KVIN Monthly Newsletter: January 2021

Happy New Year! 2021 hasn’t quite got off to the start we had hoped for with the introduction of a 3rd lockdown, but the most important thing to do, is to follow the guidelines and stay home.

KVIN is continuing to provide our virtual services, as before and we will do until restrictions ease and we can again provide face to face support. We already have lots planned for 2021 and the full list of activities and events can be found below.

A great way to find out our latest tech news is through our Podcast, Issue 13 can be listened to by clicking this link. In this episode Sam and Mark share information on a special offer on some really useful apps as well as details of the latest Sight Village online event. The accessibility of the Amazon Fire TV stick is also discussed as well as the latest news from KVIN.

Wishing you all the very best for 2021, we hope we might be able to meet in person at some point!


  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: 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;

  • Monday 11th January: Aromatherapy Course with S2R. Support 2 Recovery (S2R) in Huddersfield will be delivering an online 4 week Aromatherapy course for 10 of our service users (all places have now been taken).

  • Wednesday 13th January: Member Led Topic: Health Apps. Join in with the discussion to learn which apps can help with health and fitness for the new year.

  • Thursday 14th January: 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 21st January: Meet Gavin from Neatebox. Gavin will join us to discuss both the WelcoMe app, the customer service improving platform, and the Button app, the worlds first smartphone operated pedestrian crossing.

  • Saturday 23rd January: Cooking with Siti. Join our very own Siti for an online live cooking class and learn how to make a delicious stir fry!

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

  • Tuesday 2nd February: 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.

  • Friday 5th Frbaruary: Meet George from SKIES. George from the Rehab team will give an update on the service and answer any questions.

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

  • 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.


If you are struggling with online shopping and getting a delivery slot, here’s a link to the latest information from RNIB. For anyone who’s not been able to get priority slots, you can call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 and they can refer people that qualify.

The Amazon Echo Show and Tell has recently been launched in the UK, read our blog post from Adeel who explains more and watch a demonstration from Mark to explain more.

In December we held our first cooking class and made Christmas Tree Brownies, read more here to find out what we made and for the recipe. We are holding a second Cooking Class on Saturday 23rd January to learn to make a stir fry, if you would like to join in contact us and we will give you more details.

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