British Blind Sport

British Blind Sport (BBS) is the only national sports and physical activity charity exclusively for people with sight loss.

In the UK, there are more than 2 million children and adults with severe sight loss and they need our help now more than ever before. Two-thirds of people with severe sight loss are living below the poverty line, over 90% of those who lose their sight in their youth will never have a long-term job and they are more likely to experience loneliness with nearly half report feeling isolated and cut-off from society.

At BBS, we know that physical activity has the huge potential to transform the health and wellbeing of people with sight loss. Research shows that regular physical activity boosts self-esteem, mood, energy and reduces stress as well as providing valuable opportunities to socialise and feel part of an active community.

BBS’ mission is to make sport and physical activity accessible for all blind & partially sighted people in the UK. Every year, BBS reaches 5000+ people through our services, events and projects, supporting people with sight loss of all abilities to participate in a wide range of physical activity from home-based exercise to activities at clubs, schools & leisure centres.

BBS’ key work includes: ‘Have A Go Days’ which are multi-sport taster days for children and adults and take place across the UK, BBS Sport Sections that co-ordinate national sport activities & competitions, See My Voice a social action project for teens with sight loss to develop leadership & employability skills through volunteering, First Steps for children aged 2-11yrs to improve their motor skills & develop confidence in moving and being active and the BBS Helpline and Activity Finder service which provides personalised 1-1 support to individuals, connecting people with local opportunities and working to address the unique challenges that blind and partially sighted people face.

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