Monthly News Roundup: September 2021

The summer is nearly over but we are managing to enjoy a few last days of sunshine. We have booked in 10 further walks for the Walking Group in September, October and November so we hope the weather will stay reasonably fine for all our walkers. There are still places available on most of the walks so please do get in touch with Claire to book your places if you’d like to join.

Over August we had a very busy month preparing for and running our very first Summer Fayre at the Whitfield Centre in Batley. We had a hugely successful day and raised £1300! We would like to thank all our members, volunteers and supporters who got involved on the day or came along to support us bring friends and family.

We will soon have news of a Christmas Coffee Morning to share with you which we are planning from the success of the Summer Fayre.

Contents;

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

1. OUR SERVICE

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.

As lockdown is easing, we are resuming our face to face services slowly, but some of our virtual services remain too.

Here’s a summary of our weekly activities, also check what’s coming up for one off events or activities in July and August;

  • Wednesday: 10am-2.30pm Batley Group at the Whitfield Centre, Batley office open for tech support appointments.
  • Thursday: 11am Zoom Chat, 11am Group Telephone Chat, 2pm Group Telephone Chat, 2.30pm Crochet Class via Zoom, Huddersfield office open for tech support appointments.
  • Friday: 10.30am-12pm and 1-2.30pm Huddersfield Group at Brian Jackson House, 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 groups, contact us for joining details or to book a place.

2. WHAT’S COMING UP…

  • Wednesday 15th September: Curling. The next Curling session is planned, during our regular group at the Whitfield Centre, and then every other week thereafter.

  • From Thursday 16th September to Thursday 4th November: Walking Group. The walking group is back for 8 more sessions as follows (all meeting at 10am):

    16th September & 14th October – Mirfield Train Station (walking along the canal and back)

    23rd September & 21st October – Heckmondwike Bus Station (walking on the Spen Valley Ringway, to Royds Park and back)

    30th September & 28th October – Batley Bus Station (walking to Wilton Park and back)

    7th October & 4th November – Dewsbury Train Station (walking to Crow Nest Park and back)

    Places are limited, so please let Claire know if you’d like to join in (07708 054245 or claire.drake@kvin.org.uk).

  • Thursday 30th September: Quiz Night. Join our monthly quiz night on Zoom to test your general knowledge, all welcome.

  • Monday 11th October: Sailing with Safe Anchor Trust. We have booked a canal boat trip in Mirfield with Safe Anchor Trust. Attendees who expressed an interest in going have been selected at random to fill the 12 places available.

  • Wednesday 13th October: Meet Kim Leadbeater MP. Meet the MP for Batley & Spen, Kim Leadbeater, between 10.30am and 12.30pm during our regular group at the Whitfield Centre, where she would like to opportunity to meet members and volunteers and chat about issues specific to sight loss.

  • Wednesday 20th October: Meet Rio from Healthwatch Kirklees. Meet Rio Kisjantoro from Healthwatch Kirklees, during our regular group at the Whitfield Centre, where he will talk about any timely Healthwatch campaigns and will also be available to signpost any members if required.

  • 3. OTHER NEWS

Stretching ourselves at Yoga

This year we have been lucky enough to be able to enjoy Yoga sessions, first through Zoom and later face to face.
Click here to find out what we did, read some comments from our members and take a look at some photos. We hope to run further Yoga sessions, we will keep you updated.

Art Exhibition

We have recently been working with Ruth Fones a local artist and Valii Opticians to develop an art exhibition to put the spotlight on visual impairment. Ruth spoke with a number of our members about their sight and experiences and has painted a series of paintings that represent their experiences.
More details are available here.
If you would like to visit the exhibition it is on display at Valli Opticians in Hebden Bridge, 15% of sales will go to KVIN (soon to be called Outlookers).

Walking Group

If you are interested in the Walking Group but would like to know more, you can read all about it here.

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