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This page provides a summary of recent or forthcoming activity of relevance to people living, and organisations operating, in the ActivEyes Redbridge geographical area. Any information that is out of date (unless it has been superseded), or more than 3 months old, will still be available via the News archive link.

Dear ActivEyes Redbridge Members,

I hope you are all well and enjoying this festive season, looking forward to spending quality time with family, friends and lots of yummy treats!

We had a great number of you come to our last members meeting combined Annual consultation feedback on 6th Nov 2014. Thank you.

You can download the following  documents below:

- ActivEyes Redbridge Members Minutes 6.11.14

- Redbridge Vision Strategy Action Plan Implementation 2014 Summary

- Redbridge Sight Loss Pathway Contact Sheet

- Finding Your Feet ActivEyes Redbridge Flyer

- Coffee and Breakfast Morning Flyer

Dates for your diary

Wed 21st and 22nd January 2015

Finding Your Feet Workshop. More details on flyer

Wednesday 4th February 2015

Next members meeting, more details will follow closer to the time.

Friday 6th February 2015

We have our Breakfast club continuing every first Friday of each month starting with February. If you wish to attend Please contact 07767 989 021

Thursday 5th February 2015

Our Vision Impaired Tennis Sessions are starting again at the Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre, time 11 till 1pm, £2.50 a person (one family/ friend free)

Great News! We have been awarded funding from The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust to help cover court hire. If you wish to attend please call 07767 989 021 Vision Impaired Cricket every Mondays 2015, Call Owais on 07943 722 343. We have a new volunteer administrator Nabeel Aijaz who has joined ActivEyes Redbridge. I'm sure we will all make Nabeel feel very welcomed.

Unfortunately the ActivEyes Redbridge usual number 07943 592 140 is not in service and efforts are being made to get the number up and running ASAP. In the meantime please contact East London Vision on 0203 697 6464 with your enquiries or interest for an event. You may leave your contact name, number, message and a staff from ActivEyes Redbridge will be in touch with you at the earliest convenience.

I wish you all a Very Festive Season and Happy New Year on behalf the ActivEyes Redbridge Team.

Best Wishes Femida Dadabhai, Chair ActivEyes redbridge

Volunteer Opportunities

Activeyes Redbridge has lots of volunteers who play a crucial and direct role in supporting Members and furthering our aims across Redbridge and neighbouring boroughs

Our volunteers are our success. Thanks to their dedication, passion, and commitment, we are able provide our support to all our members. We are always looking for new volunteers! You don't need any special skills, and volunteering enables you to meet lots of different people, be a valued member of a team and learn new skills.

As a volunteer, there are many different ways you can help. We’re not currently recruiting for any specific roles but if you’re interested in joining us then get in touch

The Chair Femida Dadabhai on: 07767 989021

Or Email: enquiries@activeyesredbridge.org.uk

Added 22 October: ActivEyes Coffee and Breakfast Meetings

Come join ActivEyes Redbridge for our Coffee and Breakfast mornings at Snax Cafe. They are held once a month for a 3 month trial.

Where: Snax Cafe, 10 Clements Rd, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1BA

Date: Friday 3rd October 2014

Friday 7th November 2014

Friday 5th December 2014

Cost: £3 each person (you only pay £3 toward a breakfast up to £7, ActivEyes Redbridge pay the rest.) One family member or friend may join you as they will also be helping to support the event.

Come along, meet new people make friends and most of all spoil yourself!

Remember places are limited! Open to all visually impaired people in Redbridge and surrounding areas. This event is run in conjunction with East London Vision.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in coming, please contact ActivEyes Redbridge on: 07943 592 140, Femida on 07767 989 021 or email enquiries@activeyesredbridge.org.uk

 

Aded 22 October: Blind Tennis Sessions

Hooray! ActivEyes Redbridge are hosting weekly blind tennis sessions every Thursday at the REDBRIDGE SPORTS and LEISURE CENTRE.

Start date: Thursday 9th October 2014

Time: 11am - 1 pm

Fee: £2.50p each (One family member or friend free)

We have had a fantastic start to our tennis sessions. Come and join in, have a go at playing tennis. We have a qualified coach and plenty volunteers to assist.

This specially adapted game for vision impaired people can built confidence with a belief and realisation that tennis is truly accessible to all. Don't miss out on socialising and making new friends too.

Open to all visually impaired people in Redbridge and surrounding area. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in coming, please contact ActivEyes Redbridge on: 07943 592 140, Femida on 07767 989 021 or email enquiries@activeyesredbridge.org.uk.

