Wales Council of the Blind

Service type: Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

Sports, leisure, holidays and outings.

Arts & Crafts group (Swansea) - (Sight Life)

Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road, Swansea, SA1 5DZ. 1 - 3 pm, fortnightly.

BBS Active at Home - (British Blind Sport)

Our audio-led sessions have helped blind and partially sighted people keep active from their homes during the pandemic and have continued to be enjoyed by people around the world. BBS hosts a virtual live workout week at the beginning of each month, with a different exercise class taking place each weekday evening at 6pm. At the end of the workout week, the BBS team upload recordings of the workouts to our YouTube channel for those who were unable to attend.

Bike Ability - (Sight Life)

Cycling activities for people with sight loss. Every Wednesday from 12pm - 1pm at Dunvant Rugby Club, Swansea.

Blind Baseball - (Sight Life)

Baseball for people with sight loss.

Boccia Ball Games - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))

The aim of Boccia is to throw leather balls - coloured red or blue as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack. These are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month 5-6 pm. Archbishop McGrath School, Brackla, Bridgend. Transport can be arranged if required.

Bridgevis social activities - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))

Bridgevis organise meals out, visits to places of interest and trips to the New Theatre Cardiff and the Wales Millennium Centre. Contact below for latest information.

Cael Cymru - (Centre of Sign Sight Sound)

A culture and tourism project that makes tourist attractions, sites and activities more accessible.

Calvert Trust Exmoor - (Calvert Trust)

The Calvert Trust has an accessible centre in Exmoor where disabled people can enjoy outdoor activities.

Calvert Trust Kielder - (Calvert Trust)

The Calvert Trust runs an accessible centre in Kielder where disabled people can try out new experiences with family and friends. Various types of breaks are available, from day or half day trips to self catering and respite breaks.

Calvert Trust Lake District - (Calvert Trust)

An accessible, residential, outdoor activity centre for disabled people. A wide range of activities and breaks are available for people of all ages.

Cardiff Arts and Crafts Group - (Sight Life)

Our popular Arts and Crafts sessions take place on the last Tuesday of the month between 10.00am and 12.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff. Join other members in the Activity Room at Jones Court to learn and take part in different craft activities. Activities vary and there are always several available to try out.

Chair Yoga Class - (Sight Life)

Every Wednesday 11am to 12pm in the Activity Room at Jones Court, Womanby St, Cardiff. The Chair Yoga class is one of our most popular groups. It gives you the chance to stretch safely and there is a wonderful relaxation session at the end. People often arrive early (or leave late!) in order to have a hot drink and a chat with other members. Numbers are limited so it is best to ring first to check whether there is space in the class.

Clwb Cerdded Eryri Walking Group - (North Wales Society of the Blind)

All walks are held on Wednesdays . Meet at North Wales Society for the Blind, 325 High Street, Bangor. 10.30 am.

Creative - (Royal Society for Blind Children)

We hold regular online and hybrid sessions for children and young people of any age up to 25 to come together and share their creative passion. Whether you enjoy music, playing an instrument, singing, poetry, drama, or creative writing you can join our sessions and meet others who share your interests. Online Gaming: We hold regular online gaming sessions for children and young people to come together and have some fun gaming together. Open to any children and young people up to age 25, why not come and join and meet others whilst playing online.

Deafblind UK Holidays - (Deafblind UK)

We all need a break sometimes, but we know that for some, staying away from home is not that easy. Our self catering caravan in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk provide a home from home break at heavily discounted rates.

Disability Sports Development Officers (DSDOs) - (Disability Sport Wales )

Each local authority in Wales has a DSDO whose role is to increase the participation of disabled people in sports.

Find a Sport - (Deloitte Parasport)

An on-line tool enabling disabled people to identify sports which are suitable for their specific impairment, and then search for clubs in their area where they can try that activity.

Goalball Clubs - (Goalball UK)

Directory of goalball clubs around the UK including North and South Wales.

Gym Group - (Vision Support)

Brio Fitness at Northgate Arena in Chester offer vision impaired sessions after running taster sessions with Vision Support. The vision impaired sessions are sports sessions tailored to those partially sighted or blind. Gym Sessions Tuesdays 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

insport - (Disability Sport Wales )

insport is a Disability Sport Wales project delivered with the support of Sport Wales, which aims to support the physical activity, sport, and leisure sectors delivering inclusively of disabled people. Disability Sport Wales have developed toolkits to support Clubs, National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Local Authorities to deliver excellent standards of inclusion for disabled people in sport and physical activity. These are separated into individual programmes: insport Club, insport NGB, insport Development, and insport Third Sector. You can find your nearest insport club by entering your postcode at the site below.

