KVIN Monthly News Roundup, September 2020

Welcome to the latest news roundup from KVIN for September 2020! We are excited to announce details of Valli Rally 2020, our big fundraiser in partnership with Valli Opticians, further details below. We also have news of our usual services and other useful information to share, read below for a busy news roundup.


  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

Next Friday 11th September we will be joined by Vision Aid in our Zoom Chat, who will share details of some of their products such as OrCam. There will be an informal demonstration and a chance to ask questions.

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

We’re on the move, but not very far!

This week we had a busy socially distanced day moving our Huddersfield Office! Luckily, we didn’t have to travel far as our new office space is still within Brian Jackson House.

We are now based in Room G3 which is on the ground floor, the first door on the left around the corner from the main reception. It’s close to the cafe which many of you will have been familiar with.

Read more here.


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.

Keeping safe from Scams

Last month KVIN staff and volunteers attended a virtual session with Angela Cawthra from West Yorkshire Trading Standards SAFER project. We learnt about different scams that are common at the moment in Kirklees and got some tips to help people keep safe from them. Click here to read the full summary of what we learnt.

National Eye Health Week

It will soon be National Eye Health Week (21st-27th September) and we will be sharing lots of tips for everyone to look after their eyes, and importantly their remaining vision. In advance of the week, read our Six Simple Sight Saver Tips to help look after your eyes.

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



Dust off those walking boots, the Valli Rally 2020 is coming this September!

We are excited to launch this year’s Valli Rally to raise funds for KVIN in partnership with Valli Opticians.

Join our family friendly walk during National Eye Health Week between the 21st – 27th September 2020.

Our target is to walk a total of 2020 miles collectively, to raise as much money as possible and we need your help. You can do the walk in your local area, in your back garden or even on a treadmill in your living room, and you can do it anytime during National Eye Health week.

To take part, register here, pledge how far you will walk to help us reach our target and then get as much sponsorship as possible!

  • Registration Cost £10 – please pay this on our Just Giving Page (see link below) when you sign up, stating ‘Registration Fee’ in your message. It is £10 per person doing the walk, the miles walked for each person will count towards our goal and you will each receive a t-shirt!
  • Sponsorship Form Link https://tinyurl.com/vallirally2020
  • Suggested Sponsorship min. £1 per mile
  • Donate on www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vallirally2020

For full details click here, also follow our Facebook page and Event page to keep up to date with our progress.

Valli Rally Poster


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 9 can be listened to by clicking this link.

In issue 9 of the KVIN Tech Chat Podcast, Martin and Mark chat about the Lookout by Google app and how it can be used as a reading tool in a variety of situations. We share details of the first truly accessible washing machine for people with sight loss and give you details of our latest fundraising event; Valli Rally 2020.

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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