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Cycling: Ride Side-by-Side

Photo of an Ride side by side ebike with a sighted masked pilot, and passenger with one free seat available, they are in a park with blue sky. At the back of the bike there is a banner with the text saying Visually Impared cyclists - Cycling Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks & Metro!

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

We have sessions that will be running every week, so please do get in contact if you want to attend sessions. We would love to welcome you along.

There will be two time slots available on each of the days.

  • Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am,
  • Session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you are keen to come along to one or more of the sessions, please email Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

They will be on the following days:

Cycling event list


Bikeworks are looking to arrange sessions in East London

Due to the popularity, Bikeworks are looking to arrange sessions in East London. If there are Metro Blind Sport members living in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham or Waltham Forest who are interested in riding on the side-by-side cycle, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833 757954, and she will see if it’s possible to set up a group ride.

Ideally, a group ride around Olympic Park would be a really cool, off-road experience for our members. Individual rides may also be available, so please contact Nikki.


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Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London!

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London!

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London

The project

Metro Blind Sport has secured funding to deliver a walking programme so that blind and partially sighted Londoner’s can collectively benefit from attending walks in various London Parks.

The Metro Blind Sport Walking Project will allow blind and partially sighted Londoners, particularly those who are least active or require support to remain active, to take part in an activity that is easily accessible. It will enable the participants to not only improve physical fitness but equally as importantly, to develop peer support and networks.

We know that walking has many benefits and this programme also provides a great opportunity to deliver activity away from the many restrictions that are being placed on indoor sport.

We need your help

We are now recruiting for paid walk leaders and for volunteers to help deliver the programme. We intend to choose approximately 6-8 parks, throughout London rather than hold the walks in a regular location.

If you are interested in being part of the project from a delivery perspective, then please get in contact. We are seeking to recruit up to 4 walk leaders that could lead sessions on a regular rotational basis. Walk leader training would be provided.

We aim to commence the delivery of the sessions from the start of May.

Do you know someone who might be interested?

Then if useful, please download and share this word document:

Download Walking Programme Document

The word document above contains all this pages information


What do Walk Leaders do?

During a walk, walk leaders are at the front, middle or back of a group – making sure everyone is safe and happy. Along with Metro Blind Sport staff, leaders will help to plan routes, support walkers and act as ambassadors for walking – showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.


What Skills to I need as a Walk Leader?

The main skill we need from our walk leaders is an enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!

 You don’t need any particular experience, but we love our leaders to be friendly and welcoming, with good communication skills; reliable, punctual and well organised; confident at speaking in front of small groups; able to take control and be assertive when needed and observant and sensitive to the needs of others.


How much time do I need to give as a Walk Leader?

Most of our walks are short, around an hour or less. Including travelling, preparation and paperwork, leading a single walk close to home typically takes around 2 and a half to 3 hours, plus meeting and greeting participants, occasional meetings and refresher training. We are hoping that our Walk Leaders can attend two walks per month.


What about payment?

Travel expenses would be paid for walk leaders and volunteers. For the regular Walk Leaders, payment of £25 per hour is available. Walk Leaders would need to invoice Metro Blind Sport on a monthly basis. Travel expenses can be claimed in addition to the hourly rate.



We are also recruiting for volunteers that will support the Walk Leaders. We would expect the volunteers to be friendly and welcoming with a good, open communication style to support blind and partially sighted people to navigate the walks. We are hoping that our volunteers can attend regularly but there is no commitment to attend each week. Training would be provided. Travel expenses can be claimed for volunteers.


Get in contact

If you would like to part of this exciting project, please email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org or call Martin on 07508 958927.


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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:


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



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



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.


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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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

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