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News & Online Event Update – 17 March 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 17 March 2021

News & Online Event Update

Please find below information that can help you stay active at home and news about when some of our activities are resuming.

 

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

We are nearly fully booked for the Ride Side-by-Side cycling programme that we have organised with Bikeworks in West London for the 30th and 31st March.

However, we have sessions that will be running every week so please do get in contact if you want to attend. Sessions in April will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 6th April
  • Wednesday 7th April
  • Tuesday 13th April
  • Wednesday 14th April
  • Tuesday 20th April
  • Wednesday 21st April
  • Tuesday 27th April
  • Wednesday 28th 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 a resident within the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the east of Ealing then the Bikeworks pilot may come and collect you on the cycle from your home and drop you back again. For those who want to take part from outside these areas then the cycle will arrange to collect and return you to Latimer Road tube station.

Thank you to the generosity of The Edward Gostling Foundation this project is fully funded and is free to those who attend the cycling sessions.

If you are keen to come along to one or more of the sessions then please email Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.  We will then connect you to Bikeworks in the coming days.

 

Wheels 4 Me

During last year’s lockdown, options for Disabled people to enjoy healthy exercise outdoors were not equal to those for non-Disabled people. In fact, Disabled people were far more likely to be experiencing isolation and lacking opportunities to be active in fresh outdoor air.

When the regular Wheels 4 Wellbeing cycling sessions in south London were paused, they were able to loan a handful of cycles to individuals. From feedback and observation, Wheels 4 Wellbeing saw that a cycle hire for people to take non-standard cycles away to ride on their own terms, for fitness, to try commuting, to join family activities, or any other regular reason to cycle, would potentially make a real difference to individuals – whether in lockdown or out of it.

Excitingly, Sport England agreed and gave Wheels 4 Wellbeing some funding… and a few months later, they are ready to roll with their pilot scheme.

Find out more details and potentially how you could get involved Link: https://tinyurl.com/Wheel4Me

 

Bowls

Metro is excited about starting our new bowls sessions at Paddington Bowls Centre. The centre has informed us that they will be opening after the 12th of April for outdoor bowls. Metro Blind Sport, with thanks to Sport England funding, has secured several memberships to the bowls centre so that playing is free of charge.

We will keep the bowls players updated on the details of reopening when we get further information. If new players would be keen to try bowls then please get in touch with Charlie: charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org and we can invite you along for a game.

 

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 for people to take part in. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun Please contact sense.active@sense.org.uk for booking support, link here. https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

Walking Programme

We have had a good response from people being interested in taking part in our walks in London parks. We are continuing to make the necessary arrangements, but in the meantime, if you might want to join us then please just email Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org to register your interest.

 

News Items

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 or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page please follow this link and give us a follow and a like https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

Retina UK

The next London local support group meeting is scheduled for Saturday 20 March between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm and will be on the theme ‘technology’. Technology plays a big part in the life of blind or partially sighted person; from cooking, reading, navigation and so much more. New apps and gadgets are being developed and launched all the time and it may be difficult to know exactly what’s out there that could benefit you.

If you have a particular type of technology, app or a theme you would like to hear more about, please do indicate when registering to attend.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the form on their website: www.RetinaUK.org.uk/groups#london or email services@RetinaUK.org.uk and instructions on how to join via your smart device, computer or telephone will be sent to you.

 

Living Paintings

Living Paintings give thousands of blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to borrow our Touch to See books from a free postal library.
Their books are enjoyed at home with family and friends, in schools, or for adults as members of one of their community Touch to See Book Clubs around the country. They have just released their Children’s Impact Report for 2020 which can be read here. https://tinyurl.com/LPaintings

 

Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is an internationally outstanding collection that contains unsurpassed masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain. Built over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, it is one of the finest and most celebrated collections in the world.

While the Wallace Collection remains closed, they have an upcoming audio-described session that they will be delivering via Zoom on Tuesday 23rd March at 11 am. Details about the session and how to book a place are below:

Spring: Live audio described session

Tuesday 23 March, 11 am-12 pm (via Zoom)
Join Karly Allen to celebrate the arrival of Spring in this live audio-described session (via Zoom), aimed at blind and partially sighted audiences. Find out about The Infant Jupiter with the Nymphs on Mount Ida by Nicholas Berchem and Venus as Spring, a French bronze sculpture, through detailed description with time for questions and conversation.

Places are limited. To book a place please get in touch with Holly at community@wallacecollection.org

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

Related news stories

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London!

