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Project information

Sports & Activities Programme for the blind

We would love to run a series of activities & outdoor sports to help our blind & visually impaired members (young & Old) to do what any full sighted person can do. This will also help them to remain active & keep their independence as they loose their sight. Anything from Archery to swimming.

July 2017 - July 2018

Charity information: Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind

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  • Need


    We are trying to get those who are isolating themselves, due to sight loss, to come out, get some fresh air, feel safe & to do activities that will keep them healthy, as well as give them confidence. So many of our members feel safer in their own homes & think that losing their sight is the end of the world. But we would like to change this & encourage them to do things that any full sighted person is able to do & sometimes better. Mental health & well being is very important to us.


    Exercise & group activities have been proven to help with depression & state of mind. It also helps to with weight problems, as some visually impaired & blind people tend to move less with their sight loss. It will also help them to build new friendships & speak to people that are going through the same problems. Group activities are sometimes better than medication & counselling, as it builds confidence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Promote health & wellbeing
    Give confidence
    Retain independence
    To encourage new friendships


    » Book Archery Lessons for a large group. There is a specialist who teaches the visually impaired archery & he uses special equipment to do this.
    » Take a group for pottery lessons. There is a local lady that does classes in pottery, using touch, which is very important to our blind members.
    » Botcha & Tennis are both activities that people think you need sight for. But there is a teacher in Norfolk that works with the blind & gets results.
    » Swimming lessons are important to our members, but they need to trust those who are teaching them. So we would like to hire a teacher & private pool.

    What success will look like

    Through testimonials, photos & we will allow you to visit the groups to see for yourselves how this will work.

    Aim 2

    Give confidence


    » All of the above activities listened will boost our members confidence.

    What success will look like

    By allowing you to speak direct with those blind & visually impaired members that take part.

    Aim 3



    » The pottery lessons will create independence as they will need to work on this project alone, learning through voice & touch.

    What success will look like

    Through visits to the centre or by speaking to the members.

    Aim 4

    Creating new friendships


    » All of the above activities listed will automatically create new groups and new friendships. They will be able to support each other.

    What success will look like

    Photos, testimonials and by direct contact with those that have formed new friendships.

  • Impact


    Not to be too dramatic but the long term benefits of our project could save lives. It is well known that those who lose one of their important senses, often go on to become depressed, isolated and often suicidal. We are hoping that laying on these few activities will encourage those losing their sight to join us and know that life does go on & you can continue to do things that you thought you never would be able to do. Our photos of the smiley faces, enjoyment & testimonials will prove this


    The risks would be to not find enough funding for these activities and we are working on finding the funding for these activities by applying for grants and possible sponsorship.


    I would send regular emails, containing photos and could phone them direct with an update if they would prefer that type of communication. They could also attend one of our classes if they wish to see how it is helping our members.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 Archery Holding classes once a month
      £400 Pottery 3 sessions of pottery
      £400 Tennis & Botcha classes once a month
      £1,200 Swimming 10 Lessons in a private pool
  • Background


    Based throughout Norfolk. We have members all over the county that would like to join us, so we can take the activities to the different areas. The majority of our members will be from Norwich, but we have a mini bus to escort them to places where other members who are more isolated can join us.


    We support 7,000 blind & visually impaired children and adults in the county and these activities will allow any of those losing their sight to be able to join us on a first come first serve basis. Although the classes may be spilt up into age ranges such as; 1 to 5 years. 6 to 12 years, 13 to 17, 18 to 30, 30 to 50, 50 to 100. This may create new friendships as well.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we look after the visually impaired & blind people of Norfolk and know the needs of those affected. We have the professional staff and fully training volunteers to deal with the activities listed. We also know of all of the specialist that can provide these services and do the best job for our members.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Donna Minto

    Fundraiser, I will find the funding for these activities.

    Emma Dean

    Sports coordinator in Norwich & Gt Yarmouth for the charity, she will book the activities & take the members out with volunteers to help to run them.

    Nikita Richardson

    Sports Coordinator in West Norfolk. She will run the activities in that area with her team of volunteers.


Will pay for 1 archery class for 3 hours for up to 20 people.

The NNAB has changed my life. Before I was introduced to the charity, I was in a very dark place & with a young child, I just couldn't cope. The NNAB activities have given me my life back & helped me to make new friends & to realise that I can still do some things without sight & remain active.

Carol Reil (NNAB visually impaired member, service user & charity volunteer)