Ski for Light International Event: Virtually Everywhere!

Ski for Light: International Virtually Everywhere Event! 27 - 30 Jan 2021

SKI FOR LIGHT 2021 EVENT

Registration now open for the Ski for Light International Event: Virtually Everywhere! While we wish we could get together in person, we will still exercise our creativity, to connect, share and learn via technology.

Register now so you can join us Wednesday, January 27 through Saturday, January 30, 2021, for our first-ever virtual event!

We will gather via the Zoom platform for three to four hours per day to enjoy many of the activities we’d normally experience in-person. We plan a fitness program to get your blood pumping, special interest sessions to expand your knowledge, and a closing banquet full of comedy and song.

And for the first time, SFL attendance will be free! All registrants will receive a Ski for Light patch and a stretch band with the SFL Logo.

Not familiar with zoom? Don’t worry. We’ll be scheduling some zoom training so that everyone can participate in the event. So, register now at the link at the bottom of this email.  I’ve also provided a link to the SFL bulletin, which provides more information about the event.

To register for the event, go to: The 2021 Ski for Light International Event: Virtually Everywhere (sfl.org)

 

Ski for Light: Virtually Everywhere Event Details

The COVID-19 pandemic has created so many disruptions and hardships, all around the world, but it can’t prevent the Ski for Light community from connecting via technology. Join us January 27 – 30, 2021, for our first-ever virtual event! From Wednesday through Saturday, we will gather via the Zoom platform to enjoy many of the activities we’d normally experience in-person, promoting fitness and friendships, plus a few fun surprises-all while safely at home.

Most sessions will be conducted live via Zoom between 6 and 10 p.m. Eastern time; recordings will be posted to the SFL YouTube channel for enjoying anytime, and we’ll be sharing content via Facebook and Twitter as well. Participants can choose to join as many or as few of the virtual event sessions as they wish.

The program schedule will include the following types of sessions:

  • An opening night welcome program
  • Stretching, yoga and other physical activities to get your body moving
  • Personal challenges to step up your own fitness program, go further, or try something new, with resources that will help you reach your fitness goals
  • Special-interest sessions on a wide range of topics
  • How to participate in SFL as a guide or visually or mobility impaired skier
  • A live auction featuring fabulous items of all kinds
  • A Saturday night “banquet” (dress-up optional, BYO everything), with inspiring speakers, awards and other festivities

There is no cost to attend the 2021 Ski for Light International Virtual Event, but we ask everyone who wants to be a part of the week to complete and submit the short application linked below. Each registrant for the event will receive via postal mail an embroidered Ski for Light event patch and a customized SFL logo resistance band (handy for home strength training and stretching), free of charge. Each registrant will also be enrolled in an event e-mail listserve, which will be used to keep you informed about the program schedule as it is finalized, to send you additional information about the fitness program and challenges that will be part of the event, and to send you the information that you will need to access each session via zoom, or to access event recordings on YouTube.

A custom SFL logo fleece headband has also been especially created for the event. This performance headband, in bright royal blue with the Ski for Light logo on the front, is the perfect screen-friendly fashion accessory for our upcoming virtual event. You can learn more about the headband and order one if you wish by going to www.sfl.org/events/headband. The cost of each headband is $25.00 which includes shipping and handling expenses.

The 2021 Virtual Event Chair is Bonnie O’Day. If you have questions, want to suggest program ideas for the week, or wish to be involved in the work of putting the event together, please contact Bonnie via e-mail at BonnOday@gmail.com

Also linked below is a description of Special-Interest Sessions and how they will be conducted at the virtual event. We are seeking volunteers to lead such sessions, and you may indicate your interest in leading a session by completing the short form at the end of the description.

Come Zoom with us in January, and soon, we’ll be back out on the trails with each other, zooming for real.

2021 Event Application and Special Interest Sessions

The SFL Bulletin, with more details about the event can be found at: Ski for Light Bulletin Fall 2020 (sfl.org)

To purchase a headband, go to: SFL Logo Headband

 

SFL Well at Home

We Ski for Lighters usually like to get up and go, but right now, in service of public health, we’re hunkering down. To help our far-flung community stay fit, positive, and connected during the COVID-19 crisis, we’re pulling together some fun digital content featuring your SFL friends sharing their favorite at-home exercises, meditations, motivational tips, and more.

