Actionnaires

Running, jumping, riding, drawing, painting, laughing - it's all going on at Actionnaires. Here's a few examples of what we've been up to lately...

Actionnaires Athletics Day

100 youngsters who are visually impaired competed in the Boots Opticians Actionnaires Athletics Day, in Sheffield, run by Action on Saturday 4th October. This track and field event is the biggest in the UK for children who are blind or partially sighted, aged 4-16.

The athletes were all members of Actionnaires from all over the country and the event was staged at the city's prestigious English Institute of Sport.

Lesley Inganni, Operations Manager at Action, said: "The children were so excited about the event, as many don't get to participate in sport at all outside of their local Actionnaires clubs. It was an opportunity to sample a range of sports for the first time, helping them to understand that sight loss isn't a barrier to fun, competitions and social activities."

London Eye

Also in October, partially sighted children from Yorkshire were given VIP treatment aboard the London Eye, after winning a writing competition, organised by Action.

The group were also given a tour of Action's resource centre at Judd Street, near King's Cross, where they sampled lots of gizmos and gadgets, including vibrating bank note detectors, talking microwaves, and electric magnifiers; all designed to help people with sight loss to live more independently.

Other activities

We've also recently held a cooking session led by a blind chef, as well as our Actionnaires Member of the Year national awards, recognising three inspirational young people.

Read more about our upcoming Actionnaires activities.