Talking Newspaper Restarts

We are pleased to announce the Blackburn and District Talking Newspaper has restarted again after being suspended and has been delivered to all our subscribers. We will soon be adding the Talking Magazine to a future issue.

Should you wish to join our group of listeners, please telephone the office on 01254 698683 or email bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com.

Bury Bikers Delivery Volunteers

DO YOU NEED ANY SMALL ITEMS COLLECTED OR DELIVERED

such as prescriptions, essential food, pet food or house to house items?

We have linked up with a group of motor cycle volunteers who will do this for free.

This is a voluntary service that is only available for people who are finding it difficult to go out themselves or are social isolating.

Bury Bikers Delivery Volunteers.

Ring the office on 01254 698683 and leave a clear message or email: bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com.

Or find Bury Bikers Volunteer Deliveries on Facebook

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

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.