 

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News & Online Event Update – 10 March 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 10 March 2021

News & Online Event Update

Please find below information that can help you stay active at home and news about resuming some of our activities.

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

Good news! The first sessions are confirmed for the Ride Side-by-Side cycling programme that we are arranging with Bikeworks in West London.

With organised outdoor sport being allowed from the end of March, we have arranged for cycling sessions to commence on Tuesday the 30  March and Wednesday the 31 March. 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.

Let me briefly remind you what these sessions are. Ride Side-by-Side will support people getting around West London areas by pedalling (or choosing not to pedal) on Side-by-Side e-cycles.

Participants can make trips of their choice, solve transport problems, have social interaction, and most importantly, get exercise.

If you are a resident within the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the east of Ealing, then the Bikeworks pilot may come and collect you on the cycle from your home and drop you back again.  For those who want to take part from outside these areas, the cycle route can be arranged to collect and return you to Latimer Road tube station.

Thank you to the generosity of The Edward Gostling Foundation; this project is fully funded and is free to those who attend the cycling sessions.

Bikeworks will be arranging the bookings with those people that are keen to attend. For those that have already expressed an interest to take part, you will hear from us this week.

In the meantime, if you are keen to come along, then please email Martin: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org. We will then register your interest and connect you to Bikeworks in the coming days.

 

Wheels for Wellbeing

Wheels for Wellbeing are thrilled to inform you that they have restarted their sessions at Croydon Sports Arena.

According to the government guidelines, all outdoor sports for Disabled people can continue, despite the national lockdown restrictions, so the managers at the Croydon Arena gave Wheels for Wellbeing the green light to reopen their sessions at their venue.

For now, they are only restarting the Tuesday sessions, with two slots available for bookings: 10 am, and 11 am. They hope to be able to reopen on other days of the week in the near future.

For more info: http://blindsport.uk/WFWUpdate

 

Bowls

We are excited about starting bowls sessions at Paddington Bowls Centre. The centre has informed us that they will be opening after the 12th of April for outdoor bowls. Metro Blind Sport, with thanks to Sport England funding, has secured several memberships to the bowl’s centre so that playing is free of charge.

We will keep the bowls players updated on the details of reopening when we get further information. If new players would be keen to try bowls, please get in touch with Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org and we can invite you along for a game.

 

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

 

Tennis

Online tennis coaching is back this week, with sessions on Wednesday and Friday evening. Come along for a chat and a few tennis drills with fellow Metro Blind Sport members.

Sessions are from 6 pm to 7 pm. To register your interest, please email Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org

 

Yoga

We just launched a brand new audio described floor yoga class with Claire Miller! The first of four in a new series of 30-minute classes, this video is designed for beginners, so why not give it a try? http://blindsport.uk/FloorYoga1

Remember to subscribe to our youtube channel! I wonder, who will get the coveted 100 subscriber place?

 

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 for people to take part in. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact sense.active@sense.org.uk for booking support, link here.  https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline 

 

Walking Programme

 We have had a good response from people interested in taking part in our walks in London parks. We are continuing to make the necessary arrangements, but in the meantime, if you might want to join us, then please email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org to register your interest.

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

 

News Items

 London Pulse Netball

As part of International Women’s Day on Monday, one of our partners, London Pulse Netball, was proud to announce that they have joined forces with four elite women’s sports clubs to create the pioneering ‘Women’s Elite Sports Partnership’. Coverage and interest from the media have been very positive so far, and more details can be found here https://tinyurl.com/LondonPulse. The team are currently taking part in the Vitality Superleague, and games are being shown on Sky Sports.

 

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 or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow this link and give us a follow and a like https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

British Blind Sport AGM

The Annual General Meeting of British Blind Sport occurs on Tuesday the 30th of March 2021 at 1 pm, for approximately two hours. This year’s BBS AGM will be taking place using Zoom video conferencing software due to socialising restrictions and government guidelines.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please inform their head office by calling 01926 424247 or emailing info@britishblindsport.org.uk so that they can ensure you have the appropriate documents and the links to join the Zoom call.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

Related news stories

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London!

Audio Described: Floor Yoga Class 1

 

 

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News & Online Event Update – 3 March 2021

Weekly online event and news Update

News & Online Event Update

As we edge towards activities being able to resume, please find below information that can help you stay active at home.

Walking Programme

We have had a good response from people interested in taking part in our walks in London parks. We are continuing to make the necessary arrangements, but in the meantime, if you might want to join us, then please just email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org to register your interest.