Knitting Group - (Sight Life)

Swansea Grand Theatre Conservatory, Singleton Street, Swansea, SA1 3QJ. 11.00am to 1.00pm, 2nd Thursday of the month.

LOOK holiday flat - (LOOK - National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children)

LOOK owns a holiday flat in Scarborough on the Yorkshire coast. The flat is accessible with two bedrooms, one double (with space for a cot), and one with bunk beds plus an extra single bed. The LOOK flat provides an opportunity for every family with a visually impaired child to enjoy a seaside break and can be booked for both long and short breaks at very reasonable rates.

Maggie's Club - (UCAN Productions)

Aimed at individuals with sight impairments and additional learning needs and founded in honour of UCAN Board Member, Dr Margaret Woodhouse OBE, known to everyone as Maggie. This once a month event is full of fun, drama, games, sound workshops and arts and crafts. 2:00pm-3:30pm at School of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University, Maindy Rd, Cardiff. For more information and to book a place please contact Enireth.

Music appreciation group - (Sight Life)

Our Music Appreciation group usually meets at Jones Court on the second Wednesday of the month between 2.00pm and 3.30pm. Our volunteer Derek puts together pieces of music for members to listen to - anything from classical pieces to big band music - and referral-service-pears">prepares a narrative to accompany each piece, as discussion points.

Port Talbot Photography Group - (Sight Life)

A photography group for people with sight loss meeting in Port Talbot Library on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10am.

Raised bed gardening - (Sight Life)

Greenhill Community Centre, Chapel Street, Swansea, SA4 4DT. 1.00pm to 2pm, last Friday of every month.

Sailing adventures - (Jubilee Sailing Trust)

The Jubilee Sailing Trust offers disabled people the chance to sail on their tall ships. Day sails or longer voyages are available.

SASI - (UCAN Productions)

Come and join Alys every fortnight at the wonderful Sight Life Centre, Cardiff, CF10 1BR. Sessions aim to develop confidence, vocal and self-advocacy skills whilst making friends and having fun. There are also opportunities to access our recording studio space there, to make podcasts, radio content, or simply engage with the stimulating possibilities offered by music and sound technology. 18+ years old. Bi-weekly on a Wednesday 11:30am-2:15pm at Sight Life Centre, Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff.

Sense Active Programme - (Sense)

We have a host of resources that will help sports practitioners, coaches, teachers and support staff provide sensory experiences for people who are deafblind or disabled. We also support the sports and social care sectors through consultation and training. Our tools, training and resources can help you ensure your sports programmes are more inclusive and accessible.

Shooting Club - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))

Shooting Club for blind and partially sighted people in Bridgend. Using a sound signal to indicate how close to the target the aim is, it is usable for people with total sight loss. Tondu Target Shooting Club every Thursday. Bus leaves Market Street, Bridgend, at 2 pm and leaves Tondu at 4.30pm approximately. Contact John O'Donnell below.

Sight Life Gardening Club - Swansea - (Sight Life)

Gardening at the Vetch Field, Swansea, ever Tuesday from 10am-12 noon. Madoc Pl, Swansea

Sight Life Ramblers - (Sight Life)

The group usually meets at Jones Court at around 9.30 to travel by bus or train to the chosen starting point and returns by approximately 3 or 4pm. Sighted guides are available for those who need one. The group usually stops for a mid morning coffee stop so take a flask along. Lunchtime is usually spent at a local cafe along the route.

Sight Life Women's Hour - (Sight Life)

Last Tuesday of the month - 10.30am-12.30pm A group of like-minded women who enjoy days out shopping, lunching and the odd glass of wine! Recent trips have included a day to Ebbw Vale Festival Site shopping centre and lunch at The Farmers Wife at St Brides Major. The group is also occasionally joined by guest speakers.

Social events - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)

The Llanelli Blind Club provides social events throughout the year including one or two outings per year plus a dinner for upwards of 80/100 members. There is also a Christmas dinner at a local hotel.

Swansea & NPT trips - (Sight Life)

Group members go on one theatre trip per month and one other trip per month. There is also a holiday group which meets twice per year.

Swansea Walking Group - (Sight Life)

Walking group for people with sight loss.

Swimming Group - (Sight Life)

Swimming group for people with sight loss. Every Friday at Penlan Leisure Centre, Swansea.

Swimming Group - (Vision Support)

Brio Fitness at Northgate Arena in Chester now offer vision impaired sessions after running taster sessions with Vision Support. The vision impaired sessions are sports sessions tailored to those partially sighted or blind. Swim Sessions Wednesdays 9.30am – 10.30am. Contact Josh on 07842 319377 or email jgarland@visionsupport.org.uk if you would like more information.

