KVIN Fortnightly News Roundup Issue 5

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
  • Martin Eatherley martin.eatherley@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 Carers Week next week and we wanted to take the opportunity recognise the great support that unpaid carers can provide for people when they lose their sight.

If you are an unpaid carer and would like some additional support you can contact Carers Count who can support you with; information and advice, mental health, wellbeing, advocacy and employment support.

They also have an exciting programme of activities throughout the week which is worth joining in if you have caring responsibilities.

You can contact them through their website or contact 0300 012 0231 or info@carerscount.org.uk.

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 photography can help you beat lockdown boredom.

Volunteers’ Week

It’s Volunteers’ Week this week and we are taking the time to thank our team of volunteers for their contribution to KVIN over the last year.

Read our post about how volunteers make a difference at KVIN.

If a volunteer has made a difference to you, please take the time this week and thank them for what they have done!

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 through your options.

In issue number 5 of our Tech Chat podcast we welcome Martin; the latest member of the KVIN Staff Team. Mark reviews the recent Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Martin shares some ideas for some low cost tech that will make life easier.

Click here to listen!

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

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day: The Thomas Pocklington Trust have created a website full of information and advice on all aspects of technology for people with sight loss. Visit www.vitaltech.org.uk to find out more.
  • Martin’s must haves: We feature a stand for your mobile phone that makes it much easier to spend time on voice calls and zoom and share the benefits of easy to use TV remote controls for making channel hopping easier. Contact us to find out more about what’s available.
  • Even more from KVIN: We’ve launched our YouTube channel where you kind find all our audio and video content including the podcast, tech tutorials and some great information about KVIN so please subscribe and if you’d like to know when we’ve added more content press the notification bell. We’ve also made the podcast available via Google Podcasts, Tunein radio and Spotify so whichever podcast service you use you can search for KVIN Tech Chat and subscribe to receive all future podcast updates directly to your phone.

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