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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 martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.  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: https://tinyurl.com/Wheel4Me

 

Bowls

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: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 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 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 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 sense.active@sense.org.uk for booking support, link here. https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

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 martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org to register your interest.

 

News Items

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 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 https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

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: www.RetinaUK.org.uk/groups#london or email services@RetinaUK.org.uk 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. https://tinyurl.com/LPaintings

 

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 community@wallacecollection.org

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Online Event Update – 10 March 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 10 March 2021

News & Online Event Update

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

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

Good news! The first sessions are confirmed for the Ride Side-by-Side cycling programme that we are arranging with Bikeworks in West London.

With organised outdoor sport being allowed from the end of March, we have arranged for cycling sessions to commence on Tuesday the 30  March and Wednesday the 31 March. 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.

Let me briefly remind you what these sessions are. Ride Side-by-Side will support people getting around West London areas by pedalling (or choosing not to pedal) on Side-by-Side e-cycles.

Participants can make trips of their choice, solve transport problems, have social interaction, and most importantly, get exercise.

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, the cycle route can be arranged 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.

Bikeworks will be arranging the bookings with those people that are keen to attend. For those that have already expressed an interest to take part, you will hear from us this week.

In the meantime, if you are keen to come along, then please email Martin: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org. We will then register your interest and connect you to Bikeworks in the coming days.

 

Wheels for Wellbeing

Wheels for Wellbeing are thrilled to inform you that they have restarted their sessions at Croydon Sports Arena.

According to the government guidelines, all outdoor sports for Disabled people can continue, despite the national lockdown restrictions, so the managers at the Croydon Arena gave Wheels for Wellbeing the green light to reopen their sessions at their venue.

For now, they are only restarting the Tuesday sessions, with two slots available for bookings: 10 am, and 11 am. They hope to be able to reopen on other days of the week in the near future.

For more info: http://blindsport.uk/WFWUpdate

 

Bowls

We are excited about starting 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 bowl’s 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, please get in touch with Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 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  Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Tennis

Online tennis coaching is back this week, with sessions on Wednesday and Friday evening. Come along for a chat and a few tennis drills with fellow Metro Blind Sport members.

Sessions are from 6 pm to 7 pm. To register your interest, please email Charlie Raven martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

 

Yoga

We just launched a brand new audio described floor yoga class with Claire Miller! The first of four in a new series of 30-minute classes, this video is designed for beginners, so why not give it a try? http://blindsport.uk/FloorYoga1

Remember to subscribe to our youtube channel! I wonder, who will get the coveted 100 subscriber place?

 

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 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 sense.active@sense.org.uk for booking support, link here.  https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline 

 

Walking Programme

 We have had a good response from people 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 email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org to register your interest.

We are now recruiting for paid walk leaders and for volunteers to help deliver the programme. We intend to choose approximately 6-8 parks, throughout London rather than hold the walks in a regular location.

If you are interested in being part of the project from a delivery perspective, then please get in contact. We are seeking to recruit up to 4 walk leaders that could lead sessions on a regular rotational basis. Walk leader training would be provided.

We aim to commence the delivery of the sessions from the start of May.

Do you know someone who might be interested?

Then if useful, please download and share this word document:

Download Walking Programme Document

 

News Items

 London Pulse Netball

As part of International Women’s Day on Monday, one of our partners, London Pulse Netball, was proud to announce that they have joined forces with four elite women’s sports clubs to create the pioneering ‘Women’s Elite Sports Partnership’. Coverage and interest from the media have been very positive so far, and more details can be found here https://tinyurl.com/LondonPulse. The team are currently taking part in the Vitality Superleague, and games are being shown on Sky Sports.

 

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 weekly challenge results 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 https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

British Blind Sport AGM

The Annual General Meeting of British Blind Sport occurs on Tuesday the 30th of March 2021 at 1 pm, for approximately two hours. This year’s BBS AGM will be taking place using Zoom video conferencing software due to socialising restrictions and government guidelines.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please inform their head office by calling 01926 424247 or emailing info@britishblindsport.org.uk so that they can ensure you have the appropriate documents and the links to join the Zoom call.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

Related news stories

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London!

Audio Described: Floor Yoga Class 1

 

 

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