Go Walk - Dumgoyne to Milngavie 5th July 2014

Graeme Roache, one of our regular walkers kindly shared his thoughts on the recent Go walk from Dumgoyne to Milngavie. 7.3miles in total, well done guys!

GO Active Walk – Saturday 5th July

All participants and volunteers met at Visibility Office to be transported to the Beach Tree Inn by minibus. We arrived at about 10.15am where Sarah briefed us about the schedule of the day.

We started the walk in perfect weather conditions which made the walk even more enjoyable. All members of the group chatted to each other along the route.

After walking about halfway we stopped to eat our packed lunches. Once reenergised we continued walking towards Milngavie. The weather remained warm throughout the rest of the walk.

At about 3pm we reached Milngavie for well-earned refreshments. We went to the Tea Cosy for tea and cakes. Then the group walked to the train station to catch the train back to Glasgow.

Everyone had a great day and looked forward to the next GO outing.

Libby Clegg Golden Girl!

What a sensational Games Glasgow is having and yet another win by an athlete with a visual impairment. A huge congratulations to Libby Clegg and her guide runner Mikail Huggins.  

Aileen takes Silver

A huge well done to Aileen McGlynn and her cycling pilot Louise Haston, pictured above, for getting Scotland’s first medal of the Commonwealth Games.

Aileen is such an inspiration to all visually impaired athletes and it is just wonderful to see her continued success. Go Aileen!! 

If Aileen has inspired you to have a go at tandem cycling then Freewheel North are now running sessions using the Visibility tandem bikes. You can contact them on 07891 097936. 

Feeling the heat - why not make time to BREATHE?

It’s an exciting and busy time all around Glasgow just now, the sun is shining and the steets are buzzing with the adrenaline surrounding the Commonwealth Games…. if you would enjoy a little tranquility once the festivities are over why not sign up for our latest fundraising event, a peaceful early morning meditation walk around Calderglen Country Park?

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Take in the beautiful surroundings, the waterfalls and shady woodlands, listen to the early morning bird song and reconnect with nature. The walk will feature a unique purpose built labyrinth to help focus your meditation and promote mindfulness and wellbeing.  The morning will conclude with the Taoist Tai Chi Society guiding you through the  rhythmic movements of this ancient form of exercise to bring your morning of tranquillity to a close. 

Sunday 24th August - Calderglen Country Park

£5 sign up plus £10 in sponsorship or full entry of £15 with no sponsorship.

Know someone who deserves a realxing treat?  The ‘breathe’ experience is also available as a gift, please contact us on 0141 332 4632 for details.

Volunteers NEEDED for summer study on physical activity.

Victoria Penpraze and student Yu Sun are currently undertaking a study, approved by College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Ethics Committee, on the  physical activity levels of people with visual impairment.

Visual impairment influences an individual’s access to physical activity opportunities and thus the person who is blind or visually impaired may be at greater risk of sedentary behaviour and reduced physical activity ultimatley impacting ones health .

They are ilooking for  volunteers to take part in a study this summer. They will be measuring normal day-to-day activity for 7 days, then providing personalised audio feedback along with suggestions and advice about how to be more active.

For more information on the study please E-mail: Victoria.Penpraze@glasgow.ac.u

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Electronic programming guides potentially hitting the UK soon! OFCOM SURVEY

Some TVs are able to read out channel numbers, menu listings, and programme information, however, these so-called speaking EPG’s are not yet directly available on all the UK’s TV services.

Ofcom needs your help in finding out whether people with visual impairments would be able to make more use of EPG’s if these could read out information on request, so that they can make recommendations to all major programming suppliers.

They are interested in hearing from people who have used speaking EPG’s, those who use apps currently offered by TV providers, and those who would like better access to TV programming guides.

For more information, you can find the consultation on their website here, in a screen readable format.

An audio version is also located here.