This event is being held in conjunction with East London Vision.

Added 22 October: Action Plan Update Consultation 2014

You are warmly invite you to our Action Plan Update Consultation.

The Redbridge Vision Strategy Group has been working over the past year to address the gaps in services and implement the suggestions raised by visually impaired people at last year’s consultation event.

Come and see how we have been getting on.... and let us know where to go next.

Where: Redbridge Central Library (Gloucester Room), Clements Rd, London IG1 1EA

When: 6th November 2014 4pm – 7pm

There will be presentations from RVSG member representatives

Please join us for the opportunity to discuss the Redbridge Vision Strategy Group’s work to date, and the opportunity to influence its plans for the future. For more details on what's happening on the day download the flyer

Please RSVP, stating any dietary and access requirements, before 24th October to:

Email: enquiries@activeyesredbridge.org.uk

Telephone: 07943 592140

This consultation is being held by the Redbridge Vision Strategy Group, in association with ActivEyes Redbridge. 

Added 25th August: Come Boating and Picnic at Fairlop Waters Sailing Centre!

ActivEyes Redbridge is working in partnership with the Challenge Network. The Challenge Network encourages young people to volunteer, and get more involved with their local communities. As part of the project we will have a group of young people volunteering for us on Sunday 14 September.

We are planning a 1 hour water sports activity consisting of Canoe and Bell boat sailing at Fairlop Waters Sailing Centre. Thereafter a picnic lunch taking in the  beautiful surroundings including the swan filled lake.

The meeting point will be Gants Hill Station (ticket barrier), Cranbrook Road, Ilford, London IG2 6UD, at 11.00am. There are limited places available so please let us know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The cost for the event only £3 due to each participant bringing their own packed lunch.

Open to all visually impaired people in Redbridge and surrounding areas. This event is being run in conjunction with Waltham Forest Vision. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in coming, please contact ActivEyes Redbridge on:

07943 592 140 or email enquiries@activeyesredbridge.org.uk

Added 23rd August: Redbridge Vision Strategy Group's event during Eye Health Week

Redbridge Vision Strategy Group is running a stall outside Redbridge Town Hall on the 23rd September between 11am-3pm as part of Eye Health Week. Demonstrations of adaptive equipment suitable for vision impaired people will be available. Publicity flyers on different organisations, such as Redbridge College, Joseph Clarke School, Redbridge Library etc will be distributed. Representatives from Redbridge Vision Strategy Group, ActivEyes Redbridge, Guide Dog, Redbridge Library and Whips Cross Hospital Eye Care Department will be available to answer your questions.

Added 25 August: The Tennis Foundation are holding The National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships in association with Metro Blind Sport, 4-5 October 2014, The National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5JQ

This tournament is open to B1, B2, B3, and B4 players. To take part in the event you must be able to serve and rally using a sound ball.

Order of play & format will be issued to players after the closing date.

 Entry fee: £20 (entry fee includes lunch on Saturday& Sunday)

Closing date: Friday 12th September 2014

For further details, please download The National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships flyer.

Added 25 August: Services offered by Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust offers people who are blind or have sight loss the support they require to lead an independent life, based on their individual requirements. Some of the services that the Charity is currently offering:

1. Telephone Befriending

Do you like chatting to someone new and different? Do you want regular contact with someone over the phone? Then join our Telephone Befriending Service!  This service is available to people with sight loss aged 18 years and above, living in the UK.  It is completely free!  You will be paired up with one of our trained volunteers and they will call you once a week for about 20-30 minutes for a chat.  We have plenty of spaces available, so if you are interested, please contact the Volunteer Services Co-ordinator (Befriending) on 020 8996 1930 or befriending@pocklington-trust.org.uk.

2. Email Befriending

Would you like to be in regular contact by email with one of our volunteers? Enjoy using computers or want to improve your computer skills? Then join our e-Befriending Service!  This service is available to people with sight loss aged 18 years and above, living in the UK. It is completely free!  You will be paired up with one of our trained volunteers and exchange regular emails, between 1-3 times a week.  We have plenty of spaces available, so if you are interested, please contact the Volunteer Services Co-ordinator (Befriending) on 020 8996 1930 or befriending@pocklington-trust.org.uk.                                                                                                    

3. Link Up

Link Up' is now up and running in London.  We aim to match up blind and partially sighted adults (aged 18+) with a volunteer so that they can attend events and participate in activities together.  The focus of Link Up is on social activities and events, such as going to an art gallery or the theatre, or participating in sports.  It does not include trips which are a necessity such as visiting the doctor, or going out shopping.  To find out more and register your interest, please contact the Volunteer Services Co-ordinator (Link Up) on 020 8996 1947 or linkup@pocklington-trust.org.uk.

