Monthly Archives: January 2021

Weekly Online Events and News Update!

Weekly Events and News Update from Metro Blind Sport

 Weekly Update from Metro Blind Sport

Here is the updated online events, opportunities and news for this week for blind and partially sighted people, their families and friends.

Exercise challenge – Week 1

Each week we are setting Metro Blind Sport members a small challenge to stay active. With the help of Mark Bullock, we will be sending out a link to a short video that will demonstrate the challenge. The video is only one minute, and the activities are all a bit of fun. Please get involved and share your achievements on social media. Don’t forget to mention Metro Blind Sport when you post something.

The first challenge is ‘Throw and catch’. Watch the video link here:
http://blindsport.uk/Challenge1

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions take place on Zoom virtual video platform on Wednesday’s at 2 pm if you wish to register interest or find out more please contact:
Adam Millar  07392091327  Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

To find out what our members have said about these sessions, please visit  https://blindsport.uk/VirtualExercise

 

Active Sense

Enjoy free inclusive activities every day of the week with Sense! All sessions are available via Zoom or by phone call. Please note that all live sessions need to be booked in advance. A new Exercise Through Dance session starts on Saturday 23rd January at 11 am.
Register Here: http://blindsport.uk/DanceExercise

 

Get Yourself Active at Home

This week the ‘Get Yourself Active at Home’ workouts are led by Metro Blind Sport coach, Mark Bullock.  He’ll be taking people through various fun activities you can do from the comfort of your own home, including with other people! Subscribe to their YouTube channel to watch the videos http://blindsport.uk/GetActive

 

Yoga

Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page: https://blindsport.uk/ChairYoga

 

RSBC

There is a lot of new and updated information on the new RSBC website, including a dedicated area for young people! Please find their calendar of events and sign up for young people here: https://www.rsbc.org.uk/calendar-of-activities/

 

News Items

 

Young Ealing Foundation

The Young Ealing Foundation and their Strategic Partners launched a new Inclusive Sport and Physical Activity Network for Ealing in January. One of the first actions of the network was to start an interactive map showing all of the inclusive sport activities/services across the borough.

This can be found at http://blindsport.uk/EalingOnline

We appreciate that most activities are not currently happening during the lockdown, but this is a great resource once things open up again.

 

The Louie Voice Control App

We were informed about a new App in the past week and got in touch with our friends at Thomas Pocklington Trust to find out their thoughts. Louie is an accessibility app and can be used by all voice-lovers including but not limited to visually impaired, blind, motor-disabled, elderly, people with limited manual dexterity and all hands-free lovers.

Check our article on our website: http://blindsport.uk/AppLouie

 

Government Disability strategy survey now live.

The Disability Unit at Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People, with publication planned for Spring 2021. The Disability Unit has launched the UK Disability Survey (link below), and they want to hear from as many people as possible.

http://blindsport.uk/DisabilitySurvey

They are particularly keen to hear from disabled people, their carers, friends and family but views from the wider public are also very welcome.

The survey will remain open until 23rd April, and all views will be used to shape the delivery of the plans they set out in the Strategy with those they receive by 13th February informing its development.

 

Covid-19 home testing trial – call for volunteers

Can you help to improve the COVID-19 home testing experience for visually impaired people?

Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils are supporting NHS Test and Trace to conduct research into the experience and accessibility of getting a home test for coronavirus (COVID-19). The aim of the research is to understand how the home testing experience could potentially be improved to better serve the needs of people who are blind or partially sighted, or those with sight loss.

NHS Test and Trace are inviting you to express your interest in taking part in this research.  Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils are looking for people who would:

  • Be willing to conduct a home test for COVID-19 and share feedback on their experience
  • Be available to take part in this research between Monday 25th January and Friday 12th February

NHS Test and Trace will be capturing your feedback through video calls, phone calls or a survey depending on your access needs and preferences. If at any point in the research you do not wish to continue, you will be able to withdraw from the study.

If this applies to you or somebody you know, and you would like to find out more information or register your interest in taking part in this research, please complete this online form: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/hometeststudy2/.

Alternatively, if you are unable to access or complete the form for any reason, please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956292046 and we can arrange to register your interest over the phone.

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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This Weeks Exercise Challenge is Throw and Catch! 

Exercise Challenge - Week 1 - Throw & Catch with Mark Bullock

This Week Exercise Challenge is Throw and Catch!

