Christmas Meal

Christmas Meal at Astley Bank Hotel, Darwen.

 

We are now taking your booking for the society’s Christmas Meal at The Astley Bank Hotel starting at 12.30pm on Thursday 13th December.

The full menu cost is £28 each payable in advance with your menu choices. For a full menu in LARGE print telephone the office on 01254 698683.

Help With Ipads, Ipods, Kindles and Laptops

Help With Internet Technology.

Do you have a loss of vision. Are you finding it difficult using your Ipad, Kindle, laptop.

We have joined forces with the RNIB to run FREE 1 hour help sessions for people with a sight loss. If you would like some one to one help with whatever Internet Technology equipement you have give us a call and book in by telephoning 01254 698683.

Help sessions are arranged every 3rd Thursday of the month at the society’s office. Currently the session are fully booked until the end of August 2018.

Society Information in URDU

This page has been set up to help blind or visually impaired people who’s first language is URDU.

The information about the society is in an AUDIO format and has been divided into 16 sections. To listen to a section click on the pointer. The information is also available as a paper document in English and also in URDU. Thanks to Shakil Salam for his valuable help.

 

Give As You Live

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The society has recently signed up to the fundraising organisation Give as you Live for people who shop online and would like to donate to a charity.  The fundraiser makes it very easy for people who shop online to make a donation to Blackburn and District Blind Society without it costing them anything. The money the society receives helps to support local blind and visually impaired people.

Signing up is very easy, so if you would like to find out more and make Blackburn and District Blind Society your named charity, click on the link below.

https://www.giveasyoulive.com/

Thank you in anticipation

New Equipment Now Available

Check out our “Sale Items” page to see the small range of independent Living Items that are now available and competitively priced

Spot Early Signs of Change in Your Vision

 

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The society has a number of Amsler grid cards supplied by the Macular Society. available free of charge.

Macular degeneration is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK.  One of the first signs of macular degeneration is distortions in sight.  These handy Amsler grids could help you monitor your vision and detect changes.

Telephone the society’s office on 01254 698683 or email bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com or complete the contact page on this website.

These are also available from The Macular Society call 0300 3030111 or visit www.macularsociety.org

Vision Loss Support (VLS)

Vision Loss Support (VLS) – the service our society offers to people experiencing sight loss and who may need advice, equipment or a consultation, is growing in popularity. To cover the expense our volunteers incur, the society is introducing a small charge of £5 per appointment made with our Liaison Officer. This is only applicable for appointments in the client’s home or place of residence. The charge is new and started in January 2016 and hopefully will go some way towards covering travel expenses so our volunteers are not out-of-pocket.

The Society does not receive any Government or Council funding and so is dependent on donations, collections and legacies to maintain its work in supporting local blind and visually impaired people.

Talking Newspaper Funding

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In 2015 the talking newspaper was fortunate to be awarded funding from the National Lottery. The much needed funds made it possible to replace most of the old equipment.

The funding also paid for the development of this website with built in audio and colour swapping ability that has improved access for the society’s service users.

A big thank you to the National lottery.

History Research Project

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The Blackburn and District Blind Society was founded in 1881by local people for the welfare of local people. Over the years the society has changed its name and changed how it supports people experiencing sight loss.

During the society’s move to new offices at the Independent Living Service, two old books were found dating back to the early 1900’s containing records of meetings and some accounts. The books were very sketchy but extremely interesting. This discovery started us wondering how the society progressed since 1881.

At the beginning or 2015 the society started a project to record the society’s history since its foundation. The research is now in the hands of Anne Cort one of the societies long standing and valued volunteers.

You can help with this research, if you or a member of your family has any recollection of the society in any way please contact us. We need anything that will help us piece together a long and successful history that could if not recorded be lost forever.

We will return any original photos, documents or letters you have after copying them. We can take notes of your experiences or recollections.

As the project develops we will publish items of interest on this website or in our quarterly newsletter.

Society Coffee Mornings

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Coffee Morning Dates and Guest Speakers.

On the fourth Thursday of the month.

Last one this year – November 22 Cheryl Sandford from BwD Connect

Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and Raffles are planned for all our meetings starting at 10.am and usually ending at 11.45.am. We also enjoy meeting our Macular Support group who share the morning.

We ask for a donation of £1 per person to cover the costs but refills are available for those who would like a second fine brew.

All proceeds of the raffle going to the Society’s upkeep.

Everyone is welcome, if you have an eye condition or if you care for someone who has, then please feel free to come along and find out how we can assist you.

The meetings are held at the Mill Hill Community Centre, New Chapel Street, Mill Hill, Blackburn, BB2 4DT. Should you want advice or assistance, contact the Society on 01254 698683 or use the contact page on this website.