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Accessible Events & News List from MSSC

Accessible Events & News List from MSSC

Upcoming Accessible Events and News from MSSC!

Below are some of the great upcoming activities compiled by the Merton Sports and Social Club. and shared in their monthly newsletter. MSSC website: https://www.mssc.org.uk/

 

VI SAILING WEEK 2021

Regrettably, Blind Week 2020, scheduled to take place in Falmouth last summer, had to be cancelled for obvious reasons, but we are hopeful that the event will return this year, even if constrained by health restrictions.  In anticipation, we have taken note of Government and RYA guidance, and have developed a preliminary Covid-19 strategy.

This means we are having to organise things a little differently this year and, at this stage, we are simply inviting you to register your interest in taking part in Blind Week 2021 in Lymington between 12th and 19th June.

At the moment, there is no guarantee that Blind Week will proceed, or if it does, exactly in what format.  The final decision will need to be taken by Easter at the latest, at which

point, we will contact all those who have registered their interest.  If the outlook is positive, we will accelerate the application process, as well as giving details of the event and the measures to be implemented in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.  Alternatively, a postponement to dates later in the year may need to be explored.

Please register your interest as a matter of urgency (no later than 15th March).  Send an email, including your name and mobile number,to mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk.

Will Bridge – Blind Week Coordinator

 

 MSSC MARCH QUIZ

 It was good to see some of you a few weeks ago at February’s virtual quiz.  The next one will take place between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Tuesday 16th March.

Why not join us for some light-hearted fun and a chance to catch up with fellow MSSC members?

Support is available if you would like help to set up Zoom on your phone, tablet or computer in advance.  A link to join on the evening will be sent to you by email.

Please book your place in good time by emailing membership@mssc.org.uk.

   

MSSC TANDEM LOAN SCHEME

We are pleased to announce that we have now launched our Tandem Loan Scheme and have three of our tandems available to MSSC members to hire free of charge on a temporary basis.

If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme, please get in touch, via the below email address,

Email: tandemmanagement@mssc.org.uk

 

VOCALEYES SEEKS THREE NEW TRUSTEES

VocalEyes is a charity which aims to bring theatre, museums, galleries, art and culture to life for visually impaired people through audio description.

VocalEyes is currently looking for three new trustees to join its Board and is particularly interested in people with experience in senior management in the theatre sector, as well as training/education delivery.

They are also keen to increase the diversity of their Board by maintaining their target of fifty per cent of trustees being blind or partially sighted.

More details can be found at the following link:

https://tinyurl.com/3Truste-es

 

MINDFUL POETRY COURSE

 Mindfulness is a form of meditation which is used to combat stress, anxiety and depression. Poetry has been used for centuries to convey thoughts and feelings on a particular subject.

Dr Beverley Duguid has created a mindful poetry course for visually impaired people, their friends, family and support workers, combining mindfulness and poetry.  Participants will be helped to craft poems and prose. No experience is necessary.  The course is taught online via Zoom and consists of a series of eight 90-minute workshops, beginning in March.

This course is bought to you by RBKC Arts Grants and is Free of charge to participants

For further details, email Beverley@insightmind.co.uk
To enrol, email:  Admin@insightmind.co.uk

 

AWARE APP HELPS VI PEOPLE EXPLORE THEIR SURROUNDINGS

Embrace the ability to explore your surroundings and new places independently at your own time and pac! and never get lost again!

Sensible Innovations offers turn-by-turn descriptive navigation for users who can place their phone in their pocket and listen to the AWARE app announce locations as they pass them.

Users can instruct the app where they want to go, and it’ll tell them when they’ve arrived at their destination. AWARE also provides an audio description of locations, such as the layout of a store.

The AWARE app works with Sensible Innovations Electronic Stickers to provide indoor directions and descriptions crafted with a visually impaired focus. The AWARE app is built with large fonts and high contrast or a Braille display for those who prefer to read and is completely audible for non-visual users. The audible function is also handy for anyone who wants to receive locations specific information without having to look or swipe a smart phone screen.

AWARE is free for iOS and Android.

Read more  

© Cool Blind Tech, 18 January 2021

 

FREE TICKETS TO VI SINGER’S LIVE-STREAMED SHOW

At 8.30pm on Saturday 6th March, visually impaired singer/songwriter Katriona Taylor will perform a great blend of Jazz, Latin & Soul styles in a live-streamed show.