How many “throw and catches against the wall” can you do in a minute or in 30 seconds?

Mark Bullock demonstrates this weeks challenge on our youtube Channel

Quick Link here:  Exercise Challenge  Week 1 -Throw and Catch!
Video Transcript link: https://blindsport.uk/Exercise1

Please do visit our new Facebook and comment your scores on this weeks exercise challenge post as we would love to see them and if you like our page while your there, that would be great!

Or you could tweet your scores on Twitter and let us know by adding @MetroVISports to your tweet!

Exercise Challenge Week 1 with Mark Bullock video below

Transcript link: https://blindsport.uk/Exercise1

 

Uplifting Activities for 2021 from Sense

Uplifting Online Activities for 2021 from Sense - Just Book Once!

Uplifting activities for 2021 from Sense

Sense is back providing you with more accessible activities to keep you active and creative.

 

Live sessions

These take place at specific times and must be booked in advance. Follow the link for your chosen activity to book your place. We’ve changed how you book your live physical activity sessions. You now only have to book once, which confirms your place(s) for that activity every week until the final date listed on the booking page. Make a note of this date-you’ll need to sign up again for the next block of sessions once this date has passed.

For more or help please contact us on asw@sense.org.uk

Events

Tai Chi  Mondays

Day:  Mondays  Time:2 pm  – 3 pm

Equipment needed. Chair

Link to book: http://blindsport.uk/TaiChi
Enjoy gentle, flowing movements and channel positive energy, wher­ ever you are. Instructed by Miz Rahman. Can be completed seated,
or standing.
This is a live, virtual class, hosted on Zoom. To access the class, you will need to book through our online booking system. Please follow the above link to book your place.
If you are having trouble booking this session or accessing Zoom on the day, please contact Michael.barrett@sense.orq.uk or call 07976 707281

 

Boxing

Day:  Thursdays  Time: 10.45 am – 11.30 am

Link to book: http://blindsport.uk/OnlineBoxing

Equipment needed. None

A weekly online boxing class with Boxing Futures. This class will get your heart beating whilst you move and stretch along with instructor Sarah!
This is a live, virtual class, hosted on Zoom. To access the class, you will need to book through our online booking system. Please follow the above link to book your place.
If you are having trouble booking this session or accessing Zoom on the day,
please contact Chloe.brown@sense.orq.uk or call  07980 660 939

 

D/deaf Yoga for  Wellbeing (signed only)

Day: Thursdays  Time: 5 pm – 6 pm

Link to book:  https://blindsport.uk/DeafYoga

Equipment needed

  • Yoga mat or similar
  • Folded blanket
  • Cushions or similar, to support un­derneath your feet

This is a live, virtual class, hosted on Zoom. To access the class, you will need to book your place through our online booking system. Please follow the above link to book your
place. If you are having trouble booking this ses­sion or accessing Zoom on the day,
please contact Vlichael.barrett@sense.orq.uk or call 07976 707281

Drumming to Music

Day: Fridays Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Link to book: http://blindsport.uk/Drum2Music

Equipment needed

  • Chair if desired (can be done  seated or standing)
  • 2 “drum sticks”- these could be wooden spoons, pens, or any­
    thing else you can find in your home

Get moving to the upbeat music, and practice your drumming skills using wooden spoons, pens, or whatever you have at home! This is a live, virtual class, hosted on Zoom. To access the class, you will need to book your place through our online booking system.

Please follow the above link to book your place.
If you are having trouble booking this session or accessing Zoom on the day, please contact Paul.downes@sense.orq.uk or call 07970 339871

 

Exercise Through Dance

Day: Saturdays,  Time: 11 am—11,45am

Link to book: https://blindsport.uk/ExerciseDance

Equipment needed. None

Coach: Step Change Studios

Have fun whilst getting active, learning new routines from Bollywood to Hip-Hop. This inclusive class is suitable for all ability levels and can be done seated or standing.
This is a live, virtual class, hosted on Zoom. To access the class, you will need to book your place through our online booking system. Please follow the above link to book your place.

If you are having trouble booking this session or accessing Zoom on the day, please contact  Michael.barrett@sense.orq.uk or  call 07976 707281

 

Active at Home

Sense have been working with Disability Rights UK and Durham University to create some pre-recorded videos suitable for disabled people and people with long term health conditions.

