We are celebrating the 2nd anniversary of our Dewsbury peer support and tech advise drop in service. KVIN was awarded a ‘Reaching Communities’ grant in late 2017, enabling the organisation to expand out of central Huddersfield, in a bid to reach out to more visually impaired people across Kirklees.The first Dewsbury drop in session took place on 18th January, 2018, and sessions continue to run every Thursday 11am-2pm inside Dewsbury town hall.
The sessions allow anyone with vision loss to meet with others in their situation promoting the value of peer support and giving people the opportunity to swap daily living tips for adapting to living with a visual impairment. We also offer technical support in the use of populartechnology to aid independent living. Service users can learn how to use the inbuilt screenreaders and magnification features on tablets and smartphones which mean these devices can still be used regardless of sight loss. Apps can also be suggested to help with daily tasks such as Seeing AI that can read out printed documents or identify colours.
The Dewsbury groups three volunteers . Brian Wood. Martin Eatherley and Sam Heaton, the latter two of whom are registered blind, are now joined by around 30 service users on a regular basis and numbers continue to grow.
The groups 2nd anniversary celebrations take place on Thursday 16th january 2020, 11am -2pm inside Dewsbury Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.