Yearly Archives: 2020

Metro Blind Sport – Coronavirus Update May 2020

Coronavirus: Metro Activities suspended until further notice!

Metro Blind Sport – Coronavirus update May 2020

Considering the current Coronavirus pandemic, and the suspension of all Metro Blind Sport face-to-face activity, Metro Blind Sport is having to respond to the pressures that it currently faces.

Consequently, Metro Blind Sport have made the decision to furlough or redeploy most of the staff for the next few weeks.

We understand that this comes at a difficult time for our members, volunteers, coaches, partners and the whole sport and physical activity community. However, the difficult decision has been made in consultation with our board of trustees and major funders.

This decision will be reviewed on a regular basis, in line with government advice, in order that we can recommence activity as soon as it is safe to do so.

From Friday 15th May, I will remain actively working for Metro Blind Sport, although this will be under regular review. I will continue to distribute regular updates through our twitter account and by newsflashes where appropriate. We are aiming to continue to deliver the Zoom meetings that are advertised on our website.

Our regular monthly newsletter will, however, not be sent on the 1st June. Our website remains a source of very useful information but please note that it will not be updated whilst our staff are on furlough.

I would encourage you where possible, for members to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

We are very sorry that we have had to take this action and we will update you in due course.

Kind regards

Martin Symcox

CEO Metro Blind Sport

 

Metro Blind Sport’s Upcoming Zoom Events

Metro Blind Sport Upcoming Online Zoom Events


All Metro Blind Sport Zoom Events will be supported by a Metro staff member. 

How to join a Metro Zoom Event

  • Online:  Simply click the meeting link provided  & add a Password if required.
  • Via Phone:  Ring the first number,  when prompted, enter the code and add a  password if required.
  • Need help Contact Charlie on 07956 292 046  before 4 pm on the day of the Zoom Event.

May

13 May    Metro Tennis      6 – 7 pm     Linda & Odette
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW: 164604
Phone number: +441314601196     84042371312#    1#,164604#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
14 May   Metro Members  General Catch up   7 – 8 pm   Martin & Charlie 
Meeting Link: Click Here    PW: 900500
Phone number:  +442034815240    86020434909#     1#,900500#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
19 May     Metro Cricket      6 – 7 pm     Hassan & Rory
If you are attending, please  Email:  martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
21 May    Members Members Mental Health Special  7 – 8 pm  Hassan + 1
Meeting Link: Click Here    PW:  034567
Phone number: +441314601196    88928029224#    1#,034567#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
27 May     Metro Tennis     6 – 7 pm     Linda & Odette
Meeting Link: Click Here    PW: 307107
Phone number:  +442034815240     88288485105#    1#,307107#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

June

1 June    Metro Quiz      6  – 7 pm     Reece & Jill
Meeting Link: Click Here    PW:  637774
Phone number:   +441314601196    85128819676#     1#,637774#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
2 June   Metro Cricket   6  – 7 pm –  Hassan & Rory
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
4 June  Metro Members  General Catch up  7 – 8 pm  Martin   
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  511211
Phone number: +441314601196      86844706464#      1#,511211#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
10 June      Metro Tennis     6 – 7 pm    Linda and Odette
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  931786
Phone number:   +442034815237     83426574990#    1#,931786#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
11  June   Metro Members  TBC  Special     7- 8 pm   Martin & Charlie
Meeting Link: Click Here     PW:  278998
Phone number: +441314601196    85416853868#    1#,278998#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
15 June    Metro Cricket     6 – 7 pm – Hassan & Rory
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
18 June    Metro Members  General Catch up      7 – 8 pm   Martin 
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  102093
Phone number:  +442030512874    83281734687#    1#,102093#
If you are attending please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
24 June     Metro Tennis    6 – 7 pm     Linda & Odette
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  699006
Phone number:  +442030512874   85008527623#     1#,699006#
If you are attending please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
25 June     Metro Members  TBC  Special      7 – 8 pm
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  916957
Phone number:  442034815240    85851559009#    1#,916957#
If you are attending please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
29 June     Metro Cricket    6 – 7 pm      Hassan & Rory
If you are attending please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org


Interviews with Hassan – YouTube Audio Videos!

