Newsletter Christmas 2018

Newsletter Christmas 2018

Welcome to our Christmas and New Year newsletter, which comes to you with our very best wishes.

Our Sight Advice Centre in Bank Street will close for Christmas at 4pm on Thursday 20th December and re-open at 10am on Thursday 3rd January.

If you want to get in touch with us about any of the items mentioned in this newsletter, or if you have suggestions you would like to make, our contact details can be found here.

Open Days

We were very pleased to see so many of you at our September Open Day “Vision Enabled – Living Better”. If you would like any further information about any of the topics covered in the workshops or about the equipment demonstrated by the exhibitors, please let us know and we will put you in touch with the appropriate people.

We are planning more events for the New Year and will keep you informed nearer the time.

Saturday Opening

In addition to being open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, our Sight Advice Centre is currently open on Saturdays from 10:00am until 12:00 noon, but will be closed on the 22nd and 29th December.

If you are in town on Saturdays up to Christmas, please pop in and have a look around – you could even have a cup of tea and maybe a mince pie.

We are looking at the possibility of continuing our Saturday opening into the New Year, so please let us know if this is helpful to you.

Through My Eyes – Photography Group

This is a new group that will run on a Saturday to encourage people with a visual impairment to start or continue with photography as a hobby. This has been supported by a grant from East Lancs. CCG.

For more details please contact our Development Worker, David on 01254 233332 or 07496 859673, or email:

Can’t See Can Cook

We have now had two 6 week series of ‘Can’t See Can Cook’ cookery sessions with tutor Bill Wynn from Lancashire Adult Learning, These have been very enjoyable and well received, so we are planning another 6 week series on Tuesday afternoons from 26th February to 2nd April 2019.

Bill will be demonstrating various talking and tactile kitchen gadgets, including the talking microwave, which can make cooking healthy meals much easier for those with a visual impairment.

If you are interested please contact us on 01254 233332 for further information or to book a place.

Sight Support Group – Including Macular Group

This group meets at our Bank Street premises on the second Tuesday of each month 10:30am to 12:30 pm.

At our October meeting we had a visit from a Fire Prevention Officer, who gave us the lots of useful information. See the next section for some of the useful tips.

In November one of our volunteers is demonstrating how she, as a visually impaired person, uses her air fryer.

On the second Tuesday in December we will be having our Sight Support Group Christmas Party, which includes a performance from the Red Rose Ladies singers and a buffet lunch. Please let us know by 5th December if you would like to come to this. Tickets are £2.

Continuing on into the New Year we will have a varied programme of activities and speakers. If you would like to meet up informally with other people who are experiencing sight problems, you are very welcome to come along.

Fire Safety Tips For Your Home

Here are some helpful tips for people with sight difficulties.
Put a coloured sticker on your smoke alarm if you have trouble seeing it to test it.

Consider fitting bump-ons (coloured raised plastic stickers) to appliances so that you can feel or see if they have been turned off properly.

Before you plug electrical leads in, check them regularly by touch to see if there are any frayed parts. If there are, don’t plug them in.
If electrics are giving off a burning smell, turn them off and unplug them immediately.

You may want to consider placing a tactile indicator along your escape route to make it easier and quicker to find the exit if you need to.
If you use an electric blanket keep it flat or rolled up. Folding them can cause damage and increase the risk of fire.

Never use a hot water bottle and an electric blanket together.

Have electric blankets tested every 3 years. Your local fire service or Age Concern may do this for you free of charge.

Working Age Group

Several “working age” people have shown interest in meeting and taking part in social activities together.

They would like to hear from you if you are interested in this. The group will meet to plan its own activities.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us and we will put you in touch.

Yoga Sessions

These are continuing on alternate Thursday mornings. The cost is £5 for a one hour session. It would be helpful if people who would like to attend could let Pauline or Chris know by phoning us on 01254 233332.

Sight Advice Centre

We have leaflets about various aspects of eye health, and lots of other useful information in our sight Advice Centre in Bank Street.

You are warmly invited to pop in any Tuesday or Thursday to have a chat, a cuppa and have a look at the literature and equipment available for yourself or others.

If we don’t know the answer to your question or don’t have the equipment you want, we will do our best to find it.

Keeping Up With Technology

One to One technology sessions with Claire from the RNIB will continue to be held on the third Tuesday of each month at our Sight Advice Centre on Bank Street. Ring us for further details or to book a one hour session with her.

Technology can make life easier when you have sight or hearing problems, but knowing where to start isn’t always easy. You are also welcome to drop in to look at computer software and tablets to see the many ways they can be used by people with sight difficulties.

Do You Want To Learn Braille

Braille-IT continues their classes at our Bank Street premises on Tuesday mornings and alternate Saturdays You would be very welcome.

Book Shop

If you need something to read on the cold winter evenings, pop into our bookshop in the Arndale Arcade. The shop has a wide selection of printed books and also some audio books on CD. Good quality books are always welcome, so if you or your friends have any to spare please let us know. We are really grateful to our volunteers who give so much of their time to welcome visitors to the shop.

Lancashire Luncheon

Be sure not to miss our Lancashire Luncheon, in aid of Accrington & District Blind Society. It is on Sunday 25th November 12 noon until 4pm
at the Poplar Club, Accrington.

Entertainment by Norman Prince (Houghton Weavers) and Paul Johnstone (Five Penny Piece).

Admittance by ticket only. £9.50 per person. Tickets available from our Sight Advice centre or our bookshop in the Arndale Centre.

Thank You For Your Support

Please tell your friends about Accrington & District Blind Society and, if possible, arrange or take part in an event to support our work. You could make a big difference and help ensure the future of our charity and the development of services across the community to ensure people with a sight loss lead full and independent lives.

Our long term future depends on increasing our income through having a higher profile in the community and attracting legacies and donations.

Keeping In Touch

If you would prefer to receive this newsletter in larger print, in Braille, or by email or audio recording, please let us know.

Our Contact Details

Accrington and District Blind Society,
32 Bank Street, Accrington BB5 1HP

Telephone: 01254 233332



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Please remember that the office is presently open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 4pm and, at the time of writing, Saturday mornings 10am to 12 noon. (Please contact us for Saturday opening times in the New Year.)