A grant from the Vision Foundation has allowed a partnership of Metro Blind Sport and Step Change Studios to launch a new dance project to engage blind and partially sighted people from the Asian community.

The ‘Dance Dosti’ project has been supported by nearly £44k of funding from the Vision Foundation and was created with the aim of promoting physical activity and improving quality of life for this group, who have been shown to be twice as likely to be inactive compared to non-disabled people.

Olivia Curno, chief executive of the Vision Foundation, said: ‘The Vision Foundation supports projects that reflect the real issues impacting blind and partially sighted people. The pandemic has had a huge impact on the visually impaired community over the past year and we are committed to projects that address the isolation that people are experiencing.’

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport added: ‘People from the Asian community have reported greater inactivity, isolation and loss of independence as a result of Covid-19. For this reason, this new project specifically focuses on people from an Asian background.’

Those interested in taking part should email contact@stepchangestudios.com