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COVID-19 – Taxicard Changes!

COVID-19 – Taxicard Changes - pick up and deliver essential supplies!

COVID-19 – Taxicard Changes

In light of the current situation with the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have made changes to the London Taxicard scheme to support Taxicard members at this time.

You can now use your Taxicard for:

  • Taxicard drivers to pick up and deliver essential supplies for you; and
  • Allow friends and family to travel on your behalf using your Taxicard for the same purpose

How this works:

  • Make a booking advising you want a collection of pre-bought items from a supermarket, pharmacy or takeaway etc
  • Make a booking advising you want a nominated person to use a taxi on your behalf to purchase or collect essential items on your behalf
  • All collections have to pre-paid and an order number provided (if applicable) at the time of booking
  • You will be given a cost of the journey and you will have to pay your contribution at time of booking using a debit or credit card

Please note that due to the current situation some supermarkets are imposing strict rules around social distancing and limiting the number of people in-store at one time, you will need to book two journeys if someone is doing a shop on your behalf.

In these circumstances, the driver will not wait while someone shops and a return journey will have to be booked once the shopping has been completed.

Apply for a Taxicard: https://blindsport.uk/TaxiCardApply

Website:  https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/taxicard

Please contact Taxicard on 0207 763 5001 with any queries.

For further information contact London councils by email at:  taxicard@londoncouncils.gov.uk

 

The London Taxicard Scheme

 Taxicard is a scheme for London residents with serious mobility impairments or who are severely sight impaired.

 Taxicard offers subsidised travel in licensed taxis and private hire vehicles (mini cabs) to London residents with serious mobility impairments or who are severely sight impaired. It enables members who have difficulty in using buses, trains and tubes to get out and about.

The scheme provides trips for social purposes, for example going shopping, visiting friends and family, and going out to events.

Taxicard is funded by your local council and Transport for London. It is administered on their behalf by London Councils, with CityFleet providing taxis via Computer Cab and private hire vehicles (mini cabs) via a number of private hire companies across London.

Taxicard can be used 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year – subject to the availability of vehicles.

Members always pay a minimum contribution towards the fare. Your local authority and Transport for London (TfL) subsidise your journey up to a maximum amount per trip and you have to pay the balance.

 

Positive Eye Idea Machine for Younger VI children – Mon Wed & Fri 4pm

Positive Eye Idea Machine for Younger VI children - Mon Wed & Fri 4pm

The wonderful Gywneth McCormack, Director of Positive Eye, a company that provides resources and training for those working with younger VI children, including those with additional needs, is presenting free online VI friendly story and art and craft sessions every  Mon, Weds and Fri at 4 pm on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/PositiveEyeIdeaMachine

And today there will be a story written by a guest writer

If you have young children, come and join us. If you don’t – come anyway!

“So many exciting crafts to make and share with you.

Birthday shout outs for anyone special – let me know their names to include

Super Star Time for Adults and Children, send in your pictures or just let me know the name of someone you would like me to mention!

See you on Mon, Weds and Fri  at 4 pm please share and join me for a heartwarming hour”

Positive Eye Idea Machine

Positive Eye Idea Machine has been established by Founder of Positive Eye – Gwyn McCormack to support the community of professionals, parents and children during the COVID19 crisis.

It offers an interactive and practical fun, inspiring story session three times per week LIVE on Facebook to which everyone is invited to join a heartwarming session.

Positive Eye is an international provider of highly practical courses, training and innovative resources to support the needs of children with special educational needs with a particular specialism in Vision Impairment. Positive Eye’s work is internationally recognised and highly respected.

For further information visit www.positiveeye.co.uk

The following page links provide families with some fun ideas, activities and inspiration during the periods of time spent at home during the months of the COVID19 Epidemic.

They are not specific to a particular type of educational need but are holistic, can be adapted to meet sensory requirements and are activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

You may also enjoy participating in the online weekly ‘Gwyn the Idea Machine’ a workshop to watch a fun creative make created by Gwyn, which you can then create for your child! Recycled materials, glue and scissors, cheap and cheerful ideas! Click on the links to take you to the pages listed

Multi-sensory literacy Workshops 

Experience and story books

Early maths and concept development ideas

Story books written by Gwyn McCormack

Other locations with 88 pages of resource ideas from Positive Eye – Paths to Literacy

 

RNIB: Talk and Support service!

RNIB: Talk and Support service! Call Helpline: 0303 123 9999

Talk and support service

RNIB understands that it can be lonely and isolating for some people living with a visual impairment. Through our national Talk & Support service we connect people together for regular, friendly conversation and peer support.