Added 25 August: RLSB Sports Without Limits, 1 September, 10am-2pm, Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre, IG6 3AD

RLSB are holding a Sports Without Limits activity day for young vision impaired people who are interested in sport. For further details, please contact:

Chris Webb-Butler

Sport Community Support Worker

T: 0207 901 1574

M: 07710 975118

E: chris.webb-butler@rlsb.org.uk

Or download the flyer here 

Added 1st August: VocalEyes: Open House Weekend 2014 : 20 & 21 Sept

VocalEyes Audio Described Architecture Tours

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September 2014

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce and confirm the four magnificent London buildings that we will be audio-describing for Open House Weekend 2014.

We have ensured that there is something for everyone and hope that you will be able to join us on one or more of the audio-described tours.

The four buildings will be:  The Ismaili Centre, 55 Baker Street, The Old Royal Naval College and Maggie’s West London.

Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital's buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Every September, it gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London's amazing architecture, with buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone - all for free.

Each tour will be led by one of our VocalEyes describers with a representative from the architectural firm or building on hand to answer any questions you may have about the building.  The tours will last approximately 90 minutes.

Do read on for more details about the four buildings including dates and times of the tours and how to book for one or all of the tours

The Ismaili Centre

Saturday 20 September 2014

Tour starts:  10.30am (Please arrive by 10.15am for a prompt start)

The tour will be led by VocalEyes Describer Willie Elliott with a representative from the Ismaili Centre

Building Date:  1983

Architects:  Casson Conder Partnership

Address:  1-7 Cromwell Gardens, South Kensington, SW7 2SL

Nearest Tube:  South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines)

The Ismaili Centre, London was opened on 24 April 1985 by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. They were joined by government ministers, members of Parliament, diplomats and leaders of the Ismaili community from around the world.

The Centre was widely acclaimed by architectural critics for its design and craftsmanship. The architect was Neville Conder of Casson Conder Partnership of London, with traditional elements of the Islamic interior designed by Karl Schlamminger, a German-born Muslim.

55 Baker Street

Saturday 20 September 2014

Tour starts:  3pm (TBC)

The Tour will be led by VocalEyes Describer Jane Brambley with Simon Lincoln from Make Architects who was the key architect for 55 Baker Street

Architects:  Make Architects

Building Date:  2007

Address:  55 Baker Street, W1U 8EW

Nearest Tube Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines)

This radical renovation by Make Architects of a 1950s office building (formally the headquarters of Marks & Spencer) has transformed it into an important new urban amenity. While providing an exceptional range of flexible and highly efficient office spaces, the scheme enhances activity at street level by offering an enriched mix of uses and introducing a substantial new public space to the streetscape.

The transformation of the building is dramatically expressed by three glass infills or 'masks' which span the voids between the existing blocks to create a unified but dynamically modulated new facade. The central glazed section encloses a spectacular seven-storey atrium accessed directly from street level, creating a major new entrance to the building. The ground floor has been entirely re-clad and is devoted to retail units, cafes and restaurants which are open to the public.

 

The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Sunday 21 September 2014

Tour Starts:  10am (Please arrive by 9.45am for a prompt tour start)

Tour will be led by VocalEyes Describer Clare Le May with Taylor Bentley, art and architecture tour guide from The Old Royal Naval College 

Building Date:  from 1698 to 1781in 4 phases of development

Address:  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9NN

Nearest DLR station:  Cutty Sark

The Old Royal Naval College was built as the Royal Hospital for Seamen above the ruins of Henry VIII’s Greenwich Palace. It enjoys a splendid position on the bank of the River Thames at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, and is described by UNESCO as 'the finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles'.  Alongside Wren, architects who worked on the Old Royal Naval College include Nicholas Hawksmoor, James ‘Athenian’ Stuart and Sir John Vanbrugh.

For the audio-described tour of The Old Royal Naval College we will be focusing on The Painted Hall, the Chapel and King William Court.

