The outstanding success of the First Steps project in Yorkshire has motivated British Blind Sport to hold a one-time event to help more children, aged 3 to 11 years old living with a visual impairment, take their ‘First Steps’ into sport whilst supporting the families with information about local provision and opportunities across the region.
The BBS First Steps project was first piloted in Scotland and after positive feedback was launched in Yorkshire in May 2018 to support an additional 50 families. The aim of the project is to improve the lives of children with sight loss by developing their skills and confidence before assisting them to connect into local community activities. Participants of the First Steps project receive the First Steps activity pack including an audible ball, sticker pack and activity book which provides families with fun ideas to help children to try and enjoy new activities they may not have had the opportunity to try before. In addition to the activity pack, families are supported by the First Steps Coordinator, working closely with them to get the most of the packs. When the time is right, our First Steps Co-ordinator will help to identify and connect families with local services, helping the children take their first steps towards an active lifestyle.
British Blind Sport is welcoming all First Steps Yorkshire participants, along with any families with a young person living with sight loss, to come along to the event. On the day there will be activities delivered by experienced coaches for the children and any siblings, providing an opportunity to make new friends. Parents will have the option to learn more about inclusive activities in Yorkshire for children with sight loss, share experiences with other parents, ask questions to British Blind Sport staff and find out information about British Blind Sport, partner services and opportunities.
The ‘First Steps’ into Sport Family Day is open to anyone living with a visual impairment up to the age of 11 and will be held on Sunday 3rd February, from 12pm until 3pm, at Energise Leisure Centre, York, YO24 3DX.
Are you interested in helping your visually impaired child take their ‘First Steps’ into sport?
We would love to see as many families at the event as possible. To attend please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are older than 11 years old and interested in finding out about British Blind Sport opportunities as well as information about friendly activities in your local area, please contact British Blind Sport – 01926 424247 or email@example.com.
The agenda for the event is as follows, and includes refreshments during the afternoon:
- 12pm Arrival
- 12.15pm Welcome and Introductions
- 12.30pm Activities for children begin
- 12.45-2.15pm British Blind Sport discussion and presentation for parents covering –
- Group discussion around personal experiences and overcoming barriers to your children taking part in community activities
- Information about local activities
- First Steps feedback
- How British Blind Sport support
- Information about wider support services to families with a child with a visual impairment2.15pm Parents observe the end of child activities
- 2.30pm End of activities
- 2.45pm Wrap up
- 3pm Depart