Upcoming Accessible Events and News from MSSC!
Below are some of the great upcoming activities compiled by the Merton Sports and Social Club. and shared in their monthly newsletter. MSSC website: https://www.mssc.org.uk/
VI SAILING WEEK 2021
Regrettably, Blind Week 2020, scheduled to take place in Falmouth last summer, had to be cancelled for obvious reasons, but we are hopeful that the event will return this year, even if constrained by health restrictions. In anticipation, we have taken note of Government and RYA guidance, and have developed a preliminary Covid-19 strategy.
This means we are having to organise things a little differently this year and, at this stage, we are simply inviting you to register your interest in taking part in Blind Week 2021 in Lymington between 12th and 19th June.
At the moment, there is no guarantee that Blind Week will proceed, or if it does, exactly in what format. The final decision will need to be taken by Easter at the latest, at which
point, we will contact all those who have registered their interest. If the outlook is positive, we will accelerate the application process, as well as giving details of the event and the measures to be implemented in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. Alternatively, a postponement to dates later in the year may need to be explored.
Please register your interest as a matter of urgency (no later than 15th March). Send an email, including your name and mobile number,to email@example.com.
Will Bridge – Blind Week Coordinator
MSSC MARCH QUIZ
It was good to see some of you a few weeks ago at February’s virtual quiz. The next one will take place between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Tuesday 16th March.
Why not join us for some light-hearted fun and a chance to catch up with fellow MSSC members?
Support is available if you would like help to set up Zoom on your phone, tablet or computer in advance. A link to join on the evening will be sent to you by email.
Please book your place in good time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSSC TANDEM LOAN SCHEME
We are pleased to announce that we have now launched our Tandem Loan Scheme and have three of our tandems available to MSSC members to hire free of charge on a temporary basis.
If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme, please get in touch, via the below email address,
VOCALEYES SEEKS THREE NEW TRUSTEES
VocalEyes is a charity which aims to bring theatre, museums, galleries, art and culture to life for visually impaired people through audio description.
VocalEyes is currently looking for three new trustees to join its Board and is particularly interested in people with experience in senior management in the theatre sector, as well as training/education delivery.
They are also keen to increase the diversity of their Board by maintaining their target of fifty per cent of trustees being blind or partially sighted.
More details can be found at the following link:
MINDFUL POETRY COURSE
Mindfulness is a form of meditation which is used to combat stress, anxiety and depression. Poetry has been used for centuries to convey thoughts and feelings on a particular subject.
Dr Beverley Duguid has created a mindful poetry course for visually impaired people, their friends, family and support workers, combining mindfulness and poetry. Participants will be helped to craft poems and prose. No experience is necessary. The course is taught online via Zoom and consists of a series of eight 90-minute workshops, beginning in March.
This course is bought to you by RBKC Arts Grants and is Free of charge to participants
AWARE APP HELPS VI PEOPLE EXPLORE THEIR SURROUNDINGS
Embrace the ability to explore your surroundings and new places independently at your own time and pac! and never get lost again!
Sensible Innovations offers turn-by-turn descriptive navigation for users who can place their phone in their pocket and listen to the AWARE app announce locations as they pass them.
Users can instruct the app where they want to go, and it’ll tell them when they’ve arrived at their destination. AWARE also provides an audio description of locations, such as the layout of a store.
The AWARE app works with Sensible Innovations Electronic Stickers to provide indoor directions and descriptions crafted with a visually impaired focus. The AWARE app is built with large fonts and high contrast or a Braille display for those who prefer to read and is completely audible for non-visual users. The audible function is also handy for anyone who wants to receive locations specific information without having to look or swipe a smart phone screen.
AWARE is free for iOS and Android.
© Cool Blind Tech, 18 January 2021
FREE TICKETS TO VI SINGER’S LIVE-STREAMED SHOW
At 8.30pm on Saturday 6th March, visually impaired singer/songwriter Katriona Taylor will perform a great blend of Jazz, Latin & Soul styles in a live-streamed show.
Katriona will feature songs from her latest album, “Blind Passion”, which celebrates music from blind artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Diane Schuur and Jose Feliciano, as well as her own compositions.
To register for a free ticket please click here:
ACCESSIBLE COMMUNICATION SURVEY
Take part in this accessible communications survey and have a chance to win a shopping voucher!
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is working on new guidelines for the organisation to become more accessible and inclusive. They will be making changes to their communications including their website, publications, and visual design, but before they do anything, they would like to gather some feedback from people with a visual impairment.
There are 6 questions to answer – it shouldn’t take more than five minutes, and as a thank you, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 £10 Love2Shop vouchers. The deadline for completing the survey is 5.00pm on Monday 1st March.
MSSC TWITTER AND FACEBOOK
MSSC’s latest venture into social media is our very own Twitter account. Please follow us. Our Twitter handle is, @MertonMssc.
You can still keep in touch with fellow MSSC members via the Facebook group, which is a forum for members to exchange thoughts and items of interest.
You can easily join, even if you are not currently on Facebook, all you need to do is log on to the platform, click on groups, search for Merton Sports and Social Club, and then request to join the group once you have found it.
If you have any questions please Email: email@example.com