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London

We are now recruiting for paid walk leaders and for volunteers to help deliver the above Walking Programme. If you are interested in being part of the project from a delivery perspective, then please download this word document: https://blindsport.uk/WalkingDoc

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

 

Cycling Programme

The same goes for the cycling programme that we are arranging with Bikeworks in West London.
If you are keen to come along, then please email Martin. We will then register your interest and contact you shortly with all the booking details and the days and times the sessions are running.

 

Yoga

To coincide with the upcoming release of a new set of videos focusing on floor-based yoga for beginners on Metro Blind Sport’s website, Claire Miller, a highly qualified fitness and yoga teacher, from Ruislip talks to us about her journey into yoga and physical activity. Have a read here https://blindsport.uk/AYogaJourney

 

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

 

Tennis

After the positive feedback that we have received from members, we have decided to continue to deliver the online coached tennis sessions every other week on Wednesday and Friday evenings. These sessions are fee to attended and are suitable for all ability levels. It is a relaxed atmosphere to play a few tennis drills and keep active.

If you have never played tennis before and want to understand a little more about the game, then please come along with no obligation to play.

New dates are as follows:

March 10th, 12th, 24th and 26th

April 7th, 9th, 21st and 23rd

May 5th and 7th

Sessions are from 6 pm to 7 pm. To register your interest, please email Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org

 

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 sessions by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

  

Sense

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

https://tinyurl.com/InclusiveSense

 

Multisport – Croysutt Warriors

Croysutt Warriors Goalball Club is continuing to run a session to get people active in Croydon. The sessions include, over a 2 hour period, Goalball, Football and Basketball on an outdoor lit court.

The sessions are run on a Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and all levels are welcome.

Please phone or email Robin on 07889648925 or Croysuttwarriors@outlook.com

The sessions take place in CR0 6EA.

 

News Items

 Visually Impaired Sailing Association

The Visually Impaired Sailing Association (Visa-gb) have produced a short film which I am sure that our members would be interested in.  This Visa-gb film  https://youtu.be/nPC27FvJQMUshows how Visa-gb empower and encourage visually impaired adults to enjoy offshore sailing. It includes audio description and testimonials from their crew and previous participants. VISA would love to hear what our members think of the film. Please send your thoughts to Lorraine Dodge at info@visa-gb.or.uk.

More information about the Visa-gb programme of activities and how people can join Visa-gb is available from Sue Hogge using this Contact us link https://visa-gb.org.uk/contact and on their website. https://visa-gb.org.uk

Anyone wishing to join Visa-gb can do so using this Join Us Visa-gb link.

https://visa-gb.org.uk/join-our-community/  Membership is free.

 

London Vision

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

March’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here

https://tinyurl.com/LondonVision

 

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 or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow this link and give us a follow and a like https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

British Blind Sport AGM

Annual General Meeting of British Blind Sport is to take place on Tuesday 30th March 2021 at 1 pm, for approximately two hours. Due to socialising restrictions and government guidelines, this year’s AGM will be taking place using Zoom video conferencing software.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please inform their head office by calling 01926 424247 or emailing info@britishblindsport.org.uk so that they can ensure you have the appropriate documents and the links to join the Zoom call.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Online Event Update – 24 Feb 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 24 Feb 2021

News & Online Event Update

The latest update from the Prime Minister has confirmed that the earliest possible date for outdoor sports facilities to reopen will be from the 29th of March. At the same time, organised adult and children’s sport will also return outdoors. The earliest possible time for gyms to reopen is the 12th of April, with indoor sport from the 17th of May.

The government announcement leaves us all waiting to return to sport and physical activity as we know it, but we want to be prepared to start as soon as possible from the end of March.

We have some opportunities for activity outdoors thanks to a walking programme and a cycling programme. Outdoor bowls may be available as well and we are checking with Paddington Sport Club about the return to opening. Other opportunities like football and cricket may be available, and we will update you when we know more.

 

Walking Programme

We intend to deliver weekly walks around London parks with qualified walk leaders and volunteers. This new project is aimed at members and non-members, and we hope to attract up to 15 people to take part in walks with us each week. We intend to choose parks throughout London rather than hold the event in any one location. More details will be released in the coming weeks. Please email Martin or Charlie if you are keen to come along and walk with us.

As you know, all our sports have sport leads, often recruited from within the membership. There is no difference with this project. If you would like to become a walk leader, please get in contact.

martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org | charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org


Cycling Programme

We are delighted that we have teamed up with Bikeworks to deliver a new inclusive cycling project. This project is about getting blind and partially people around West London by pedalling (or choosing not to pedal) on Side-by-Side e-cycles, making trips of their choice, solving their transport problems, having a social interaction, and most importantly, getting some exercise.

