News & Online Event Update – 17 March 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 17 March 2021

News & Online Event Update

Please find below information that can help you stay active at home and news about when some of our activities are resuming.


Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

We are nearly fully booked for the Ride Side-by-Side cycling programme that we have organised with Bikeworks in West London for the 30th and 31st March.

However, we have sessions that will be running every week so please do get in contact if you want to attend. Sessions in April will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 6th April
  • Wednesday 7th April
  • Tuesday 13th April
  • Wednesday 14th April
  • Tuesday 20th April
  • Wednesday 21st April
  • Tuesday 27th April
  • Wednesday 28th April

There will be two time slots available 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.

If you are a resident within the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the east of Ealing then the Bikeworks pilot may come and collect you on the cycle from your home and drop you back again. For those who want to take part from outside these areas then the cycle will arrange to collect and return you to Latimer Road tube station.

Thank you to the generosity of The Edward Gostling Foundation this project is fully funded and is free to those who attend the cycling sessions.

If you are keen to come along to one or more of the sessions then please email Martin  We will then connect you to Bikeworks in the coming days.


Wheels 4 Me

During last year’s lockdown, options for Disabled people to enjoy healthy exercise outdoors were not equal to those for non-Disabled people. In fact, Disabled people were far more likely to be experiencing isolation and lacking opportunities to be active in fresh outdoor air.

When the regular Wheels 4 Wellbeing cycling sessions in south London were paused, they were able to loan a handful of cycles to individuals. From feedback and observation, Wheels 4 Wellbeing saw that a cycle hire for people to take non-standard cycles away to ride on their own terms, for fitness, to try commuting, to join family activities, or any other regular reason to cycle, would potentially make a real difference to individuals – whether in lockdown or out of it.

Excitingly, Sport England agreed and gave Wheels 4 Wellbeing some funding… and a few months later, they are ready to roll with their pilot scheme.

Find out more details and potentially how you could get involved Link:



Metro is excited about starting our new bowls sessions at Paddington Bowls Centre. The centre has informed us that they will be opening after the 12th of April for outdoor bowls. Metro Blind Sport, with thanks to Sport England funding, has secured several memberships to the bowls centre so that playing is free of charge.

We will keep the bowls players updated on the details of reopening when we get further information. If new players would be keen to try bowls then please get in touch with Charlie: and we can invite you along for a game.


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


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 of the details of the live session by clicking here



Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities for people to take part in. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun Please contact for booking support, link here.


Walking Programme

We have had a good response from people being interested in taking part in our walks in London parks. We are continuing to make the necessary arrangements, but in the meantime, if you might want to join us then please just email Martin to register your interest.


News Items


Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page please follow this link and give us a follow and a like


Retina UK

The next London local support group meeting is scheduled for Saturday 20 March between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm and will be on the theme ‘technology’. Technology plays a big part in the life of blind or partially sighted person; from cooking, reading, navigation and so much more. New apps and gadgets are being developed and launched all the time and it may be difficult to know exactly what’s out there that could benefit you.

If you have a particular type of technology, app or a theme you would like to hear more about, please do indicate when registering to attend.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the form on their website: or email and instructions on how to join via your smart device, computer or telephone will be sent to you.


Living Paintings

Living Paintings give thousands of blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to borrow our Touch to See books from a free postal library.
Their books are enjoyed at home with family and friends, in schools, or for adults as members of one of their community Touch to See Book Clubs around the country. They have just released their Children’s Impact Report for 2020 which can be read here.


Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is an internationally outstanding collection that contains unsurpassed masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain. Built over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, it is one of the finest and most celebrated collections in the world.

While the Wallace Collection remains closed, they have an upcoming audio-described session that they will be delivering via Zoom on Tuesday 23rd March at 11 am. Details about the session and how to book a place are below:

Spring: Live audio described session

Tuesday 23 March, 11 am-12 pm (via Zoom)
Join Karly Allen to celebrate the arrival of Spring in this live audio-described session (via Zoom), aimed at blind and partially sighted audiences. Find out about The Infant Jupiter with the Nymphs on Mount Ida by Nicholas Berchem and Venus as Spring, a French bronze sculpture, through detailed description with time for questions and conversation.

Places are limited. To book a place please get in touch with Holly at

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team


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