Meet the start-up helping Visually Impaired People keep up active travel

December 3rd is the International Day of People with Disabilities.

Sport Tech Hub support digital services that assist people with disabilities to remain active as part of their daily routines, by making active travel a more accessible and safe experience.

According to research by London Sport, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in 65% of people with disabilities stating their wellbeing has been negatively affected, along with 62% feeling a lack of freedom and independence.

About Travel Hands

Travel Hands is a service operating for partially sighted or completely blind individuals in London, with the Travel Hands App due to launch in the coming weeks.

The company was set up with the intention to add independence, connection and fun to the lives of blind or partially sighted people across London. Their service allows Visually Impaired People (VIP) to search for and be accompanied by a nearby vetted volunteer who are travelling to the same or nearby destination.

When a VIP would like to travel somewhere, they need to provide the app with details, and it will pair them up with a volunteer nearby who will accept that request – using a similar technology to Uber. VIP can travel around safely and independently.

The service has been launched across all boroughs of London with a positive response from the VIP community and ever helpful Londoners, who enjoy a flexible and impactful volunteering experience.

Ishan Jha, Founder of Travel Hands, started the start-up company in 2019. Since then, they have grown their network and reach due to support from grants and mentorship from the likes of Innovate UK, Sport England, Geovation Accelerator and London & Partners. “We are on a mission to empower people with impairment and are fortunate to get the support of charities such as RNIB, British Blind Sports, Metro Blind Sports and Thomas Pocklington to name a few” says Ishan.

To find out more about Travel Hands, or any other start-up in our SME Database, please get in touch with the team here.

Aimee Palmer

Community Officer
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