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Best Practice Leisure Guidelines

RNIB BBS & Metro Blind Sport's Best Practice Leisure Guidelines

Best Practice Covid-19 Leisure Guidelines from RNIB, BBS and Metro Blind Sport

Covid-19: Supporting your blind and partially sighted members and participants. With a little support blind and partially sighted people can stay safe whilst being active.

 

1. Visual indicators and awareness

Be aware of who could be blind and partially sighted

It’s important to remember that blind and partially sighted people don’t necessarily “look blind”. Not all blind and partially sighted people wear dark glasses, have a cane or a guide dog, so be mindful that it may not always be obvious.

If you think that someone might require assistance or they have a visual indicator (which includes wearing the sunflower lanyard), a simple introduction and “Is there anything I can assist you with?”, can go a long way.

Staff Introduce yourself as customers may not see your uniform/name tag – “Hi I’m Steve, I’m your Duty Manager, is there anything I can do to help today?”.

Social distancing Research carried out by RNIB found that almost two-thirds of blind or partially sighted people say they’ve found maintaining a social distance difficult – guide dogs are amazing animals, but they are unaware that social distancing is in force.
Potential announcements such as: “Please maintain your social distance and consider others around you.” could help to support all your members.

For more information on the challenges of social distancing, please refer to RNIB’s short video:

‘How to socially distance when this is your view’

 

2. Inside the facility and customer experience Guiding

We know that sticking to government guidelines and social distancing is very important at this time, but RNIB research shows that 48% of blind or partially sighted people were concerned or anxious about following social distancing guidance correctly. Guiding someone who is blind or partially sighted around your facilities in the “traditional way” is not currently an option.

Therefore, if someone requires guiding and there is not a safe and comfortable way in which social distancing measures can be adhered to, especially in the context of active participation or whilst using equipment, verbal guidance may need to be considered.

3. Colour contrast

Be mindful of the visual appearance of any temporary signage, ensuring there is clear colour contrast – otherwise blind and partially sighted customers may not be able to read them. Also, try to add this same logic to any online content you create.

4. Tactile markers and audio announcements

We support the use of safe tactile indicators or markers and audible announcements to provide your members with information in non-visual formats. For example, using tactile floor markers to identify one-way systems in changing rooms.

5. Flexibility for guides

We understand that facilities will request that people workout by themselves or socially distance while participating in different activities. We hope that you’ll consider relaxing these provisions for people who are blind or partially sighted and allow them to participate with their own guide or carer.

6. Hygiene

For many blind and partially sighted members, identifying equipment can be a difficult and extremely tactile process. To maintain the required level of hygiene, specifically highlight to your blind and partially sighted members where and how they can sterilise their hands, equipment and any other facilities they may use.

Help people find facilities

 Covid 19 may have resulted in changes to facility layouts – this can be confusing if you can’t see too well. If someone looks lost – ask them and let them know where things are.

 

7. Protective screens

With the installation of protective screens within your facilities, it’s important to ensure there is good contrast, so they don’t create unnecessary confusion. This can be as simple as putting tape around the edge of the screen and payment terminal location.

 

8. Ask someone if they need help 

People appreciate being asked if they need help. If you think that someone needs help, just say hello and ask

 

 How to Interact

For more information on how to interact with your blind and partially sighted customers, please refer to RNIB’s “Helping you to help your customers” resource

https://www.rnib.org.uk/volunteering/helping-you-help-others-during-coronavirus

While there is much more to be learned by booking a practical training session with an RNIB expert, here are a few simple tools which could make the world of difference, and help you stand out from the crowd:

  • Introduce yourself and talk directly to the person you are helping
  • If you are going to guide them, let them take your arm, don’t grab theirs
  • Don’t walk away without saying you are leaving
  • Treat people with disabilities with respect and consideration
  • Be open to different communication styles
  • Don’t make assumptions about what type of disability, or disabilities, a person has
  • Remember, some disabilities are not visible. Take the time to get to know your customers’ needs
  • Ask before you offer to help — don’t just jump in. Customers with disabilities know if they need help and how you can provide it

To find out how RNIB Business could help you to better support your customers and employees who are living with sight loss, please contact our team at businesslink@rnib.org.uk or call 01733 375 370.

 

eLearning Course: Coaching People with a Visual Impairment

British Blind Sport and UK Coaching have created a new eLearning course 'Coaching People with a Visual Impairment'.

