News - 8th May 2018

Guides for Visually Impaired parkrunners

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In my last article for the newsletter I spoke about how we are becoming far more proactive at bringing parkrun to those who are often the least likely to engage with physical activity and volunteering, and therefore potentially have the most to benefit. This covers many different initiatives, one of which is starting to bear fruit.

 

We have been recruiting parkrunners who are willing to act as guides to Blind or Visually Impaired (VI) participants, and giving them an induction to gain some experience of guiding. We now have more than 80 potential guides covering 35 events all over Ireland.

 

We record guides as a volunteer role and use the numbers of recorded guides as an indication of the number of VI participants. This has grown from five per month to 14 in the past three months.

 

If you know someone with a visual impairment who would like to try parkrun, please email us and we will connect you with someone willing to act as a guide.

 

This Saturday 12 May we also welcome Mayfest to Fairview parkrun in Dublin. Mayfest is Ireland’s national multi-sports event for people with vision impairments. Again if you would like to participate or guide please get in touch.

 

This initiative has been made possible by some wonderful groups who have assisted us – CARA, Vision Sport Ireland, NCBI, Child Vision and Fighting Blindness. Thank you everyone for your support.

 

Matt Shields
Country Manager, parkrun Ireland

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