Christmas Closure

Christmas Closure

 The Society will be closed from Friday 22nd December 2017 until Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

We wish all our friends and volunteers a Merry Christmas and peaceful and prosperous new year

Talking Newspaper Recordist Needed

Talking Newspaper Recordist Needed

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Our Talking Newspaper is recorded for over 50 blind or visually impaired people each week. We have 4 teams of very able people who read the news and other articles that make up each issue.

We have computer software that runs the program and a basic sound desk that controls the 4 microphones and then the digital MP3 recording is transferred onto USB’s that are distributed to our listeners.

What we need is a person who has a basic skill of using a computer and a low level sound desk. All the step by step instructions are printed out and help is always on hand.

So if you have some time to spare on a Wednesday and would like to help as a volunteer why not get in touch and join our friendly group.

Contact Mike on 01254 698683 or email bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com

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

Guest Speakers Needed

Guest SpeakerOur blind and visually impaired service users would welcome anyone with an interesting hobby or Job, who can come along to one of the society’s coffee mornings and tell us all about it.

Are you an agency who would like to publish the work your concern carries out, or maybe a charity needing to spread the word.

For more information call Mike on 01254 698683

 

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.

Macular Support Group

The Macular Support Group joins the coffee morning group and meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Mill Hill Community Centre.

The Macular Support Group is co-ordinated by Margaret Yates who can be contacted via this website or on the society’s telephone number (01254) 698683 or by email bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com

The group was set up to address needs of people who have recently been diagnosed with the Macular condition or people who want support with developing alternative skills that may include IT and audio devices.

The group also benefits from regular updates from the Macular Society where on-going research into the condition is funded.