Coaching People with a Visual Impairment

British Blind Sport and UK Coaching have created a new eLearning course ‘Coaching People with a Visual Impairment’.

original article on britishblindsport.org.uk/

This new course raises awareness of the crucial role coaches’ play in helping people with visual impairments (VI) overcome barriers to participation in sport and physical activity, complementing UK Coaching’s ‘Person-centred’ principle of great coaching.

Tennis Coach, coaching two people with a visual impairment
Complete this course and you will feel more confident including people with a visual impairment in your sports and activity sessions.

Packed full of helpful tips, practical solutions and vibrant videos*, the 6 modules will increase your knowledge, assurance and skills to be able to coach people with a visual impairment.

“It’s really important the coach education starts at grassroots. There are still too many coaches who aren’t confident around visually impaired people.”

Sophie Thornhill, Paralympic Champion

  • Gain a greater understanding of sight loss and eye conditions
  • Explore practical solutions to barriers to participation and help meet individual needs
  • Explore some of the safety considerations to ensure a fully accessible and inclusive environment for people with a visual impairment
  • Learn how to make adaptations to specific elements of session planning and delivery using the STEP model
  • Understand how to communicate effectively and guide individual
  • Plus, you will be able to print out the UK Coaching and British Blind Sport certificate confirming you have completed the course
Coach guides a swimmer at the poolside.

 

Cost

£8.99 for non-BBS member and £5.99 for members after discount.

Please note: Members of British Blind Sport can enjoy a 33% discount on this course. To get your discount code, contact British Blind Sport on 01926 424 247 or email info@britishblindsport.org.uk

Ready to give it a try? Why not take a FREE Demo.

Accessibility

This course has been designed with accessibility in mind and has been rigorously tested. We aim to make the experience as accessible and easy to use as possible. This course works on desktop, tablets and mobile phones. For the best experience, we recommend you complete it on a desktop using Google Chrome.

If you have a visual impairment, we have designed the course to work with screen readers:

  • HTML5: JAWS 16 or later with Internet Explorer 10 or later, Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Flash: JAWS 16 or later with Internet Explorer 11

Visit the UK Coaching website to take a FREE Demo of Coaching People with a Visual Impairment

* All videos come with downloadable manuscripts to illustrate the video in further detail along with audio descriptions where possible.

 

eLearning Course: Coaching People with a Visual Impairment

British Blind Sport and UK Coaching have created a new eLearning course 'Coaching People with a Visual Impairment'.

Coaching People with a Visual Impairment

British Blind Sport and UK Coaching have created a new eLearning course ‘Coaching People with a Visual Impairment’.

original article on britishblindsport.org.uk/

This new course raises awareness of the crucial role coaches’ play in helping people with visual impairments (VI) overcome barriers to participation in sport and physical activity, complementing UK Coaching’s ‘Person-centred’ principle of great coaching.

Tennis Coach, coaching two people with a visual impairment
Complete this course and you will feel more confident including people with a visual impairment in your sports and activity sessions.

Packed full of helpful tips, practical solutions and vibrant videos*, the 6 modules will increase your knowledge, assurance and skills to be able to coach people with a visual impairment.

“It’s really important the coach education starts at grassroots. There are still too many coaches who aren’t confident around visually impaired people.”

Sophie Thornhill, Paralympic Champion

  • Gain a greater understanding of sight loss and eye conditions
  • Explore practical solutions to barriers to participation and help meet individual needs
  • Explore some of the safety considerations to ensure a fully accessible and inclusive environment for people with a visual impairment
  • Learn how to make adaptations to specific elements of session planning and delivery using the STEP model
  • Understand how to communicate effectively and guide individual
  • Plus, you will be able to print out the UK Coaching and British Blind Sport certificate confirming you have completed the course
Coach guides a swimmer at the poolside.

 

Cost

£8.99 for non-BBS member and £5.99 for members after discount.

Please note: Members of British Blind Sport can enjoy a 33% discount on this course. To get your discount code, contact British Blind Sport on 01926 424 247 or email info@britishblindsport.org.uk

Ready to give it a try? Why not take a FREE Demo.

Accessibility

This course has been designed with accessibility in mind and has been rigorously tested. We aim to make the experience as accessible and easy to use as possible. This course works on desktop, tablets and mobile phones. For the best experience, we recommend you complete it on a desktop using Google Chrome.

If you have a visual impairment, we have designed the course to work with screen readers:

  • HTML5: JAWS 16 or later with Internet Explorer 10 or later, Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Flash: JAWS 16 or later with Internet Explorer 11

Visit the UK Coaching website to take a FREE Demo of Coaching People with a Visual Impairment

* All videos come with downloadable manuscripts to illustrate the video in further detail along with audio descriptions where possible.

