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News & Events Update – 7 April 2021

Weekly Update 7 April 2021 from Metro Blind Sport

News & Events Update

Activity started last week, and we have more starting next week, so please take a little time to read the information below and get booked on to a session.

 

Football

The football sessions back at the Score Centre have been very popular for the last two weeks so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindpsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis

Calling all tennis players, the sessions start again next week on Wednesday the 14th and Friday the 16th of April. These sessions are at their usual times from 6pm – 8pm.

It is essential to know numbers in advance of who is coming, so please visit the Metro Blind Sport website and book sessions. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. Booking links for the first two sessions can be found by clicking on the below:

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindpsport.org 07956 292046.

 

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

 The feedback from these sessions have been great. If you would like to join a session, then please get in contact with Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

We have sessions that will be running every week and we would love to welcome you along. The session in April will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 13 April
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 20 April
  • Wednesday 21 April
  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April

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.

Metro member comment:

‘ Thank you and Metro, Bike Works and particularly Richard for a wonderful bike ride earlier today. The weather was perfect, and we thoroughly enjoyed being on the bike outdoors. This was our first ride on the adapted bike, and we look forward too many more such rides during the summer. ‘  

 

Cricket

We are finalising our arrangements for cricket training this year. Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions then please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindpsport.org 07956 292046.

 

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.com

 

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 https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

 

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk, but a link to the activities can be found here.
https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

RSBC Activity Programme Easter 2021

RSBC have a packed online Easter Activity programme, including various arts, crafts and sport opportunities. These are free virtual events for vision impaired young people. To find our more click here  https://www.rsbc.org.uk/calendar-of-activities  Sign up to RSBC activities by emailing RSBC at connections@rsbc.org.uk or phone on 020 3198 0225 to get involved.

 

Day Activities for Families – Bendrigg Trust

Dates available from 22 May – 6 June

Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, Bendrigg are able to offer several Day Activities for disabled people and their families/support bubble from any location.

Day activities will run from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide.

Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, Bendrigg are able to offer several Day Activities for disabled people and their families/support bubble from any location.

Each booking is for one group of up to 12 people from up to 2 households. At least one member of your group (adult or child) will have a disability.

Thanks to funding we are able to offer these day activities for £134 per day. A subsidy of £250 is allocated per family/bubble to make this service affordable for all. However, if you are able to afford the full cost yourself (£384) please let us know so that we can reallocate the funding to another family who needs

Please contact us directly on 01539 723766 to find out more information.

 

Managing sight loss – Assistive Technology drop in with London Vision

Every Friday from 9 April    1 pm -2 pm

There’s no script, no plan just drop in and chat to Graham, Thomas Pocklington Trusts technology advisor about anything technological, talking microwaves, watches, TV, phones, Computers or Tablets.  If we can’t answer your question, we’ll try and point you in the right direction.

For more information  info@londonvision.org

 

News

Disability Right UK research: disabled people’s experiences of cycling

Disability Rights UK, along with Wheels for Wellbeing and Professor Brett Smith from Durham University, is supporting CFE Research with their research project into disabled people’s experiences of cycling. CFE Research is particularly keen to hear the views of disabled people who currently don’t cycle but would like to. 

To register your interest in participating, please visit https://bit.ly/3cGvDdd and complete the online form. If you are selected to take part (a short interview by video, telephone, email or any format you prefer), you will be sent a £20 high street shopping voucher to thank you for your time.

Find out more about the research in this PDF:    https://tinyurl.com/vk7rmwt8

Easy Read version https://tinyurl.com/h9sc6kyh

 

STRiVE: Focused on the positives!

The latest issue of the STRiVE newsletter is out! This time the Young VICTA Ambassador group, have decided to explore the theme of lockdown, but rather than put a negative slant on the last year, we wanted to do the opposite and focus on the positives that have come out of it. Read the e-magazine here: http://blindsport.uk/Strive4

 

RNIB Connect: A Year in Lockdown, Martin Symcox!

“Ellie finds out what Metro Blind Sport have handled lockdown and what they might take forward with them as the country starts to open back up…”
Podcast Link: http://blindsport.uk/MetroLockdown

 

Facebook

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!  Latest exercise challenge Ball Throw link here: https://youtu.be/aq3v9BOU3D8 Or by sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow the link below. https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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Assistive Technology Focus Group!

