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Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London!

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London!

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London

The project

Metro Blind Sport has secured funding to deliver a walking programme so that blind and partially sighted Londoner’s can collectively benefit from attending walks in various London Parks.

The Metro Blind Sport Walking Project will allow blind and partially sighted Londoners, particularly those who are least active or require support to remain active, to take part in an activity that is easily accessible. It will enable the participants to not only improve physical fitness but equally as importantly, to develop peer support and networks.

We know that walking has many benefits and this programme also provides a great opportunity to deliver activity away from the many restrictions that are being placed on indoor sport.

We need your help

We are now recruiting for paid walk leaders and for volunteers to help deliver the programme. We intend to choose approximately 6-8 parks, throughout London rather than hold the walks in a regular location.

If you are interested in being part of the project from a delivery perspective, then please get in contact. We are seeking to recruit up to 4 walk leaders that could lead sessions on a regular rotational basis. Walk leader training would be provided.

We aim to commence the delivery of the sessions from the start of May.
 

Do you know someone who might be interested?

Then if useful, please download and share this word document:

Download Walking Programme Document

The word document above contains all this page information

 

What do Walk Leaders do?

During a walk, walk leaders are at the front, middle or back of a group – making sure everyone is safe and happy. Along with Metro Blind Sport staff, leaders will help to plan routes, support walkers and act as ambassadors for walking – showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.

 

What Skills to I need as a Walk Leader?

The main skill we need from our walk leaders is an enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!

 You don’t need any particular experience, but we love our leaders to be friendly and welcoming, with good communication skills; reliable, punctual and well organised; confident at speaking in front of small groups; able to take control and be assertive when needed and observant and sensitive to the needs of others.

 

How much time do I need to give as a Walk Leader?

Most of our walks are short, around an hour or less. Including travelling, preparation and paperwork, leading a single walk close to home typically takes around 2 and a half to 3 hours, plus meeting and greeting participants, occasional meetings and refresher training. We are hoping that our Walk Leaders can attend two walks per month.

 

What about payment?

Travel expenses would be paid for walk leaders and volunteers. For the regular Walk Leaders, payment of £25 per hour is available. Walk Leaders would need to invoice Metro Blind Sport on a monthly basis. Travel expenses can be claimed in addition to the hourly rate.

 

Volunteers

We are also recruiting for volunteers that will support the Walk Leaders. We would expect the volunteers to be friendly and welcoming with a good, open communication style to support blind and partially sighted people to navigate the walks. We are hoping that our volunteers can attend regularly but there is no commitment to attend each week. Training would be provided. Travel expenses can be claimed for volunteers.

 

Get in contact

If you would like to part of this exciting project, please email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org or call Martin on 07508 958927.

 

 

 

News & Online Event Update – 3 March 2021

Weekly online event and news Update

News & Online Event Update

As we edge towards activities being able to resume, please find below information that can help you stay active at home.

Walking Programme

We have had a good response from people interested in taking part in our walks in London parks. We are continuing to make the necessary arrangements, but in the meantime, if you might want to join us, then please just email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org to register your interest.

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London

We are now recruiting for paid walk leaders and for volunteers to help deliver the above Walking Programme. If you are interested in being part of the project from a delivery perspective, then please download this word document: https://blindsport.uk/WalkingDoc

If you would like to part of this exciting project, please email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org or call Martin on 07508 958927

 

Cycling Programme

The same goes for the cycling programme that we are arranging with Bikeworks in West London.
If you are keen to come along, then please email Martin. We will then register your interest and contact you shortly with all the booking details and the days and times the sessions are running.

 

Yoga

To coincide with the upcoming release of a new set of videos focusing on floor-based yoga for beginners on Metro Blind Sport’s website, Claire Miller, a highly qualified fitness and yoga teacher, from Ruislip talks to us about her journey into yoga and physical activity. Have a read here https://blindsport.uk/AYogaJourney

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom 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

 

Tennis

After the positive feedback that we have received from members, we have decided to continue to deliver the online coached tennis sessions every other week on Wednesday and Friday evenings. These sessions are fee to attended and are suitable for all ability levels. It is a relaxed atmosphere to play a few tennis drills and keep active.

If you have never played tennis before and want to understand a little more about the game, then please come along with no obligation to play.

New dates are as follows:

March 10th, 12th, 24th and 26th

April 7th, 9th, 21st and 23rd

May 5th and 7th

Sessions are from 6 pm to 7 pm. To register your interest, please email Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org

 

British Blind Sport

Along with their inclusive coaches, British Blind Sport have developed audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength Training as part of their Active at Home Programme.

