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Pilates via the telephone – Sense

silhouettes of pilates text says Pilates via the telephone - Sense

An exciting new opportunity for those with a visual impairment to take part in Pilates, via telephone  delivered by Sense.

The seated Pilates classes are a fun and friendly, low-impact way to keep active. Calm the mind and move the body gently following the instructions provided by our expert teacher.

This class will allow you to strengthen your muscles, improve posture and increase flexibility. These are audio sessions delivered by phone and are suitable for people with sight loss.

Audio Seated Pilates

Audio session – Telephone Call

  • Every Thursday
  • 11:30 – 12:30
  • Free

About the activity

Coach: Rebecca Light

If you would like further information or to book your place, please get in touch.

Contact:  Callan Barber  Callan.Barber@sense.org.uk  or call   0121 415 2759

 

 

 

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News & Events Update – 21 April

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and a faded image of a cricket player bowling into the nets, outside at Highgate Woods and the text saying Wednesday 21 April Weekly Events & News Update!

Last week was a great week, with plenty of activity for our Metro Blind Sport members and friends. It was very much about a return to play. Attendances at the activities that we have been running have been really pleasing, with some sessions at capacity. If you are required to book for any activities, then please do this early. Similarly, if you can’t attend a session that you have booked, please let us know to open up your place to another person.

 

Bowls

The Metro Blind Sport bowlers returned to the green for the first time since December at Paddington Sports Club. Despite the weather, which included a hailstorm, the bowlers managed to play a few games and reported that the greens were in good condition. They even managed to use the bar facilities within the sports club grounds and enjoy a drink afterwards, outside.

Sessions will be continuing every Thursday at 3 pm for those that want to join a friendly game.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis

Last week our members returned to court, and it was excellent that many returned to play, and it was great to see new players coming along for the first time as well. We will return to court next week, so please use the links below to book your place.

28 April 2021 6 pm – 8 pm
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis28April

30 April 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis30April

To keep our players active, Mark Bullock will be delivering the online sessions this Wednesday and Friday. Check out the tennis group WhatsApp messages for details.

If you are interested in playing, Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Blind & VI Tennis returns to Sutton Sports Village *Booking Required*

Every Thursday (Term time only – excluding half term)
Time:  10.30 am – 12.00 pm
Venue: Sutton Sports Village, Rose Hill, Sutton, SM1 3HH
Cost: First time FREE, after that a monthly direct debit of £18.41
Contact to book & register interest: Andrew.jeffery@gll.org
Venue telephone: 02086416611

 

Football

The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm, and regularly we are reaching capacity. We are also pleased to receive several new enquiries each week from new players that want to come along. The sessions are a mixture of training and game time and are led by a qualified coach and Sport Lead for football, Gareth Jones.

Please book in advance using the link below. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

27 April 2021
https://tinyurl.com/Footie27April

If you are interested in playing, Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046. or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com.

 

Cricket

Calling all aspiring cricketers, do you fancy playing again or perhaps giving cricket a go for the first time? The team are always hoping to invite new Metro Blind Sport members to play the game, and we invite any new players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5 pm.

The Metro Devils are a development club, so an ideal place to begin the game. We welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time.

If you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

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

We have still been welcoming new people along to West London every week. Plus, it has been great to have Metro Blind Sport members returning week after week. This week we managed to take some people out in the sunshine around Hyde Park.

If you want to have a go, get in contact, come along by yourself, or arrange to bring along a friend. You can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is, the sessions are all free! The sessions in April and May will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April
  • Tuesday 4 May
  • Wednesday 5 May
  • Tuesday 11 May
  • Wednesday 12 May
  • Tuesday 18 May
  • Wednesday 19 May
  • Tuesday 25 May
  • Wednesday 26 May

There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you would like to join a session, then please get in contact with Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

As I mentioned last week, Bikeworks are now 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 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 arrange a ride for you.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom 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

 

Online Yoga

Claire Miller has started her own business delivering online yoga sessions. Claire delivered a series of free sessions for Metro Blind Sport last year and this year, and now she has her website. Claire has an online visually impaired & blind yoga class running on a Tuesday at 10.30 am through zoom. www.clairemilleryoga.co.uk

 

Achilles International

The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. All runners and guides meet at Marble Arch tube station at 6 pm, and they all walk across to the park together at 6:15. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/AchillesLondon

 

 from the Sight Loss Councils

The link below is on Facebook and is a recording of the recent SLC Creatively Active webinar on the benefits of sport and the arts! https://fb.watch/4TOdVLU8ql

The panel included Paralympic world champion and food blogger Lora Fachie MBE, Actor and director Elizabeth Roney, blind coach Sheraz Chohan, performing arts graduate Ada Eravama. The webinar starts with a live poetry reading from award-winning poet Dave Steele and ends perfectly with low-intensity breathing and chair yoga session by Claire Miller.  Well worth a watch!

