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Project information

First Steps for Children with Sight Loss

First Steps for Children with Sight Loss is a project that uses the power of sport to change the lives of children with sight loss. The project works with families to improve young children's motor skills so they can move through life with more confidence and greater independence.

3 years

Charity information: British Blind Sport

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  • Need


    Children with sight loss have much poorer motor skills than their sighted peers & are far less likely to take part in sport and activity. This can have a devastating impact on their physical and social development & can make them feel sad and isolated.

    There are 40,000 children with sight loss in the UK and it is essential that these children are given the extra support they need, from a young age, to ensure that they can join in activities with their friends and not be left behind.


    The power of sport can change the lives of children with sight loss and help them to lead active, independent and happy lives.

    The ‘First Steps’ project enables children with sight loss aged 3-11yrs to gain the physical skills and confidence to access sport and activity in their communities.

    The project provides specialist equipment, guidance and support from a trained child development professional within the ease, comfort and safety of their own home.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Children with sight loss will have increased physical literacy and spend more time being active


    » Children will receive a free pack with adaptive equipment and activity workbook to encourage learning and practicing skills

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase in the time spent being physically active and an improvement in their abilities.

    Aim 2

    Children with sight loss will feel more confident and have greater self-esteem


    » The pack contains a reward chart that shows their progress and celebrates their achievements

    What success will look like

    Children will report feeling more confident and an increase in their wellbeing.

    Aim 3

    Children with sight loss will have strengthened relationships with those around them


    » Activities with carers/family members are encouraged and playing together helps to build a rapport

    What success will look like

    Children and their families will report an increase in their closeness and time spent together.

  • Impact


    The project will lead to an increase in the skills and confidence of children with sight loss which will help them to reach their full potential and lead more active, happy and independent lives.

    They will spend more time taking part in physical activity and, as their confidence grows, they will be encouraged to take part in other activities in their local communities.

    They will develop an active habit for life which will lead to better health and wellbeing for children with sight loss.


    Lack of funding - unable to deliver the project to as many families as needed. To mitigate this risk, BBS continues to make applications to sources of funding.


    Donors will be updated on the progress of First Steps through our online channels (website and social media), through monthly e-newsletters and our bi-annual magazine.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,874

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,140 IT Equipment Mobile phone, laptop and bag, printer
      £14,944 First Steps Officer salary 3 days a week plus BBS on costs (management, HR, Payroll etc.)
      £7,200 Recruitment/Training/Travel Recruitment, training and travel expenses
      £5,550 Office Hire Office, landline and utilities
      £2,800 Marketing Literature, stationery and postage
      £3,240 Packs First Steps packs x 180 (£18 each)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Will Charitable Trust £14,000 Guaranteed
    Cares 4 Kids £9,876 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is taking place across four areas - Yorkshire, the North-West, East Midlands and West Midlands. There is also an allowance of packs for children with sight loss from anywhere in the country so that we don't turn families away who need our help.

    Families with children with sight loss are more likely to experience poverty, unemployment and social isolation. This project is focusing on the areas where we know there to be a high number of disadvantaged children with sight loss.


    Children with sight loss aged 3-11 yrs from disadvantaged families.

    The cost of raising a child with a disability is estimated to be three times more expensive that the cost of raising a non-disabled child.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    British Blind Sport (BBS) is the only sports charity specifically for visually impaired people (VIPs) and sport in the UK.

    BBS uses the power of sport to empower VIPs and help them to lead more active, independent and healthy lives.

    Every year, we reach more than 5000 people and deliver over 80 events for VIPs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alaina Macgregor

    Alaina developed the idea of First Steps by talking to families living with sight loss and has worked with them to bring the project to life.

    Lucy Beattie-Cooper

    Lucy works with supporters to raise funding for the project

    Logan Gray

    Logan oversees the delivery of First Steps in each region.


will introduce one child with sight loss to sport with a fun Jingle Ball pack and 1-1 support

Early intervention and teaching of physical activity is crucial for children with sight loss to assist their physical literacy

Lieberman et al, 2013; Haibach et al, 2014