Katriona will feature songs from her latest album, “Blind Passion”, which celebrates music from blind artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Diane Schuur and Jose Feliciano, as well as her own compositions.

To register for a free ticket please click here:

https://tinyurl.com/VISinger

 

ACCESSIBLE COMMUNICATION SURVEY

Take part in this accessible communications survey and have a chance to win a shopping voucher!

 The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is working on new guidelines for the organisation to become more accessible and inclusive. They will be making changes to their communications including their website, publications, and visual design, but before they do anything, they would like to gather some feedback from people with a visual impairment.

There are 6 questions to answer – it shouldn’t take more than five minutes, and as a thank you, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 £10 Love2Shop vouchers. The deadline for completing the survey is 5.00pm on Monday 1st March.

To complete the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MCB5CKT. If you have any difficulties accessing it, please contact Rosie Horton, Marketing and Communications Manager, at rosie.horton@acu.ac.uk

 

MSSC TWITTER AND FACEBOOK

MSSC’s latest venture into social media is our very own Twitter account.  Please follow us.  Our Twitter handle is, @MertonMssc.

You can still keep in touch with fellow MSSC members via the Facebook group, which is a forum for members to exchange thoughts and items of interest.

You can easily join, even if you are not currently on Facebook, all you need to do is log on to the platform, click on groups, search for Merton Sports and Social Club, and then request to join the group once you have found it.

If you have any questions please Email: committee@mssc.org.uk

 

 

VI Sailors’ Week – Blind Week 12- 19 June 2021

VI Sailors’ Week - Blind Week 12- 19 June 2021

VI Sailors’ Week – Blind Week!

12-19 June 2021 – Lymington

Register your interest by emailing mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk

Happy New Year and we hope that you and your families are all safe and well under the challenging circumstances we are all currently enduring!

We were very disappointed to cancel Blind Week 2020 in Falmouth and have been hoping that the New Year 2021 will allow the event to return, even if constrained by health restrictions.  In preparation for this, we have developed a preliminary Covid-19 strategy taking note of Government and RYA guidance.

Whilst the prospect of a vaccine gives cause for longer-term optimism, the extra measures that became necessary over Christmas remind us how serious the situation still is.

Although current indications are that social distancing measures and the tiered restrictions will be in place for some time during the rollout of the vaccination programme, we are nevertheless hopeful that these measures can be eased sufficiently by the summer to allow Blind Week to go ahead, albeit not necessarily in precisely its usual format.

We are therefore having to organise things a little differently this year and at this stage, we have decided not to invite detailed VI applications yet.  Instead, we are now inviting you to simply ‘register your interest’ in taking part in Blind Week 2021.  We will also be asking the Skippers to do the same.

As we are sure you will understand, currently we cannot guarantee that Blind Week will proceed, and if so, in what format and timing.  The final decision will need to be taken by Easter at the latest.

At that time and, subject to the outlook being positive, we will make direct contact with those who have registered their interest in order to move things forward at an accelerated pace, although this delayed and compressed application process will no doubt prove challenging!

At that point, we will obviously give you more details of the event and its measures to keep everyone as safe as possible.  We are very conscious of the fact that the pandemic situation may evolve to permit some, most, or all aspects of our usual Blind Week formula to work in June 2021, or that a postponement to dates later in the year may need to be explored.

We are very keen to return to those days out on the water, enjoying the freedom of the seas and the sensations of sailing – with a VI at the helm and a cuppa somewhere in the picture – which all of us have missed so much!

We, therefore, ask you to register your interest in participating in Blind Week 2021 via an emailed reply to this letter  – including your name and mobile phone number as soon as possible and no later than 15 March 2021 to mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk

This will ensure that we are then able to make direct contact in the spring with all those who have expressed an interest, at which time we will be able to provide a clearer picture of how the event will run and a speedy completion of VI application forms will be requested!

We hope you will register your interest in getting out on the water in 2021 in whatever format we can safely deliver!

With our warmest wishes for a good and hopefully an improving 2021!