 

Other Sports

Some time ago, we mentioned a partnership arrangement with London Pulse Netball. Since facilities have reopened, we have been continuing our discussions for netball sessions to be delivered. Next week we will announce all the details for sessions to begin in June. In the meantime, if you might be interested in taking part, then please email Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

We have been in contact with Westway Climbing Centre about providing regular climbing opportunities for Metro Blind Sport members. We envisage that these sessions will be available to members from the summer. If you would be interested in climbing, then please register your interest with Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

We have been in contact with Northolt Leisure Centre, and we hope to be able to restart the swimming sessions in the coming weeks. More details to follow once we have everything confirmed.

Finally, we are finalising our arrangements for a multisport club at the new facility in Gunnersbury Park on a Sunday afternoon. We are aiming to deliver a weekly session, and more details will be released shortly. If you would be interested in attending, then please register your interest with Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers. If you have a family member or friends who would be keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org. Volunteering can come in many forms, from helping people play sports or helping people travel to activities or promote our activities. We welcome all the help we can get, so please encourage friends to get in touch.

 

News

National Running Show

The National Running Show South will occur on the 17-18 July at Farnborough International – https://nationalrunningshow.com/south.

Metro Blind Sport have secured free access to the event. We have set up the code METROBLINDSPORTS on the above website, which can be used when registering for the event.

The National Running Show is a home for runners, no matter how far or fast you go. They bring together inspirational speakers, the latest kit, cutting-edge technology, expert coaches, the best races and a host of tasty nutrition products all under one roof. Tickets are usually £10 but free with the code for our members or friends.

 

London Vision

Our friends over at London Vision have a packed week of activities this week.

 

Managing Sight Loss – An introduction to assistive Technology

Wednesday 21 April  2.30 pm
In this session, they’ll introduce you to technologies that talk, make things larger and can make the lives of blind and partially sighted people a little easier.

 

Story Telling a year to remember  

Wednesday 21 April  6 pm
A repeat of London Vision’s popular event that was held before last Christmas. Share your experiences of living through this extraordinary last year. In particular, they’d like to hear your stories of interaction with the health service. Your stories will help London Vision campaign on topics and issues that impact the lives of blind and partially sighted people living in London.

 

Esme’s virtual friends

Thursday 22 April 6 pm
This is a bi-weekly support group for people living with Charles Bonnet Syndrome. If you live with silent visual hallucinations caused by your sight loss, why not come along and meet others.

Their sessions take place on Zoom, but if you’ve never done it before or are having difficulties, they can dial you in to the meeting on your phone. For further information or joining links, email info@londonvision.org

 

Add-Venture in Learning

AddVenture in learning provides residential courses giving access to life-long learning for visually impaired people. A Committee of volunteers runs them. They are self-sustaining through course revenues, Gift Aid contributions and personal donations.

Their courses take place roughly three times a year, and each course lasts for approximately five days. They run courses throughout the UK. They are hopeful that they can restart their programme in the summer this year, assuming all goes well with the vaccinations and the Government decisions on lock-down don’t scupper their plans.

To find out more, please visit their website http://www.add-ventureinlearning.org.uk

 

10% off my Witches, Wizards, and Wands Online escape Room game

The online escape game ‘Witches, Wizards and Wands’ has been designed with vision impairments in mind to make it accessible fun for all.
Hannah from access escape has kindly given metro members and friends, a 10% off coupon Code:  MetroSport10
You can find out more about Access Escape and the games they run here: https://www.accessescape.com/

 

Free online family fun fitness classes

Work on your fitness and create a balanced lifestyle for your family. Join in eight weeks of online yoga, dance and fitness classes aimed at families with young children.
The weekly 30 minute classes run from 6 April to 29 May 2021 on:
Tuesday 10 am: family yoga
Thursday 10 am: family dance
Saturday 10 am: family fitness/movement

All classes can be viewed on the Southwark children and family YouTube channel.
https://tinyurl.com/SCFFitClasses

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Events Update – 14 April

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and a faded image of of a bowler bowling outside on the green at the Paddington sports club and the text saying Wednesday 14 April Weekly Events & News Update!

