Newsletter Summer 2018

Newsletter Summer 2018

Welcome to our Summer 2018 newsletter.

This is just a short edition to keep you up to date with what is happening.

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.

Can’t See Can Cook

Our ‘Can’t See Can Cook’ cookery course in June and July, with tutor Bill Wynn from Lancashire Adult Learning, was very successful and those who came found it both enjoyable and helpful. Here is a comment from one participant “The recent cookery course run at Accrington Blind society was excellent. Run by Bill who gave us lots of hints and tips and proved microwave cooking is a safer and more efficient way for partially sighted and blind people to be able to cook.”

There will be further sessions in the from Thursday 20th September to Thursday 25th October. These will include microwave cookery and using the talking induction hob. There will be inexpensive hints and tips to make life in your kitchen easier and demonstrations of talking weighing scales, talking measuring jug and talking food thermometer.

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

Open Day: Vision Enabled – Living Better

Tuesday 11th September 10:00am – 3:00pm

Opening welcome by the Mayor of Hyndburn.

Explore our Sight Resource Centre. Check out the latest equipment from our visiting suppliers to help you make the most of your sight. Meet our team members. There will be short talks and technology advice sessions. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Saturday Opening – Coming Soon

We are making plans and recruiting extra volunteers with the aim of opening our Sight Advice Centre on Saturdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm later in the autumn.

There will be more details soon, but in the meantime if you are only able to come on a Saturday please contact us and we will let you know when our extended opening will start.

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

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.

Our September meeting coincides with the Open Day at Accrington Blind Society, so there will be lots of interesting equipment to see and people from other organisations such as the Macular society, Sightline and DeafBlind UK to give advice.

Continuing on into the autumn we have a varied programme of activities and speakers, including recreational activities, information about eye health, demonstration of equipment and information about other local services.

If you would like to meet up informally with other people who are experiencing sight problems, you are very welcome to come along.

Yoga Sessions

These will start again in the autumn, date to be arranged. 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 on 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

Sightline Helpline and Befriending Services

Sightline’s Helpline provides confidential emotional and practical support every evening from 6pm to 10pm. Call 0800 587 2252.

Their Befriending service is for people who may benefit from a regular chat on the phone. Trained Befrienders are matched to people’s interests, hobbies and availability, to make each catch-up a positive experience. Sight loss can be a lonely place, so why not call Sightline. 0800 587 2252.

These services are run by volunteers. To explore high quality, accessible volunteering options, call 0800 587 2252, email or visit at

Do you want to learn Braille?

Braille-IT will be continuing their classes at our Bank Street premises on Tuesday mornings and alternate Saturday mornings from mid September. You would be very welcome to join them.

Annual Quiz

Our Quiz this year takes place at Enfield Cricket Club on Thursday 11th October. As usual, your Quizmaster is our patron BBC Lancashire’s Gerald Jackson.

Teams can be up to 6 people and tickets are £5.00 per person including pie and peas supper. If you would like an entry form please contact our Bank Street office – details at the bottom of the page.

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 more donations and legacies.

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



Please remember that the office is presently open Tuesdays and Thursdays10am to 4pm.