KVIN Monthly Newsletter: April 2021

Welcome to the April edition of our monthly news update. As usual we have lots happening at KVIN and have some useful updates. We’ve been enjoying the slightly warmer weather and are looking forward to warmer days to come, especially when we are all allowed to sit outside our favourite café, pub or restaurant from next week, fingers crossed it gets warmer soon!

A great way to find out our latest tech news is through our Podcast; Issue 16 can be listened to by clicking this link. In this issue Mark and Sam share the latest developments in assistive technology. Mark introduces the new accessible Sky Q TV guide, an easy to use DAB radio and the Orbit Braille Writer. Sam shares some new product offers from RNIB, updates from KVIN and details of the latest Sight Village online event.

Below you can read a summary of our current activities and find a list of the events and activities planned for April and May, everyone welcome! You can also read about our recent fundraising success, a new service called Sight Loss MOT and find out what to expect at polling stations next month for the local elections.


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


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.

Our face to face services are suspended at the moment due to Covid-19, we continue to operate and are available for support virtually. Read here for more details of the services we are offering at present. To contact KVIN, follow this link to complete the form or 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.


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

  • Tuesday 13th April: Yoga. Once again happening in partnership with Support to Recovery, there will be four sessions taking place every Tuesday at 1.30pm for an hour, ending on 4th May. To book a place contact Claire on 07708 054245 or claire.drake@kvin.org.uk.

  • Wednesday 14th April: Meet Molly and Sam from Electoral Services. Molly & Sam will join us from Kirklees Electoral Services to provide information and answer questions regarding the Local and West Yorkshire Mayoral Elections which are taking place on Thursday 6th May 2021.

  • Thursday 15th April: Relax with Hajra. Our very own Hajra will join us to guide us through a 10-minute relaxation session to help with daily stresses.

  • Thursday 15th April: April Campaign Group Meeting. This will be the second meeting of our recently formed Campaign Group, for people interested in proactively helping to make changes through campaigning. If anyone is interested in getting involved, please contact Sam Heaton on 07518 080271 or sam.heaton@kvin.org.uk.

  • Thursday 22nd April: Meet Erica from Metro. Erica Ward from Metro will be joining us to talk about public transport and accessibility.

  • Thursday 29th April: Meet Martin from RealSam. Martin from RealSam will be joining us to discuss RealSam Smart Speaker, a voice-controlled media player which you run through a Google Home or Amazon Alexa.

  • Monday 3rd May: Tai Chi. Following our successful taster session in March, there will be a further six sessions, once again led by experienced Tai Chi tutor Nicola, every Monday at 2pm for an hour, ending on 7th June. To book a place contact Claire on 07708 054245 or claire.drake@kvin.org.uk.

  • Tuesday 4th May: Talking Book Group. Join Phil to share your recent reads to inspire others to try different books and find out how to continue to read with sight loss. This is the last book club for now as we are taking a break for the summer.

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


Fundraising Success

Over November, December and January, we partnered with Match it from One Community Foundation Kirklees. That meant that any money raised for us or donated was matched or doubled by them. We’re pleased to announce that we raised £3361 in the 3 months, so with the Match it donation that doubled to £6722! As a charity, we are reliant on grant funding and donations to keep supporting our members with sight loss so this will go a long way towards that.

Last week, the happy winner of our Easter Hamper was Dolly Brown who was delighted to receive all the treats. Thank you for everyone’s support in helping us raise a further £373 for KVIN.

Sight Loss MOT

KVIN is pleased to announce a new service called Sight Loss MOT to help us identify the services, support and training that will help people living with sight loss maintain their independence, wellbeing and choice.

By taking part in the Sight Loss MOT, we will work with you to ensure you can access the information and support you need to maximise your independence, wellbeing and choice. The service is suitable for anyone living in Kirklees who has sight loss or is registered partially sighted or blind. If you’d like to find out more, contact Claire on 07708 054245 or claire.drake@kvin.org.uk.

Elections May 2021

Click this link for information provided by Electoral Services to help you prepare for the coming Local and the West Yorkshire Mayoral Elections on Thursday the 6th of May 2021.

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