News & Events Update

The good news is that leisure centres and gyms have reopened this week. It means that Metro Blind Sport members and friends can get back to more activity.

I wanted to highlight that our partners and we have coronavirus safety measures in place with all activities. Gyms, pools, and leisure centres proved they were safe after the first reopening. The sector worked closely with the Government to develop the guidance for reopening. Leisure facilities have followed strict government guidance, ensuring social distancing among staff and customers, proper ventilation throughout, and comprehensive cleaning protocols.

This helped to ensure employees and the public that their gym, leisure centre or fitness class is a safe place to work in and a safe place to work out. There has been a very low prevalence of the virus in leisure facilities. From a Metro Blind Sport perspective, we work with facilities and partners to supplement their safety measures with our arrangements. We must return to activity in a safe and controlled manner.

We are delivering five activities this week. Please find out what is available and please get in contact if you need more details.

 

Tennis

It is the first week returning to tennis, and we have a good number of members registered to play on both nights. We have a few spaces left on Wednesday and Friday, so please book in using the links below. Newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try tennis.

14 April 2021 6 pm – 8 pm
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis14April

16 April 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis16April

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Bowls

Bowls returns to play this week for the first time since December at Paddington Sports Club. Our first session is on Thursday at 3 pm.

Again, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. We look forward to welcoming our regular bowlers back to the green, and please register your attendance with Charlie. If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Cricket

Another one of our regular sports returned on Tuesday evening. Our cricketers took part in a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions will be continuing every Tuesday at 5 pm.
We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sports Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Football

The football sessions back at the Score Centre have been at capacity for the last three weeks, so please book early to avoid disappointment.The sessions are a mixture of training and game time, and feedback from those attending has been brilliant.

The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

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

These sessions have been going from strength to strength, and we have been welcoming new people along to West London every week. If you would like to join a session, then please get in contact with Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

We have sessions that will be running every week, and we would love to welcome you along. You can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is, the sessions are all free! The sessions in April and May will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 20  April
  • Wednesday 21 April
  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April
  • Tuesday 4  May
  • Wednesday 5  May
  • Tuesday 11  May
  • Wednesday 12  May
  • Tuesday 18  May
  • Wednesday 19  May
  • Tuesday 25  May
  • Wednesday 26  May

There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you would like to join one of the sessions above, then please get in contact with Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

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.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom 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

 

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk,
Link to activities: https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

Other Sports

Now that the leisure facilities are back open, we will be working hard with our partners to get our other activities back. Keep reading the newsletters and following us on social media for all the latest news about swimming restarting, a new climbing programme and a new multisport club in the coming months.

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without our volunteers’ fantastic support. If you have a family member or friends who would be keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

Volunteering can come in many forms, from helping people play sports or helping people travel to activities or promote our activities. We welcome all the help we can get, so please encourage friends to get in touch.

 

News

Sport for Confidence

Sport for Confidence can’t help but have a Spring in their step with restrictions easing and a clearer pathway to full face-to-face delivery back on the cards. For now, they’re still operating a complete programme of Stay Connected Zoom activity sessions. Click the links below to find out more and get involved!

What is stay connected all about? PDF link below.
https://tinyurl.com/StayConnectedBriefing

View the Stay Connected timetable & get involved! PDF link below.
https://tinyurl.com/StayCTimetable

 

VICTA Access Escape

Get together with five friends, form a team, give yourselves a cool name and enter the world of Access Escape! Their online escape game ‘Witches, Wizards and Wands’ has been designed with vision impairments in mind to make it accessible fun for all.

If you are over 18 years and have a vision impairment, you and your team can take advantage of the 20% discount code provided, especially for VICTA! Email VICTA at activities@victa.org.uk if you would like to book your team in, and they will send you the code.
You can find out more about Access Escape and the games they run here: https://www.accessescape.com/

 

Polrunny Farm Holiday Cottages

One of our members has set up a holiday cottage business in Cornwall. The farm is ideal for Guide dog users, walkers and cyclists as a base. Click on the links for more details.
https://polrunnyfarm.com/home
https://polrunnyfarm.com/sloe-cottage

 

Online Yoga

Claire Miller has started her own business delivering online yoga sessions. Claire delivered a series of free sessions for Metro Blind Sport last year and this year, and now she has a website.

