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Adventures in nature with sight impairment

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Watershed

1 Canons Road

Harbourside

Bristol

BS1 5TX

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This afternoon event will be held in Bristol from 12.30 - 16.30 on Wednesday 19th September 2018, and will focus on work in the UK and beyond to encourage participation in activities like kayaking, sailing, caving and climbing.

With contributions from the Spirit of Adventure programme (run by the Bendrigg Trust), the Calvert Trust Exmoor, Blind Veterans and the Milton Mountaineers, discussions through the afternoon will highlight:

a) The health and wellbeing benefits of being able to get involved in these activities;

b) Varied approaches to opening up opportunities to engage in these activities;

c) The importance of assistance that is appropriate to people’s individual parameters and skills.

The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in this area, including outdoor activity providers, people with sight impairment, people working in the eye health or sight loss sectors, researchers, and those in the policy sector with a remit to open up such experiences to all.

Event programme:

12.30 – 12.45: Arrive

12.45 – 13.00: Welcome and Sensing Nature (Sarah Bell)

13.00 – 13.20: The Calvert Trust approach (Sophie Slade)

13.20 – 13.40: Adventures with the Milton Mountaineers (David Carrington-Porter)

13.40 – 14.00: A Spirit of Adventure with the Bendrigg Trust (Jill Corso)

14.00 – 14.30: Tea/coffee break

14.30 – 15.10: Adventures with the Blind Veterans (John Evans and Sam Allfree)

15.10 – 15.30: Introducing Sonic Kayaks (Jo Garrett)

15.30 – 16.15: Discussion

16.15 – 16.30: Closing remarks

16.30: End

If you would like to attend do sign up, or to find out more, please get in touch via email: Sarah.Bell@exeter.ac.uk.

Background to the event

This event draws on the findings of a two-year research project, called "Sensing Nature," which has been examining how people with varying forms and severities of sight impairment experience a sense of wellbeing (or otherwise) in diverse types of nature during the life course.

The overall aim of the project, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, has been to improve the way we understand, enable and promote more positive, inclusive multisensory nature experiences amongst adults with sight impairments, regardless of their life stage (visit www.sensing-nature.com for more details).

Nature can be many different things to different people. Engaging with nature can involve stepping outside the front door and enjoying a gentle breeze, bird song, the scents of nearby plants… A walk in the park or along the beach... Or perhaps a hike, climb or paddle in ‘wilder’ nature settings.

As noted by Sensing Nature participants, opportunities for the latter can be hard to find, and often involve a degree of risk or physical discomfort. Yet they also offer a chance to explore, to develop new skills, to forge alternative identities and negotiate new ‘nature’ sensations.

This event will discuss the issues that surround promoting inclusive engagement with outdoor adventure activities, and explore how they can be encouraged more widely.

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Watershed

1 Canons Road

Harbourside

Bristol

BS1 5TX

United Kingdom

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