We’re working closely with Metro Blind Sport to deliver the sport and leisure element of the Living with Sight Loss courses. Metro Blind Sport has helped provide access to sport and leisure for blind and partially sighted people for over forty years. They have a full programme of activities taking place across London, which include: swimming, bowling, football, cricket, rock climbing, athletics and goalball. They also help organisations that provide sport and leisure opportunities to provide the best possible service they can to people with sight loss. Aquabats are a London based group who have a year-round programme of guided walks, boat trips, social events and outdoor swimming.  

The RNIB has an online shop containing a range of equipment designed to support sports and leisure activities. You can purchase audible footballs, tactile board games and equipment designed to help you complete DIY tasks. For more advice on RNIB’s specialist equipment, call: 0303 1239999 or email on: [email protected]

 

Group members suggested ways of continuing hobbies and leisure activities. We’ve listed a few here:

  • Don’t stop what you love doing if you are having difficulty seeing. There are ways of completing most hobbies with sight loss you just need to find the right person to talk to
  • If your hobby or leisure pursuit has a governing body or organising committee, approach them and ask for help
  • Whatever your hobby or activity consider making best use of colour contrast, magnification and lighting. Perhaps you’re a keen knitter? In this case you might want to use wool which contrasts well with the needles, and maybe extra lighting and a magnifier could help you read the pattern
    • ‘The Touch of Yarn’ is a guide to knitting without sight
  • If you are an artist, you might like to choose the medium in which you work to allow best use of colour or reduced definition. Magnifiers and extra lighting might assist
  • There is lots you can do to make gardening more accessible; from raising flower beds, using brightly coloured sticks to tell weeds and plants apart or utilising garden tools with brightly coloured handles. You might even like a robotic lawn mower. Ask RNIB for their guide Gardening without Sight
  • If you fancy a run, British Blind Sport have a database of people who can act as guides even for those who’ve never run a step britishblindsport.org.uk
  • Park Runs are happening in a park near you on Saturday mornings. Why not go along and give it a go?
  • There are regular tennis, football or cricket sessions for people with sight loss happening all over London
  • Sight impaired and severely sight impaired people have access to GLL leisure centres free of charge
  • If you would like to walk try Guide Dogs’ My Guide service guidedogs.org.uk; sign up and find a guide to your local community
  • Look for your local rambling group they are always happy to help amblers.org.uk
  • Why not use a smart speaker to play your favourite music so you can dance round your kitchen
  • Audio description provides a commentary on what’s going on within a film, or on the stage and on many TV channels. Don’t forget audio description is available at most sporting venues, and cinemas and theatres hold regular audio described screenings and shows
  • If you find it difficult to get out and socialise why not try a telephone group like RNIB’s Talk and Support