Here is your updated opportunities and news from Metro Blind Sport. Take the time to have a read through and see how you can get active in February.
It is weekly challenge time. It has been good to see some of you posting your results on to social media. The video is only one minute, and the activities are all a bit of fun. Please get involved and share your achievements with us.
This week’s challenge is ‘Lunges’. Watch the Video here:
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Wheels for Wellbeing
Wheels for Wellbeing is running their inclusive cycling sessions for both adults and children. They are currently running sessions on Mondays and Fridays for people of all ages, and their Kids on Wheels sessions on Sundays. All sessions are organised at Herne Hill Velodrome.
Unfortunately, all their sessions at Croydon Sports Arena and Ladywell Day Centre still remain suspended.
To read more about their current Sessions click link below
Get Yourself Active at Home
A new month means new ways to get active at home! Get Yourself Active at Home are now on to series 3 of their videos. Rachel will be taking people through her seated dance class in the next 4 videos. Subscribe to their YouTube channel to watch the videos
Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page
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 the live sessions details by clicking here
The latest Sense sport and wellbeing activity sessions you can complete over the next two weeks have been released. They have live sessions, pre-recorded sessions pre-recorded sessions and written instruction sheets to help you be a little more active.
To find out what they have planned, including Sensory Circuits and Drumming to Music then please click here https://blindsport.uk/OnlineSense
We were pleased to let everyone know last week that we launched our Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We will definitely be sharing a lot of information on to the Facebook page as we move through the year. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us or chatting with friends you may have come in contact with through Metro Blind Sport activity.
To visit the Facebook page please follow this link and give us a follow and a like https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport
Last week Sport England released their new 10-year strategy, Uniting the Movement, a vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity.
It seeks to tackle the inequalities we have long seen in sport and physical activity. The strategy identifies that for some communities – disabled people, people from lower socio-economic groups and people from Black and Asian backgrounds – there is a clear pattern of low levels of activity.
There will therefore be a sharp focus on providing more opportunities for those who are being left behind.
To find out more about the strategy please click the link directly below.
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.
February’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here
Travel Hands is a service pairing blind and partially sighted people together with verified and sighted volunteers to walk together towards similar destinations. The organisation behind the service is looking for more London-based volunteers for when restrictions ease. It is a flexible and fun volunteering experience and full training is provided.
To find out more please click here
Park Lane Stables
Metro Blind Sport members have benefitted from visiting the stables in the past and we wanted to share their request for support.
Just before Christmas Park Lane Stables in Teddington received the devastating news that their landlord has decided not to renew their lease when it expires in May 2021 as he wishes to sell the property.
This means that Park Lane Stables in Teddington will be forced to close down in May unless they can raise £1M in order to buy the stables from the landlord. And that is exactly what they are aiming to do! They simply cannot allow their beloved 200-year-old stables to be converted into a block of luxury flats by a property developer, denying future generations the magic that horses can bring.
Hundreds of local children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health challenges rely on them for their therapy and their physical, social and mental wellbeing. For many of their participants, coming to the stables is their only activity and it brings them great happiness.
They have set up a crowdfunding campaign on 1st January: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-stables and they have been overwhelmed by the support, but they still have some way to go. If you can donate or share their story, they can hope to achieve the target of saving their stables.
Wheels for Wellbeing and Bikeworks
Wheels for Wellbeing is delighted to announce that they have received support from Sport England’s ‘Open Call for Innovative Solutions’ to develop and pilot an inclusive cycle hire scheme for London, with east London partner Bikeworks.
This inclusive cycle hire scheme pilot aims to bring the joy and many other benefits of cycling to more Disabled people in an accessible, affordable, sustainable way.
To read more about the new scheme link directly below.
The Blind Spot
Listen to the latest episode of The Blind Spot which focusses on employment and the economic climate. TPT’s Martin Sigsworth provides invaluable advice for any blind or partially sighted person struggling to secure work. https://tinyurl.com/y3ex9262
Stay safe and best wishes.
Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team
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