Maggie’s West London

Sunday 21 September 2014

Tour Starts:  3.30pm (TBC)

Tour will be led by VocalEyes Describer Eleanor Margolies with a representative from Maggie’s West London

Architects:  Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners

Building Date:  2008

Awards:  RIBA Award Winner 2009 and Hammersmith Society Environment Award 2008

Address:  Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road W6 8RF

Nearest Tube:  Hammersmith (District, Hammersmith & City and Piccadilly Lines)

This bright orange building protectively shields its visitors from the bustling city streets and hospital that surround it, offering a calm oasis in the centre of West London for Maggie’s to offer their programme of support.

Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and inspired by Richard Roger’s concept of a heart nestled in the protective wrap of a building’s four walls. Rogers said: “The idea was to try to minimise the overbearing impact of Charing Cross Hospital. The roof, the landscaping, the hearth inside, the views out, each was to take you away from the hospital and the bustle of the road.”

Booking:

It would be appreciated if you book via email rather than calling the office direct.  Please email enquiries@vocaleyes.co.uk with details of the tours you would like to go on and we will email you back with a booking form.

The tours have been kindly supported by The Greater London Fund for the Blind and the Leathersellers Company.

Do visit the Architecture pages of our website via www.vocaleyes.co.uk/architecture  to find out more about audio description of architecture and what happens on a tour.

You will also find a link to a page of our website which lists information about buildings we have described in previous years, and about other architecture events VocalEyes has offered.

And why not click on to ‘The Johnson Building: an Audio Insight’ to listen to an audio podcast featuring the tour of that building (designed by AHMM).

For more about Open House visit The Open House Website via www.openhouselondon.org.uk.

Added 1st August: Multi Activity Sports Day for people who are visually impaired

Organisers: East London Vision, Active Newham, West Ham FC, Metro Blind Sport, England Athletics. 

When: Sunday 7th September 2014, 12 - 5 pm

Where: Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regent Lane, E13 8SD.

Register: 11.15 (in the Hub)

Free half day of sports coaching and taster sessions

Please wear appropriate clothing to participate in the different activities.

For more information and a registration form please contact

Laura Rosslaura@eastlondonvision.org.uk(0203 697 6464) orian.francis@metroblindsport.org(07814 751643) or visitwww.eastlondonvision.org.uk

Added 1st August: TfA: Sick of Waiting – Join our campaign assembly! 7th October

When? Tuesday 7th October, 1 – 3.30pm

Where? Friends Meeting House, Euston Road (opposite Euston bus, rail and Tube station)

On 7th October, we will be holding our Campaign Assembly in Central London – a celebration of what we have achieved so far in the Sick of Waiting campaign and a unique opportunity to press NHS Trusts to work with us for a patient transport system that works for patients.

Will you join us for this event?

Please register to attend – you can do so online (click here) to phone us on 020 7737 2339.

 

Will you help us build for a fantastic day?

Please do pass on this invite on to groups of older / disabled people that you are part of – we can also send out flyers.

At the event we will share the results of the patient transport survey – over 200 of you responded, so thank you to everyone who responded or helped publicise the survey!!

We’ll also present our Patient Transport Charter, asking Trusts to agree to implement maximum wait times and fair eligibility criteria in their contracts.  

Added 1st August: Visually Impaired Running, Bexley

Are you a VI runner or maybe you have a visual impairment and would like to give running a try?

Bexley parkrun have a pool of trained volunteer guide runners ready to run with you around the 5 km, two lap course. The course covers a variety of surfaces including grass, tarmac and woodland and has a moderate decline and incline in places.

parkrun is a weekly free event and there will be no charge for the guide running service.

Bexley parkrun takes place at Danson Park, Bexleyheath, DA6 8HL every Saturday morning at 9:00 am.

There is a small café in the park, but it is best to bring a drink with you. There are also accessible toilets in the park.

For more information and to make arrangements to be picked-up or met on route, please contact Mel Gordon, the Event Director for the Bexley parkrun

email: bexleyoffice@parkrun.com

phone: Mel 07788 593522

Added 13th July:

RNIB – Library Update

A variety of football books are available in Braille, Large Print and Talking Book format. For more information click on the link below:

RNIB - World Cup Fever

For games and equipment, large print playing cards, contact 03031239999 or use the following link:RNIB - Shop 

Added 13th July:

1Touch Self Defence for the Blind - course at the RNIB-

2nd – 4th September

The cost of this coaching certification course is £400.  For more information about 1Touch, or to register, email info@1touchproject.com

Added 13th July:

AQUABATS SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014.

17 July outdoor swimming at Parliament Hill (as above).

24 July outdoor swimming at Parliament Hill as above.

31 July Meal at Salutation 154 King Street, W6 OQU.  If you would like to attend please contact Carole Gardner 07952 499720 or email  soulfulshack@sky.comdirect BY 6.00pm on 29 July. The pub has an excellent beer garden so if weather is fine the event will be outside.

