KVIN Monthly News Roundup: June 2021

Wow, what great weather we have been having! We hope you’ve been able to get out and enjoy it! We’ve managed to make the most of it during our walking group which has met 3 times now, we only had a bit of rain once. The walking group has been a great success with volunteers and members getting together to enjoy walks in North Kirklees, we hope to continue the group over the summer…we will post an update next month. Here’s a picture of the group who walked along Spen Valley Ringway yesterday;

The KVIN walking group in Batley, stood in a socially distanced group along a wide path with grass at each side.

A great way to find out our latest tech news is through our Podcast; Issue 18 can be listened to by clicking this link. In this issue, Sam and Mark share details of some new apps for travel and an update to one of our favourite scanning apps. We introduce you to Veronica who is leading on our new Community Champions project and we update you on the KVIN roadmap to reopening face to face services.

Below you can read a summary of our current activities with an update about face to face services and find a list of the events and activities planned for June, everyone welcome! You can also read about our new Community Champions project and listen to a special podcast released for Volunteers’ Week (which is this week!).

Contents;

  1. Our service
  2. What’s coming up…
  3. Other news

1. OUR SERVICE

KVIN is here for you if you are visually impaired and live in Kirklees or surrounding areas. We are a network of staff, volunteers and service users with visual impairments available to provide a range of support.

  • If you are feeling lonely, we can connect you with others who may be feeling lonely too.

  • If you’d like to carry on reading your favourite books, we can explain the options available for audio or reading books.

  • If you just want to know what support is available for people with sight loss, get in touch and we can help you with what YOU need.

As lockdown is easing, we are resuming our face to face services slowly. We are now open in Batley and Huddersfield for one to one tech appointments and we hope to reopen our Batley and Huddersfield groups at the end of June. Our virtual services continue until our groups reopen, when some virtual groups will close. Read here for more details of the virtual services we are offering at present and read here for more information about our road map for reopening face to face. We will give a full update next month of all current groups and services available face to face and virtually.

To contact KVIN, follow this link to complete the form or to get our telephone numbers and email addresses.

Here’s a summary of our weekly virtual services;

  • Wednesday: 11am Group Telephone Chat, 1pm Zoom Chat
  • Thursday: 11am Zoom Chat, 11am Group Telephone Chat, 2pm Group Telephone Chat, 2.30pm Crochet Class via Zoom
  • Friday: 10am Group Telephone Chat, 11am Zoom Chat, 1pm Anything Apple Group, 3pm Anything Android Group (running on alternate weeks).

If you would like to join any of our virtual groups, contact us for joining details.

2. WHAT’S COMING UP…

We have a range of additional events and groups running, the details are below;

  • Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th of June: Community Champions: find out more!”. Following the first session on 2nd June, some of our newly recruited “Community Champions” will be joining us again over the next four weeks, to explain more about this new project.

  • W/C 21st June: Face to face groups. Subject to the Government moving to the next step in the COVID Roadmap from Monday 21st June, we will be resuming face to face groups in Batley and Huddersfield.

  • Date to be confirmed for June: Quiz Night. Join our monthly quiz night on Zoom to test your general knowledge, all welcome.

3. OTHER NEWS

Community Champions Project

KVIN has joined Kirklees Council on its journey to increase take-up of the COVID-19 vaccination and address hesitancy surrounding it. Many of you will know from the news that Kirklees has been named as ‘an area of concern’ with recent figures showing it ranks number one out of 149 upper tier local authorities for COVID cases. The work we are doing therefore is crucial to the health and safety of our residents. Click here to read the full news item about the project.

Volunteers’ Week

Its Volunteers’ Week 2021 and all week we are taking the time to say a special thank you to our volunteer team. We couldn’t do what we do without them!

To mark the week we have a series of videos on our YouTube channel with messages of thanks from the staff team and a special podcast from our volunteer team, who explain what it’s been like volunteering during lockdown.

Please watch the videos to hear experiences and messages of thanks;

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