The project will initially run for two half days a week for 26 weeks. Days will be confirmed shortly. On each day, between 1-3 people will be taken out for 1.5-hour slots. Two slots will be available on each day, potentially offering the service to up to 6 people a day and 12 people a week. Up to three people can travel together (plus the Pilot) since the project cycles can be joined together to make a cycling bus. This means the service can be booked by a group of friends to get people to and from a specific event such as a lunch club or simply to do activity together.

The project will be promoted to Metro Blind Sport members, but we welcome blind and partially sighted non-members to participate. Although the project will be based in West London, members from all over London are welcome to come and have a go if they can safely travel. The cycle is based very near Latimer Road tube station, on the Circle and Hammersmith and Fulham underground lines, making it an accessible meeting location.

We are extremely grateful to The Edward Gostling Foundation for their support of this project. Due to their funding, we can offer this project without a charge to participants.

If you are keen to come along, then please email Martin. martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org We will then register your interest and contact you shortly with all the booking details and the days and times the sessions are running.

In the meantime, here are your updated opportunities and news from Metro Blind Sport. More new ways to get active alongside some of the regular features.

 

 Meto Online Tennis

Mark Bullock is back this week to deliver the online tennis sessions. The sessions are on Wednesday and Friday, from 6 pm – 7 pm.
If you want to participate in these free, online coached tennis sessions, please email Martin to register. martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

 

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

 

LTA  Online Tennis

While you are at home, make sure you check out the LTA Tennis at Home Hub
https://www.lta.org.uk/tennis-at-home-hub, which has loads of video content and tools for keeping active.

Additionally, Middlesex Tennis are running Online Inclusive Tennis Sessions every Saturday morning from 11-12.30, with coaches Mark Bullock and Stuart Wilkinson. To sign up, email mark.bullock@middlesextennis.org.uk

Yoga

Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/MetroBlindSportYouTube

 

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 sessions by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme

Sense

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

 

News Items

New Book – “Ikimasu.” “Hai”: Blind Tennis Rules 2021

Martin Etheridge is a well-known Tennis Umpire (Wimbledon and across the world) who came to support blind tennis a few years ago and was hooked. He quickly became involved in writing guidance for umpires and line judges at blind tennis competitions and now sits on the IBTA Executive committee. He is passionate about the power of sport to make a difference for players with a disability.

Martin has written a book on blind tennis and managed to get it for sale on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08WL8DX9D. His first book is focused on the rules of tennis but also on the history of the game and Miyoshi Takei’s legacy. This book takes you on a journey of discovery to find out how blind tennis first started. It is about one man’s determination and perseverance and will appeal to players, coaches, officials and volunteers alike.

 

Extant

Pathways is Extant’s flagship four-year training programme supporting visually impaired and blind practitioners across the theatre industry. Now celebrating its third year, Pathways Writers follows on from our previous Actors and Directors training programmes.

Join Extant in welcoming the new Pathways Writers group; and for the Round Table “Access to Script: How can we make scripts accessible for blind and visually impaired artists?”:

Date: Monday 1st March
Pathways Writers Launch: 10-11.50am
Round Table: 12-1.30pm
Location: Online via Zoom  Cost: FREE
For any questions, please contact caroline@extant.org.uk

 

Stargardt’s Connected 

Stargardt’s are excited to invite people to their Stargardt’s Connected special World Rare Disease Day Zoom meeting on Sunday 28th February 2021 (12 pm to 2 pm).
https://www.rarediseaseday.org/event/united-kingdom/1058

At this meeting, they will be launching their new letter-writing campaign calling on MPs to advocate for increased support for research into Stargardt’s Disease.
They will also be introducing the UK’s new rare disease strategy and will be joined by a special guest from Fight for Sight, who will be speaking about their Time to Focus report, which calls for more research into sight loss conditions to help address the personal and financial impact on people.

You can register your place to attend by clicking on the following link https://tinyurl.com/StargardtsCommunity

 

Research

If you are visually impaired between 18 and 30 years old, University of Southampton PhD student Geane Fontinele wants to hear from you, regardless if you are active or not, before the COVID-19. She is researching ways for visually impaired people to be able to do more sport/physical activity.

Also, she is keen to understand the impact of the pandemic on your physical activity routines. To participate in my study, please fill in this online survey: https://isurvey.soton.ac.uk/33270

If you have any questions, contact Geanne directly on gdaz1e17@soton.ac.uk Study Reference Number ERGO/FEPS/ 51707.