7 August outdoor swimming at Parliament Hill Lydo as above.

Friday 8 August fundraising swim in Serpentine.  Please meet at Lancaster Gate (Central Line) at 10.30am leaving at 10.40am.  We will swim ten lengths of the swimming area.  £3 to enter.

14 August walk in Finsbury Park.  Please meet at Finsbury Park Underground at 6.15pm leaving at 6.30pm.

Saturday 23 August to Monday 25 August Activity weekend in Harwich  Club will pay for a tour of the LV18 light pirate ship and £5 cash back for anyone who attends.  These two events will take place on the Sunday morning.  The event starts leaving Liverpool Street on Saturday morning heading for Harwich.  If you would like to attend please let Arthur know by no later than 18 July.

28 August Cockfosters walk  Please meet at Cockfosters (Piccadilly Line) at 6.15pm leaving at 6.30pm.

4 September outdoor swimming at Parliament Hill Lydo as above.

11 September Big money bingo  the Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross. Please make your own way to the pub but if you would like to be met please let Arthur know. You can arrive there from 5.00pm if you require food before the event starting at 7.00 PM.

18 September and every other week possible indoor swimming at Stratford subject to road test

25 September Meal at the Tiroler Hut Austrian Restaurant.  27 Westbourne grove, London W2.

Tel: 020 7727 3981

www.tirolerhut.co.uk.  Please meet at Basewater (Circle Line) at 6.30pm leaving at 6.45pm.  £5 cash back for members.

Announcements

Please note that I will be out of e-mail contact from 4.30pm on Friday 18 July until Monday 11 August but can still be contacted on my mobile.

Events Manager – Arthur Payne

Added 13th July:

Extant - Sadlers Wells Community Engagement Programme

This will involve a range of free activities for blind and partially sighted people, including two workshops leading to an audio described dance performance of Edward Scissorhands, in January 2015.  If you would like to register your interestand receive more information when it becomes available, please email sue@extant.org.uk with your details.

Added 13th July:

Extend – Exercise Classes for Over 60s or with a disability

This national charity provides gentle exercise to music for older people and for anyone, of any age, with a disability. Their mission is to promote health, increase mobility and independence, improve strength, co-ordination and balance, and to counteract loneliness and isolation. They have over 40 classes in the Greater London area, so please telephoneHayley Graham on 01582 832760 for information on your nearest class, or email admin@extend.org.uk.  Their website is http://www.extend.org.uk/

Added 13th July:

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square – Audio-described performances

This theatre has just announced their programme from September 2014 to May 2015.  Details of all the plays, along with information on audio described performances can be found in The Access Guide.  This is also available in Braille, large print or as an audio version. Please contact our Box Office on 020 7565 5000 or at boxoffice@royalcourttheatre.com to receive the guide in one of these formats.

Added 13th July:

RLSB – New Activity Guide for upcoming events

For a copy of this guide, email connections@rlsb.org.uk or telephone 01732 592650.

Added 13th July:

Look ‘n’ Cook from the Partially Sighted Society – 12 simple recipes

Buy a set of twelve simple recipes in bold print on durable card and wire-o bound to open perfectly flat. Only £2!  For more information or to ask for a catalogue for a full range of their products, contact 0844 477 4966 or email reception@partsight.org.uk

A fantastic sunny Sunday had by all for the ActivEyes Redbridge awareness and fundraising cake sale event on 25th May

The day began bright and early with the sun shining and a smiley faced volunteer team on hand! There was a great flow of visitors throughout the day to the stall, to learn more about ActivEyes Redbridge. As well as the opportunity to try using the adaptive equipment on display such as, Talking kitchen scales, big button telephone, adapted tennis ball, large print playing cards and much more, and learn how basic adjustments can help increase independence with everyday tasks.

A big thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts by buying yummy treats such as, chocolate fudge, Pineapple upside down cake, Hazelnut/strawberry cheesecake, Hungarian Tarts, Vegan muffins, and much much more!

The total amount of funds raised on the day either by cake sales or donations was £364.72.

This has been match funded by East London Vision, giving a grand total of £729.44.

Having kindly been lent a small tent from friends provided much needed shade from the glorious sun, and helped stopped the chocolate and icing melting from the food, as well as keeping volunteers cool.

