BGCGM will be working in partnership with the Royal Society for Blind Children and Henshaws to improve opportunities for young people with visual impairments to access leisure time opportunities.

RSBC successfully applied to the Big Lottery Fund to develop a national programme and have engaged BGCGM and Henshaws to partner with them across Greater Manchester.

Funding is available to work with our local affiliated clubs to deliver taster sessions, provide regular activity sessions and train leaders and volunteers so that ongoing provision can be made on a sustainable basis.

The project, titled Live Life Go Further aims to attract around 925 young people nationally aged between 8 & 25 years

Dr. Tom Pey, Chief Executive at RSBC, said; “This substantial grant affords us a unique opportunity. For the first time, vision impaired youth organisations and the mainstream youth sector will work collaboratively at a national level. Together we will deliver life changing skills and experiences to vision impaired children and young people in a variety of settings, including those where sight loss should not be a barrier to full participation. Thanks to National Lottery funding we can’t wait to get started on this vital and exciting work.”

Sacha Rose-Smith, Senior Head of Regional Funding for London and the South East, at the Big Lottery Fund, said; “All over the country, National Lottery money is being used by people who are taking the lead in developing great ideas to help their communities thrive. They know and understand the needs of their area better than anyone else and are best-placed to develop projects to tackle them.

Andy Hamill from BGCG said, “Our clubs seek to make a difference in the lives of all young people. We hope to make a difference in the lives of many visually impaired young people, by engaging them in locally accessible, fun and educational activities. We look forward to working with Henshaws and RSBC in the near future.”

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