Vision Impaired bowls is coming to East London!

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East London Vision (ELVis), in conjunction with Metro Blind Sport, Walthamstow Borough Bowling Club and Motivate East would like to invite you to their first Vision Impaired bowls taster session! This event is open to anyone living with sight loss, in East London.

When: Thursday 11 June 2015, 2 – 5.30pm

Where: WBBC, Lloyds Park off Forest Road, Walthamstow E17. Entrances to the park: Forest Road, Winn’s Terrace x2, Winn’s Avenue, Brettenham Road, Aveling Park Road, Cazenove Road and Bedford Road x2.

Nearest Tube/train: Walthamstow Central (over ground train and Victoria line). Alternatively Blackhorse Road Station and then Bus 123 to the William Morris Gallery Entrance. Bus: 123, 34, 97, 215, 275, 357 all run nearby.  A meeting point at a nearby transport link will be available to those who have contacted us in advance.

Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE) was founded in 1975 and is made up of more than 50 clubs with around 600 members. Globally, there are 5,000 blind and partially sighted members of the International Association, which makes lawn bowls the largest outdoor activity for the blind in the world!

This is a unique opportunity for Vision Impaired people of East London to play the wonderful game of lawns bowls, on their own patch for the first time. Whether you consider yourself a novice or an expert, we would urge you to come along and pass on your expertise or learn more about this prodigious game.

For more information please contact Hassan Khan at ELVis,

Tel. 020 3694 6464 or Email: enquiries@eastlondonvision.org.uk

Or Ian Francis (Sports Development Officer) Metro Blind Sport,

Tel. 07814 751643, Email: ian.francis@metroblindsport.org

Metro Blind Sport’s 39th Annual Athletics Competition

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Metro Athletics Open 2015

Mile End Stadium, London

Sat 20th June 2015.

Hosted by London Borough of Tower Hamlets, supported by Canary Wharf Group and Motivate East.

Metro Blind Sport are pleased to announce this year’s 39th Annual Athletics Competition will also incorporate a Festival of Athletics for vision impaired people, their families and friends. Both elements of the day are open to all UK residents.

The Festival (Endorsed by England Athletics) will offer those new to the sport a chance to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Qualified UKA coaches will be on hand to advise and guide you. All ages and abilities are very welcome so come along and try!

Competition will begin after the Festival and we are hopeful to have a UKA talent spotter with us looking out for future Athletics Stars! Events will be held for Under 18’s, Senior’s and Veterans. Entry to the Festival and Competition is FREEResults will be ratified for Power of 10 rankings http://www.thepowerof10.info/for classified and non-classified athletes.

For further info on the classification process please contact British Blind Sport http://www.britishblindsport.org.uk/classification/ or British Athletics (Parallel Success) http://academy.uka.org.uk/parallel-success/classification

The 2015 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages.  Every competitor will receive a free T-shirt along with either a medal or performance certificate.  Free packed lunches will be provided for all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers.  Guide Runners may be arranged with advance notice, you will need to provide an estimate of your track times.

The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line).  Electronic timing will be used on all track races.

Time permitting there will be a Fun Relay for all competitors during the afternoon including parents and coaches.

  • Under 14 and Under 17 athletes may take part in up to four individual events in any one day.
  • Senior Athletes may take part in a maximum of 5 events. These will consist of either 3 track and 2 field, or 2 track and 3 field on the day.
  • B3 and B4 athletes are reminded that competition rules do not allow any concessions to assist performance. (No Guide Runners)
  • ALL B1 ATHLETES MUST PROVIDE AND USE THEIR OWN SHADES. Accommodation:  This will be available on Friday and Saturday night at the aforementioned Queen Mary University of London.  Please note there is a further reduction for those under the age of 18 – see form.
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  • The closing date for Entries is: 1st June 2015.
  • The Athletics Competitions are principally for registered blind and visually impaired people.  Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.  To enter please complete and return the necessary forms attached to Ian Francis, 36 Copsleigh Avenue, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 5BG. Or email ian.francis@metroblindsport.org
To be held: Mile End Stadium, Rhodeswell Road, London E14 7TW 020 8980 1885
  Saturday 20th  June 2015
  Festival starts 10.00am – 11.30, Competition 12noon.
 
Events:         Festival: Open to all ages, a wonderful opportunity to

access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.

                      Under 12  (Age at 01.01.2015)

                      Boys and Girls (4 events only)
(For B1 athletes only – called 60m), 60m, 100m, Standing Long Jump, Ball Throw
Under 14 (Age at 01.01.2015)
                      Boys and Girls (4 events only)
(For B1 athletes only – called 60m), 100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
Under 17 (Age at 01.01.2015)
                      Boys and Girls (4 events only)
Called 60m, 100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
Senior (18 – 34)

Ladies and Men

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m,
Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
Vets

Ladies and Men (Over 35)

100m, 800m, Long Jump, Shot
Entry: Entry is FREE
 
Closing Date: For Entry to Festival and Comp – Sat 30th May 2015

For Accommodation – 21st March 2015

 
 
 

ENTRY FORM:  METRO ATHLETICS OPEN 2015

Name………………………………………………Date of Birth ……………

Address  ……………………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………

E-mail address……………………………………………………………………………………

Tel: ………………………………………..

