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Help make Badminton available to all!

Make Badminton Available to All!

Here is an exciting opportunity to express your views on how to make Badminton more available to blind and partially sighted individuals!

Badminton England Needs You

 Original article in a BBS Newsletter

As part of its Diversity and Inclusion campaign, Badminton England is undertaking a study aimed at understanding the barriers to play and improving the accessibility of the sport.

British Blind Sport is working closely with Badminton England to explore the possibilities within the sport and ensure that visually impaired people have the opportunity to participate. To do this, we need to understand your experiences, challenges and needs.

The survey will allow Badminton England to gain further insight into how they can make meaningful changes to support under-represented groups in their sport.

Everyone is welcome to complete the Diversity & Inclusion survey and share their experiences. All responses will remain confidential.

• To access the survey click: http://bit.ly/BadmintonEnglandSurvey
• Click here to find out more about the Badminton England Diversity & Inclusion Hub: http://bit.ly/BadmintonEnglandConsultation

 

Badminton England Diversity & Inclusion Consultation

Badminton England – Inclusion for all video  Below

“At Badminton England we strongly believe that everyone should be able to access and enjoy our sport regardless of their gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, background or circumstances.

We are committed to embedding inclusive practice across badminton and passionate that we are stronger together when trying to achieve this aim.

Covid-19 has undoubtedly affected us all with the latest Government announcements and restrictions meaning we cannot currently get on court to play. Recently published Sport England research however, found that disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups have been disproportionately impacted.

So, we believe now is the time to come together as a sport – through learning, understanding and practice – to demonstrate our desire to be a sport for all. We commit to improving our understanding of experiences and removing barriers to play, because we know that we are a community that is stronger together.”

How To Get Involved

They have also launched the Badminton England Inclusion Hub, a large resource to help clubs and sessions be more inclusive. Finally, Badminton England encourages you to share your successes and stories with the #StrongerTogether hashtag on Social Media.

• Click here to find out more about the Badminton England Diversity & Inclusion Hub: http://bit.ly/BadmintonEnglandConsultation

 

 

Weekly Online Events and News Update!

Weekly Events and News Update from Metro Blind Sport

 Weekly Update from Metro Blind Sport

Here is the updated online events, opportunities and news for this week for blind and partially sighted people, their families and friends.

Exercise challenge – Week 1

Each week we are setting Metro Blind Sport members a small challenge to stay active. With the help of Mark Bullock, we will be sending out a link to a short video that will demonstrate the challenge. The video is only one minute, and the activities are all a bit of fun. Please get involved and share your achievements on social media. Don’t forget to mention Metro Blind Sport when you post something.

The first challenge is ‘Throw and catch’. Watch the video link here:
http://blindsport.uk/Challenge1

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions take place on Zoom virtual video platform 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

To find out what our members have said about these sessions, please visit  https://blindsport.uk/VirtualExercise

 

Active Sense

Enjoy free inclusive activities every day of the week with Sense! All sessions are available via Zoom or by phone call. Please note that all live sessions need to be booked in advance. A new Exercise Through Dance session starts on Saturday 23rd January at 11 am.
Register Here: http://blindsport.uk/DanceExercise

 

Get Yourself Active at Home

This week the ‘Get Yourself Active at Home’ workouts are led by Metro Blind Sport coach, Mark Bullock.  He’ll be taking people through various fun activities you can do from the comfort of your own home, including with other people! Subscribe to their YouTube channel to watch the videos http://blindsport.uk/GetActive

 

Yoga

Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page: https://blindsport.uk/ChairYoga

 

RSBC

There is a lot of new and updated information on the new RSBC website, including a dedicated area for young people! Please find their calendar of events and sign up for young people here: https://www.rsbc.org.uk/calendar-of-activities/

 

News Items

 

Young Ealing Foundation

The Young Ealing Foundation and their Strategic Partners launched a new Inclusive Sport and Physical Activity Network for Ealing in January. One of the first actions of the network was to start an interactive map showing all of the inclusive sport activities/services across the borough.

This can be found at http://blindsport.uk/EalingOnline

We appreciate that most activities are not currently happening during the lockdown, but this is a great resource once things open up again.

 

The Louie Voice Control App

We were informed about a new App in the past week and got in touch with our friends at Thomas Pocklington Trust to find out their thoughts. Louie is an accessibility app and can be used by all voice-lovers including but not limited to visually impaired, blind, motor-disabled, elderly, people with limited manual dexterity and all hands-free lovers.

Check our article on our website: http://blindsport.uk/AppLouie

 

Government Disability strategy survey now live.

The Disability Unit at Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People, with publication planned for Spring 2021. The Disability Unit has launched the UK Disability Survey (link below), and they want to hear from as many people as possible.

http://blindsport.uk/DisabilitySurvey

They are particularly keen to hear from disabled people, their carers, friends and family but views from the wider public are also very welcome.

