The Restart

The society’s office is almost back to normal following the Covid-19 outbreak and we are looking forward to continuing our work in supporting local blind and visually impaired people.

There will be staff available to take telephone calls or respond to email. We will continue to support service users over the telephone and out of office hours by mobile telephone.

We continue to supply equipment and deliver locally as before. We will observe social distancing for the protection of our clients and colleagues.

The Talking Newspaper and Magazine are currently being produced by our experienced volunteers at home using their own equipment. We are looking for funding to re-equip our recording devices to raise the quality of the recordings in the future. The number of subscribers has very quickly got back to the numbers we had prior to the outbreak.

For the present, the society’s office remains closed to callers and signed for deliveries. Please telephone 01254 698683 for information about products or services or email bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com.

Thank you.

Internet and Technology Help

Help With Internet Technology.

Are you finding it difficult using your Ipad, Kindle, laptop because of your vision?

We offer a FREE 1 hour one to one help session with any piece of IT equipment you are having difficulty with.

 Our partnership with the national charity, RNIB continues to offer IT support for people with an eyesight condition with any phone, laptop, iPad or computer program.

Should you wish to find out more telephone 01254 698683 or email us at bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com.

I.T. Help sessions are arranged every third Thursday of the month at the society’s office.

Vision Loss Support

The Society’s Vision Loss Support service continues to offer advice for people experiencing sight loss. Advice about appropriate equipment and also provides an opportunity for consultation regarding their eyesight. The advice sessions are free by appointment at the society’s office. Where a client may have mobility issues, sessions can be carried out at the client’s residence, there is a small charge of £5 per appointment to cover travel expenses.

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.

To make an appointment or to find out more telephone 01254 698683 or email bdbs.vi.support@btinternet.com

Give As You Live

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The society has 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.

Spot Early Signs of Changes to Your Vision

 

 

Spot Early Signs of Changes to Your Vision.

If you suspect you vision has changed, if you experience more difficulty reading or recognising faces and detail, this could be an early indication of Macular Degeneration.

The society has a number of Amsler grid cards supplied by the Macular Society free of charge that will enable you to check for any signs of deterioration in your sight.

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 for a free card to be sent to you.

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

Society Coffee Mornings

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Coffee Morning Dates and Guest Speakers.

Usually On the Fourth Thursday of the Month.

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 our 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 regarding any eye condition, contact the Society on 01254 698683 or email bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com .

The Coffee Mornings are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Macular Support Group

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 the society’s office telephone number (01254) 698683 or by email bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com.

The group was set up to assist the 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 and information from the Macular Society where on-going research into the condition is funded.