Please take the time to find out what Yoga classes Claire has to offer. For example, on Tuesdays at 10.30 am on Zoom. There is an online visually impaired & blind yoga class. www.clairemilleryoga.co.uk

 

LTA Youth: Instilling confidence on and off the court with launch of new junior programme for tennis

The LTA is paving the way for a new generation to pick up a racket and play. LTA Youth is a unique and innovative junior programme aimed at kids aged 4-18, created to help more children enjoy the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, whatever their age, gender, ability, disability or background.

The programme is a significant step-change for children’s tennis in Britain, providing kids fun, action-packed sessions with a range of activities designed to help them develop life skills, on and off the court. To make it easier for kids who have never played tennis before, there is a dedicated tennis taster course called LTA Youth Start.

LTA Youth:  https://tinyurl.com/LTAYouth
LTA Youth Start: https://tinyurl.com/LTAYouthStart

 

The FA – Football Your Way

The FA are currently creating Football Your Way, a new online hub, and it is in production.

The hub will be dedicated to giving disabled players the guidance, motivation and inspiration they need to stay active and connected whilst preparing players for their journey back to the pitch. The FA have created a short survey to help them ensure the hub meets all players’ needs. The FA would like responses to arrive no later than 10 am Monday 19 April.

The link for the survey is https://tinyurl.com/FAHubSurvey

 

Girls Football

Are you looking for a fun way for girls 5-11 to get involved with football? Then look no further! Weetabix Wildcats is the place to be; everyone is super awesome, from the friends you’ll meet to The FA qualified coaches and volunteers who deliver the sessions.
So, what is Weetabix Wildcats? Well, it’s non-competitive football for girls who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their age. Find out more here: https://tinyurl.com/FAWildcats

 

Vacancy: Assistant Producer – In Touch, BBC Audio North

The BBC are currently advertising for an Assistant Producer for their In Touch –    Radio 4’s weekly programme.

They are particularly interested in visually impaired candidates or have experience and a deep understanding of the blind and visually impaired community. They are hosting an event to discuss the department and role; for more details, please contact Victoria Caddens victoria.caddens@bbc.co.uk

 

Thomas Pocklington Trust Student Support Service

Thomas Pocklington Trust knows that the lead up to exams can be a stressful time and never more so than during Covid-19. That is why Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Student Support Service have developed guidance for universities and exam providers to ensure that their online exam systems are accessible for blind and partially sighted students. Link: https://tinyurl.com/GUIDEUni

They are also hosting a webinar with Look UK for students on all things exam related. An impressive panel of students and professionals will be on hand to talk through, check that online exams are accessible, and share top tips on revision strategies. If you’re about to sit exams, then this is not to be missed! https://tinyurl.com/AllThingsExams

 

John Amaechi Interview

John Amaechi,  Vice President at Activity Alliance and a respected organisational psychologist and Founder of APS, spent time with Activity Alliance Marketing and Communications Manager Sarah Brown-Fraser, to discuss the psychological effects of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

https://tinyurl.com/AmaechiInterview

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Events Update – 7 April 2021

Weekly Update 7 April 2021 from Metro Blind Sport

News & Events Update

Activity started last week, and we have more starting next week, so please take a little time to read the information below and get booked on to a session.

 

Football

The football sessions back at the Score Centre have been very popular for the last two weeks so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindpsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis

Calling all tennis players, the sessions start again next week on Wednesday the 14th and Friday the 16th of April. These sessions are at their usual times from 6pm – 8pm.

It is essential to know numbers in advance of who is coming, so please visit the Metro Blind Sport website and book sessions. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. Booking links for the first two sessions can be found by clicking on the below:

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindpsport.org 07956 292046.

 

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

 The feedback from these sessions have been great. If you would like to join a session, then please get in contact with Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

We have sessions that will be running every week and we would love to welcome you along. The session in April will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 13 April
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 20 April
  • Wednesday 21 April
  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April

There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

Metro member comment:

‘ Thank you and Metro, Bike Works and particularly Richard for a wonderful bike ride earlier today. The weather was perfect, and we thoroughly enjoyed being on the bike outdoors. This was our first ride on the adapted bike, and we look forward too many more such rides during the summer. ‘  

 

Cricket

We are finalising our arrangements for cricket training this year. Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions then please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindpsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom 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

 

British Blind Sport

Along with their inclusive coaches, British Blind Sport have developed audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength Training as part of their Active at Home Programme.