Find out all of the details of the live sessions by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

  

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities for people to take part in. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact sense.active@sense.org.uk for booking support, but a link to the activities can be found here.

https://tinyurl.com/InclusiveSense

 

Multisport – Croysutt Warriors

Croysutt Warriors Goalball Club is continuing to run a session to get people active in Croydon. The sessions include, over a 2 hour period, Goalball, Football and Basketball on an outdoor lit court.

The sessions are run on a Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and all levels are welcome.

Please phone or email Robin on 07889648925 or Croysuttwarriors@outlook.com

The sessions take place in CR0 6EA.

 

News Items

 Visually Impaired Sailing Association

The Visually Impaired Sailing Association (Visa-gb) have produced a short film which I am sure that our members would be interested in.  This Visa-gb film  https://youtu.be/nPC27FvJQMUshows how Visa-gb empower and encourage visually impaired adults to enjoy offshore sailing. It includes audio description and testimonials from their crew and previous participants. VISA would love to hear what our members think of the film. Please send your thoughts to Lorraine Dodge at info@visa-gb.or.uk.

More information about the Visa-gb programme of activities and how people can join Visa-gb is available from Sue Hogge using this Contact us link https://visa-gb.org.uk/contact and on their website. https://visa-gb.org.uk

Anyone wishing to join Visa-gb can do so using this Join Us Visa-gb link.

https://visa-gb.org.uk/join-our-community/  Membership is free.

 

London Vision

The team at London Vision have produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, which informs people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London, including local society events.

March’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here

https://tinyurl.com/LondonVision

 

Facebook

Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow this link and give us a follow and a like https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

British Blind Sport AGM

Annual General Meeting of British Blind Sport is to take place on Tuesday 30th March 2021 at 1 pm, for approximately two hours. Due to socialising restrictions and government guidelines, this year’s AGM will be taking place using Zoom video conferencing software.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please inform their head office by calling 01926 424247 or emailing info@britishblindsport.org.uk so that they can ensure you have the appropriate documents and the links to join the Zoom call.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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Audio Described Breathwork Practice!

Audio Described Breathwork Practice with Claire Miller

Audio Described Breathwork Practice with Claire Miller

Breathwork practice helps release mental, physical, and emotional stress and creates feelings of openness, peace, gratitude, clarity, communication, and connection.

“Hello and welcome! Today I’m going to be taking you through a short breathwork practice… I’m comfortable on the floor, if it’s more comfortable for you, please sit in a chair on a sofa, whatever works for you… So get yourself nice and comfortable, and bring your eyes closed.   ” –  Claire Miller

Breathwork Practice with Claire Miller – Youtube Video Below

Transcript: https://blindsport.uk/BreathTranscript

Do not miss our new floor-based yoga classes – coming soon!  Subscribe to our Youtube channel: https://blindsport.uk/Subscribe

Learn more about Claire miller in the article below

A Yoga Journey with Claire Miller!

Chair Yoga Sessions

Four Audio-Described  Chair Yoga Sessions can be found in one playlist below:
https://blindsport.uk/ChairYoga

 

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Inner Vision Orchestra Music Workshops

Inner Vision Orchestra Music Workshops

Inner Vision Orchestra Music Workshops

The Inner Vision Orchestra was founded in 2012 by multi-instrumentalist and composer Baluji Shrivastav OBE, and the Baluji Music Foundation. It is the world’s only professional ensemble of blind musicians.

We are excited to launch a new series of Inner Vision Orchestra Music Workshops. These will take place twice monthly on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm and bring people together to share the joy of music online.

Each workshop will be led by a different member of the Inner Vision Orchestra and will focus on music from around the world, reflecting the incredible diversity of our talented musicians.

Our workshops are free to people who are blind or partially sighted and take place on Zoom and by telephone dial-in. Donations are welcome!

This uplifting upcoming series will take you on a global journey from the comfort of your sofa and has been supported by Vision Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Chapman Charitable Trust!

