Useful Information

Here you can find details of other activities running in the area for people with visual impairments and contact links for local and national support organisations;

Ongoing activities near Kirklees

Tandem Trekkers: This project started with volunteers as a KVIN project but is now its own charity. It gives locals with sight loss the opportunity to ride a tandem, led by a sighted volunteer along one of many routes around Kirklees. You can keep updated with Tandem Trekkers events by liking them on Facebook or following thwm on twitter

Huddersfield Society for the Blind: Member socials once a month with occasional trips. 01484 538384 huddssociety4blind@hotmail.co.uk www.blindsocietyhuddersfield.org.uk

Centre for the Blind of Batley, Dewsbury and District: www.whitfieldcentre.co.uk 01924 445222
Whitfield Centre, 180 Soothill Lane Batley WF17 6HP. Weekly activity groups such as yoga, movement and exercise in a chair and knit and natter.

Huddersfield Macular Support Group: Run by Macular Society, First Wednesday of the month except January at Huddersfield Town Hall
Joanne Reader Joanne.Reader@macularsociety.org 01484 450989

Simba’s Friends Social Group: Meeting weekly on a Tuesday in Mirfield and a Thursday in Huddersfield at local cafes. Contact Mark Harrison 07519 919241

Pennine Bowling Club for the Visually Impaired: Flat green bowling club. Weekly sessions on a Tuesday in Brighouse for the summer bowling season and in Huddersfield for the indoor bowling season. Contact John Palmer 01422 321771.

Visual Impairment Social Club (VISC): is a social group for anyone who is blind/visually impaired or normally sighted who live in or around Leeds. The group meets at least twice per month and organises a wide range of activities and outings throughout the year. Mobile: 079 1058 7766 Email: claire.bradburnroad@btinternet.com http://www.visc.org.uk/

Ukulele Sessions: Following the success of last years music taster workshops, one of our volunteers has arranged for fortnightly Ukulele lessons open to all. To be held every other Monday, 2pm-4pm, at the Thrive cafe, based in Connect Housing, within Dewsbury town centre. Sessions cost £10 per participant. Anyone interested in taking part should call Martin Eatherley on 07974603699

Dewsbury Parkrun: Running every Saturday, at 9am in Crow nest Park, this 5km event allows you to walk or run your way back to fitness. With prior notice guide runners can be organised to partner sight impaired participants. Potential runners should speak to the run directors either prior to the event or via the Dewsbury Parkrun facebook page.

Local and National Support Organisations

Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (Huddersfield): Alice Elliot 01484 343 228 alicejane.elliot@rnib.org.uk Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Mills Outpatients, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3EB

Eye clinic liaison officer (Dewsbury): Nicki Rowe 01924 512 459 nicki.rowe@rnib.org.uk Dewsbury and District Hospital, Halifax Road, WF13 4HS

Low vision clinic (Huddersfield): Lorna Clarke 01484 343237 / 01422 222218 Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Mills Outpatients, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3EB

Low vision clinic: (Dewsbury): Michelle Shaw, 01924 423675 Boots Opticians, LVA Service, 3 Birstall Retail Park, Holden Ing Way, Birstall, Batley, WF17 9DT.

Kirklees Sensory Services: 01484 414933 sensory.services@kirklees.gov.uk www.kirklees.gov.uk/sensoryservices

SKIES- Sight Kirklees Independence Enablement Service: 01484 823198 Contact for information, advice, guidance or rehabilitation for those with Visual Impairments.

Kirklees Transcription Service and KR Talking News: council service where alternative formats can be created plus info and advice 01484 221955 Transcription.service@kirklees.gov.uk www.kirklees.gov.uk/transcription
VI Readers’ group: run by the transcription service meeting on the 3rd Monday in every month in the reference section of Batley Library at 11 am to talk and swap books. New members always welcome

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association: Leeds Office, Shire View, 72 Headingly lane, Leeds, LD6 2DJ Tel: 0345 14300 210 leeds.mobilityteam@guidedogs.org.uk
My Guide Service: sighted guiding befriending service to help people get out. Kathryn Ellis Kathryn.Ellis@guidedogs.org.uk

Esme’s Umbrella: The Campaign Group for everyone working towards a greater awareness of Charles Bonnet Syndrome. 020 79313299 http://www.charlesbonnetsyndrome.uk/

Living Paintings Trust: www.livingpaintings.org 01635 299771 marias@livingpaintings.org

RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People): Fairfax House, Leeds, LS2 8JU. 0113 123 9999 helpline@rnib.org.uk www.rnib.org.uk
RNIB helpline: 0303 123 9999
RNIB info line: 0203 432 1488
RNIB music service: 020 7391 2273

Deafblind UK: supporting people with sight and hearing loss, community outreach, befriending, digital support and casework. Andrew William Barnes, Community Engagement Officer West and South Yorkshire, Mob: 07940858749 Andrew.WilliamBarnes@deafblind.org.uk