Will Bridge  Blind Week Co-ordinator  &  Rosie Shorman Blind Week Administrator

Sporting Activities for the Disabled Charitable Trust:  Charity no. 1044893

31 Pacific Close, Southampton, SO14 3TX  mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk

 

Blind Sailing week video Below

RYA Website

 

VI Sailors’ Week – Blind Week 12- 19 June 2021

VI Sailors’ Week - Blind Week 12- 19 June 2021

VI Sailors’ Week – Blind Week!

12-19 June 2021 – Lymington

Happy New Year and we hope that you and your families are all safe and well under the challenging circumstances we are all currently enduring!

We were very disappointed to cancel Blind Week 2020 in Falmouth and have been hoping that the New Year 2021 will allow the event to return, even if constrained by health restrictions.  In preparation for this, we have developed a preliminary Covid-19 strategy taking note of Government and RYA guidance.

Whilst the prospect of a vaccine gives cause for longer-term optimism, the extra measures that became necessary over Christmas remind us how serious the situation still is.

Although current indications are that social distancing measures and the tiered restrictions will be in place for some time during the rollout of the vaccination programme, we are nevertheless hopeful that these measures can be eased sufficiently by the summer to allow Blind Week to go ahead, albeit not necessarily in precisely its usual format.

We are therefore having to organise things a little differently this year and at this stage, we have decided not to invite detailed VI applications yet.  Instead, we are now inviting you to simply ‘register your interest’ in taking part in Blind Week 2021.  We will also be asking the Skippers to do the same.

As we are sure you will understand, currently we cannot guarantee that Blind Week will proceed, and if so, in what format and timing.  The final decision will need to be taken by Easter at the latest.

At that time and, subject to the outlook being positive, we will make direct contact with those who have registered their interest in order to move things forward at an accelerated pace, although this delayed and compressed application process will no doubt prove challenging!

At that point, we will obviously give you more details of the event and its measures to keep everyone as safe as possible.  We are very conscious of the fact that the pandemic situation may evolve to permit some, most, or all aspects of our usual Blind Week formula to work in June 2021, or that a postponement to dates later in the year may need to be explored.

We are very keen to return to those days out on the water, enjoying the freedom of the seas and the sensations of sailing – with a VI at the helm and a cuppa somewhere in the picture – which all of us have missed so much!

We, therefore, ask you to register your interest in participating in Blind Week 2021 via an emailed reply to this letter  – including your name and mobile phone number as soon as possible and no later than 15 March 2021 to mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk

This will ensure that we are then able to make direct contact in the spring with all those who have expressed an interest, at which time we will be able to provide a clearer picture of how the event will run and a speedy completion of VI application forms will be requested!

We hope you will register your interest in getting out on the water in 2021 in whatever format we can safely deliver!

With our warmest wishes for a good and hopefully an improving 2021!

Will Bridge  Blind Week Co-ordinator  &  Rosie Shorman Blind Week Administrator

Sporting Activities for the Disabled Charitable Trust:  Charity no. 1044893

31 Pacific Close, Southampton, SO14 3TX  mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk

RYA Website

 

Blind Sailing Week: Apply by 16 March

Blind & Partially Sighted Sailors’ Week - Blind Week - Apply by 16 March

Sailors’ Week – Blind Week 2020

20-27 June – Falmouth, Cornwall

APPLICATION DEADLINE – BLIND WEEK  Closing date:  Monday 16 March 2020.

We are writing with a warm invitation to participate in this year’s event!

Our 2020 sailing week will be Falmouth-based and hosted once again by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.

Participants will gather during the afternoon of Saturday 20 June and we start the week with an opening dinner at the RCYC clubhouse that evening.

Having sailed to a variety of locations along the coast during the week, the yachts and their crews will re-convene at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club for the closing dinner on the evening of Friday 26 June.  The event will then end on the morning of Saturday 27 June when crews will disembark their yachts and return home.

I am delighted to say that Mike Browne has once again agreed to facilitate this event through his charity, Sporting Activities for the Disabled Charitable Trust.

If you are visually impaired and would like to apply for a place to crew on a yacht for the week please contact the below email to find out more and get the forms/emails you need to reply too  Closing date:  Monday 16 March 2020.

Please note that we now have a dedicated Blind Week email address which is: mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk and all emails and correspondence should be sent to this new address.

