Why take part in a blindfolded challenge?
Taking part in a blindfold challenge at work is not only a great way to raise money for Guide Dogs, it also allows you a glimpse into what it is like to have a visual impairment.
Blindfold challenges are also a great way to bring teams together, creating a fun, challenging and inspirational session for all.
So why not organise a memorable team building event and raise money for Guide Dogs!
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Types of blindfolded challenges:
- Rely on a colleague as your sighted guide for an hour (My Guide qualified only)
- Obstacle Course Challenge
- Egg and Spoon Race
- Penalty shoot out
- Dining in the Dark – lunch/dinner
- Blindfolded cake decorating competition
- Blindfold food/drink tasting challenge
- Blindfold 5-a-side football challenge
Blindfold Challenge Health and Safety
The safety of yourself and your colleagues is paramount when taking part in any blindfold challenges. Please find a health and safety checklist below (N.B. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and health and safety should be tailored to each challenge and corporate environment):
- Prior to a blindfold challenge taking place on site, a specific risk assessment should be carried out by a competent individual and approved by your health and safety department
- Certain blindfold challenges should be run by individuals with appropriate training, such as My Guide training, and approved by your health and safety department
- Those undertaking a blindfold challenge should move at an appropriate speed for the area/activity/comfort level
- Appropriate number of supervisors should be in attendance for the blindfold activities being undertaken
- Prior to the blindfold activity starting discussion must take place to clarify procedures and communication channels including:
- What information will be given during the activity
- What to do if assistance is required
- Obstacles they may encounter
- The blindfold used is cleaned and replaced as necessary and tissue is provided for the wearer to use as required
- The person undertaking the challenge is advised of the procedure for stopping the activity if needed
- The area chosen for a blindfold activity is suitable and as safe as is reasonably practicable to use
- The person undertaking the exercise is, and verbally agrees, fit and capable to do so
- The organiser should consider the weather conditions e.g. ice, snow, extreme heat, and how this could affect the blindfold activity
Things to remember
- Some blindfold challenges e.g. blind drive will require a specified 3rd party organiser approved by your health and safety department
- Blindfold walk routes or challenges should be tested internally and amended if necessary before being rolled out to a client group