Now that more sport and physical activity opportunities are available to participate in, we are using this newsletter to detail what is available from Metro Blind Sport and partners.
The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm. Please book in advance using the link below.
- 25 May 2021 https://tinyurl.com/
Good news for those wanting to play bowls, we now have two opportunities each week for people to take part.
- Ravenscourt Park Bowls 24 May at 2 pm. Please register to play by using the following link https://tinyurl.com/
The Metro Blind Sport bowls sessions will be continuing at the Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm. No booking required.
If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.
Training sessions in Islington occur every two weeks, so please use the links below to book your place.
- 26 May 2021 6 pm – 8 pm for B1 players and those new to the game
- 28 May 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm for B2 – B5 players
If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.
The Metro Blind Sport friendly tournament will be on Sunday 12 September at Islington Tennis Centre from 12 pm onwards.
The tournament will provisionally consist of a B1 singles competition and a B2-B5 mixed doubles competition.
Doubles partners will be drawn out of a hat. The application form will be sent out within the next two weeks.
Tennis sessions occur every Thursday at the Sutton Sports Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm. Booking is required, so please contact the venue to book: Andrew.email@example.com.
The venue telephone number is 02086416611.
Good luck to the Metro cricket team, who play their first match this weekend.
We are keen to welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time.
We have already had new players come along and take part, and if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field firstname.lastname@example.org 07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.
We invite new players and current players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5.30 pm.
The course will start at 5.30 pm on 22 June and run every week until 27 July. Qualified coaches will lead the 1-hour weekly session on a Tuesday evening in a covid secure environment.
The project will deliver the skills and techniques played in netball, and they are free to attend. The netball skills sessions will take place at the Score Centre in Leyton with London Pulse Community Lead Lisa Brown
- If you want to take part, then please sign up for the first session here https://blindsport.uk/
- All other session dates are available to book on the Metro Blind Sport website. http://blindsport.uk/
To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox martin.symcox@metroblindsport.
Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport
Remember, you can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is we are now taking bookings for June, so please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your space. If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.
There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.
Merton Sports and Social Club Tandem
Their regular rides, open to all members, will begin on Saturday 22 May, then on the first and third Saturday morning of each month after that, unless the government guidelines change.
To register interest in a ride well in advance, please email email@example.com
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.
Running Achilles International
The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/
VI runners challenge
In partnership with VI Runners Bristol, Great Run are excited to stage the first VI Runners 10K Challenge in 2021.
Their joint ambition is to use this event to promote and increase participation in running for people registered as severely sight impaired. For further details about the challenge and the entry requirements, please follow this link https://tinyurl.com/ViRun2021
Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers.
If you have a family member or friends who would be keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.
Volunteering can come in many forms, from helping people play sports or helping people travel to activities or promote our activities. We welcome all the help we can get, so please encourage friends to get in touch.
Guide runner availability for marathon participation
Eva Henriques has kindly offered to support anyone with a vision impairment who is looking for a guide running partner with the intention to participate in any upcoming marathons.
If you are interested, please contact Eva directly either by email: email@example.com or phone: 07729 199 815.
What do you think about compulsory voter photo ID?
The Government has said it plans to introduce a requirement for voters in Great Britain to show a personal photographic identification document before being issued a ballot paper in polling stations for UK Parliamentary elections, local council elections in England, police, and crime commissioner elections in England and Wales.
The Government argues that requiring photo ID will protect the integrity of the ballot and ensure that there is a diminished opportunity for voter fraud. However, there is evidence that if you are young, if you’re a person from an ethnic minority, if you’re disabled, or you come from a poorer background, you’re much less likely to have a valid photo ID and could therefore find it more difficult to cast your vote.
Sight Loss Councils, supported by the Thomas Pocklington Trust, want to hear how you feel about the introduction of voter ID and kindly ask you to complete a short survey, which should take less than 5 minutes to complete: https://tinyurl.com/29xrehz6
Blind in Business parent and family Q&A workshop
Monday 5 July 2021, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm via Microsoft Teams.
For parents, carers, young people, friends, and family
- Learn and speak with blind and visually impaired people who are working in modern and successful careers.
- Gain insight into their education, finding work, the technology they use and what support they’ve received.
- Be encouraged by others’ experiences to be ambitious through education and into employment.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The London Learning Consortium
The social enterprise, The London Learning Consortium, has just started a new initiative and have been awarded government funding to support a small number of people in north and east London back into employment or training.
The support is virtual and would include:
• Free CV support;
• Job search;
• Encouraging employment, training or voluntary work.
To qualify for the free support, residents must be:
• Over 19 years of age
• Live in East/North London
Ideally, they want to reach hard to reach groups, but it’s open to anyone who meets the criteria. For more information, contact Kavina on k.Kamat@londonlc.org.uk or call 07534816359. She will then assist the resident in accessing the relevant opportunity.
Travel Hands is a product of VIP World Services. This service pairs blind and partially sighted people in London with sighted and verified volunteers to walk together towards their similar destinations.
Blind and partially sighted people can submit a trip request that is automatically sent to a volunteer near them, alerting the volunteer to their location. The accepting volunteer will then come and pick up the person and walk towards the requested destination.
The current call centre service is for free. But in the future, the application will cost £15/month or £150/year.
For more information, please visit the Travel Hands website https://www.travelhands.co.uk
World Blind Union
Every four years, the World Blind Union, holds a summit for “the largest international gathering of people who are blind or have low vision, working to build together a better future.”
Registration is free and allows access to nearly 50 online conference and webinars during the General Assembly, June 28-30, with voting (WBU business June 21-25). See event website for full details https://tinyurl.com/
- Registrations needed by 5 June, and you can register for the event at this link: https://tinyurl.com/WBUEnter
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