Got a short video or audio to share, or maybe a request for help? Reach out to SFL vice president Julie Coppens, at JYCoppens@gmail.com or send us a message on our Facebook page. Thanks for contributing and participating, and be well!

Here’s a link to our Facebook videos (you don’t need a Facebook account to watch):

https://www.facebook.com/SkiforLight/videos

Here’s a link to an audio recording of an SFL morning stretch class from a few years ago (but still great!), led by Nino Pacini:

https://www.sfl.org/event-save/podcasts/stretch.mp3

And because we all need to remember to breathe in these anxious times, here’s a link to SFL guide Betsy Thomason’s 10-minute video intro to her book JUST BREATHE OUT:

 

 

 

 

Let’s Get Inclusive Event! – Thurs 3 Dec 2020

Let’s Get Inclusive Event! - Thurs 3 Dec 2020

Let’s Get Inclusive Event! – Thurs 3 Dec 2020

London FA, together with Middlesex FA with be running a FREE virtual disability event to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities on Thursday 3rd December.

Let’s Get Inclusive is a series of inclusive workshops to support and develop disability football In Middlesex and London. We will run 8 workshops throughout the day via zoom, whether you’re a player/ coach/ club/ volunteer/ teacher/ school/ disabled persons organisation/ parent/carer.  there is something for everyone. You can attend as many workshops as you would like!

Workshop timetable

10 am – 11 am –  Let’s Get Involved

  • Get to know about disability football in your county – create disability football sessions, how disabled people can become coaches/referees, disability leagues etc

11 am – 12 pm – Let’s Get Mental Health Aware delivered by Mind Harrow

  • Mental Health Awareness workshop focussed on understanding the mental health umbrella and how to build emotional health with strategies to cope with poor mental health.

12 am – 1 pm – Let’s Get Informed –  Inclusion Panel

  • Middlesex FA, London FA, Sense, Wheelchair Football Association, CP Sport, Southwark Stars FC and QPR will discuss all those important topics around disability sport, inclusion, barriers and change.

2 pm – 3 pm – Let’s Get Disability Aware – Disability Awareness in Sport delivered by Disability Sports Coach

  • Disability awareness workshop for those wanting to become more knowledgeable about working with disabled people.

3 pm – 4 pm – Let’s Get Playing with QPR

  • QPR will be running a football session for anyone looking to get active during the day

4 pm – 5 pm – Let’s Get Refereeing

  • An introductory workshop to refereeing disability football or how we support disabled people to become referees.

5 pm – 6 pm – Let’s Get Coaching

  • An introductory workshop to coaching disability football and how we support disabled people to become coaches.

6 pm – 7.30 pm – Let’s Get More Talent

  • A Talent ID workshop for anyone running disability football sessions/ pe sessions to spot talented players to go through the national talent pathway.

Booking required

To book onto any of the workshops, just click the link below, then select ‘book now’ on your chosen workshop.

 

For more information please email development@londonfa.com or call/ text 078 34049661

Conor Mc Brearty

Disability Football Development Officer

Email: conor.mcbrearty@londonfa.com

Phone: 07834049661 EXT 284

Disability Football http://www.londonfa.com/players/disability-football

 

Let’s Get Inclusive Event! – Thurs 3 Dec 2020

Let’s Get Inclusive Event! - Thurs 3 Dec 2020

Let’s Get Inclusive Event! – Thurs 3 Dec 2020

London FA, together with Middlesex FA with be running a FREE virtual disability event to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities on Thursday 3rd December.

Let’s Get Inclusive is a series of inclusive workshops to support and develop disability football In Middlesex and London. We will run 8 workshops throughout the day via zoom, whether you’re a player/ coach/ club/ volunteer/ teacher/ school/ disabled persons organisation/ parent/carer.  there is something for everyone. You can attend as many workshops as you would like!

Workshop timetable

10 am – 11 am –  Let’s Get Involved

  • Get to know about disability football in your county – create disability football sessions, how disabled people can become coaches/referees, disability leagues etc

11 am – 12 pm – Let’s Get Mental Health Aware delivered by Mind Harrow

  • Mental Health Awareness workshop focussed on understanding the mental health umbrella and how to build emotional health with strategies to cope with poor mental health.

