Odette’s Prudential Ride 2019!

Odette and Jean’s Prudential Ride 2019 for Croydon Vision!

Odette and Jean’s Prudential Ride 2019 for Croydon Vision

Jean and I are riding our tandem in the Prudential Ride, a cycling event taking place in London on the 4th August,  we will be doing 46 miles and are fundraising for Croydon Vision who support blind and partially sighted people living in Croydon south of London.

We have been practising and last Sunday we cycled to a Beer Festival in Godstone, the hills just after Purley were quite steep but we need to prepare for the hill between Wimbledon and Wimbledon village when we do our ride in August!.

Here are some photos from our ride.

We cycled 3 hours from Croydon to Godstone to a well deserved cool local beer and some great country music, lovely food, Ice cream and we even managed a dance or two in front of the stage!

by Odette Battarel

If you want to support us and Croydon Vision  you can by visiting Jean’s website where you can donate: www.prarisrockclub.com 




Athletic Open – Deadline Extended

Athletics Open 2019

Theis now less than 3 weeks away and we cannot wait to welcome everyone to Mile End Stadium.

To ensure no one will miss out,
we have decided to extend the deadline to the 12th of June!

If you have not done so already, please do try and apply before this deadline as this will be your final chance. Hope to see you there!

Charlie Raven –  SDO Metro Blind Sport.

Athletics Open Event Details

  • Date: Sat 22 June 2019  Venue: Mile End Stadium, London, E14 7TW
  • Entry: FREE including packed lunch, t-shirt, medals & certificate
  • Download Entry Form here: https://blindsport.uk/AthleticsOpen2019
  • Please complete and return the form attached below, by email to charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org
  • Need help to complete the entry form – Call Charlie on 07956292046

VICTA £50 for Travel: Athletic Open


Metro Blind Sport – Welcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join us in our annual competition’s ‘43rd year! 

The morning ‘Come and Try Coaching Session’ will once again provide those new to the sport a brilliant opportunity to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, supported by qualified coaches. If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete in the afternoon, or are looking to improve your performance this is the place for you.

The 2019 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages. The athletics competitions are principally for registered blind and partially sighted people.

Every competitor will receive a free t-shirt along with either a medal and/or performance certificate. Free packed lunches will be provided for all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers. *Guide Runners may be arranged with advance notice, you will need to provide an estimate of your track times.

Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.

Come and Try Session starts 10.00am – 11.30am, open to all ages, an ideal opportunity to access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.

Competition starts 12.00 noon, listed below are all events grouped under the relevant age ranges. Results will be uploaded to Power of 10 as soon as possible. 

Event closes after final Medal Ceremony – 5.00pm  



  • Under 12 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only) 60m, 100m, Standing Long Jump, Ball Throw, For B1 athletes only)
  • Under 14 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only) 100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),
  • Under 17 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes  only – called 60m),
  • Senior Ladies and Men (18 – 34)100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
  • Vets Ladies and Men (Over 35) 100m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, Shot


The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line).


Poetry: Tasting Colour Video!

Poetry Tasting Colour Video A Blind Bit of Difference

A Blind Bit of Difference’ & ‘Tasting Colour’,

An Anthology of Sensory Poetry by Students from the Joseph Clarke School Centre of Excellence for Vision Impaired and Complex Needs.

Check out the video below of presents Tasting Colour! held at , led by .

A Blind Bit of Difference -Tasting Colour video Below

link to the original location of the video: https://vimeo.com/333641600/c326452684



LOOKfest Accessible Family Festival

LOOKfest Accessible Family Festival 26- 29 July
Kenchurch Estate in Herefordshire,
Rockyfold, Kentchurch Estate, HR2OBL
07470872782 / 07464351958
26th July 2019
For 3 Days Parent / Carer ticket: £55.00 Child ticket (3-18 yrs): £35.00 Under 2s go FREE!

 LOOKfest The UK’s First Accessible Family Festival

RNIB Connect Radio’s Barry Snell chats to Kevin Satizibal from the charity LOOK UK, who are hosting this summer’s LOOKfest – An accessible summer festival for visually impaired young people and their families.

It will take place on July 26-29th, in the great outdoors and under canvass in rural Herefordshire.

26-29 July: LOOKFest

Join us for a weekend of activities, music and discussion, at LOOKFest, our first ever accessible family festival at the Kenchurch Estate in Herefordshire. Feel the festival fever with fantastic performances from vision impaired creatives and get involved in our sport, dance, crafts, creative music sessions and more!

Find out more and book your tickets here.

Fun for all the family! From toddlers to teens, to the truly ancient, there is something for everyone!

Parent / Carer ticket: £55.00
Child ticket (3-18 yrs): £35.00 Under 2s go FREE!

Welcome to LOOKfest! An accessible summer festival for families with a visually impaired parent or child.

LOOKfest! will take place on July 26-29th, in the great outdoors and under canvas in rural Herefordshire.

This festival is run by LOOK UK, a charity that aims to empower young visually impaired (VI) people to thrive.  LOOKfest! is a unique event, created by VI people, for VI people.

On our beautiful and tranquil festival site, you are free to roam, join in with a host of activities or kick back and relax.

Feel the festival fever with fantastic performances from visually impaired
creatives and get involved in our sport, dance, crafts, creative music sessions
and more!


If you’re more of a classic camping family, you can choose to pitch your own tent in our sheltered and car-free camping field. LOOK staff and volunteers will be on hand to support you with pitching your tent where needed.

Small caravans can be accommodated, though please be aware that there is no electric hookup available. Caravans will be required to pitch in the parking field, which is adjacent to the camping field.

Camping tent £10 per tent for the full weekend.

Camping caravan (please let us know if you plan to bring a van) £10 per van for the full weekend.

You can book your glamping / camping at the checkout when you book your LOOKfest tickets!

LOOK runs a free peer to peer mentor service which links VI people together
for inspiration, guidance and support. Come to LOOKfest! and meet the
team! Mentors will be running workshops, hosting fun and games and Q&As.

Come and Muck In! Find out Whats On!!


Get hands-on with nature! Enjoy our woodland, turn your hand at den making, have lots of fun in our giant sand pit!


Get creative in our dance, music and craft workshops.

Get Inspired!

Hear from VI people with full lives and interesting stories to tell.


Try something new and learn tips and tricks. Build your confidence!

Workshops in: fashion and beauty, self-advocacy, mindfulness, stress management and more.


Take part in a range of fun team games and try out new sports. Test your trapeze skills and walk the tight rope, supported by our accessible circus crew. Get competitive and join in with a variety of accessible board-games.


Meet other families and make friends. Join our discussion groups and Q&A sessions with our fantastic LOOK mentors.


Chill out with some yoga or a professional massage.

Chat with new friends over a drink at the bar (cash only, so come prepared!)

The LOOK team are here to make sure you are comfortable and happy and have a great time!

Have fun!

Take in a packed programme of live entertainment including music, comedy and dance from talented VI performers.

If you play an instrument or have a talent to share, bring it along for a jam and join in the fun!

book your LOOKfest tickets!