KVIN Monthly Newsletter: February 2021

We have survived January and are now well into 2021 with a busy February planned at KVIN. As well as our regular activities we have some additional activities on offer, these are along a movement and wellbeing theme with Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi available to try. These are for all abilities to join in, contact us and we will give you the joining details.

A great way to find out our latest tech news is through our Podcast; Issue 14 can be listened to by clicking this link. In this issue Sam looks at how the Welcome app can help make businesses more accessible. Mark shares the latest updates to the Supernova magnifier and screen reader package and there’s a general update on what’s happening at KVIN in the coming weeks.

To find out about what our service users have been enjoying and how we plan to make sure Zoom groups work well for everyone read the other news section below. You can also find out more about the Census 2021 and an organisation called Open Country providing activities for disabled people.


  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 2nd February to Tuesday 9th March: Yoga for Beginners with S2R. 6 weeks of yoga welcome to all, happening in partnership with Support to Recovery.

  • Wednesday 10th February: CPR with Dr Andy Lockey. Dr Andy from Calderdale Royal Hospital will join us to present information regarding CPR.

  • Friday 12th February: Meet George from SKIES. George from the Rehab team will give an update on the service and answer any questions.

  • Friday 12th February: Pilates. A Pilates taster session, led by Joanne from Tandem Trekkers, to find out what Pilates is all about.

  • Thursday 18th February: Relax with Hajra. Our very own Hajra will join us to guide us through a 10-minute relaxation session to help with daily stresses.

  • Wednesday 24th February: Meet Mark from Optelec. Mark Silver from Optelec will join us for a virtual product demonstration, from handheld electronic magnifiers to desktop and reading machines.

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

  • Tuesday 2nd March: 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.

  • Wednesday 3rd March: Tai Chi. A taster session with, led by Nicola and experienced Tai Chi tutor, to find out what Tai Chi is all about.

  • Wednesday 3rd March: Census 2021 with Liz and Jeff. Liz and Jeff, the Engagement Managers for Census 2021 covering Kirklees, will join us to answer questions and provide information on where to get help and support on completing the census.

  • Wednesday 10th March: Louie Voice Control App. Pramit Bhargava, the creator of the Louie Voice Control app which enables visually impaired users to use popular apps with just voice commands, will join us to demonstrate the app and answer questions.


We are pleased to be able to share some positive feedback about our guest speakers, with this in mind, we are continuing to book further guest speakers to join our groups which are advertised in our monthly newsletter and on Facebook and Twitter.

We’ve recently had a review of how we use Zoom and if it’s working best for everyone. Through a series of small group discussions, members reflected on their experiences of our zoom sessions and gave some pointers as to how they can work best for everyone and how they might develop in the future. Find out more about what was discussed and some points that we can all work with at this link.

The Census, which is a survey of the whole population of England and Wales taking place every 10 years, is next happening on 21st March 2021. The Census team want to make sure the process is accessible for all, therefore Liz and Jeff from the Kirklees Census team will be joining our Zoom group on Wednesday 3rd March, to share further information and answer any questions. Find out more about the Census here with a summary.

We’ve recently been in touch with Open Country (who come well recommended) to find out about what activities they have on offer, find out more here.

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