Assistive Technology Focus Group 5 March RSVP by Fri 28 Feb

Thomas Pocklington Trust and London Vision cordially invite you to share your experiences of assistive technologies and ideas for future innovation at a focus group which will be held at the Pocklington Hub in central London on Thursday 5 March.

The purpose of the focus group is to discuss some of the current barriers which blind and partially sighted people experience when travelling independently and when controlling their home environments.

We want to hear from you if:

  • You are blind or partially sighted.
  • You are happy to share your personal experiences of wearable and home-integrated assistive technologies.
  • You are interested in or have opinions on the role technology should play in designing more inclusive and independent futures for blind and partially sighted people.

Event Details

The focus group will take place on Date: Thursday 5th March from  Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

Location – The Pocklington Hub, 4th Floor, Entrance D Tavistock House South, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LG

Drinks and snacks will be provided, and participants will receive a £5 Amazon Gift Voucher. There are limited spaces available which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To RSVP, please email darren.paskell@pocklington-trust.org.uk before close of play on Friday 28 February.

At the focus group, some of the key topic areas we wish to cover include:

  • Current use of assistive technologies
  • Perception through audio vs. vibrotactile.
  • Interactive brainstorming session of future assistive technologies.
  • Testing and feedback of the first stage prototypes.

Sophie Horrocks is currently studying her MA and MSc in Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. She is a human-centred designer working on developing an assistive technology to improve independence and communication, both indoors and outdoors, for blind and partially sighted people using radar technology.

The personal experiences and ideas shared at this focus group will be used to inform the development of an assistive technology prototype – ensuring that the end product can create the biggest possible impact.

 

Assistive Technology Focus Group!

Assistive Technology Focus Group 5 March RSVP by Fri 28 Feb
Venue:
The Pocklington Hub, 4th Floor, Entrance D Tavistock House South, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LG
Time:
12.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Phone:
Date:
05th March 2020
Cost:
FREE - participants will receive a £5 Amazon Gift Voucher.


Thomas Pocklington Trust and London Vision cordially invite you to share your experiences of assistive technologies and ideas for future innovation at a focus group which will be held at the Pocklington Hub in central London on Thursday 5 March.

The purpose of the focus group is to discuss some of the current barriers which blind and partially sighted people experience when travelling independently and when controlling their home environments.

We want to hear from you if:

  • You are blind or partially sighted.
  • You are happy to share your personal experiences of wearable and home-integrated assistive technologies.
  • You are interested in or have opinions on the role technology should play in designing more inclusive and independent futures for blind and partially sighted people.

Event Details

The focus group will take place on Date: Thursday 5th March from  Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

Location – The Pocklington Hub, 4th Floor, Entrance D Tavistock House South, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LG

Drinks and snacks will be provided, and participants will receive a £5 Amazon Gift Voucher. There are limited spaces available which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To RSVP, please email darren.paskell@pocklington-trust.org.uk before close of play on Friday 28 February.

At the focus group, some of the key topic areas we wish to cover include:

  • Current use of assistive technologies
  • Perception through audio vs. vibrotactile.
  • Interactive brainstorming session of future assistive technologies.
  • Testing and feedback of the first stage prototypes.

Sophie Horrocks is currently studying her MA and MSc in Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. She is a human-centred designer working on developing an assistive technology to improve independence and communication, both indoors and outdoors, for blind and partially sighted people using radar technology.

The personal experiences and ideas shared at this focus group will be used to inform the development of an assistive technology prototype – ensuring that the end product can create the biggest possible impact.

 

Great paper text document Reader!

Voice Dream Scanner - Great paper text document Reader

article by Graham Page

One of the uses of smartphones that excite many visually impaired people is undoubtedly the ability to read paper-based text documents. Previously KNFB reader was acknowledged as being among the best around, despite its high price of £100 or so.

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Touching Masterpieces

Touching Masterpeices

original article from theSun.co.uk

A GALLERY is giving blind people the chance to experience art like never before, thanks to virtual reality and some cutting-edge gloves.Touching Masterpieces is a new exhibition at Prague’s National Gallery that lets users touch 3D models of famous statues in a VR environment.

The works include Michelangelo’s David, the Venus de Milo, and the bust of ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti.

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