Find a Guide is getting a makeover!

Find a Guide is getting a makeover!

Our Find a Guide programme has been helping visually impaired people find guide runners across England to support them to run for nearly 2 years now. In this time we’ve trained over 1110 people on our Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop and licenced over 720 guide runners.

Since its launch in 2016 we’ve been listening to feedback about the database and have made some improvements to make it even easier for visually impaired people to find a guide runner and run, wherever and whenever suits them!  We’ve upgraded the database with a new look and lots of improved functions.

We’re currently updating the guide runners on the database by asking licenced guide runners who want to be on it to activate and update their profile. Licenced guide runners who have attended a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop and have a valid DBS check will have received an email with information about how to activate their guide runner profile and update their information. If you haven’t, get in touch with us on the details below.  Click here for more information on becoming a licensed guide runner

On Tuesday 3rd April, with our partners British Blind Sport, we’ll be re-launching Find a Guide and promoting it with visually impaired people and visually impaired organisations to continue to help people to find a guide runner.

So what’s new:

We’ve made some changes to Find a Guide to hopefully make things even easier and more accessible for both visually impaired runner and guide runner. Here are just some of the changes:

  • Licenced guide runners can login and update their own information
  • Find a Guide supports people to run with others so the database will join our RunTogether website but can still be found on the England Athletics site, British Blind Sport site and various partner sites
  • You’ll Licenced guide runners can add a photo (optional) and a description to tell people about themselves and what sort of guide running they’re available for (for example regular training, one off events, beginners, etc.)
  • Licenced guide runners can mark themselves as unavailable to run during times of injury, etc.
  • Visually impaired people using the database will be supported with what sort of information would be useful to include when they contact a guide runner
  • Filters have been provided to help visually impaired people find a guide runner most suitable for them.
     

Help us spread the word:

From Tuesday 3rd April 2018 we’ll be promoting Find a Guide to visually impaired people and organisations to try and get more people running. We’d love it if you could help us spread the word so that more visually impaired people know there are guide runners out there ready to support them to run. Click here to download a poster or visit www.findaguide.co.uk

During the week 3rd-6th April we’ll relaunch Find a Guide on social media along with a short video. Share the video and post on social media using #FindAGuide.

Find a Guide can show on other websites so visually impaired people can search for guide runners directly. If you would like a widget for your website please contact disability@englandathletics.org.

If you’ve got any questions please contact Liz Purbrick, Inclusion Manager, 07850 514936, disability@englandathletics.org

Thank you for supporting visually impaired people to run.


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