Newsletter Spring 2019

Newsletter Spring 2019

Welcome to our Spring 2019 newsletter, we hope you enjoy reading about our various activities.

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 are at the bottom of the page.

Saturday Opening

In addition to being open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, our Sight Advice Centre is now open on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00am until 1:00 pm


Over the coming months our Development Officer, David, is planning to speak to various local organisations and, using a new simulation app called Eyeware, develop their awareness of what it is like to be visually impaired. If you have any contacts within organisations that may be interested, please encourage them to get in touch with us.

Macular Information Morning

On Tuesday 12th March, from 10:00am to 11:15am Michelle Dutton from the Macular Society will be visiting our Sight Advice Centre in Bank Street.

If you would like information about Macular Disease to support yourself, a friend or a relative, please come along.
You will also have the opportunity to meet the members of our Sight Support group, several of whom have Macular Disease.

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.

If you would like to meet up informally with other people who are experiencing sight problems, you are very welcome to come along. We have a varied programme of activities and speakers.

Sight Advice Centre

We have various items of equipment to help with daily living, leaflets about different 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, or first Saturday morning of the month 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.

Moving With The Times

At the end of March it will be time to move our clocks and watches forward one hour.

Do you have trouble doing this?

To make life easier, there are several “radio controlled” talking clocks and watches available which receive the correct time via a radio signal and will change the hour automatically when it is necessary.

One One of the most popular is the RNIB Communiclock. This clock can speak the time and date to you and work as an alarm clock, in addition to keeping the correct time via the radio signal.

The talking calendar watch also receives the time automatically.
These items are available from our Sight Advice Centre.

Through My Eyes Photography Group

This is a new group that is running on the first Saturday of each month 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 you can email David at

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.

Working Age Group

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

They have started by having lunch together on Saturday 2nd February and are meeting again at 12 noon on Saturday 6th April.

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

Visual Support Open Day

Wednesday 29th May 2019

Organised in partnership with Enhanced Vision, this day will give you the opportunity to see some of the latest equipment to help you to see and read more easily and live more independently.

There will also be the opportunity to chat with Michelle from the Macular Society, who will be there to give you advice on how to cope with macular problems or support a relative or friend who has macular disease.

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.

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.

Making IT Work

Our Making IT Work tech drop-in sessions can provide free and impartial advice on what technology can give greatest benefit to you.
Do you want to use your tablet, computer or smart phoneto make life better for you?

Do you want to know how Siri, Alexa or Google Home can be your own personal home assistant?

These sessions are run in partnership with Galloway’s and will be from 10:30am to 2:30pm on the following Thursdays:
28th February
21st March
25th April
30th May
27th June
No appointment needed.

Blackburn Goalball Club

Goalball UK are launching a new club in Blackburn. Sessions are open to players of all ages and abilities – no previous experience is required just some energy and enthusiasm! Sighted family and friends are also welcome.

Sessions are from 10.30am to 12noon every fortnight from Saturday 2nd February.

For more information, and to register your interest, please contact Kathryn Fielding (Tel. 07795 263642 or email

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 new to read, 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.

The bookshop has now extended its opening hours to include Wednesday mornings.

Thank You For Your Support

Many thanks to all who came to our our Lancashire Luncheon, in aid of Accrington & District Blind Society.

The event raised about £600 and we are very grateful to all involved in organising it.

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 On 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



Please remember that the office is presently open Tuesdays and Thursdays10am to 4pm and the first Saturday morning of each month 10:00am to 1:00pm.