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First Steps Project - British Blind Sport

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 21:00

First Steps is a fun, multi-skills based resource targeting inactive 3-11 year olds with a visual impairment.  The aim of the project is to get young people with a VI engaged in physical activity in the comfort of their own home alongside their family and friends.  

While many schools offer PE to encourage children to engage in the recommended daily 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity, we know that many children with a visual impairment have additional challenges to overcome. We are uniquely placed in the disability and sport sectors to solve this problem. Our free First Steps packs, which takes the child on a physical activity learning journey is sent out directly to the family’s door. The pack contain everything children need to build confidence, develop skills, and most importantly, have fun.

The pack contains:

*  Audible ball (Jangles): A bright and bouncy ball with ball-bearings inside to allow the child to hear the ball.

*  Activity booklet: Simple and enjoyable games that encourage the entire family to play together.

    Progress poster: Tracking the child’s achievements to encourage habitual activity.

In addition to receiving the pack, the young person and their family will receive ongoing support from myself (First Steps officer) and will be invited to family days  (Depending on current Covid-19 Situation) organised by BBS, that will not only bring the young people together, but introduce them to new activities and signpost those interested to inclusive community clubs. All we ask from families is that they commit to the 1-1 support offered and provide us with feedback about their child’s activity journey, through a series of short online surveys.

If you would be interested in finding out more information please do contact Jane on 01926 424247, via Mobile on 07957719251 or via this email  firststeps@britishblindsport.org.uk 

(Above information has been sent to us by Jane from First Step Project)