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.email@example.com
To find out what our members have said about these sessions, please visit https://blindsport.uk/VirtualExercise
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Metro Blind Sport
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