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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.



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.



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. ‘  



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 Lucy 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 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.


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



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



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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New AI Personal Assistant for VI People!

Meet the REALSAM Speaker System A New AI Personal assistant for blind and partially sighted people

New AI Personal  Assistant for blind and partially sighted people!

Launched  in March, a new AI personal assistant for blind and visually impaired people will for the first time deliver news updates, over 27,000 books, the latest official Coronavirus information podcasts, and helpful information from a range of UK sight loss charities all on the one platform. Developed by RealSAM, the new Smart Speaker solution is innovative technology bringing previously inaccessible news and entertainment content to its subscribers.

Continue reading New AI Personal Assistant for VI People!


Game-Changing Code Jumper Tool!

Game-Changing Code Jumper Tool

From left, Daniel and Rico were part of a group of students at New College Worcester in Worcester, UK, who participated in a beta test of the technology behind Code Jumper. Photo by Jonathan Banks.

Game-changing” educational coding tool launched by the RNIB

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched an educational tool to help primary school children with vision impairment learn how to code.

Continue reading Game-Changing Code Jumper Tool!


eSight version 3!

eSight glasses version3

The eye wear technology company, eSight, has launched the third generation of its hands-free glasses that provide instant sight and mobility for those with impaired vision. According to Jeff Fenton, director of outreach and communications for the company, the eSight 3 model delivers a sleeker, smaller and more affordable option.


Continue reading eSight version 3!


What is the Access Card?

Access Card

What is the Access Card?

Information, Evidence, Discounts and Opportunities for Disabled People
The Access Card is a card like no other, we translate your disability / impairment into symbols which highlight the barriers you face and the reasonable adjustments you might need.

This then informs providers quickly and discreetly about the support you need and may gain you access to things like concessionary ticket prices and complex reasonable adjustments without having to go into loads of personal detail.
Its all based on your rights under the Equality Act and providers responsibilities.

All for just £15 for 3 years!

Apply for a Card

large image of the demo Access card
The Access Card contains symbols related to your needs and is accepted as proof of disability and more at venues across the country

What Customers say…

  • The card would be a useful tool, to save me the time and humiliation of having to explain everything – often to people who don’t have time, or are in a noisy environment so I have to shout!
  • I want to attend gigs, but can’t do it if I’m not able to sit or have to queue to get in.
  • I have been asking for something like this for years. My disability is not always visible so I have to go through the embarrassment of explaining my personal health problems to complete strangers who sometimes don’t even believe me. I’m hoping this card will be recognised everywhere, as it will change my life!
  • I believe having something that is discreet and accepted will make things easier. I’ve tried a variety of places to find out about “registered disabled” and how to get classified only to find out that it doesn’t actually exist. A person shouldn’t have to carry paperwork with all kinds of personal information around with them just in case they need to get someone to understand they need help.
  • I am often in situations where I need to provide evidence of a disability, usually using proof of receipt of DLA. However this award has nothing to do with the reason for the need.  A card which can be carried in a wallet and which relates to the need would seem ideal.
logo of some of providers who are linked into access card
Some of the providers working to integrate the Access card into their systems for disabled customers… an ever increasing list


certified social enterprise logo

Nimbus Disability, created the Access Card and its associated Quality Assurance Scheme CredAbility.

Nimbus is a Social Enterprise set up by disabled people in 2006 to provide advice and guidance to organisations on how best to meet disabled people’s needs in line with what was then the Disability Discrimination Act.

Over the years Nimbus has worked with a wide range of different companies each facing their own issues with regard to working with disabled people.

Long story short: we married our experience of working with companies and for disabled people; eventually coming  up with what we call ‘the bits in the middle’: CredAbility and The Access Card!

Apply for a Card