The RYA’s recently made video of the event is a useful introduction

To avoid misunderstandings it is important to reply to this email, even if you have previously indicated that you would like to participate in Blind Week 2020.

We are very aware of the need to keep costs under tight control and we have been able to maintain the VI participant’s fee for the 2020 event at £250.

If you haven’t participated in Blind Week before, please read ‘What’s it all About?’ – a description by regular VI participants to be found in the document which follows on from this letter (as we’ve been told that email attachments can sometimes be a headache!)

We should emphasise that you really do not need any prior sailing experience to participate in and really enjoy Blind Week.  Complete beginners and newcomers are just as warmly welcomed as experienced VI sailors whose skills have been developed over many sea miles!  If you know of any visually impaired person who may not be aware of the event, but might also like to come along, or any friend who doesn’t appear to have received this email, please do ask them to contact us – or you can simply copy this email onto them.

Please note that Blind Week only caters for applicants over 18 years old.  In addition, the sailing yachts used are not specially equipped or adapted to cater for physical disabilities, and therefore the event requires moderate agility by all the crew, including VI participants.  This requirement is set out in the ‘What’s It All About’ document, Section 4, and we ask you to confirm that you meet it.

At this early planning stage it is impossible to offer firm places until we know the availability of boats.  So while we will quickly acknowledge receipt of your application, we will only be able to confirm your place and your provisional yacht allocation in early April.

We very much look forward to hearing from you!  mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk

Once again – our best wishes for 2020… a New Year in which we hope you’ll spend some of your time on the water with us!

Will Bridge  and Rosie Shorman

Blind Week Co-ordinators

 

Sailing: Blind Week 2020

Blind & Partially Sighted Sailors’ Week - Blind Week - Apply by 16 March

Sailors’ Week – Blind Week 2020

20-27 June – Falmouth, Cornwall

We are writing with a warm invitation to participate in this year’s event!

Our 2020 sailing week will be Falmouth-based and hosted once again by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.

Participants will gather during the afternoon of Saturday 20 June and we start the week with an opening dinner at the RCYC clubhouse that evening.

Having sailed to a variety of locations along the coast during the week, the yachts and their crews will re-convene at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club for the closing dinner on the evening of Friday 26 June.  The event will then end on the morning of Saturday 27 June when crews will disembark their yachts and return home.

I am delighted to say that Mike Browne has once again agreed to facilitate this event through his charity, Sporting Activities for the Disabled Charitable Trust.

If you are visually impaired and would like to apply for a place to crew on a yacht for the week please contact the below email to find out more and get the forms/emails you need to reply too  Closing date:  Monday 16 March 2020.

Please note that we now have a dedicated Blind Week email address which is: mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk and all emails and correspondence should be sent to this new address.

The RYA’s recently made video of the event is a useful introduction

To avoid misunderstandings it is important to reply to this email, even if you have previously indicated that you would like to participate in Blind Week 2020.

We are very aware of the need to keep costs under tight control and we have been able to maintain the VI participant’s fee for the 2020 event at £250.

If you haven’t participated in Blind Week before, please read ‘What’s it all About?’ – a description by regular VI participants to be found in the document which follows on from this letter (as we’ve been told that email attachments can sometimes be a headache!)

We should emphasise that you really do not need any prior sailing experience to participate in and really enjoy Blind Week.  Complete beginners and newcomers are just as warmly welcomed as experienced VI sailors whose skills have been developed over many sea miles!  If you know of any visually impaired person who may not be aware of the event, but might also like to come along, or any friend who doesn’t appear to have received this email, please do ask them to contact us – or you can simply copy this email onto them.

Please note that Blind Week only caters for applicants over 18 years old.  In addition, the sailing yachts used are not specially equipped or adapted to cater for physical disabilities, and therefore the event requires moderate agility by all the crew, including VI participants.  This requirement is set out in the ‘What’s It All About’ document, Section 4, and we ask you to confirm that you meet it.

At this early planning stage it is impossible to offer firm places until we know the availability of boats.  So while we will quickly acknowledge receipt of your application, we will only be able to confirm your place and your provisional yacht allocation in early April.

We very much look forward to hearing from you!  mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk

Once again – our best wishes for 2020… a New Year in which we hope you’ll spend some of your time on the water with us!

Will Bridge  and Rosie Shorman

Blind Week Co-ordinators