Monthly Archives: October 2017

TFA drop in Service – Brixton – 2 Nov!

Transport for all
Venue:
Ground Floor, We Are 336, 336 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 7AA
Time:
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Phone:
020 7737 2339
Date:
02nd November 2017
Cost:
Free


Transport for All is setting up a regular drop-in service in Brixton.

To be held on the first Thursday of every month, the service will enable Disabled and older people in London to get advice, information and support about transport issues, however large or small; from applying for a Freedom Pass to making a complaint about a poor service.
Richard Farnos TFA’s Information Advice and Advocacy Manager said:
“Virtually all research shows that the majority of people prefer to speak to an adviser face to face, than on the phone or by email. It is often quicker and easier to get to the nub of the issue. If the monthly Brixton Drop-in is a success, we will roll it out to the rest of London with drop-ins in North, West and East London.”

WHEN: First Thursday of every month.
WHERE: Ground Floor, We Are 336, 336 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 7AA

The first drop-in is to be held this coming Thursday 2nd November between 2 pm4 pm.

The building is fully accessible.

There are limited parking spaces for Blue Badge holders only (please ring in advance to guarantee a space). The nearest bus stop is Villa Road and is serviced by: 3, 59, 133,159, and 415. Villa road is the second bus stop out of the Brixton Station stop, going north.

There are many other buses running to Brixton including all the above and: 2,35,37,45,109,118,196, 250, 322, 333, 345, 355, 432, P4 and P5 The nearest Tube is Brixton – that has Step Free Access. The nearest Mainline is Brixton – however it has many steps.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need help planning your journey to the venue:

Telephone Symbole

Tel: 020 7737 2339 (option1)
Text: 07984 755 894
Email: contactus@transportforall.org.uk
Address: Transport for All, 336 Brixton Rd, London SW9 7AA

eSight version 3!

eSight glasses version3

The eye wear technology company, eSight, has launched the third generation of its hands-free glasses that provide instant sight and mobility for those with impaired vision. According to Jeff Fenton, director of outreach and communications for the company, the eSight 3 model delivers a sleeker, smaller and more affordable option.

 

Continue reading eSight version 3!

Goalball in Ghana Opportunity!

8 weeks to help change lives in Ghana

Unique volunteering opportunity for partially-sighted young people

You can change your life. You can change the lives of others. #YouCan

International Service is a York-based charity that empowers marginalised people in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda.

In 2018, we’re partnering with Team GB goalball player Georgie Bullen on a unique project that will empower people with disabilities in Ghana, and in the UK called REACT.

On REACT, you’ll join a team of British and Ghanaian volunteers, half of whom will have a visual impairment.

For 8 weeks from April 2018, you’ll work in communities in northern Ghana to challenge the stigma around disability.

REACT is part of ICS, a UK government overseas volunteering scheme.  This means placements are fully-funded and open to everyone aged 18-25 (for General Volunteers) and 23-35 (for Team Leaders.)

 Applications are now open

Watch the video – https://youtu.be/1mnYEd_mOOU

For more information, or to apply today, visit: http://bit.ly/2iDSez3

for more information

contact: Ross 07767395402

www.internationalservice.org.uk

 

Volunteering has been an amazing experience for me’

The Passing of Roger Clifton

Passing of Roger Clifton

All at Metro Blind Sport where deeply saddened by his passing, Roger helped many of our members and staff and you cannot count the numbers of VI people he inspired to achieve their full potential, Roger will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends at this difficult time.

Goalball UK mourn the passing of Roger Clifton

Everyone today was saddened to hear that Roger Clifton has died after a prolonged illness. Roger has been involved in the sport of goalball for many years, as a past player and administrator within our sport and a positive influence within inclusive sport.

Whilst under the management of British Blind Sport, Roger led the consultation that led to the independence and formation of Goalball UK. Roger also supported over 50 Governing Bodies of Sport in achieving the Equality Standard for Sport. He managed Sport England’s Active Communities Development fund programme, allocating over £15m to underrepresented groups.  Roger also helped establish the English Federation of Disability Sport and was subsequently a Board member for 4 years. These are just an example of the difference he helped to make.