A huge thank you to our local cake shops on Cranbrook Road for their support; Pantry, Cake Royale, and La gateau, and to Snax Cafe for their kind donations of cakes. Thank you to family, friends and ActivEyes Redbridge members for taking the time to make homemade delicious delights to sell, and to everyone for their generous support before, during, and after the event.

And last but not least, our lovely smiley faced volunteer team on the day, thank you for all your support and ensuring things ran smoothly from the point of set up, to clearing up at the very end!!!!

Look after your body, and feel the difference

London Branch of the National Federation of the Blind of the UK would like to invite you to our 39th annual Weekend at the Afton Hotel, Eastbourne with full board from and including dinner on Friday 7th to and including breakfast on Monday 10th November 2014.

Taster sessions of Yoga, Alexander Technique, Tai-Chi, Pilates, and Singing for health, and one-to-one feet massage, will take place.

Twin and double-bedded en-suite rooms are still available which must be shared by two people.  The price is £118 per person.  Sorry, no more single rooms available but there are a limited number of sole occupancy twin-bedded en-suite rooms available for £132. 

This will be a very popular Weekend and rooms are already being taken up very quickly so, if you wish to join us, it is advisable to make your booking without delay. Please make your cheque payable to ‘Eastbourne Weekends’ and send it to Ted Herbert, 39 Priory Avenue, Sudbury Hill, Wembley, HA0 2SB.  Telephone 020 8908 0232.

Changes to RNIB Resource Centre Opening Times

Could you “pass the word” that the Resource Centre London has changed their opening hours?

Monday 9.30am – 5pm

Tuesday 9.30am – 5pm

Wednesday 9.30am – 3pm

Thursday 9.30am – 5pm

Friday 9.30am – 5pm

We will also be open on the 1st Saturday of each month from 9.30am – 12.30pm

Tri Together London:Sunday 31 August – Crystal Palace, National Sports Centre, London

Swim, Bike Run

An award winning series of triathlons for people of all ages and abilities.

Individuals and teams welcome

Registration online at www.leonardcheshire.org/tritogether

£47 Adults (17yrs+)

£18 Juniors (8yrs+)

For more information please contact

Matt SmithSports Events Manager, Leonard Cheshire Disability

Telephone: 020 3242 0396

Email: matt.smith@leonardcheshire.org

London Blind Rambling Club: 2014 Walk Programme

This year’s calendar continues to mix both urban and countryside routes, with a mainline station always being the starting point. The majority of walks are led by Rambling Association groups in their local areas. Average distance covered is between 6 to 8 miles, one to one guiding is usually available via group members.

We recommend wearing suitable, comfortable footwear and to bring a pack-lunch for the lunch-time pub or picnic stop. Guide Dogs are welcome, however it is the owner’s responsibility to care for and control their dog.

If you intend to go on any particular walk, please check with David Clark, Walks Organiser, by telephone (020 8868 0096) or Email: david@clark.co.uk in the week prior to the walk, in case unavoidable changes have occurred since the programme was printed.

Membership is £10 per year and cheques should be made payable to 'Recreational Fund for the Blind' and sent to: Secretary: Valerie Clark, 22 Waverley Road, Harrow, HA2 9RD, Tel: 020 8868 0096, Email:

valerie@clark.co.uk or paid on your first walk.

*Note the Angmering Walking Weekend is now fully booked. For the Hayling Island Walking Weekend in September, Members must have completed 3 walks or

2 walks and a collection last year (2013), and continue regular walking with us in 2014.

For a full 2014 calendar please contact either David or Valerie Clark on

Tel: 020 8868 0096.

Battersea VI Athletics Sessions

Free Fortnightly Saturday morning athletics sessions (11.00am start) at Battersea Park Millennium Arena Athletics Track (suitable for all abilities

ages 12 yrs. and above).

Lead by qualified athletics coach Chris Husbands and guide runners to support the sessions. Learn athletics skills in a safe and fun environment, meet new friends, and increase your fitness at the same time!

Nearest train station is Battersea Park (SW8 4LJ). Meet and greet service is available from this station. Please contact your local Athletics Activator Jake Waldron at jwaldron@englandathletics.org or 07540-704-347 to register your place or find out further information.

New Job Club Service at Pocklington Resource Centre 

Looking for practical support and advice on everything to do with finding work and succeeding in an interview? Come along to Balham Resource Centre for a 30 minute chat to discuss what you need and how you think Thomas Pocklington Trust can help you.