Interviews with Hassan Khan - Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Hassan shares with us, a selection of eye-opening and heartwarming conversations with remarkable people. Whose lives have been changed or who themselves have helped to change the world of blind and partially sighted sport!

Latest Audio Videos below…

Hassan Khan celebrates international women of blind cricket: Aqsa Arif & Storme Dunford

In this international Blind Women cricket interview, Hassan Khan talks to Aqsa Arif B1 category player from Multan Pakistan and Storme Dunford B3 from the VI UK ladies team. They are also joined by Gary Dunford the manager of Surrey VI team. Hassan and guests discuss domestic cricket, international blind cricket, as well as the lockdown and the society. Both girls hope that Pakistan and UK ladies will play each other in the near future and Metro are pleased in putting 2 nations together.

Women of Blind Cricket – Audio Video Below

If you enjoyed this video,  Do not miss the next podcast!  please visit our YouTube channel and Subscribe https://blindsport.uk/Subscribe and share with friends, colleagues and family that may be interested.

Hassan Khan explores the last 47 years of Metro blind sport with Roy Smith and Mike Brace

In our second interview, Hassan interviews two legends of the VI world, Roy Smith MBE and Mike Brace CBE, they discuss lockdown, coping Mechanisms, as well as the last 47 years of Metro Blind Sport. Grab yourself a cupper and prepare to be enlightened.

The Legends Special  –  Audio Video Below

If you enjoyed this video,  Do not miss the next podcast!  please visit our YouTube channel and Subscribe https://blindsport.uk/Subscribe and share with friends, colleagues and family that may be interested.

Mike’s books available on Amazon UK: https://blindsport.uk/MikesBooks

Hassan Khan interviews Metro blind sport cricketers Amit Amin and Mujahid Zabit.

In our first of many interviews during this tough lockdown period, Hassan Khan chats with two cricketers from Metro Amit Amin & Mujahid Zabit.

Blind Cricket  –  Audio Video Below

If you enjoyed this video,  Do not miss the next podcast!  please visit our YouTube channel and Subscribe https://blindsport.uk/Subscribe and share with friends, colleagues and family that may be interested.

 

 

Donate to Metro Blind Sport Reactivating Activity!

Donate to Help Metro Blind Sport Continue after Lockdown is over!

Donate to Metro Blind Sport

Metro Blind Sport – Reactivating Activity

Encouraging blind and partially sighted people to be active once the lockdown measures are relaxed, and some form of social distancing remains, will be dependent on how we can help stimulate activity for our members.

In response to Covid-19 pandemic, Metro Blind Sport have had to cease all activity until such time that the government provide guidance about restarting activity in a safe manner.

The founders of Metro Blind Sport created the charity for four principle reasons;

  • To create sport PARTICIPATION opportunities for blind and partially sighted people;
  • To share INFORMATION on the sporting opportunities available to blind and partially sighted people;
  • To COMMUNICATE the benefits of sport and physical activity on the lives of blind and partially sighted people to participants, national governing bodies, operators and the wider sport and leisure sector;
  • To have FUN.

47 years later, those same four principle reasons remain firmly at the heart of what we do. Visual impairment does not have to prevent people from playing sport.

Encouraging blind and partially sighted people to be active once the lockdown measures are relaxed, and some form of social distancing remains, will be dependent on some significant changes to improve accessibility and access to information and activities. We are therefore asking for your support during these difficult times.

If you can make a donation, however small, it will place Metro Blind Sport in a positive position to stimulate activity as quickly as possible once sport and physical activity can recommence. This could ensure that we can reach as many people as possible, promoting our members physical and mental wellbeing through the power of sport and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for supporting Metro Blind Sport and our blind and partially sighted members.