We all pass on our condolences to Roger’s family and friends. He helped to create a legacy that we all benefit from and he will be sadly missed.

Becky Ashworth –  goalballuk

Tribute to Roger Clifton

Last Sunday was a really sad day. It was the day when one of our really ‘good guys’, Roger Clifton, passed away after his long battle with cancer. Some of you who read this newsletter will know Roger and will appreciate exactly what I mean.
Those of you who don’t may well be benefiting from Roger’s many achievements and the legacy he leaves us all:

· Past player and leader with Goalball UK, who helped to establish it

· Managed Sport England’s Active Communities Development fund programme between 2001-2004, allocating over £15 million to underrepresented groups

· Piloted the Equality Standard for Sport and supported over 50 National Governing Bodies of Sport to achieve it – producing a 100 editions of the Equality in Sport newsletter, providing training to staff and board members and presenting his views on the Standard to The House Magazine – and throughout all influencing both policy makers and practitioners to widen access into sport by challenging the status quo and chipping away at the barriers

· Instrumental in establishing the English Federation of Disability Sport and board member in its early days

· Past board member of the British Blind Sport

· Vice-chair of the London Sports Forum for Disabled People for five years

· First male member of the Women’s Sports Foundation board (now Women In Sport)

· Past member of Comic Relief’s Sport Relief grants sub-committee, using knowledge of community issues to assist voluntary groups to resolve conflict

· Supported various disability charities to secure significant funding from the National Lottery and other funds

· Supported countless organisations / projects to deliver equality in sport, ensuring an offer of sporting opportunities for everyone – achieved through his sound advice, knowledge and persuasive steering

Over recent years Roger has focussed his interest on helping to prevent loss of sight in Walthamstow and the Borough of Waltham Forest where he lived, through the establishment of East London Vision. This is expanding into a London wide initiative with the Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Above all it is Roger, himself, who we will sadly miss – his sense of fun and spirit of adventure; his positivity and pragmatism against any challenges faced; his genuine integrity and unfailing loyalty and support for colleagues and friends – all awesome and inspirational!

Editor – my thanks to Nikki Enoch, VAGA Associates, for writing this tribute to her real friend.

AD Guided Tours: Royal Naval College

audio described guided tour of royal naval college

Audio-described guided tours for blind and partially-sighted visitors

Audio-described guided tour of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich will take place on 20th January 2018.

A unique opportunity to gain access to the painted ceiling at close quarters while it is being restored.

Audio-Described Painted Hall Ceiling Tour

Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of Britain’s largest painted ceiling.

Painted between 1707 and 1726, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College hides many surprises. Currently undergoing a major conservation project, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast baroque masterpiece up close.

Take an hour long ceiling tour via a special observation deck and discover the painting’s mysteries as they are revealed for the first time in half a century.

This audio-description tour is suitable for blind and partially-sighted visitors. The tour is delivered by an expert tour guide and includes a series of tactile objects.

Venue: The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9NN
Date: 20 Jan 2018, Time: 11:30 am –  12:30pm
Cost: £5, plus one accompanying person for free.
Contact: call  Matilde  020 8269 4770 or email  mmartinetti@ornc.org
To book by phone call 020 8269 4770

For a map and information on how to get to the site: https://www.ornc.org/visit

Access Requirements

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome: do let the organisers know when booking a tour if you will be accompanied by one of these.

Please note that the observation deck is reached by climbing a metal staircase of approximately 70 steps. Lift access is available but must be pre-booked.

The venue can also offer individuals and groups audio-described tours of the Painted Hall at other times by request. To book one of these sessions call 020 8269 4770 or email Matilde on mmartinetti@ornc.org

Please meet at the welcome desk in the Painted Hall at 11.15am. The closest station is Cutty Sark DLR. If you would like to be met at the station please contact Matilde Martinetti, mmartinetti@ornc.org, 020 8269 4770.