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Return to Play: Sports and Leisure Sector Guidance

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

RNIB, British Blind Sport, Metro Blind Sport and Visionary issue guidance for leisure operators to support the return of blind and partially sighted people

In preparation for the reopening of leisure and sport facilities, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), British Blind Sport (BBS), Metro Blind Sport and Visionary have been working together to provide practical guidance to support the return of blind and partially sighted people to physical activity.

Research conducted by RNIB has found that two thirds (66 per cent) of blind and partially sighted people feel less independent now compared to before lockdown, demonstrating that social distancing measures, as brought in to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, are incredibly difficult for many people living with sight loss. In addition, inaccessible signage and fear about how the public will react to them if they are unable to follow the guidelines is causing increased stress and worry.

In response to these anxieties, RNIB, BBS, Metro and Visionary have created practical guidance which will help leisure operators and sport providers prepare for welcoming people back to physical activity, with the least amount of stress and difficulty. The guidance provides simple considerations that will make the return more straightforward and encourages the wider public to be mindful that sight loss may not always be obvious. The guidance demonstrates how to communicate clearly any changes to the facilities, particularly floor indicators or arrows, protective screens and temporary barriers.

Marc Powell, Strategic Accessibility Lead at RNIB, said: “The findings from RNIB’s survey clearly show how much of a significant impact social distancing measures are having on the lives of blind and partially sighted people. As lockdown restrictions ease, we’ve increasingly heard from people with sight loss who are incredibly anxious about how to manage the situation. By creating clear, implementable guidance for leisure operators, we hope that some pressure and stress will be relieved for blind and partially sighted people, and that we will make the general public more aware of the challenges being faced by our community during this time.”

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive at BBS, said “During the pandemic, blind and partially sighted people have been facing specific and unique challenges that have had an enormous impact on everyday independence. We have been interested to learn about the issues that people with sight loss have faced due to social distancing particularly visual cues in public places. To ensure that these issues are not repeated in the sporting environment, together we have created clear and easy to follow guidance that can be put into place for safe return to play. This guidance will make a huge difference to people who want to return to living independent lives and will offer additional assistance to the organisations who provide inclusive physical activity opportunities.”

Martin Symcox, Chief Executive at Metro Blind Sport, said: “People with sight loss have faced significant difficulties in observing social distancing since lockdown has been in place and again since it has been relaxed. Many individuals have told us that they are worried about returning to physical activity without any clear guidance in place and are unsure of the new barriers that they may face. We hope that we have made it simple and cost effective for our suggested measures to be implemented before facilities reopen and that this will give blind and partially sighted people the confidence and reassurance they need to return to the activities that they enjoy.”

all Metro Blind Sport work is  kindly supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust
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Please click here to read the new Sport and Leisure Sector Guidance

For more information on this guidance, please contact Marc Powell on marc.powell@rnib.org.uk

 

Return to Play: Sports and Leisure Sector Guidance

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

RNIB, British Blind Sport, Metro Blind Sport and Visionary issue guidance for leisure operators to support the return of blind and partially sighted people

In preparation for the reopening of leisure and sport facilities, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), British Blind Sport (BBS), Metro Blind Sport and Visionary have been working together to provide practical guidance to support the return of blind and partially sighted people to physical activity.

Research conducted by RNIB has found that two thirds (66 per cent) of blind and partially sighted people feel less independent now compared to before lockdown, demonstrating that social distancing measures, as brought in to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, are incredibly difficult for many people living with sight loss. In addition, inaccessible signage and fear about how the public will react to them if they are unable to follow the guidelines is causing increased stress and worry.

In response to these anxieties, RNIB, BBS, Metro and Visionary have created practical guidance which will help leisure operators and sport providers prepare for welcoming people back to physical activity, with the least amount of stress and difficulty. The guidance provides simple considerations that will make the return more straightforward and encourages the wider public to be mindful that sight loss may not always be obvious. The guidance demonstrates how to communicate clearly any changes to the facilities, particularly floor indicators or arrows, protective screens and temporary barriers.

Marc Powell, Strategic Accessibility Lead at RNIB, said: “The findings from RNIB’s survey clearly show how much of a significant impact social distancing measures are having on the lives of blind and partially sighted people. As lockdown restrictions ease, we’ve increasingly heard from people with sight loss who are incredibly anxious about how to manage the situation. By creating clear, implementable guidance for leisure operators, we hope that some pressure and stress will be relieved for blind and partially sighted people, and that we will make the general public more aware of the challenges being faced by our community during this time.”

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive at BBS, said “During the pandemic, blind and partially sighted people have been facing specific and unique challenges that have had an enormous impact on everyday independence. We have been interested to learn about the issues that people with sight loss have faced due to social distancing particularly visual cues in public places. To ensure that these issues are not repeated in the sporting environment, together we have created clear and easy to follow guidance that can be put into place for safe return to play. This guidance will make a huge difference to people who want to return to living independent lives and will offer additional assistance to the organisations who provide inclusive physical activity opportunities.”

Martin Symcox, Chief Executive at Metro Blind Sport, said: “People with sight loss have faced significant difficulties in observing social distancing since lockdown has been in place and again since it has been relaxed. Many individuals have told us that they are worried about returning to physical activity without any clear guidance in place and are unsure of the new barriers that they may face. We hope that we have made it simple and cost effective for our suggested measures to be implemented before facilities reopen and that this will give blind and partially sighted people the confidence and reassurance they need to return to the activities that they enjoy.”

Please click here to read the new Sport and Leisure Sector Guidance

For more information on this guidance, please contact Marc Powell on marc.powell@rnib.org.uk

 

 

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 has made the decision to furlough or redeploy most of the staff. This will be under regular review.

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, however, will not be sent out until we are all back fully from furlough.  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