We’ll be running workshops and training on…

•     Finding work and overcoming barriers

•     CV writing – how to do it and why it’s important

•     Writing a winning application

•     Successful interview skills

After each workshop Job Club members will be welcome to use the IT suite to practice their skills and receive one-to-one support and advice from Job Club facilitators. On-going support through fortnightly one-to-ones will allow you to talk through how your job-search is progressing and whether here’s anything more we can help you with.

Places are limited so get involved now! To join the job club please complete request an application form from, Kirsty, at Kirsty.palmer@pocklington-trust.org.uk

Save Our Access to Sports: It is time to speak up!

Many current and future Metro members depend on travel assistance to take part in regular sporting activities, tournaments and championships as well as social events. It is very important we speak with one voice to ensure MPs are aware of how important it is for visually impaired people to have staff assistance at all tube stations.

 I am sure that if not for yourself you will know at least one person who would not be able to take part in sport if there was no travel assistance, think about it and act now! 

There are plans to cut the number of staff and already 7 of the stations on the new cross rail line will be unmanned, meaning less staff available to provide assistance at a station; being asked to wait more than fifteen minutes for assistance; or booking assistance and then finding, on arriving to the station, no-one is there.

If you have already experienced problems with the ‘Turn up and go’ system please let Transport for All know by contacting Lianna Etkind (Campaigns and Outreach Co-ordinator) Email: lianna@transportforall.org.uk or Tel: 0207 737 2339.

Also write to your local MP and let them know what you need and why.

Odette Battarel

Chair Metro Tennis committee

ActivEyes Redbridge has gained charitable status

We are pleased to tell you that ACTIVEYES REDBRIDGE has achieved charitable status and is now registered as a charitable incorporated organisation. It has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1156843.

College of North West London: IT for Visually Impaired People

Learn new skills:

•     Meet new people

•     Get the skills for work

•     Get a qualification

You will get skills in:

•     Basic keyboard

•     Word-processing

•     Spreadsheet

•     Database

•     Web page creation

•     Using email

•     Internet browsing

•     File management

Progress to City & Guilds

Certificate L1 and ITQ Diploma L2

We will provide:

•     Qualified teachers

•     Specialist software & equipment

•     Low vision aids

•     Resources include Braille, audio, 

     large print, e-text, CD, disk

Facilities for Guide Dogs

To find out more contact:

Gladieth or Debbie on: 020 8208 5458 / 5728

Email: gladieth.walker@cnwl.ac.uk debbie.johnson@cnwl.ac.uk

Vocal Eyes: May – Sept: London programme

 KING CHARLES III Date: Sat 3 May 2014 Time: 2.30 pm Almeida Theatre | London Mike Bartlett's controversial new play explores the prince's ascension to the throne. Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs this World Premiere, following his acclaimed production of American Psycho: A new musical thriller.

 JERSEY BOYS Date: Tue 6 May 2014 Time: 7.30 pm Piccadilly Theatre, London 

Jersey Boys, the worldwide smash-hit musical, tells the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history.

THE PAJAMA GAME Date: Tue 3 June 2014 Time: 7.30 pm Shaftesbury Theatre | London Romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over-heels for feisty Union rep, Babe Williams. But when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents an hour raise, the pair find themselves riotously at odds in this joyous musical comedy. Will love, eventually, conquer all?

TONIGHT AT 8.30 Date: Sat 14 June 2014 Time: 3.30 pm Richmond Theatre | Surrey From the pen of the ever popular Noël Coward comes Tonight at 8.30, an exquisite collection of nine one-act plays performed together, three plays per night.

Il BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Date: Sun 15 June 2014 Time: 2.00 pm Opera Holland Park | London Rossini's riotous comic opera tells the tale of the world's greatest-ever barber, Figaro, battling for the love of the town's feisty heroine before her lecherous guardian can lay his paws on her.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Date: Sat 21 June 2014 Time: 2.30 pm New Victoria Theatre | Surrey Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, this internationally acclaimed smash-hit is a glorious celebration of British comedy - a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.

DISNEY'S THE LION KING Date: Sat 12 July 2014 Time: 2.30 pm Lyceum Theatre | London Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains, Disney's multi-award winning musical 'The Lion King' will redefine your expectations of theatre.

BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL Date: Sat 19 July 2014 Time: 2.30 pm Victoria Palace | London Billy Elliot has been dazzling London's West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world.

THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS Date: Sat 16 August 2014 Time: 2.15 pm Regent's Park Open Air Theatre | London A powerful story of love and betrayal, Porgy and Bess is celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre.  Directed by Timothy Sheader, this musical masterpiece includes 'I Got Plenty of Nothing', 'It Ain't Necessarily So', and the poignantly beautiful 'Summertime', an icon of the Great American Songbook.

