KVIN Monthly News Roundup, October 2020

Welcome to the latest news roundup from KVIN for October 2020! We are recovering after a busy week in September for National Eye Health Week and the Valli Rally where staff, volunteers and service users spent the week walking to raise funds, read on to find out more about how we got on. We also have news of our usual services and upcoming AGM where we will celebrate our work over the last year.


  1. Our service
  2. Useful Information and Sources of Support
  3. KVIN news
  4. Tech News


As you are aware, our face to face services are suspended at the moment due to Covid-19. Read here for more details of the services we are offering at present and our contact details.

Over the summer we started our first stages of reintroducing face to face support on a one to one basis. This went well but, due to the local lockdown restrictions in place in Kirklees for now, we have put this on hold until the situation locally improves.

But don’t worry, our virtual services continue and are expanding, here’s a summary;

  • Wednesday: 1pm Zoom Chat
  • Thursday: 11am Zoom Chat, 2pm Group Telephone Chat, 2.30pm Crochet Class via Zoom
  • Friday: 11am Zoom Chat, 1pm Anything Apple Group

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


We are continuing to share sources of information and support that might be useful at the moment, we regularly update our news items on our website which can be read here.

NHS Track and Trace App

Have you downloaded the newly released track and trace app? We are pleased that after testing it out it is accessible and simple to use. Read here for more information.
If you would like help or support to download and use the app, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Consultation with Kirklees Highways

Last week we had a virtual consultation with Simon Tidswell of Kirklees Highways about obstacles in Town Centre’s that have been put into place for social distancing and future developments.
We have asked for information about current and future plans to be shared with us so that we can make sure they are safe for people with visual impairments and can let you know what to expect in town centres across Kirklees.
We had a productive meeting and will be meeting monthly via Zoom to discuss these issues. We will keep you informed of news from these meetings, if you would like to take part in the consultation meetings, get in touch and we will send you Zoom details.

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


Valli Rally 2020: a ‘virtual’ success

The Valli Rally 2020 has raised over £7500 for Kirklees Visual Impairment Network!

A record 163 people took part and walked a collective 2095 miles, which due to COVID-19 and in a departure from the previous year was held as a virtual sponsored walk.

A series of videos were made by participants during the week which can be viewed on You Tube here.

Here is Terry’s story sharing why he is walking for KVIN;

Here are some photos of KVIN staff, volunteers and service users who took part;

KVIN AGM details.

Our AGM will be a little different this year… but everyone is still welcome to join us on the 28th of October at 3pm, via Zoom. We would like to welcome our volunteers, service users, supporters, and partner organisations to the meeting, we hope you can join us to celebrate our successes over the past year.

This year we have Ian Beverley, a Sight Loss Advisor from the RNIB, as our guest speaker.

Please use the link below to sign up to take part in this year’s annual general meeting;



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 have recently set up a You Tube channel so that we can share our Tech Podcasts more easily to everyone. Our latest tech Podcast, Issue 10 can be listened to by clicking this link.

In this episode Sam and Mark discuss some of the apps that have been used on the recent KVIN Valli Rally, the new NHS Track and Trace app and the work KVIN will be doing as part of World Sight Day.

If you would like to get automatic updates when we release new podcasts you can subscribe to our channel, Kirklees Visual Impairment Network. Next to the channel name, there is a red button named SUBSCRIBE, which will allow you to enter an email address to subscribe.

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