Our service is free and we offer a variety of options for people to connect with others both over the phone and online.

We urge anyone in our community who needs us to call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk.

You can join a group of people with similar shared interests on a weekly basis via a voice call.  Our groups enable people to come together to meet new people, socialise and share tips in a safe space.

The groups run weekly on the same day and time, for 55 minutes for a period of 6-12 weeks with a trained facilitator present during the call.

In the last session, our facilitator will discuss with the group how you can remain connected if people are keen to do so. The idea being that friendships can continue after the 6-12 weeks.

During these challenging times, information is vital. In response, we are ramping up our support and services to ensure blind and partially sighted people get the help they need.

Call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk.

Help us continue removing barriers that stop people with sight loss from living the lives they want to lead – visit https://www.rnib.org.uk to donate today.

 

 

Sign the petition for better supermarket access during pandemic!

Sign Petition for Better supermarket access during pandemic!

Help make sure blind and partially sighted people can access the food and basic necessities they need.

Sign our joint petition to make sure supermarkets and the Government are doing everything they can to ensure and get the necessities they need through the coronavirus lockdown.

What’s happening?

We’ve had an enormous number of queries from blind and partially sighted people who have been struggling to properly access supermarkets, and unable to find online shopping slots.

This is often because priority online shopping slots are being given to people classed as ‘vulnerable’, however the list being used to define this group is based on vulnerability to coronavirus, and doesn’t yet take other barriers to shopping or accessing services into account.

However, social distancing is making it much harder for blind and partially sighted people to shop because many people rely on a guide who might not be part of their household, and some stores are also changing their layout or queuing systems to encourage people to stay two meters apart.

What are we doing about it?

We’re working with Guide Dogs, Thomas Pocklington Trust, Vision UK, Guide Dogs and Visionary to raise this issue.

On 27 March RNIB CEO Matt Stringer joined the other sight loss organisations in writing to the Secretary of State for the Environment, George Eustice MP, about access to supermarkets for blind and partially sighted people, calling on the Government to ‘urgently work with supermarkets to ensure that people with sight loss are considered a priority group able to access online shopping’.

However, we haven’t seen any improvements and our team spent two hours on hold to one supermarket trying to access an online slot. Because of this we’ve launched a joint petition asking the Government and supermarkets to resolve this as soon as possible. We need your help though.

RNIB are determined to support those who need us throughout the crisis in any way we can, and are working to make sure the criteria for these reserved slots are changed as soon as possible.

Further information

Find further information on accessing supermarkets.

original post by rnib.org.uk

Positive Eye Idea Machine for Younger VI children – Mon Wed & Fri 4pm

Positive Eye Idea Machine for Younger VI children - Mon Wed & Fri 4pm

The wonderful Gywneth McCormack, Director of Positive Eye, a company that provides resources and training for those working with younger VI children, including those with additional needs, is presenting free online VI friendly story and art and craft sessions every  Mon, Weds and Fri at 4 pm on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/PositiveEyeIdeaMachine

And today there will be a story written by a guest writer

If you have young children, come and join us. If you don’t – come anyway!

“So many exciting crafts to make and share with you.

Birthday shout outs for anyone special – let me know their names to include

Super Star Time for Adults and Children, send in your pictures or just let me know the name of someone you would like me to mention!

See you on Mon, Weds and Fri  at 4 pm please share and join me for a heartwarming hour”

Positive Eye Idea Machine

Positive Eye Idea Machine has been established by Founder of Positive Eye – Gwyn McCormack to support the community of professionals, parents and children during the COVID19 crisis.

It offers an interactive and practical fun, inspiring story session three times per week LIVE on Facebook to which everyone is invited to join a heartwarming session.

Positive Eye is an international provider of highly practical courses, training and innovative resources to support the needs of children with special educational needs with a particular specialism in Vision Impairment. Positive Eye’s work is internationally recognised and highly respected.

For further information visit www.positiveeye.co.uk

The following page links provide families with some fun ideas, activities and inspiration during the periods of time spent at home during the months of the COVID19 Epidemic.

They are not specific to a particular type of educational need but are holistic, can be adapted to meet sensory requirements and are activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

You may also enjoy participating in the online weekly ‘Gwyn the Idea Machine’ a workshop to watch a fun creative make created by Gwyn, which you can then create for your child! Recycled materials, glue and scissors, cheap and cheerful ideas! Click on the links to take you to the pages listed

Multi-sensory literacy Workshops 

Experience and story books

Early maths and concept development ideas

Story books written by Gwyn McCormack

Other locations with 88 pages of resource ideas from Positive Eye – Paths to Literacy