WICKED Date: Sat 13 September 2014 Time: 2.30 pm Apollo Victoria | London WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

MISS SAIGON Date: Sat 4 October 2014 Time: 2.30 pm Prince Edward Theatre | London This epic love story tells the tragic tale of a young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

Visually Impaired Persons Activity and Social group in Bromley

For more information about some well-organised trips to interesting places, please contact Toby Bromage on 020 8325 0186 or 07711 156 983, or email toby.bromage@ntlworld.com   

Goalball UK Promo Video

See the following link for the video http://vimeo.com/90205223 .  

Infosound free monthly CD

Run several services described at www.infosound.org.uk/services.  They are basically just different ways of presenting or distributing the individual audio articles that we produce.  And one of these is as a roughly 70-minute audio magazine on CD.  To order the free Infosound audio magazine on CD, phone 03000 111 555 or email info@infosound.org.uk  The last 2 issues contain articles produced by the Thomas Pocklington Trust.  Many of these items arereproduced onto local Talking Newspapers, so the information supplied to them could potentially reach 25,000 listeners.

The Sight Village UK – 2014

These well attended exhibitions provide a wide range of stands, not only new technological advances for VI people, but much, much more.These are being held at Edinburgh on Wednesday 23rd April, at Glasgow on Thursday 24th April, at Birmingham on 15th & 16th July, at Leeds on 25th September and London on 4th November. For more information, contact Karen Easthope, Enterprise Events Co-ordinatoron0121 428 5041.  I am aware many groups and associations arrange minibuses/transport to these events, so advance notice is always helpful in this case.

Carrots Nightwalk 2014

RP Fighting Blindness will again be joining Fight for Sight on this walk and we really would love you to be part of our team! The event will take place in September 2014 and raise money specifically for research grants for RP. There will be walks in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow and walkers can choose between a 6 or 15 mile route. Each walker is asked to raise a minimum of £250, which will be matched by Fight for Sight, that’s £500 per walker.

The Thomas Pocklington Trust are one of the partners of this event.

To register for either event,email  michelle@rpfightingblindness.org.uk
or call Michelle on 01280 821334 for further details.

The thrive – New centre in Battersea Park

This new centre opened in March.  Their Reading Centre has an Open Day on Sunday April 27 from 1pm.  We are planning a number of other events this summer, such as a music evening and garden party. Check out the courses they have on offer, which may be a useful link for employment.  Visit www.thrive.org.uk or telephone 020 7720 2212.

London Sports

This is the new name for the Central London partner update, following the transfer of PRO-ACTIVE Central London to this organisation.  Check out their website for further information on sport across London and funding etc.  Visit http://www.pro-activecentrallondon.org/

For further information or telephone 020 7815 7876.

 Windermere Lake Hotel – Vision Hotels

There have been several changes taking place over the recent months.  There are now 3 categories of rooms; Standard, Manor & Classic and Superior Rooms. The Manor Rooms are Lake View rooms in the main building. Classic Rooms are as per the Manor Rooms, but are in Bradbury House, situated within the grounds of the hotel. The Superior Rooms are all situated in Bradbury House and have patios as well. There are also 2 single rooms.  For more details on prices and availability contact 015394 45801 or email  andrew.wilson2@actionforblindpeople.org.uk

Share a laugh or two with ActivEyes Redbridge!

A cinema visit to watch 'Cuban Fury', certificate 15, is planned for, Saturday 29th March, 9.45am, at Cineworld Ilford, I-Scene, Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1BP

Cost £5 per person, includes a Munch Box (Drink, popcorn and a chocolate). This event is being run in conjunction with Waltham forest Vision.

Starring Chris O’dowd, Nick Frost and Rashida Jones. Nick Frost plays Bruce Garrett, a shy, overweight office worker who abandoned his boyhood brilliance in the world of salsa dancing after he was beaten up by bullies. But then, in early middle age, he falls for his boss Julia, played by Rashida Jones who happens to be a huge salsa fan, and Bruce sees a shot at redemption.

Audio description is available, and headsets can be provided for blind and partially sighted people. All family and friends welcome, aged 15 years and over.

If you are interested in attending, or would like further information, please contact ActivEyes Redbridge, Femida, 07767 989 021, or email, enquiries@activeyesredbridge.org.uk

 

 

Thomas Pocklington trust supporting Activeyes Redbridge

Supporting ActivEyes Redbridge