The survey will remain open until 23rd April, and all views will be used to shape the delivery of the plans they set out in the Strategy with those they receive by 13th February informing its development.

 

Covid-19 home testing trial – call for volunteers

Can you help to improve the COVID-19 home testing experience for visually impaired people?

Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils are supporting NHS Test and Trace to conduct research into the experience and accessibility of getting a home test for coronavirus (COVID-19). The aim of the research is to understand how the home testing experience could potentially be improved to better serve the needs of people who are blind or partially sighted, or those with sight loss.

NHS Test and Trace are inviting you to express your interest in taking part in this research.  Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils are looking for people who would:

  • Be willing to conduct a home test for COVID-19 and share feedback on their experience
  • Be available to take part in this research between Monday 25th January and Friday 12th February

NHS Test and Trace will be capturing your feedback through video calls, phone calls or a survey depending on your access needs and preferences. If at any point in the research you do not wish to continue, you will be able to withdraw from the study.

If this applies to you or somebody you know, and you would like to find out more information or register your interest in taking part in this research, please complete this online form: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/hometeststudy2/.

Alternatively, if you are unable to access or complete the form for any reason, please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956292046 and we can arrange to register your interest over the phone.

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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Study: increasing awareness in society!

Study to raise awareness regarding blind and partially sighted people!

Image above:  Screengrabs from Cass business school website video showing a whale in the Thames by tower bridge and a lion roaring on the London rooftops – slogan is in a world of Noise get Noticed

Lack of awareness as an inclusion barrier for the blind and sight impaired: The challenge of increasing the awareness in society.

What is the purpose of the study?

The aim of the research project is to develop a useful prototype tool that could allow organisations, institutions and charities to raise awareness regarding blind and visually impaired people, and by this mean the society inclusivity.

Further information and contact details

Juan Francisco Madico Vizquerra
MSc Innovation Creativity and Leadership – 2019/20 Student
Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ

Email: Juan.Madico-Vizquerra@cass.city.ac.uk

Download Participant Information Sheet link:  Click here

 

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET

Title of study: Lack of awareness as an inclusion barrier for the blind and sighted impaired: The challenge of increasing awareness in society.
Researcher: Juan Francisco Madico Vizquerra

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether you would like to take part, it is important that you understand why the research is being conducted and what it would entail from you.

Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like to receive more information. You will be given a copy of this information sheet to keep.

What is the purpose of the study?

The aim of the research project is to develop a useful prototype tool that could allow organisations, institutions and charities to raise awareness regarding blind and visually impaired people, and by this mean the society inclusivity.
The duration of the study is until the research project submission date, 1st September, since this was established by the 2019/2020 Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership programme.

Why have I been invited to take part?

All the participants are chosen randomly via LinkedIn or email. The main requirements for taking part in the study are: (i) living currently or have lived in the last years in the UK, and (ii) being between 21 and 60 years old. If you decide to either take part or not in the study, it will have no effect on assessments, marks or future studies.

Do I have to take part? Participation in the project is voluntary, and you can choose not to participate in part or all of the project. You can withdraw at any stage of the project without being penalised or disadvantaged in any way. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.

What will happen if I take part?

If you decide to be involved in the research project process, you will be involved in one or all of the above activities (based on your consent and availability):

  •  Answering an online survey – 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Attending phone and/or video interviews – 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Participating in virtual co-design workshops – 45 to 60 minutes (likely 2 sessions).

The participants will meet and/or could contact the researcher during all of the stages of the process (e.g. online surveys, interviews and workshops).

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, all of the processes will take place virtually via remote communication tools such as phone calls, video calls, online communication.

Data privacy statement

City, University of London is the sponsor and the data controller of this study based in the United Kingdom. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. The legal basis under which your data will be processed is City’s public task.

Your right to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in a specific way in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personal-identifiable information possible

for further information please see

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/lawful-basis-for-processing/public-task/ 

City will use your name and contact details to contact you about the research study as necessary.

If you wish to receive the results of the study, your contact details will also be kept for this purpose. The only people at City who will have access to your identifiable information will be Juan Francisco Madico Vizquerra.

City will keep identifiable information about you from this study for 1 year after the study has finished. You can find out more about how City handles data by visiting https://www.city.ac.uk/about/governance/legal. If you are concerned about how we have processed your personal data, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (IOC) https://ico.org.uk/

Who has reviewed the study?

This study has been approved by City, University of London Business School Research Ethics Committee.

What if there is a problem?

If you have any problems, concerns or questions about this study, you should ask to speak to a member of the research team. If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you can do this through City’s complaints procedure. To complain about the study, you need to phone 020 7040 3040.

You can then ask to speak to the Secretary to Senate Research Ethics Committee and inform them that the name of the project is ‘Lack of awareness as an inclusion barrier for the blind and sighted impaired: The challenge of increasing the awareness in society’.

