Find a Guide gets a makeover!

Published
6th April 2018
Written by
Energise Me

Find a Guide becomes even more accessible for visually impaired runners and guide runners.

Find a Guide has been supporting visually impaired people since 2016 to find guide runners across the country.

It has trained over 1110 people on its Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshops and licensed over 720 guide runners. Since its launch they have been listening to your feedback and have decided to make some changes. Their aim is to help visually impaired people find guide runners wherever and whenever suits them.

What has changed?

England Athletics and British Blind Sport have re-launched ‘Find a Guide’. The national guide runner database is a tool that supports even more people with a visual impairment to get into running. The database is an online tool that will help anyone aged 18 years or older with a visual impairment to find a guide runner. It is inclusive to all, no matter how much running experience the individual has.

The database will list what sort of guide running they’re available for e.g. indoors, outdoors, regular training or one off events.

The search function within the database allows users to search for a guide runner in their local area. All guide runners on the database are licensed which means they are DBS checked and have attended an England Athletics ‘Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running’ workshop.

The need for the database was highlighted by figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey, 2016. It shows that only 10.4% of adults with a visual impairment take part in sport once a week, compared to 36.1% of non-disabled adults.

There are 13 workshops planned across England in 2018 so if you’re interested in becoming a guide runner visit www.englandathletics.org/guide-workshop to find out more.

Find out more here (www.findaguide.co.uk) and remember to tag #FindAGuide so we can follow your journey!

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