Blind and visually impaired people in Sandwell are getting active

Blind and visually impaired people in Sandwell have been cycling, rowing, swimming and dancing their way to better health.

Run by local charity Sandwell Visually Impaired with funding from Active Black Country and Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund, the activity sessions cater specifically for the needs of people with sight loss, their families and friends.

These free activities are set to continue until the end of May, so it’s not too late to join in. Sessions are at West Bromwich Leisure Centre, Portway Lifestyle Centre, Dartmouth Central Club and the Sandwell Valley. Tony Averis, SVI Chair, said:

"Blind and visually impaired people face many barriers to getting fit, even more so following all the Covid restrictions. Just leaving your house can be a daunting prospect, let alone exercising.

"These sessions have addressed the many concerns that our members have shared with us, so they can take part in exercise in a safe way. We are all feeling the benefit!"

Wendy added: “Since I’ve joined the gym I have gained confidence, I feel better in myself mentally, I walk around my apartment with no stick. I have really felt the benefit and the group are all lovely. I am looking forward to future activities.”

SVI is also looking for volunteers to help at these sessions and at other activities, find out more by visiting their website.


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