Starting from 5th January, we are kicking off our Active at Home workouts with four series of different workouts. Check out the timetable below, and visit the DRUK YouTube channel here: https://blindsport.uk/GYAYoutube

Pre-recorded videos:

these can be watched at a time to suit you. All you need is a device and an internet connection-just follow along with the instructor on screen, pausing the video to complete a section if necessary. Click the link for your chosen activity to view it on YouTube.

Exercise Through Dance

Dance sessions to get you moving with expert instructors from Para Dance UK, taking you through inclusive, easy to learn dance routines to popular mu­ sic! This session is for all ability levels, ensuring disabled and sensory impaired people can participate and be active.

Sequence & cool down with Vicki Link:  http://blindsport.uk/ParaDance
Duration: 16 mins

 

Seated Dance Episode A Captioned and Audio Described

Join choreographer Sundeep Saini with a brand new dance routine to try out!

These sessions are delivered seated to support access and mobility needs. This week, Sunny is showing us a routine set to ‘Disco Inferno’.

Link:  http://blindsport.uk/SeatedDance

 

Louie Voice Control – an Android App!

VI Tech: Louie Voice Control is an Android App

The Louie Voice Control App

Imagine being able to fully control popular apps and phone features with just voice commands!

Louie is an accessibility app and can be used by all voice control lovers, including but not limited to the visually impaired, blind, motor-disabled, elderly, or people with limited manual dexterity.  Louie needs accessibility permissions to operate.

Graham Page and Darren Paskell from Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) Tech team kindly tested out the basic functions of Louie Voice Control App for us.

Darren Paskell, TPT Tech Champion said  “It was a positive experience, the voice control when using Louie on the YouTube app, was excellent,  even skipping the ads worked, it did make you think, why on earth has no one done this before? ”

Graham Page said, “It actually skips the ads in YouTube automatically for you, once the skip ads button appears, as that usually takes a few seconds. The App seems pretty good, especially as it is in beta – early access. Even the contacts worked well. It looks encouraging. There is lots of guidance during the installation process as well as a tutorial accessible at any time.  This certainly helped me learn the voice commands to use Louie more quickly.”

The only caveat is that Louie Voice Control App is only on the android system. Though that in the long term could help to make all android devices more viable.

As with any app, choosing your device based on one app is never a safe bet, but If you happen to have an android device,  why not give it a go as it is free at the moment, due to it still being in early access. You can download it from the play store, link a below.

Louie requires Android 7 or later.

Louie Voice Control Link:
http://blindsport.uk/LouieApp

 

“Louie Voice Control App” explained by Louie’s Founder  Pramit Bhargava.  Youtube video below.

 

By just giving voice commands to Louie, you can:

  • Enjoy your favorite videos on YouTube
  • Book an Uber
  • Send Text or Audio Messages,
  • Share Audio & Video,
  • Make Audio & Video Calls through WhatsApp
  • Fully Manage your Contacts & Make Phone Calls
  • Many more Apps are on the way

Louie is an accessibility app and can be used by all voice-lovers including but not limited to visually impaired, blind, motor-disabled, elderly, people with limited manual dexterity and all hands-free lovers. Louie needs accessibility permissions to operate.

None of the leading Voice Assistants (Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri) can do what Louie can: *Voice Assistants tend to be superficial & will allow you to do only 2-3 things within an App.

Louie in comparison will fully voice control an App – each and every feature within the App. *Leading Voice Assistants or Personal Assistants have a nasty habit of going silent every now and then. Louie in comparison will do a two-way continuous interaction – just like a human interaction Louie has been built by a visually impaired person – Pramit Bhargava.

 

 

Live PE Lessons – Tuesdays 1.30 to 2.15pm

Live PE Lessons Tuesdays 1.30 pm to 2.15pm

Live PE Lessons

The PE and School Sports Network will be streaming LIVE PE lessons every Tuesday until the half-term break from 1.30 till 2.15 pm. The first lesson will focus on individual, fundamental skills using a tennis/sponge ball.

You can take part in any adequate space size depending on numbers including classrooms and at home.

To access the lessons, simply click onto the link below using your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

You can also join the lessons via our Twitter and Instagram pages.

See you then

Wilson Frimpong   – Email: wilson@lpessn.org.uk

Joint Network Manager

 

PE Development Initiative Of The Year – UK 2020

Most Inclusive PE Programme Of The Year – South London 2020

The PE & School Sports Network

0207 237 1928 Ext: 4086 || www.lpessn.org.uk