Find out all of the details of the live session by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

 

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk, but a link to the activities can be found here.
https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

RSBC Activity Programme Easter 2021

RSBC have a packed online Easter Activity programme, including various arts, crafts and sport opportunities. These are free virtual events for vision impaired young people. To find our more click here  https://www.rsbc.org.uk/calendar-of-activities  Sign up to RSBC activities by emailing RSBC at connections@rsbc.org.uk or phone on 020 3198 0225 to get involved.

 

Day Activities for Families – Bendrigg Trust

Dates available from 22 May – 6 June

Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, Bendrigg are able to offer several Day Activities for disabled people and their families/support bubble from any location.

Day activities will run from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide.

Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, Bendrigg are able to offer several Day Activities for disabled people and their families/support bubble from any location.

Each booking is for one group of up to 12 people from up to 2 households. At least one member of your group (adult or child) will have a disability.

Thanks to funding we are able to offer these day activities for £134 per day. A subsidy of £250 is allocated per family/bubble to make this service affordable for all. However, if you are able to afford the full cost yourself (£384) please let us know so that we can reallocate the funding to another family who needs

Please contact us directly on 01539 723766 to find out more information.

 

Managing sight loss – Assistive Technology drop in with London Vision

Every Friday from 9 April    1 pm -2 pm

There’s no script, no plan just drop in and chat to Graham, Thomas Pocklington Trusts technology advisor about anything technological, talking microwaves, watches, TV, phones, Computers or Tablets.  If we can’t answer your question, we’ll try and point you in the right direction.

For more information  info@londonvision.org

 

News

Disability Right UK research: disabled people’s experiences of cycling

Disability Rights UK, along with Wheels for Wellbeing and Professor Brett Smith from Durham University, is supporting CFE Research with their research project into disabled people’s experiences of cycling. CFE Research is particularly keen to hear the views of disabled people who currently don’t cycle but would like to. 

To register your interest in participating, please visit https://bit.ly/3cGvDdd and complete the online form. If you are selected to take part (a short interview by video, telephone, email or any format you prefer), you will be sent a £20 high street shopping voucher to thank you for your time.

Find out more about the research in this PDF:    https://tinyurl.com/vk7rmwt8

Easy Read version https://tinyurl.com/h9sc6kyh

 

STRiVE: Focused on the positives!

The latest issue of the STRiVE newsletter is out! This time the Young VICTA Ambassador group, have decided to explore the theme of lockdown, but rather than put a negative slant on the last year, we wanted to do the opposite and focus on the positives that have come out of it. Read the e-magazine here: http://blindsport.uk/Strive4

 

RNIB Connect: A Year in Lockdown, Martin Symcox!

“Ellie finds out what Metro Blind Sport have handled lockdown and what they might take forward with them as the country starts to open back up…”
Podcast Link: http://blindsport.uk/MetroLockdown

 

Facebook

Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page.
We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us!  Latest exercise challenge Ball Throw link here: https://youtu.be/aq3v9BOU3D8 Or by sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow the link below. https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Events Update – 31 March 2021

Weekly Update from Metro Blind Sport 31 March

News & Events Update

It is good to share the positive news that some of our activity has restarted, and more is on the way.

Football

Yesterday evening our football training sessions returned at the Score Centre in Leyton. These sessions will now continue every week from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

We will be following the same safety protocols as last year. It is essential to know numbers in advance of who is coming, so please visit the Metro Blind Sport website and book sessions to gain the relevant information needed for track and trace purposes.

Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. The session was at capacity last night, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie
charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Please read further details about the return to play for Football below.

Football Arrangements

Tennis

I mentioned last week that tennis was returning on Wednesday the 14th and Friday 16 April. These sessions are now confirmed from 6 pm – 8 pm, as are sessions every other week in the future at the same time.

We will be following the same safety protocols as last year. It is essential to know numbers in advance of who is coming, so please visit the Metro Blind Sport website and book sessions to gain the relevant information needed for track and trace purposes.

Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. Booking links below:

14 April 2021: https://tinyurl.com/BTennis14April
16 April 2021: https://tinyurl.com/VITennis16April

Please read further details about the return to play for tennis below.

Download – Word: Tennis Arrangements

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

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

We started these new sessions yesterday, and we are out on the bike again this morning in glorious weather for the start of this exciting new project. We are fully booked for this first week, but we have spaces throughout April.

