KVIN Fortnightly News Roundup Issue 4

KVIN will be compiling a fortnightly roundup of the news and information we have been sharing for visually impaired people in Kirklees. Here you can find out what we have been doing and how you can get involved.

Contents;

  1. Our service
  2. Useful Information and Sources of Support
  3. Keeping Busy
  4. Tech News

1. OUR SERVICE

Kirklees Visual Impairment Network is a charity run by and for people with visual impairments, we aim to make sure people can continue to live full and independent lives when they lose their sight.

Normally we run face to face drop-in services where people can visit us for peer support and technological help, at the moment these aren’t happening, but we are still doing lots!

Here is a summary of what we are doing;

  • Remaining active on our social media channels to give updates.
  • Actively posting in our KVIN Support What’s app group, this virtual group is for anyone with a visual impairment in Kirklees to join. If you would like to join this group, contact us and we will add you.
  • Making regular phone calls to volunteers and service users.
  • Providing group chat sessions on a weekly basis, if you would like to join these, contact us and we will get you into the chats.
  • Providing technical support for using your smart phone, tablet, or laptop, if you are having any issues or would like to learn something new, get in touch!
  • Provide practical support such as food shopping or prescription collections and dropping at your doorstep, contact us if you need help with this.
  • Referring service users to other support services as required.

During the Corona Virus outbreak, our offices are closed but we are working and are contactable.

We are a friendly team and would love to welcome you to the group, please use these details to reach us;

  • General email enquiries: info@kvin.org.uk
  • Christine Stephen 07765 344244 christine.stephen@kvin.org.uk
  • Claire Drake 07708 054245 claire.drake@kvin.org.uk
  • Mark Owen 07564 681920 mark.owen@kvin.org.uk
  • Sam Heaton sam.heaton@kvin.org.uk
  • David Quarmby 07828 212555 david.quarmby@kvin.org.uk

2. USEFUL INFORMATION AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT

We are sharing sources of information and support that might be useful at the moment. This information is available on our website by following this link or by finding the news items at www.kvin.org.uk.

If you have been struggling to get delivery slots for your supermarket online shopping, you can try calling the priority numbers listed at this link on our website.

We have shared information from West Yorkshire Trading Standards Scam Alert on our website so that it’s accessible for people with visual impairments to get the information to stay safe, read here.

If you are in need of support, please contact any staff member at KVIN, we are here to help!

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, so this week we are featuring Support 2 Recovery is an independent mental health charity, working across Kirklees, offering a range of well-being, creative and outdoor workshops.

They have been doing some great work during lockdown to help anyone with their own mental health and wellbeing from running campaigns to video tutorials to wellbeing packs. Details of everything they have been doing is on their website. We have been working in partnership with S2R to make sure their wellbeing packs are accessible for people with Visual Impairments.

They are involved in Mental Health Awareness week, here’s what they say;

‘This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and this year’s theme is #KindnessMatters. It is so important at the moment to be kind to ourselves, taking some time each day for ourselves, to breath, relax or do something that make us smile.

We would like you to share with us your pictures or messages of what makes you smile each day this week! Could be something small that you’ve noticed that has brought a smile to your face and could be something you’ve done or made! Take care and remember kindness matters!’

If you would like to get involved, you can follow their Facebook page here.

3. KEEPING BUSY

Each week we are running 3 Zoom chats a week lead by our volunteers for our service users to have chance to socialise and get technology support.

We have been sharing lots of links and information to help people keep busy during lockdown. Take a look to read more about how you can keep yourself busy;

In the next issue we will share how gardening can help you beat lockdown boredom.

Our volunteer Phil was on Radio 2 last week taking part in the Pop Master quiz, he did great getting 24 points and gave a shout out to KVIN. As a result, we heard from Andy Shipley who is visually impaired and encourages people to enjoy the natural world.

He has put together a programme of activities that can be completed during lockdown to help people use all their senses to explore nature, it’s called the ‘14-day sensory odyssey’.

If you would like to find out more and join in you can access it on the Natural Inclusion website or listen to an interview with RNIB Connect radio by Andy who explains the philosophy behind the programme.

This link takes you directly to the 14-day sensory odyssey.

4. TECH NEWS

Here at KVIN we have a team of staff and volunteers with visual impairments who are able to help you to use technology such as using your smart phone, tablets, and laptops. We can help with magnification and voiceover tech so that you can keep using what you have and can also share some handy apps that might help you out too.

We can also help with audio books and smart speakers like Amazon Echo. Whatever you are struggling to use or would like to try, we can offer help and talk you though your options.

You can listen to our fortnightly Tech Podcasts from Mark and new guest David Quarmby who talk about Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the latest updates to Apple IOS and KVIN’s new Health Apps project.

Click here to listen!

Here are some links from what they discuss so you can find out more;

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day: You can find out more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day by clicking here to watch an interview with one of the people who co-founded the day.
  • IOS Update: The latest update to the Apple IOS operating system brings with it an important security update and also includes the necessary updates to allow phones to work with the COVID 19 tracking and tracing apps that are under development. If you require any advice on updating your iPhone you can contact us or the Apple Accessibility Support on 0800 107 6285.
  • KVIN Health Apps project: Thanks to funding from the One Community Charlesworth Fund, KVIN will be investigating how accessible products for monitoring health are. We will be purchasing a range of products that work with smartphones to measure body temperature, blood sugar levels and blood pressure, as well as a set of scales. This work will give us a valuable insight into how accessible these products are and we’ll be keeping you updated as our work progresses.

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