Ten Pin Bowling - (Sight Life)

Ten pin bowling group for blind and partially sighted people. 1st Friday of each month, 12pm – 2pm

Thrive - Get Gardening - (Thrive)

Thrive - Get Gardening presents Thrive's experience and expertise in gardening with a disability, which has been gathered over 30 years of helping disabled people to start or continue gardening. It contains practical information to make garden jobs easier, advice on taking care, useful hints and tips and details of the equipment and tools which will be particularly helpful. It has a section for blind & partially sighted people. If you can't find the info you need, you can phone or email us.

Torch holidays & retreats - (Torch Trust)

There are a variety of holidays on offer with a Christian ethos. Many of them happen at Torch's own Holiday and Retreat Centre in West Sussex. Other holidays are available elsewhere in the UK and abroad

Touchwood Bowls - (Visually Impaired Endeavours in Wrexham (VIEW))

VI crown green bowling at Bradley Bowls Club, off Park Wall Road, Bradley, Wrexham, LL11 4DA. Runs from beginning of April to end of October. Every Wednesday.

Traveleyes Holidays - (Traveleyes)

Traveleyes is a company which provides worldwide holidays for groups of people, half of who are visually impaired and half are sighted. Each VI traveller is paired with a sighted person, who acts as a guide and receives a discount.

UCAN Arts Awards - (UCAN Productions)

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications supporting anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from drama to digital art, pottery to poetry. Through progressing through the five levels, children and young people get to: discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities; experience arts events; develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life; explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world; gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment.

UCAN Creative Workshops - (UCAN Productions)

UCAN creates and delivers creative arts and learning programmes which help and enable our members to develop physical and vocal confidence, raise aspirations and develop individual abilities. Workshop activities also serve to improve self-advocacy skills in relation to issues and topics relevant to our members.

UCAN Friday Nights - (UCAN Productions)

UCAN run a regular Friday evening drama/music/social workshop in the Cardiff School of Optometry building. This is attended by UCAN members, their friends and family, and also volunteers who work with UCAN. Trainers Alex and Alys, and our Peer Engagement Officer Hannah, deliver all sorts of activities relating to drama games, acting, music recording and sound technology, Arts Awards and also the chance to relax and have fun with friends in a safe environment. School of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University, Maindy Rd, Cardiff. Every Friday 5:30pm-7:30pm.

UCAN Professional Activities - (UCAN Productions)

UCAN has delivered vision awareness training in medical settings, as well as to public and private companies, schools, trade unions and youth organisations in the UK and abroad. This training is delivered by young disabled people and takes a unique approach in challenging public perceptions and attitudes towards sight loss. UCAN Productions also works with Cardiff University School of Optometry, delivering lectures on the lived experience of vision impairment to optometry students.

UCAN with Alys - (UCAN Productions)

Have fun and learn new skills through drama. A popular group with lots of drama games, creative and storytelling activities. Alys is one of our trained workshop leaders and has worked with UCAN for many years. Her workshops are all about making new friends and having tons of fun through activities including storytelling and improvisation. Every Tuesday 5:00pm-6:30pm, on Zoom. Ages 13-18.

UCAN with Jake and Taylor - (UCAN Productions)

Our workshop trainers Jake and Taylor run an interactive workshop for our younger participants. Playing games, quizzes and having a laugh is what they do best. It’s a great place to make friends and introduce yourself to drama activities in a fun way. Every Wednesday 4:00pm-5:00pm on Zoom. Ages 7-13.

VI Photography Group, Cardiff - (Sight Life)

Every other Friday between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby St, Cardiff. The photography group goes out and about in the city centre looking for photo opportunities and occasionally takes trips around the local area. The group also discusses various aspects of photography back at Sight Life over a cuppa.

VICTA events and activities - (VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action))

VICTA organise a wide range of activities and week-ends for vi children and their families. Although most activities are in England so likely to be impractical for people from Wales, the longer breaks are worth considering.

Visit Wales - (Welsh Government)

Website on Wales' tourist attractions and services with a searchable database of accommodation, events/attractions and activities with accessibility information provided.

Walk to Run - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))

Running or walking - whatever suits you. Every Saturday at 1 pm at the athletic track behind Bridgend Recreation Centre. Contact details below.

Welsh Association of VI Bowlers - (Welsh Association of Visually Impaired Bowlers (WAVIB))

The Welsh Association for VI Bowlers is the governing body for VI bowling in Wales. Its website has details of the various vi bowling clubs across Wales. It is the first point of call to find out more about playing this accessible sport.