We have sessions that will be running every week, so please do get in contact if you want to attend sessions in April. We would love to welcome you along. They will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 6 April
  • Wednesday 7 April
  • Tuesday 13 April
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 20 April
  • Wednesday 21 April
  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April

There will be two time slots available on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and 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.

The Disability Sports Coach Virtual Activity Programme Easter 2021

This is the Anniversary of the launch of Disability Sport Coach at Home and will be a week of celebration and reflection and looking forward. The programme they run from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17 April on Zoom will include dance, basketball, circus skills and baking, to name a few activities. It is free for all disabled people.

Please register here:  http://blindsport.uk/1YearOn via Eventbrite. On registration, you will receive your zoom code. This code will provide entry for all sessions during the week.

Dance Dosti

Did you see our latest news last week about an exciting new Dance project? Metro Blind Sport, in partnership with inclusive dance company Step Change Studios and British Blind Sport, will launch a new inclusive dance project, thanks to a grant from the Vision Foundation of nearly £44,000.
The ‘Dance Dosti’ project will engage blind and partially sighted young people and adults from the Asian community to be active through dance.
Read the full press release here: http://blindsport.uk/DanceD

Cricket

Following the ECB Roadmap for Return to Cricket and having analysed the Government’s Roadmap for the easing of lockdown. Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW) have decided that the 2021 Blind Cricket season will not start until the week beginning Monday 17 May.

Prior to 17 May, clubs are free to hold training sessions outdoors and may play local friendly matches outdoors. Metro Blind Sport will be seeking to arrange training and friendlies during this time. More details about the season will be released when we have them.

Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom 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

British Blind Sport

Along with their inclusive coaches, British Blind Sport have developed audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength Training as part of their Active at Home Programme.

Find out all of the details of the live session by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk, a link to the activities can be found here. https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

News

Sense Inclusive Art Club

Award-winning artist Tanya Raabe Webber is starting a new fortnightly arts group at Sense between 16 April and 25 June 2021.

If you are an art maker wishing to develop your skills, meet new people and extend your practice, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Led by Tanya, you’ll explore different ideas and techniques with an emphasis on developing work in your own time. No experience is necessary, but a passion for art is essential!
This opportunity is open to everyone Sense supports (ages 16+), free to join, and art materials will be sent out to your home.

For more info or to book a place, please email olivia.thiessen@sense.org.uk by Thursday, 1 April 2021 (deadline extended!).

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet is delighted to share the news that they have created some audio described films for the first time. This is a pilot to creating further films and increasing their offer. There are two short films which you can find by using the link to the webpage here https://northernballet.com/digital-dance/audio-described-films.

Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council

On Wednesday 14 April (17:00-18:30) the Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council will be hosting a VI forum focusing on the benefits of sport and the arts.

Attendees will hear presentations from our expert panel and will be able to ask questions. There will also be a live poetry reading from award-winning poet Dave Steele and a low intensity breathing and chair yoga session from Claire Miller.

The panel

  • Paralympic world champion and food blogger Laura Fachie MBE
  • Actor and director Elizabeth Roney
  • Blind coach Sheraz Chohan
  • Performing arts graduate Ada Eravama

You can register your place here: https://tinyurl.com/CreativelyActive

London Vision

The London Vision team has produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, which informs people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London, including local society events.

April’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here https://www.londonvision.org/Pages/Events/Category/all-events

Merton Sports and Social Club

Merton Sports and Social Club sent out their newsletter this week. It was full of opportunities and information, including information about when they hope to return to their fortnightly tandem rides. As things stand, they hope to start rides for couples and household bubbles from Saturday, 17 April. The first ride, open to all members, will be on Saturday 22 May. To register interest, please email cycling@mssc.org.uk and for further club news, visit http://www.mssc.org.uk/

Metro Blind Sport reaches the USA

Our sport lead for tennis, Odette Battarel, shared a website link for the “Focus” website which is a resource provided by a cooperative effort between the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). It was amazing to find that there was a link to our Yoga videos on there. I have included the link here as there are links to other activities as well
https://www.focusonvisionandvisionloss.org/leisure-and-learning-at-home.html.

Facebook

Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your weekly challenge results!

The link below is to the latest exercise challenge Rolling Press-ups with Mark: https://youtu.be/84EMKt9vt5k or by sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow the link below. https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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