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SELVis visit to The Chocolate Museum

Category News Date 1 November 2017

By popular demand SELVis returned for another workshop at The Chocolate Museum in Brixton on Thursday, 26th October. It was interesting to learn about the history of chocolate and then great fun making and decorating our own chocolate to take home afterwards. There was a lot of chocolate tasting too! Many thanks to Maria for such an enjoyable morning especially as it was her first time leading a workshop for a visually impaired group.

 

Southwark member Diane told us about her experience,

 

The visit to the chocolate factory was a wonderful experience. We were all made very welcome, and it was fully inclusive whatever level of sight the group may have had. Maria who led the session was so knowledgeable about how the chocolate is produced, right from how it is grown to the delicious chocolate we all love to eat. The best part of the visit was when we made our own chocolates by hand and even chocolate lollipops. I would recommend this experience to any visually impaired group we all had a wonderful time and left in high spirits.

                   

 

 

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Run for Fun at Ladywell Arena

Category News Date 30 August 2017

Thanks to a grant from the Mayor of London Community Athletics Fund, South East London Vision (SELVis) was able to take a group of blind and visually impaired adults to a local Athletics track. Run for Fun is a series of events to encourage Blind and partially sighted adults to experience running in a variety of ways: in their local gym on a treadmill, in local athletic tracks and taking part in Park Runs and connect with and celebrate the World Athletics Championships that took place this summer in London.

Article from Jessica Beal – August 2017

It was a rainy day but the sun shone for our evening session at Ladywell Arena! On Friday, 18th August we held our first Run for Fun event on the running track at Ladywell. SELVis members from Lewisham and Bromley took part in a series of exercises to increase their fitness and gain more confidence to make use of a local running track. Everyone was paired with a guide runner and was given the option to use a tether to keep together or to run touching arms with the guide. After some warm up exercises alternating between high knees, jogging and jumping imaginary hurdles we ran or walked a lap or two of the track.

Many thanks to Adam Thomas for coaching our session. Adam runs S-Factor Academy’s inclusive athletics sessions on Saturday mornings at Ladywell Arena so was confident to coach our group. We are grateful to S-Factor Academy and England Athletics for providing guide runners to enable everyone to take part and get the most from the evening.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the session whether they ran or just walked around the track. Jason came to the Bromley Walk and Run session last summer and also attended the Ladywell track session. He said;

“As someone who has not run for quite some time I found the running session most enjoyable because it gave me an opportunity to start slowly and gain confidence in running and to build up my speed. By the end of the session the guide that I was paired with was quite tired too! I hope there are further sessions because this will help with my general fitness as most of the time I am in front of a computer for my work!”

 

It can be a daunting prospect to go out walking or running if you are visually impaired so going to the track feels a much safer environment without all the trip hazards of parks and open spaces. It’s a great way to get some exercise outdoors whether you walk, jog or sprint! Our next session is at Norman Park in Bromley on Sunday, 17th September from 11am to 1pm. So dust off your trainers and see you there!

 

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