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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.

 

SalesForce running 5k for Metro Blind Sport!

Salesforce UK runs 5K to Raise 5k for Metro Blind Sport!

5k Run by Salesforce for Metro Blind Sport

Please help the Amazing @SalesforceUK  BDR Public Sector Team – who will be completing a 5k run to raise £5k for Metro Blind Sport

You can donate to their fundraising effort using this link: http://blindsport.uk/ShareRaiseRun

On Friday, 17th July our team – Salesforce BDR Public Sector – will be completing a 5k run to raise £5k for Metro Blind Sport

We want to give back to Metro Blind Sport who are creating sporting opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities with a visual impairment. We have chosen this charity since one of our team members’ vision is impacted after a sporting incident.

By engaging with partners, volunteers, and qualified coaches, Metro Blind Sport’s vision is to enable blind and partially sighted Londoners to lead a more active, fulfilling life through improving the accessibility of opportunities.

Check out their Twitter (@MetroVISports) and Instagram (@metroblindsport) page for more information on what they do and how.

Please help us reach our goal of £5k and get that matched by Salesforce to double the impact!

Thanks, Salesforce BDR PBU

 

Metro Blind Sport – Coronavirus Update May 2020

Coronavirus: Metro Activities suspended until further notice!

Metro Blind Sport – Coronavirus update May 2020

Considering the current Coronavirus pandemic, and the suspension of all Metro Blind Sport face-to-face activity, Metro Blind Sport is having to respond to the pressures that it currently faces.

Consequently, Metro Blind Sport have made the decision to furlough or redeploy most of the staff for the next few weeks.

We understand that this comes at a difficult time for our members, volunteers, coaches, partners and the whole sport and physical activity community. However, the difficult decision has been made in consultation with our board of trustees and major funders.

This decision will be reviewed on a regular basis, in line with government advice, in order that we can recommence activity as soon as it is safe to do so.

From Friday 15th May, I will remain actively working for Metro Blind Sport, although this will be under regular review. I will continue to distribute regular updates through our twitter account and by newsflashes where appropriate. We are aiming to continue to deliver the Zoom meetings that are advertised on our website.

Our regular monthly newsletter will, however, not be sent on the 1st June. Our website remains a source of very useful information but please note that it will not be updated whilst our staff are on furlough.

I would encourage you where possible, for members to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

We are very sorry that we have had to take this action and we will update you in due course.

Kind regards

Martin Symcox

CEO Metro Blind Sport

 

Metro Blind Sport’s Upcoming Zoom Events

Metro Blind Sport Upcoming Online Zoom Events


All Metro Blind Sport Zoom Events will be supported by a Metro staff member. 

How to join a Metro Zoom Event

  • Online:  Simply click the meeting link provided  & add a Password if required.
  • Via Phone:  Ring the first number,  when prompted, enter the code and add a  password if required.
  • Need help Contact Charlie on 07956 292 046  before 4 pm on the day of the Zoom Event.

May

13 May    Metro Tennis      6 – 7 pm     Linda & Odette
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW: 164604
Phone number: +441314601196     84042371312#    1#,164604#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
14 May   Metro Members  General Catch up   7 – 8 pm   Martin & Charlie 
Meeting Link: Click Here    PW: 900500
Phone number:  +442034815240    86020434909#     1#,900500#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
19 May     Metro Cricket      6 – 7 pm     Hassan & Rory
If you are attending, please  Email:  martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
21 May    Members Members Mental Health Special  7 – 8 pm  Hassan + 1
Meeting Link: Click Here    PW:  034567
Phone number: +441314601196    88928029224#    1#,034567#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
27 May     Metro Tennis     6 – 7 pm     Linda & Odette
Meeting Link: Click Here    PW: 307107
Phone number:  +442034815240     88288485105#    1#,307107#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

June

1 June    Metro Quiz      6  – 7 pm     Reece & Jill
Meeting Link: Click Here    PW:  637774
Phone number:   +441314601196    85128819676#     1#,637774#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
2 June   Metro Cricket   6  – 7 pm –  Hassan & Rory
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
4 June  Metro Members  General Catch up  7 – 8 pm  Martin   
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  511211
Phone number: +441314601196      86844706464#      1#,511211#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
10 June      Metro Tennis     6 – 7 pm    Linda and Odette
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  931786
Phone number:   +442034815237     83426574990#    1#,931786#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
11  June   Metro Members  TBC  Special     7- 8 pm   Martin & Charlie
Meeting Link: Click Here     PW:  278998
Phone number: +441314601196    85416853868#    1#,278998#
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
15 June    Metro Cricket     6 – 7 pm – Hassan & Rory
If you are attending, please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
18 June    Metro Members  General Catch up      7 – 8 pm   Martin 
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  102093
Phone number:  +442030512874    83281734687#    1#,102093#
If you are attending please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
24 June     Metro Tennis    6 – 7 pm     Linda & Odette
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  699006
Phone number:  +442030512874   85008527623#     1#,699006#
If you are attending please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
25 June     Metro Members  TBC  Special      7 – 8 pm
Meeting Link: Click Here   PW:  916957
Phone number:  442034815240    85851559009#    1#,916957#
If you are attending please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org
29 June     Metro Cricket    6 – 7 pm      Hassan & Rory
If you are attending please  Email: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org


Interviews with Hassan – YouTube Audio Videos!

Interviews with Hassan Khan - Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Hassan shares with us, a selection of eye-opening and heartwarming conversations with remarkable people. Whose lives have been changed or who themselves have helped to change the world of blind and partially sighted sport!

Latest Audio Videos below…

Hassan Khan celebrates international women of blind cricket: Aqsa Arif & Storme Dunford

In this international Blind Women cricket interview, Hassan Khan talks to Aqsa Arif B1 category player from Multan Pakistan and Storme Dunford B3 from the VI UK ladies team. They are also joined by Gary Dunford the manager of Surrey VI team. Hassan and guests discuss domestic cricket, international blind cricket, as well as the lockdown and the society. Both girls hope that Pakistan and UK ladies will play each other in the near future and Metro are pleased in putting 2 nations together.

Women of Blind Cricket – Audio Video Below

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Hassan Khan explores the last 47 years of Metro blind sport with Roy Smith and Mike Brace

In our second interview, Hassan interviews two legends of the VI world, Roy Smith MBE and Mike Brace CBE, they discuss lockdown, coping Mechanisms, as well as the last 47 years of Metro Blind Sport. Grab yourself a cupper and prepare to be enlightened.

The Legends Special  –  Audio Video Below

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Hassan Khan interviews Metro blind sport cricketers Amit Amin and Mujahid Zabit.

In our first of many interviews during this tough lockdown period, Hassan Khan chats with two cricketers from Metro Amit Amin & Mujahid Zabit.

Blind Cricket  –  Audio Video Below

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