Sight classification:

BBS Registered

Sight Classification B1/B2/B3……………………………..

Not registered……………………………………………….

Male / Female…………………………….

 

Please enter me for the following events:

Festival – Yes / No………………

Competition Events (please list below, max of five events for seniors)

………………………………… …………………………………………
………………………………… …………………………………………
………………………………… …………………………………………
Guide runner required?  Yes / No…………..

If yes please state track times …………………………………………….

Signed …………………………………………Date ………………………

Signature of parent or guardian for under 18s

………………………………………………………………………………..

Return form to:

Ian Francis, 36 Copsleigh Avenue, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 5BG

Tel 07814 751643 or E-mail: ian.francis@metroblindsport.org

East London Vision Sight and Information day (SID)

East London Vision Sight & Information Day

Thursday 23 July from 10 am – 4pm at The Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone, E11 4LJ
East London Vision (ELVis) Sight & Information Day is an opportunity to explore a range of daily living, technical, communication and mobility equipment that is suitable for people experiencing some form of sight loss. Come and meet experts on the day that can provide you with a practical demonstration of equipment on display.

Light refreshments will be on sale, a tombola and auction will help raise funds and there will be various giveaways too.

All funds raised will be match funded by Lloyds Banking Group, up to the value of £500.

As well as ELVis, Some of the exhibitors who will be at the event include:

  • Waltham Forest Sensory Team
  • Human Ware
  • Optelec
  • Metro Blind Sport
  • Guide Dogs
  • Transport for London
  • RNIB
  • Action for Blind People
  • Guides will be available to escort vision impaired people at the event if required.
  • For more information please contact ELVis on
  • A meeting point from the nearest public transport will also be available.

Tel: 020 3697 6464

Email: news@eastlondonvision.org.uk

Website: www.eastlondonvision.org.uk

Roger Cliffton, the CEO of ELVis introduces the Charity organisation and Team

Hello, thank you for taking the time to read the East London Vision (ELVis) blog. My name is Roger Clifton and I’m the CEO of ELVis. I self-confess to not being totally up-to-date with current methods of communication, which is just as well really, since any of the team will vouch for that being the case. Fortunately though I work with a strong group of staff: Masuma, Laura, Christine, Sharon, Hassan and, for the purposes of this Blog, Leah from the Thomas Pocklington Trust, who is an experienced Blogger. They will all be making their own contributions during the next few weeks.

When asked, most people say that the sense they would least like to lose is their sight. ELVis consists of the 7 geographical areas that naturally cover all of east London north of the Thames:

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • City and Hackney
  • Havering
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest.

There are approximately 10,000 people in our region who are officially registered as blind or partially sighted, with many more who could be registered, but, for various reasons, are not. Most of these people are elderly, but it is important that we, as a registered charity, provide services to people of all ages. Children who do not fulfil their potential in early life often never will, so it is vital that we provide the right support from the start: a genuine cradle to grave service.

Many of you will know of someone who has failing sight and the difficulties they face with, for example, reading, leaving their home, carrying out everyday tasks, finding work, etc. Our aim is to enhance & link vision impaired services and organisations throughout East London, improving the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people and increasing individual independence. During the next few weeks, my colleagues will Blog about examples of services we provide that turn this aim into a reality, both for people who are experiencing sight loss themselves but also for their families, carers and friends, .

But we cannot achieve all that is required alone and we would love you to help us. There are many ways in which you can do this: spreading the word about us, raising funds or volunteering some of your time, to name just a few. If you can do any of these, please call our office on 020 3697 6464 or drop us an Email at enquiries@eastlondonvision.org.uk.

Meanwhile, please keep up-to-date with what we’re up to, not only via these Blogs, but via:

Website: www.eastlondonvision.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eastlondonvision

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ELVis_Vision.

Welcome to East London Vision’s blog

Hello, we are East London Vision commonly known as (ELVis) and a warm Welcome! Through this blog we hope to demonstrate a bit of what we do  as a charity organisation and how our services can be of benefit to vision impaired people, their families and friends.

We will be posting updates on a weekly basis to include interviews, information, events coverage and stories from our members. Please also check out our Twitter feed and Facebook page, where we have some exciting features such as: ELVis Friday Fun, brain teasers and much more.

Additionally, if you have anything you would like to feature on this blog or perhaps you’d like to contribute a story, please do let us know and we certainly look forward to hearing from you.

Twitter:
www.twitter.com/ELVis_Vision
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/eastlondonvision