You can also write to the Secretary at:

Anna Ramberg
Research Integrity Manager
City, University of London, Northampton Square
London, EC1V 0HB
Email: Anna.Ramberg.1@city.ac.uk

Further information and contact details

Juan Francisco Madico Vizquerra
MSc Innovation Creativity and Leadership – 2019/20 Student
Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
Email: Juan.Madico-Vizquerra@cass.city.ac.uk

Professor Neil Maiden
Research Project Supervisor
Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
Email: neil.maiden.1@city.ac.uk

Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet.

 

Donate to Metro Blind Sport Reactivating Activity!

Donate to Help Metro Blind Sport Continue after Lockdown is over!

Donate to Metro Blind Sport

Metro Blind Sport – Reactivating Activity

Encouraging blind and partially sighted people to be active once the lockdown measures are relaxed, and some form of social distancing remains, will be dependent on how we can help stimulate activity for our members.

In response to Covid-19 pandemic, Metro Blind Sport have had to cease all activity until such time that the government provide guidance about restarting activity in a safe manner.

Please visit our JustGiving page to donate https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MBSreactivating

The founders of Metro Blind Sport created the charity for four principle reasons;

  • To create sport PARTICIPATION opportunities for blind and partially sighted people;
  • To share INFORMATION on the sporting opportunities available to blind and partially sighted people;
  • To COMMUNICATE the benefits of sport and physical activity on the lives of blind and partially sighted people to participants, national governing bodies, operators and the wider sport and leisure sector;
  • To have FUN.

47 years later, those same four principle reasons remain firmly at the heart of what we do. Visual impairment does not have to prevent people from playing sport.

Encouraging blind and partially sighted people to be active once the lockdown measures are relaxed, and some form of social distancing remains, will be dependent on some significant changes to improve accessibility and access to information and activities. We are therefore asking for your support during these difficult times.

If you can make a donation, however small, it will place Metro Blind Sport in a positive position to stimulate activity as quickly as possible once sport and physical activity can recommence. This could ensure that we can reach as many people as possible, promoting our members physical and mental wellbeing through the power of sport and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for supporting Metro Blind Sport and our blind and partially sighted members.

Please visit our JustGiving page to donate https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MBSreactivating

 

Survey on COVID-19 Physical Activity!

Survey: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and VI People

COVID-19: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired UK Residents.

COVID-19 (corona virus) has impacted the UK considerably. People have been instructed by the government to remain at home unless making essential travel (e.g. food shopping) or for a single daily exercise activity. This has likely disrupted regular physical activity habits across the nation and increased the likelihood/ opportunity to engage in sedentary behaviour.

This research seeks to understand how physical activity habits have been affected by self-isolation using a short online questionnaire (20-30mins) aimed at individuals aged >18 years living in the UK that have been unaffected by any recent health issues before and during the self-isolation period but who are blind or visually impaired.”

Survey link below

https://blindsport.uk/ActivitySurvey

 

Survey / Questionnaire support

This questionnaire has been designed to accommodate as best as possible those with a visual impairment.  The software may struggle to work on mobile devices if a screen reader or magnifer is being used.  If you wish to have support in the form of a reader to help you fill in the questionnaire, please contact Clare Strongman at:

clare.strongman@anglia.ac.uk

Section A:  The Research Project

 

Full Title of project

COVID-19: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired UK Residents

 

Purpose of study

To investigate the impact of the stay at home policy enforced by the UK Government on the 23rd March 2020 on the physical activity habits of blind and visually impaired UK residents. This is a collaborative study between Anglia Ruskin University and British Blind Sport.

 

Who are the researchers? 

Dr Dan Gordon – Staff Member at Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Marie Gernigon – Staff Member at University of Paris Saclay

Patrick Swain – Ph.D. Student at Northumbria University

Clare Strongman – Ph.D. Student at Anglia Ruskin University

Henry Chung – Ph.D. Student at Anglia Ruskin University

Viviane Merzbach – Researcher at Anglia Ruskin University

 

Why have I been asked to participate?

You have been asked to take part in this research if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Are a resident in the UK
  2. Are social distancing due to COVID-19
  3. Are aged 18 years or older
  4. Have not altered your physical activity levels due to a change in health status
  5. Have a visual impairment

 

How many people will be asked to participate?

We are looking for a minimum of approximately 100 participants.

 

Do I have to take part?

You do not have to take part if you do not want to. You do not have to provide a reason.

 

Has the study got ethical approval?

This study has been approved by the ethics committee at Anglia Ruskin University.

 

Legislation relating to this study

General Data Protection Regulation (2018)

 

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of this study are intended to be written up for scientific publication with the possibility to be presented at scientific conferences and disseminated through social media outlets.

 

Contact for further information

Dan.gordon@anglia.ac.uk