander Bill Collins, believed the Olympic ideal, symbolised by the Olympic torch, could inspire men and women working quietly in their own small corners of the world of sport.

“The Torch Trophy Trust decided to wind up its affairs in early 2019.  We were established in 1962 to promote and support volunteers in sport across the United Kingdom.  Happily, the role of volunteers in sport has become widely recognised among the governing bodies of sport and more widely across the public, leading us to the decision to conclude that our job was done.  Under our original deed, we were in such circumstances permitted to transfer any residual funds to another charity working in a similar field.  Our Trustees were happy to agree that these funds should go to British Blind Sport, whose work with blind and partially sighted people is in close accord with our own objectives as a Trust.  We wish the beneficiaries at British Blind Sport the very best for their success from the support programme.”

Paul Dimond CMG, Former Chairman of the Torch Trophy Trust

SMV Case Study 1: Kian Saville

Kian is a VI swimmer with realistic ambitions to represent ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.  Kian is also an SMV Young Leader and has dedicated his time to racking up over 100 hours of volunteering – which has included qualifying as a timekeeper and also beginning his own para-swimming squad, with great success.

“I swim six times a week and am in the Swim England talent programme for Tokyo 2020 potentials, so I’m always training, but I wanted to see how I could help local communities a bit more through sport.  “I didn’t get much help when I first started out swimming because not a lot of people knew about the para side.  But, experiencing it for myself, I can probably help people learn what to do if they are struggling.  So I may only have one para-swimmer currently, who I’m helping to train, but they went to the Midlands regional gala recently, their first gala, and they won five gold medals.  It was just amazing, with the smallest amount of help from me – passing on what I’ve learned from my own coaches – was a great experience and was great to give something back.  I like to challenge people to their limits and if they come out fighting then you know something’s going well.”

 Kian Saville, See My Voice Young Leader

SMV Case Study 2: David Howells

David was a shy teenager found his confidence after volunteering to help visually impaired people play cricket and football.  David, who is visually impaired himself, became involved with the See My Voice project as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award.

The 14-year-old was keen to help people in a similar situation to himself play sport, but says his involvement has also helped him to develop his social skills after he accepted he would not be able to play fully sighted cricket and football.

“Sport has always been very important to me and volunteering has meant I have been able to do something I love whilst encouraging and helping others to have new experiences or build on their skills.  It has given me the confidence not to see my visual impairment as something that should get in the way of playing sport.  It has built my self-assurance in dealing with others both in sport and social settings.  Being able to talk to others, sharing experiences and knowing you are not alone in what I am feeling or experiencing has helped me manage the deterioration in my sight.”

David Howells, See My Voice Young Leader

The Torch Trophy Trust would like to express their gratitude to everyone who has been involved in the Trust since their birth in 1962.  They would like to say a deep thank you to so many members of the Royal Family, to sporting legends, to loyal trustees and to all those at the grassroots of sport who have encouraged and helped them in their story over these years.  The Torch Trophy Trust archives are now held at Loughborough University.

British Blind Sport (BBS) would like to thank all of those at the Torch Trophy Trust who have provided backing to BBS and the projects aiding the development of young volunteers in sport, which continue to support the individuals championing sport inclusion for all.