Each year British Blind Sport work with a number of organisations to deliver projects that aim to address the needs of visually impaired people in sport or physical activity.
Being active through these projects has supported many individuals to be healthier and stronger, while having fun along the way.
Read more about our latest projects below.
Find a Guide
England Athletics and British Blind Sport have created the Find a Guide Database to help you start, get back to or stay running. If you are 18 or older simply search for guide runners near you using your postcode. Our friendly guide runners have all attended a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop, are DBS checked, passionate about running and are waiting to help support you whether it’s your first time running or you’re a seasoned runner just looking for more support.
Finding a guide runner could help you to:
- Go for a run – any place , any time, any distance, any speed
- Join a club or running group – a great way to meet new people and socialise
- Take part in an event or race – an opportunity to set goals and challenge yourself
The ‘First Steps’ project is for blind and partially sighted children aged 18 months to 11 yearrs and supports the child and their family in their first steps in physical exercise by providing a free activity pack including adaptive equipment, information & one-to-one support from a First Steps Officer at BBS.
The child’s journey into sport begins when the ‘Jangles’ pack is delivered directly to their doorstep. This fun activity pack contains: a balloon, a customisable ‘Jangles’ ball with bells inside, a ball pump, a reward chart, tactile stickers and an activity booklet.
With many visually impaired children struggling with physical activity due to the lack of inclusive PE at mainstream schools and a personal fear of failure or low confidence, this often leaves them feeling isolated when it comes to taking part in sport.
With over 25,000 visually impaired children living in the UK, there are a large number who are risk of obesity and inactivity. The First Steps project aims to solve this problem by distributing its First Steps packs to blind and visually impaired children throughout the country.
British Blind Sport Chief Executive Alaina MacGregor said, “The First Steps pack will often give visually impaired children their first opportunity to try sport or physical activity specifically adapted to them. British Blind Sport knows what a difference playing sport can make to a blind or VI child’s life. It can build confidence, encourage communication, improve health and develop relationships. Put simply, First Steps will empower young visually impaired children and their families to have a healthier, more active and fun lifestyle.” For more details about how to get a First Steps pack, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01926 42 42 47.
See My Voice
‘See My Voice’ is a 3 year project encouraging young people aged 11 to 18 years with a visual impairment to find and access local sports volunteering roles delivering social action. With our support, we aim to provide our Young Leaders with fun and meaningful volunteering experiences that will develop invaluable leadership skills and increase confidence enhancing their future prospects. Our project officer will work with 35 young leaders annually to deliver mentoring and a leadership qualification to help with personal development as well as providing important work experience.