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Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London Needed!

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Walk Leaders and Volunteers Needed!

The project

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

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

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

We need your help

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

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

Get in contact

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


Do you know someone who might be interested?

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

Download Walking Programme Document

The word document above contains all this pages information


What do Walk Leaders do?

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


What Skills to I need as a Walk Leader?

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

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


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

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


What about payment?

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



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


Get in contact

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


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Upcoming MSSC Events!

Upcoming Merton Sport and Social Club Events

Upcoming Merton sport and social Club Events

Tuesday 19th November: Quiz Night

Come along with your own team of six to eight or join a team on the night.  Pit your wits against our Quiz Master, Andy and stand to win a cash prize.

WHERE: The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road SW19 2DX

WHEN:  Tuesday 19th November 2019

TIME:    7.30pm to 10.00pm

Licensed bar, table snacks and tea/coffee will be available.  Please let us know if you will be attending,  if you have any special dietary requirements, or if you would like assistance from Colliers Wood Underground Station or a nearby bus stop.

For further information or to book a place, please email info@mssc.org.uk or phone. 07500 913 223. Merton Vision will be  hosting their own quiz night (tickets £5) on Friday 29th November.  For details, please contact Merton vision directly at info@mertonvision.org.uk or phone 020 8540 5446.


Friday 22nd November: Free Soundball Tennis

Whether vision impaired or fully sighted, come and try this inclusive game for the first time or, if you have played before, improve your technique with the help of a qualified coach.  All equipment, i.e. rackets and balls, will be provided, so just bring yourself in comfortable clothes and trainers.

When: 7.30 – 9 pm on Date:  Friday 22nd November

Where: Sutton Tennis Academy, Rose Hill Recreation Ground, Rose Hill, Sutton SM1 3HH (nearest bus stop Cranleigh Gardens)

Travel: Buses 151,154, 164 and 280 stop outside the gates to the centre with a walk through the car park to the centre entrance and reception. The nearest train stations are Sutton Station and Sutton Common, both served by Southern and Thameslink; nearest underground is Morden where you  can get either the 154 or 164 to the Cranleigh Gardens bus stop.

Please note: sighted assistance to and from the centre is available, either from a station or bus stop.  A group will be meeting outside Morden Station at 6.30pm to travel together to the centre.  Please let us know if you would like assistance.

For further information or to register your interest, please email Jan Reynolds at jan.reynolds8@btinternet.com or phone 07986 437 670.


Sunday 24th November: Walk from Hampton Court Palace to Kingston and back along the Thames Path

Meeting Place: Hampton Court Station

Time: 10.00am

Length of walk: approx 5 miles in total or about 2.5 miles for those only walking the first leg to Kingston

Total Duration: approx 4/5 hours, including lunch break

Route: Hampton Court Palace to Kingston and back along the Thames Path (north bank).

For further details or to register your interest, please contact Bev at walking@mssc.org.uk or phone 07593452149


Tuesday 17th December: MSSC Christmas Party at the Guardian Centre

Save the date – details to follow.


Walking for Health gets Lottery Funds

Ramblers Walking for Health gets Lottery Funding

The Ramblers Walking for Health programme has received £275,000 National Lottery funding from Sport England.

The programme works with partners across England to help up to 80,000 less active people a year to get moving through short, regular, led group walks in their communities.

The funding from Sport England will run for 18 months from April 2019 and will allow the Ramblers to evolve the programme.  There will be new investment in data and digital platforms, support for walk leaders, and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders to explore ways to sustain the programme after September 2020.

Ramblers Walking for Health works with 370 local partner schemes including local authorities, NHS bodies, other charities and volunteers to deliver over 1,800 short weekly walks led by 8,300 trained volunteers across England.

The programme provides physical and mental well-being improvements and works to tackle inactivity amongst the least active groups, including women, older people, and those with long-term health conditions.

As well as supporting the transition to a more sustainable future, the new funding will help Ramblers Walking for Health support new schemes where there is a local need, and develop new projects in London and Manchester aimed at supporting 50 women into volunteer leadership positions with more flexible roles and development opportunities

Vanessa Griffiths, Ramblers chief executive said:

“Over the past seven years we have helped hundreds of thousands of less active people to get moving and this funding will ensure that this work can evolve. We are delighted to be working with Sport England and partners to take forward and improve this fantastic programme so that it can continue to impact on people’s lives long into the future.”

Sarah Ruane, Sport England’s strategic lead for health said:

“A large focus of Sport England’s work is helping provide more appropriate and supportive opportunities to get active for the 38% of the population who are currently not doing enough activity to benefit their health. Walking could play a major role as it is free and accessible to a large percentage of the population.

“That’s why we’re delighted to be using National Lottery funding for the development of the Ramblers Walking for Health programme which helps people who would like to walk in a group or who may need a bit of extra encouragement.

