Covid-19 Status Update (10/11/2020)

As the restrictions around the global pandemic begin to vary and different countries of the UK are under different levels of national and tiered system lockdowns, we wanted to update you on the position of British Blind Sport and our current operating status.

While the British government still advise working from home, our staff will continue to work remotely. We have put into place procedures and risk assessments for when we are able to return to the office safely. In the meantime, our services remain the same as ever.

The health of our members, participants, volunteers, staff and trustees is of paramount importance and it is important to follow the government guidance. The new restrictions require people to stay at home unless leaving for a specific purpose, such as work, education or childcare.

You are allowed to leave the house to exercise outdoors and this can be done alone, with members of your household, your support bubble (if you are eligible to form one, i.e. a single adult household) or with one person from another household, following social distancing measures.

The government will also require certain businesses and venues to close. The published guidance states that this includes:

• Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
• Leisure centres and gyms
• Sports facilities including swimming pools
• Golf courses and driving ranges
• Dance studios
• Stables and riding centres
• Climbing walls and climbing centres
• Archery and shooting ranges

We are doing all we can to work with key stakeholders in the sporting sector to ensure that people with visual impairments are being considered as the regulations for returning to physical activity are made and that they are not left behind whilst others can get back to the activities they love.

As restrictions can vary in all of the home nations please also refer to the relevant Government websites

Please click here to visit the gov.uk Coronavirus information page

Please click here for the Scottish government Coronavirus information page

Please click here for the Welsh government Coronavirus information page

Please click here for the Northern Ireland government Coronavirus information page

In the meantime, we hope our members and service users are all taking advantage of our online library of free and audio-led at home workouts to ensure they stay fit and healthy. Physical activity is also a great boost for positive mental health and combats feelings of social isolation.

You can find our online workout library by clicking here.

To find out more about our new Active At Home Programme and how to join in, please click here.

If you have questions or concerns about how Covid-19 is affecting the See My Voice project, please contact tommy@britishblindsport.org.uk

If you have questions or concerns about how Covid-19 is affecting the First Steps project, please contact FirstSteps@britishblindsport.org.uk

If you have questions or concerns about how Covid-19 is affecting our Have A Go Days and other events, please contact david@britishblindsport.org.uk

If you could help us at this difficult time by raising funds so we can continue to support our service users with opportunities to be physically active, please contact Lucy our Fundraising Manager fundraising@britishblindsport.org.uk

You can also phone our office line on 01926 424247 if you have any issue or need any information.