Projects

Projects

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.

Guide runner and VI runner holding yellow tether

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

Visit the England Athletics website to find a guide runner or become a guide runner

First Steps

The ‘First Steps’ project is for blind and partially sighted children aged 18 months to 11 years and supports the child and their family in their first steps in physical exercise by providing a free activity pack including adaptive equipment, information and one-to-one support from a First Steps Officer at BBS.

The child’s journey into sport begins when the First Steps 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 to help children increase mobility, learn new skills and gain confidence, but more importantly have a lot of fun.

First Steps is coming to Yorkshire! If you are based in Yorkshire and know a child with a visual impairment that could benefit from the project, please get in touch.

More on First Steps Yorkshire

First Steps Pacl containing sticker chart, ball, activity book, stickers and pump.
Two junior footballers hug in celebration

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. 

More on See My Voice