“The partnership will ensure the Ramblers Walking for Health programme can be even more targeted towards those who currently do least activity and is in a sustainable position for the future.”

The new funding from Sport England is in addition to funding of £88,870 from the Building Connections fund of the National Lottery Community Fund, to deliver Friendship Walks with people who have experienced bereavement.  That 21-month project began in January 2019 and will be delivered in parts of London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol with Cruse Bereavement Care, Ramblers Walking for Health schemes, Ramblers groups and other local partners.

Ramblers Walking for Health is England’s largest programme of health walks. Brisk walking counts towards the 150 minutes moderate activity that we all need to do each week to stay active.  The benefits of regular walking for people who are not sufficiently active are huge including longer lives, less coronary heart disease and stroke, fewer colon and breast cancers, few hip fractures as they age, reduced risk of dementia, reduced risk of depression, less stress and better sleep, and improved mental sharpness and memory.


Victa: Infinity Project 16-18 yrs!

Infinity Project with British Exploring Society & Jubilee Sailing Trust

British Exploring Society & Jubilee Sailing Trust ‘Infinity’ Project

original Post by victa.org.uk

Date: 26 October to 3 November 2018
Cost: £150 (payment deadline 30th September 2018)
Age: 16 to 18 years
Land expedition: Fri 26 to Monday 29 October 2018 (4 days, 3 nights), Dartmoor National Park
Sea voyage: Monday 29 October to Saturday 3 November 2018 (5 nights, 5 days), Southampton/English Channel
Closing date: 30 September 2018

Join the British Exploring Society and Jubilee Sailing Trust in a land and sea expedition on their pilot programme ‘Infinity’. This is a nine day joint land and sea expedition where you must be willing to challenge yourself both physically and mentally and support your fellow explorers amongst a diverse, mixed ability expedition group.

For four days and three nights you and your team will work together on the wild moors of Dartmoor carrying heavy rucksacks, trekking all day across strange, rough terrain, then putting up your tent and cooking your own dinner.

On the fourth night you will board Tenacious, a sailing ship, on the south coast of England. She’s a very special ship. She is fully equipped to be crewed by a mixed ability crew, both disabled and non-disabled. For the next 5 days, everyone will work together as a member of the ship’s crew. You will learn to keep watch (including overnight, even on the first night), helm the ship, set the sails, go aloft up the rigging, work in the galley and clean the ship.

This nine days will be very demanding – but also extremely rewarding.

Do you have the resilience to get yourself through that and to support your teammates if they are struggling? Could you cope with an emotional roller coaster? One minute you could be exhilarated, the next frustrated. One moment it is the hardest day of your life, the next your greatest achievement. Are you the sort of person that enjoys the challenge? Will you be ready to support your teammates when they are feeling down? Can you ask for help when you are feeling low? Do you want to discover your capacity, to focus on what you can do (not what you can’t)? Do you want to develop new levels of self-confidence, independence, empathy and knowledge to take with you throughout your personal and professional life?

Please read through the downloadable PDF at the bottom of this section, containing further details of the land expedition and the sea voyage, as well as an example of a typical 24 hour period.

There will be NO VICTA staff or volunteers on this trip. The Leadership team for the Infinity pilot will include both male and female staff. 12 expedition and watch leaders, including two medical professionals will accompany the 28 explorers on both land and sea elements. On the sea voyage, the team will also be accompanied by the ship’s permanent crew.

Participants will need to make their own way to the start point (Dartmoor National Park) and arrange travel from the final destination (Southampton Docks).

We would also like successful participants to write about their experiences on the expedition that would feature on the VICTA website.

Link to VICTA website and form below


Please apply via the link to their online form below (deadline 30th September 2018).


Please select ‘VICTA’ when answering ‘Through which organisation did you hear about the Infinity Programme?’


The Big Blind Walk

The Big Blind Walk

image above: Julian smiling in a grassy field

original article on RNIB website

This April, Julian Jackson is embarking on the Big Blind Walk to help raise awareness of sight loss.

Starting at Land’s End in Cornwall and finishing at John O’Groats in Scotland, Julian will be walking approximately 1,000 miles through Great Britain over approximately seven weeks.

In 2010, Julian lost his sight to a retinal inherited disease. Julian hopes to raise awareness of sight loss and take a step towards creating a future where everyone can see.

Along the route, Julian will be accompanied and guided by friends and colleagues, as well as members of the public, representatives from the voluntary sector and patient support groups and eye health professionals.

He will be visiting eye clinics, eye hospitals and community centres along the way, sharing experiences with patients and practitioners and promoting eye research.#

Get involved in the Big Blind Walk

Julian starts his walk on 29 April 2018. We want to encourage as many people as possible to get out and walk in support. If you think you can accompany Julian, take a look at the route and find out when he will be walking near you.

Can’t join in? There are still a number of ways you can support. Please visit the Big Blind Walk website for more information.