12 am – 1 pm – Let’s Get Informed –  Inclusion Panel

  • Middlesex FA, London FA, Sense, Wheelchair Football Association, CP Sport, Southwark Stars FC and QPR will discuss all those important topics around disability sport, inclusion, barriers and change.

2 pm – 3 pm – Let’s Get Disability Aware – Disability Awareness in Sport delivered by Disability Sports Coach

  • Disability awareness workshop for those wanting to become more knowledgeable about working with disabled people.

3 pm – 4 pm – Let’s Get Playing with QPR

  • QPR will be running a football session for anyone looking to get active during the day

4 pm – 5 pm – Let’s Get Refereeing

  • An introductory workshop to refereeing disability football or how we support disabled people to become referees.

5 pm – 6 pm – Let’s Get Coaching

  • An introductory workshop to coaching disability football and how we support disabled people to become coaches.

6 pm – 7.30 pm – Let’s Get More Talent

  • A Talent ID workshop for anyone running disability football sessions/ pe sessions to spot talented players to go through the national talent pathway.

Booking required

To book onto any of the workshops, just click the link below, then select ‘book now’ on your chosen workshop.

 

For more information please email development@londonfa.com or call/ text 078 34049661

Conor Mc Brearty

Disability Football Development Officer

Email: conor.mcbrearty@londonfa.com

Phone: 07834049661 EXT 284

Disability Football http://www.londonfa.com/players/disability-football

 

Sight Specific Moves – Virtual Dance Course!

Sight Specific Moves - Virtual Dance Course with Rationale Arts!

Sight Specific Moves Dance Course bought to you by Rationale Arts.

Rationale Arts are offering people with a visual impairment aged 16 and over the opportunity to learn to dance virtually via Zoom!

Don’t let covid get you down. Learn cool dance moves that will improve your spatial awareness and emotional wellbeing from the comfort of your own home.

You can listen to the Audio Trailer below.

Music featured in the audio trailer: All that by Bensounds.”

What’s that I hear? You don’t have enough space in your own home to take part? Our sessions are tailor-made to suit each person’s individual access needs. If you have a small space in your living room that’s fine, if you have mobility issues and need to stay seated, we can teach you great dance moves from the comfort of your own chair.

So let’s have some fun and dance our way to happiness and health with Rationale Arts Sight Specific Moves Dance Course.

For more information, please email info@rationalearts.com and put in the heading “Sight Specific Moves” and we’ll get back to you.

We look forward to teaching you some great moves!

 

Kind regards

Nathan

 

 

Virtual Careers Program for 14 -18 yrs

Virtual Careers Program for 14 -18 yrs Blind in Business

Virtual Careers Program  for 14 -18 yrs with Blind in Business

Last academic year we ran a number of sessions with VI college students and received some great feedback, but unfortunately just as we were getting into a flow, we had to put a pause on future face to face delivery.

We have therefore taken the key learnings from our careers work to date and created a series of four workshops that we believe give both a well-rounded introduction into careers and post 18 pathways, as well as covering the VI specific careers questions and misconceptions that we heard from students over and over again.

 

Who?  The program is aimed at all visually impaired students aged 14 and over. (depending on numbers and timetable. Ideally broken down into two groups, one 14 – 16 and the other 16 – 18)

When? Weekly sessions. There is scope for flexibility with timings, whether timetabled into the week, over lunchtimes, or after schools.

Where? We will be hosting the sessions as webinars over Zoom.

Cost? There is no fee for these sessions. Blind in Business are covering costs under our young people training project.

What? An outline of the session plans is attached.

 

We have the capacity to work with up to eight groups next half term and will be looking at filling diary slots in the next couple of weeks, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or to express interest for your students.

I am very happy to chat over the phone if you have questions regarding specific students’ needs etc.

Regards,

Jessica Clements

 Apprenticeship Coordinator

Blind in Business

 0207 588 1885

www.blindinbusiness.org.uk

 

Contact Us:
If you would like to know more about what we do, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we  can have a chat about how we can help you:
Email: info@blindinbusiness.org.uk
Phone: 020 7588 1885
59 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5AQ