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Recreation and social

So many activities to choose from

Whatever recreation activities you like, the Blind Foundation is here to support you.  From the sports enthusiast to the avid book reader to the social butterfly – we can help find something for you.

You might tick off a personal goal or two while building up your confidence. You also get to meet like-minded people while you have fun or learn something new.

If you’re a young person, what better way to increase those confidence levels and meet new friends than heading to a Blind Foundation camp.  Whether you want to try canoeing, skiing or give Theatresports a go, the summer and winter camps are the ticket.

There are activities and groups in the main cities and some smaller towns.   Check out what’s on in your area and find out what national events are happening on the Events page.

Be fit, keep fit

Whether you like to enjoy a casual walk in your local area or want to hit the Woman walking under a treetrails on a tandem bike, there’s lots on offer.  The Blind Foundation offers a range of activities to help people get fit or stay fit and enjoy the great outdoors.    There’s some special annual events for people who like a real outdoor challenge too, such as Insight Outward Bound.  Check out the Events page to see what’s coming up.

In some areas of the country, there are team sports to get involved in.  You can fulfil your passion for cricket, hockey, bowls, sailing or the fast-paced team sport of Goalball.  To find out more, scan through the Helpful Links page for details and get in touch.

We also offer individualised advice and connect you with local activities in your community.  Whether you want to join your neighbourhood gym, be part of a local Waka Ama crew or sign up to a bowling club – we can help.

Leisurely pleasure

Around the country, there are lots of special interest groups and activities.  a group of people standing over a table making art on an arts campIf you live in Canterbury, you can try your hand at sculpture.  Aucklanders can take a leisurely tour around Auckland Art Gallery as part of an art appreciation group. There are also pottery, garden, meditation and music groups.

For those with a love of words, you could purchase a giant Scrabble set , play card games or take part in a Book Club.

If you’d like to set up a special interest group , get in touch with the Blind Foundation’s Community, Volunteers and Recreation team. We’ll help spread the word.

Be supported while having fun

The Blind Foundation has a team of qualified and skilled Recreation and Community Advisors. Their job is to provide advice and information so you can get the most out of whatever activity you choose while feeling safe.

All the recreation activities on offer are tailored for people who are blind or with low vision. Some are organised by the Blind Foundation specifically for clients, often with help from local people and organisations.  Other recreation events and activities are organised by local community organisations.  They are for everyone, while being welcoming for blind and low vision people.

The Blind Foundation crew is always keen to hear about your own recreation and social interests.  That way, we can work with you to create opportunities.

Community support groups

For a first port of call, you might like to contact your local community support group.

This could be your friendly connection to the activities on offer locally. A gentle way to ease into new activities as well as getting social.

What other people are saying

‘You can have every confidence that if you need help, someone is around to help out. It is a great way to be able to get out of your comfort zone but know there will always be someone around to give a bit of guidance if necessary and that you will be safe’ – Maria Williams, talking about the Stewart Island tramp.

‘If I was asked to choose a highlight from this fantastic weekend, it would be difficult. I suppose that meeting and getting to know the wonderful people was very special.’ Hazel Crouchley, reviewing the Accessible Arts Camp in Christchurch

Holiday extra

Some people like to relax on holiday. If this is you, clients and their families can rent the Blind Foundation holiday home in Tauranga  at a discounted rate.  Call 0800 24 33 33 or email generalenquiries@blindfoundation.org.nz to find out more.