  • 3rd March 2021 – 7 pm – Arabic music – Ziad Sinno
  • 17th March 2021  – 7 pm – English and Irish Folk – Kate Portal  Indian music – Baluji Shrivastav OBE
  • 31st March 2021 –  7 pm – Latin American Music – Kevin Satizabal
  • 14th April 2021 –  African music – Victoria Oruwari (TBC)
  • 28th April 2021 –   Indian music – Baluji Shrivastav OBE
  • 12th May 2021 –   American jazz – Rishi Gulati (TBC)

First, up will be Ziad Sinno on Wednesday 3rd March at 7 pm. Ziad is originally from Lebanon and came to England in 1985. He plays Oud, Arabic violin, keyboards and is also a vocalist. He joined the Inner Vision Orchestra in 2012 and then the Paraorchestra in 2013. Ziad performed at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics. In his free time, Ziad loves to practise and record his music, particularly the Lebanese songs he used to sing in his childhood. ZIad can be heard here on Spotify performing one of our favourites Diggy Diggy Diggy Ya Rababa with other members of the Orchestra, on the album ‘Best of Baluji Shrivastav ft. Inner Vision Orchestra’

Our workshops are free, however, if you do choose to donate the money will be used to continue the Baluji Music Foundation’s work supporting and promoting blind and partially sighted musicians in the UK and sharing music with all. Please do sign up to hear about future events or hire us for a performance! Email us at baluji@baluji.com

Format

Each workshop will be an hour-long, with a demonstration from the lead musician, an introduction to the history of the music, the rhythms and its scales. There will be opportunities to join in with clapping and song, then at the end we will have a virtual tea and biscuit break with Q&A and chat session.  Our workshops are designed to be relaxed and fun and we are all really looking forward to meeting you!

Registration

Registration can be by Eventbrite here by emailing us at baluji@baluji.com, or calling us on 020 7226 2094. Once registered, you will receive an email/call before the event with the relevant link and dial-in number.

About the Inner Vision Orchestra

Our extensive repertoire moves between songs from Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, to soulful Gospel and Blues to sublime Indian Ragas and Western Classical compositions. Members of the orchestra burst onto the world stage at the Paralympics in 2012 and recently performed International Unlimited Commission ‘Antardrishti-Inner Vision’ to full audiences at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Norwich Arts Centre, The Royal Opera House in Mumbai and The British Council Theatre in Delhi.

The Inner Vision Orchestra is currently running a series of virtual concerts and has been featured over the last year on the BBC, on ITV and on Radio 4. Driven by the intensity of an inner vision we believe in the power of music to transform lives!

“A magical mixture of sounds” Sean Rafferty from BBC Radio 3 In Tune

“Inner Vision Orchestra play bloody great kick-ass music !” Charles Hazlewood

Listen to our music on Spotify!  The Inner Vision Orchestra recently released tracks on Baluji Shrivastav’s latest album ‘Indian Classical Interactions’ released through ARC Music, from the magical composition ‘Antardrishti – Inner Vision’ – listen here. . The orchestra also features on ARC Music’s Best of Baluji’ listen here

Find out more by signing up to our mailing list at baluji@baluji.com to be the first to hear about our news and upcoming events and visit  www.balujimusicfoundation.org

The video shows members of the Inner Vision Orchestra on stage at Leeds International Festival performing music composed by Baluji in a performance organised by South Asian Arts. Musicians include Ziad on oud, Kate on fiddle and Baluji on sitar who will be leading some of the workshops in this series.

 

Rules & History of Blind Tennis by Martin Etheridge

Rules & History of Blind Tennis by Martin Etheridge

“Ikimasu.” “Hai”: Blind Tennis Rules 2021

This is the first book ever to be written in English about blind tennis. It charts the amazing story of Takei and of the legacy he has left. It also brings together and introducing you to the rules of blind tennis!

Kindle: https://tinyurl.com/IkimasuHai
Hardback: https://tinyurl.com/Ikimasu

Miyoshi Takei was glad that he never gave up on his dream to play tennis. After becoming blind at the age of one and a half, there was a moment he realised he was somehow different. He had always thought his brothers saw things the same as him but he was wrong.

The author Martin Etheridge has over 40 years experience of officiating – across three different sports. He first came across tennis for the blind and visually-impaired six years ago and was hooked. He is passionate about the power of sport to make a difference for players with a disability.

This book will open your eyes to blind tennis by:

  • celebrating the achievements of Miyoshi Takei;
  • bringing together and introducing you to the rules of blind tennis;
  • highlighting a range of cases and decisions to interpret these rules;
  • inviting you the reader to play a role in helping to shape the future of the sport.

This book takes you on a journey of discovery to find out how blind tennis first started. It is about one man’s determination and perseverance and will appeal to players, coaches, officials and volunteers alike.

Two words are all you need to play. “Ikimasu”. Hai”. So “Are you ready?.” “Yes”. ….. Play.

 

History of Blind Tennis

 

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