 

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 or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow this link and give us a follow and a like https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Online Event Update – 17 Feb 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 17 Feb 2021

News & Online Event Update

Here is this weeks update on the latest online opportunities and news to help you keep active! Take the time to have a read through and see what is on in the next few days.

Weekly challenge

Our final weekly challenge for now. The video is only one minute, and the activities are all a bit of fun. Please get involved and share your achievements with us.

This week’s challenge is ‘The Plank’. Watch the video here.

Get Yourself Active Website

Have you seen the new section of their website yet? It has been designed so that you can easily find resources to help you to stay active at home during this time. It includes a variety of resources from various organisations, from videos to toolkits http://www.getyourselfactive.org/resources/active-home/

They have launched their fourth and final series of videos, Becky will be showing you a variety of standing and seated strength exercises that you can do at home. Perfect for keeping active during this time! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCitKWen44Tb0xEqGtwbVERA

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2pm if you wish to register interest or find out more please contact: Adam Millar, 07392091327, Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

Tennis

While you are at home make sure you check out the LTA Tennis at Home Hub which has loads of video content and tools for keeping active. Additionally Middlesex Tennis are running Online Inclusive Tennis Sessions every Saturday morning 11-12.30, with coaches Mark Bullock and Stuart Wilkinson.

To sign up email mark.bullock@middlesextennis.org.uk

Yoga

Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHjmzPrYVb4jyix3QPrikTw

 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 live sessions details by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

News Items

LTA

The LTA have provided an update on Disability Competitions. The LTA have made the decision to extend the cancellation of tennis competitions up to Sunday 21 March. Due to this decision and the uncertainty of venues re-opening until April, we will be postponing all disability events until April. Where possible this year we will try and re-schedule events rather than cancelling them.

You will find an updated event list here: Disability Competitions Calendar, you will notice a lot of “TBCs” still, this is due to many venues being closed and staff being on furlough, as soon as we can we will update you on any new events.

Sleep Health Study

Sleep Health Study are advertising The Blind Veterans UK and Circadian Therapeutics Online Sleep Survey to understand more about the association between vision impairment and sleep, health, and wellbeing. The Survey can be completed at home via the online link, or by telephone with one of our friendly researchers. Link to register interest in the Online Sleep Survey: http://bit.ly/blindstudyregister or call 01865 546582.

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 or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page please follow this link and give us a follow and a like https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

Mindful Poetry

Dr Beverley Duguid has created a mindful poetry course for blind and visually impaired people. Mindfulness is a form of meditation which is used to combat stress, anxiety and depression. Poetry has been used for centuries to convey thoughts and feelings on a particular subject. This course combines mindfulness and poetry to help you craft poems and prose. This course is bought to you by RBKC Arts Grants and is Free of charge to participants. It is taught on Zoom and starts in March.

Enrol via email:  Admin@insightmind.co.uk

Questions, email Beverley@insightmind.co.uk

Badminton

There is an exciting opportunity to express your views on how to make Badminton more available to blind and partially sighted individuals. 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 below 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.

Chess

Please find the link here https://www.braillechess.org.uk/ to get the February 2021 issue of the Braille Chess Association’s Gazette.

TfL

TfL are seeking views on the use of in-vehicle CCTV in taxis (black cabs) and private hire vehicles (PHVs) including minicabs in London.

In July 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) published statutory taxi and PHV standards. These include a number of standards that taxi and PHV licensing authorities are expected to implement. The standards also state that all licensing authorities should undertake a consultation on in-vehicle CCTV in taxis and PHVs.

They are interested in your views on the following:

  • Do you think all taxis (black cabs) and PHVs (including minicabs) in London should have in-vehicle CCTV fitted as a mandatory requirement, or should the current position of allowing vehicle owners to choose to fit in-vehicle CCTV systems be maintained?
  • What are your views of the local considerations to take into account in London, and how this affects whether in-vehicle CCTV should be mandatory in all London licensed taxis and PHVs?
  • What positive impacts may arise if in-vehicle CCTV was in operation in all London licensed taxis and PHVs?
  • What negative impacts may arise if in-vehicle CCTV was in operation in all London licensed taxis and PHVs?

 You can let TfL know what you think by completing their survey. Please visit their consultation website for more information. The closing date for responding to the consultation is Monday 22 March 2021.

If you have any questions about this, please email consultations@tfl.gov.uk with ‘In-vehicle CCTV in taxis and PHVs’ in the subject line.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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