This Girl Can is back – New Video!

This Girl Can is back - New Video!

This Girl Can is back with a new advert to encourage women to be active despite the challenges of coronavirus (Covid-19).

The campaign’s new video revisits some of the brilliant women who featured in January’s ‘Me Again’ film and introduces new stories from women who are working activity into their lives and routines as a result of the virus.

This Girl Can: Me Again pt2

 

This girl can website: https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk

 

 

National Guidance to Support Safe Sighted Guiding

National Guidance to Support Safe Sighted Guiding

National Guidance to Support Safe Sighted Guiding

The Department for Health and Social Care, DHSC, has on the second September issued its guidance below, Supporting people outside of their home, assisting people who may have had problems going out on their own while maintaining social distancing:

This General guidance applies to England only and outlines how the Coronavirus, COVID-19, transmission risk can be minimised when support is provided so that people can visit shops, socialise or exercise safely. The guidance states that where you need support from someone Who isn’t in your household or support bubble and is not your normal carer, you and the person providing the support should, where possible, keep 1 m away from each other, taking additional precautions:

  • Keeping any interactions of closer than 2 metres distance to as short a time as possible.
  • Trying to avoid face to face contact with the person supporting you. Side by side contact is preferable and if face to face contact is needed, this should be for as short a time as possible.
  • Wearing a face covering unless you are unable to or exempt from wearing one, if you’re going to be supported indoors or get close contact support for extended periods indoors or outdoors.

You may be part of a larger gathering but the same person, or people if you need support from more than one person at a time, should support you at all times. The guidance also states you may receive support from voluntary organisations or when accessing businesses such as larger shops, train stations or a hospital clinic, where the person providing the support may be helping multiple people in a day. When asking for support, you should set out what support you need and provide your name & contact details.

RNIB has also just published more detailed joint policy guidance on sighted guiding assistance for VIPs, in partnership with Guide Dogs & TPT

This is based on the DHSC guidance above, allowing for sighted guiding support from family or friends not in your household or support bubble and by volunteers or staff from organisations such as supermarkets, transport hubs and hospitals.

Sighted guiding ordinarily involves the person being guided keeping light contact with a guider’s elbow, standing alongside and slightly behind to the left or right, depending on personal preference.

The RNIB policy lead I’ve been liaising with tells me they’ve tried with a few people and if you’re measuring head to head, you should be able to keep 1 m or so apart from when guiding using the elbow.

Although guiding has a number of factors that make it a little safer in any event, you’re usually outdoors and moving and side to side, rather than face to face, all of which help mitigate the risk. At the same time, they’re also aware that you’re likely to be involved for more than 15 minutes, which adds to the risk somewhat.

They’ve recommended the additional mitigations, particularly with people outside your household or support bubble, of wearing a face covering, good hand and respiratory hygiene as well as planning journeys to reduce the risks as far as is practical.

For people who were clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable, current government guidance is that they are able to be supported to leave their house but these people are reminded to be scrupulous in following the guidance, given their vulnerability.

As with all of this, this is subject to changes in regulations, so if there is a local lockdown people will have to observe any new restrictions until they are lifted.

 

Coronavirus response must include digital access for all

JRF Blog: Coronavirus response must include digital access for all

JRF blog on technology during Covid19

original article jrf.org.uk

Coronavirus response must include digital access to connect us all

Crossing the digital divide is essential to ensuring that the response to COVID-19 includes us all, say the Addressing Poverty with Lived Experience (APLE) Collective.
Coronavirus response must include digital access to connect us all

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LOOK UK: Three Various Aged – Weekly Online Youth Forums!

LOOK UK: Three Various Aged Weekly Online Youth Forums!

Online Youth Forum: Juniors. School Years 3-6.

Join the LOOK Online Juniors Forum for school years 3-6 every Friday at 2 pm. A space for kids, led by kids!
Struggling to keep the kids occupied? Worried what they’re thinking and feeling about the current crisis? Wishing your child had a place for discussion and distraction?
Our online youth forums will entertain, support and empower your child to stay connected with their peers during these tricky times.
A space for kids, led by kids; we want to hear their ideas and we’ll make it happen.

School years 3-6, ages 7-11.
Dates: Every Friday 17, 24 April,  1,8,15.22,29 May,  5 June   Time: 2.00 pm
Contact events@look-uk.org for any further information, or click below to register for free.

https://blindsport.uk/JnrYouthForum

Online Youth Forum: School Years 7-10

Join the LOOK online youth forum every Wednesday at 2 pm. Make new friends and enjoy an hour of fun and laughter with others.

School’s on pause, family is getting on your nerves and Instagram is getting tedious. Why not break up your time by joining our VIP Hangout! We want to know what you’re missing so we can make it happen! Whether it’s jamming with friends, getting creative, or being active; this is a space for you, led by you.
Join the LOOK online youth forum every Wednesday at 2 pm.

Look’s Online Youth Forum: Years 7 – 10
School Years 
7-10, ages: 12-15.
Date: Every Wednesday,   22, 29 April  6.13 20, 27 May, 3 Jun  Time: 2.00 pm
Contact events@look-uk.org for any further information, or click below to register for free.
https://blindsport.uk/YouthForum

Look’s Online Teens Forum (School years 11 – 13/Sixth Form)

Join the LOOK online teens forum every Monday at 2 pm. Make a new group of friends online, and let us know what you’re missing

In our VI Hangout, we want to give you guys the opportunity for discussion and distraction.

Get to know some other VI young people and hear what they are getting up to. Make a new group of friends online, and let us know what you’re missing; want a music jamming session? Fancy trying your hand at some coding? Interested in a group cook along?

Let us know your ideas and we’ll make it happen! A space for you, led by you. Join the LOOK online teens forum every Monday at 2 pm.

School Years 11-13 (sixth form/college), ages 15-18.

Date: Every Monday, 20, 27 April   4,11,18,25 May,  1 June   Time: 2.00 pm
Contact events@look-uk.org for any further information, or click below to register for free.

https://blindsport.uk/TeenForum

 

Free VI virtual Latin Dance Classes Starts 18 April – Step Change Studios!

Free VI virtual Latin Dance Classes Start 18 April - Step Change Studios!

Free VI virtual Latin Dance Classes: Step Change Studios

We are delighted to share that we are starting free online live VI Latin dance sessions.

Our professional Latin dance teacher Clair will be running a 40 minute live online class starting this Saturday 18th April at 11 a.m. We will run this every Saturday for 4 weeks.

We will be using the video platform Zoom which is free to use. The classes with be free. All you need to do is:

  • 5 minutes before the class starts, click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/558911739
  • You may get a dialogue box pop up, if you do, select ‘open link’ – this will link you to the class
  •  You will then get a message saying the host need to accept you, which we will. After a quick intro we’ll get going.

That’s it!

You have the option of having your video & microphone on or off during class – choose what you prefer. The class is suitable for a small space, just make sure there are no hazards in the way and please only join in if you are well, and not had any medical advice against exercising.

It will be a fun session, no partner needed but if you have family that would like to join in with you they are very welcome. Clair will be giving clear voice instructions to help you follow. Please feel free to send feedback after class so we know what works and if there are things we can improve. The most important thing is that we want you to enjoy yourselves.

So remember – just click on the link above at 11 a.m. this Saturday to join in!