Please visit our JustGiving page to donate https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MBSreactivating

 

Pandemic Support by Borough!

Pandemic Support by Borough - Website - Phone - email if available!
Quick Links:   B to E   |   G to J   |   K to M   |   N to R   |   S to W 

Barking and Dagenham

Call:  020 8215 3000

Email:  bdcan@lbbd.gov.uk

Website:  https://www.lbbd.gov.uk

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 Barnet

Call:  0808 281 3210

Website:  https://www.barnet.gov.uk

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Bexley

Call:  020 3045 5398

Website: https://www.bexley.gov.uk

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Brent

Call:  020 8937 1234

Email:  coronavirus@brent.gov.uk

Website:  www.brent.gov.uk

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Bromley

Call:  020 8313 4484

Website:  www.bromley.gov.uk

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Camden

Call:  0207 974 4444

Website:  www.camden.gov.uk

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Croydon

Call:  020 8604 7787

Website:  www.croydon.gov.uk

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Ealing

Call:  0208 825 7170

Website:  www.ealing.gov.uk

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Enfield

Call:  020 3821 1966

Website:  www.enfield.gov.uk

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Greenwich

Call:  0800 470 4831

Email:  covid19support@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Website:  www.greenwich.gov.uk

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Hackney

Call:  020 8356 3111

Website:  www.hackney.gov.uk

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Hammersmith and Fulham

Call:  0800 917 6994

Email:  shield@lbhf.gov.uk

Website:  www.lbhf.gov.uk/

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Haringey

Call:  020 8489 4431

Website:  www.haringey.gov.uk

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Harrow

Call:  0208 091 2698

Website:  www.harrow.gov.uk

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Havering

Call:  0800 368 5201

Email:  covid19support@havering.gov.uk

Website:  www.havering.gov.uk

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Hillingdon

Call:  0203 949 5786

Email:  covid19hub@hillingdon.gov.uk

Website:  www.hillingdon.gov.uk

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Hounslow

Call:  020 7084 9697

Email:  Hub@hounslow.gov.uk

Website:  www.hounslow.gov.uk

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Islington

Call:  0207 527 8222

Email:  weareislington@islington.gov.uk

Website:  www.islington.gov.uk

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Kensington and Chelsea

Call:  027 361 4326

Email:  C19Hub@rbkc.gov.uk

Website:  www.rbkc.gov.uk

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Kingston Upon Thames

Call:  0208 547 5000

Email:  covid-19support@kingston.gov.uk

Website:  www.kingston.gov.uk

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Lambeth

Call:  020 7926 2999

Website:  www.lambeth.gov.uk

Lewisham

Call:  0208 314 3535

Website:  www.lewisham.gov.uk

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Merton

Call:  020 8685 2272

Email:  help@mvsc.co.uk

Website:  www.merton.gov.uk

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Newham

Call:  0208 430 2000

Email:  help@newham.gov.uk

Website:  https://www.newham.gov.uk

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Redbridge

Call:  020 8708 5555

Website:  www.redbridge.gov.uk

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Richmond upon Thames

Call:  0208 871 6555

Email:  covid19support@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Website:  www.richmond.gov.uk

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Southwark

Call:  0207 525 5000

Email:  covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk

Website:  www.southwark.gov.uk

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Sutton

Call:  020 8770 5000

Website:  www.sutton.gov.uk

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Tower Hamlets

Call:  020 7364 3030

Website:  www.towerhamlets.gov.uk

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Waltham Forest

Call:  020 8496 3000

Website:  www.walthamforst.gov.uk

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Wandsworth

Call:  0208 871 6555

Email:  covid19support@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Website:  www.wandsworth.gov.uk

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Westminster

Call:  0207 641 1222

Website:  www.westminster.gov.uk