 

BBS: Postpone Events

British Blind Sport Postpone Events

BRITISH BLIND SPORT COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

In line with current advice from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England and the UK government, British Blind Sport has made the difficult decision to postpone a number of British Blind Sport led events.

This is effective immediately and will be subject to review as the policies and government and Public Health advice around Covid-19 develops.

These events include:

Sheffield Have a Go Day, 26th – 27th March at English Institute of Sport in Sheffield

See My Voice National Young Leader Camp, 6th – 10th April at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford

Stoke Mandeville Archery Coaching Session, 21st March at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

BBS Ten Pin Westfield National Trio’s Finals and AGM, 15th – 16th May at Rotherham Superbowl & Copthorne Hotel Sheffield

All remaining BBS Ten Pin Section League Games

The health and safety of our participants, members, volunteers, staff and other attendees is paramount to our organisation and we feel at this time it is our responsibility to follow the government guidelines of social distancing and minimising travel.

We would like to reassure Young Leaders that we will be rescheduling the National Young Leader Camp for a time later on this year and all participants who were in line to attend the residential camp during the Easter holidays will automatically be eligible to attend the rearranged camp.

We will ensure the new date for camp will once again be scheduled during the school holidays, to ensure as many Young Leaders as possible can attend.

Regarding our Have a Go Days, we will also be working to rearrange these dates with our local partners and will circulate this information as soon as we have it confirmed.

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive Officer, said “Whilst this announcement is very disappointing to all the team at BBS and our participants, it is in the best interest of everyone involved that we make the decision to postpone these events whilst reviewing our programme plans over the summer.

We assure all of our Young Leaders that the National Young Leader Camp will be running later on this year and that all of the places are secured for the next camp. Our Have a Go Days are hugely popular events and give many people the chance to try something new and different and so we will be working as hard as we can to get new dates in the diary for these days.

During this time of social distancing, we encourage all our members, volunteers and affiliates to continue to stay active and healthy. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress, improve mental health and boost the immune system.

We thank everyone in advance for their understanding and will update you as and when information is available.”

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the National Young Leader Camp, please contact the BBS office on 01926 424247 or email our Young Leader Officer at Lijana@britishblindsport.org.uk

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the Sheffield Have a Go Day, please contact Dawn or Gareth at Sheffield City Council respectively on dawnwood135@live.com or Gareth.Hayden@sheffield.gov.uk

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the Stoke Mandeville Archery Coaching Session, please contact Carol Davies at Secretary@bbsarchery.org.uk

We aim to keep our members and supporters updated with changes as and when they occur and will try to provide as much notice of a postponement as possible.

To view our recent statement on event cancellation and postponement due to Covid-19, please click here.

To view our advice and best practice regarding Covid-19, please click here.

 

 

BBS: Young Leader Camp!

British Blind Sports National Young Leader Camp 6 - 9 April
Venue:
Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford.
Time:
TBC -
Phone:
01926 424 247
Date:
06th April 2020
Cost:
Newbies - £20 Returners - £40


British Blind Sport’s National Young Leader Camp

BBS last scheduled residential camp takes place between Monday 6th April – Thursday  9th April 2020 at the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford.

The National Young Leader Camp will be bigger and better than ever, built on feedback from Young Leaders.  This camp is specifically designed to give young people with a visual impairment the opportunity to:

  • Have fun
  • Make new friends
  • Volunteer and take the lead
  • Develop key leadership behaviours
  • Improve employability skills

Some will even be involved in delivering a twist on our Try VI Sports Day with our See My Voice Symposium!

The residential camp is suitable for  10 to 20-year-olds with a visual impairment in England that are able to be independent for the duration of the residential camp.

All young leaders will be supervised by qualified and DBS certified personnel to ensure everybody’s safety and welfare throughout the camp.

What is included?

  • Activities
  • Qualifications and courses
  • Three nights’ accommodation
  • Meals for the duration of the camp (excluding lunch on departures day)
  • Kit
  • Week Timetable (DRAFT) – subject to change

What is the cost?

Newbies – £20    Returners – £40

Photo of Young Leaders from the last camp

Places are limited so please fill out the application forms as best you can!

To apply, please click the appropriate link below:

If you would like more information about the camp, or help completing the online registration form please contact Lijana Kaziow, Young Leaders Officer.

Email: Lijana@britishblindsport.org.uk

Telephone: 01926 424 247

original post by britishblindsport.org.uk