National Eye Health Week 2016 - 19 to 23 September

Sandwell Visually Impaired, volunteers, supporters and family members were out and about in Sandwell during National Eye Health Week. Our mission was to raise awareness of sight loss issues, encourage people to have regular sight tests and inform people about local services that can help.

SVI members with stall at Oldbury Asda

SVI Development Worker Sandra with her guide dog Jangle, gym buddy volunteer Kelly, SVI Chair Tony and Management Committee Member Lisa with guide dog Ollie, kicked off the week at Asda, Oldbury.

Development Worker, Sandra Troth said: "The week was a great success, with lots of interest from members of the public, particularly on Friday at Tesco West Bromwich. People talked to us about a range of issues including specific eye conditions such as Macular and Glaucoma, services for people with visual impairments, and welfare benefits including the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).Details of funds raised will follow shortly. Thanks to everyone who supported us by offering their volunteer time and support, staff and store managers and of course most importantly, members of the public - thanks for coming and saying hello to us."

National campaign organisation Vision Matters supplied us with a variety of materials to promote eye health, including some healthy recipe booklets and Vista magazine. We also had information and support from Mytime Active Sandwell who run healthy living programmes. Having a sight test can pick up problems such as diabetes too, as the conditions are linked. Prevention is better than cure and we were able to encourage people to eat healthily and take regular exercise. We worked with in-store opticians and pharmacists to pass on the message.

A free eye health check is available at Tescos West Bromwich and Burnt Tree Dudley by booking an appointment with the store.

If you are worried about your general health you can book a FREE NHS Health Check with Mytime Active Sandwell on the number 0121 366 0966.


Presentation to Sandra Troth of donation from Mark and family

Presentation group picture

Also on Monday, SVI member Marc, his Mum Ruth, his brother and uncle presented Sandra with their family's very kind donation to SVI. This will help us launch an adventure pursuits activity programme for young visually impaired people. Thank you very much indeed for your generous gift.

Tesco Cradley Heath, Tuesday 20 September 2016

Sandra and Pam with Patrick Crompton

On Tuesday at Tesco in Cradley Heath, we met Patrick Compton who is the Co-Chair of COPE, based in Bristnall Hill Road. COPE supports carers of people aged 18 to 65 who have mental health issues. Patrick, a full-time carer for his wife, told us about some of the challenges faced by people with mental ill-health and the importance of the carer's support group. We talked about how we could work together in future and how important it is for local groups to make connections.

Tesco Burnt Tree Dudley, Wednesday 21 September 2016

SVI and friends at Tesco Burnt Tree

Volunteers Martin and Faye, with SVI Chair Tony, SVI Development Worker Sandra, guide dog Jangle and Volunteer Tracey at Tesco Burnt Tree.

Faye and Tracey encourage people to have free eye tests

Faye and Tracey promoting free eye tests at the in-store opticians, Tesco Burnt Tree.

Asda Cape Hill, Thursday 22 September 2016

SVI members Bill, Sandra and Tony with volunteer Kelly at Asda Cape Hill

SVI members Bill, Sandra and Tony with gym buddy volunteer Kelly at Asda Cape Hill.

Tesco West Bromwich, Friday 23 September 2016

SVI members with Mytime Active

Sandra, Jangle, Kelly, Sarah and guide dog Gracie, and SVI volunteer Karen.

Graham with Tesco West Brom Opticians Manager

Graham from SVI with Tesco West Bromwich Opticians Manager. Graham was dressed up in his 'make a spectacle of yourself' outfit to generate interest and provoke conversation about the importance of taking care of your eyesight - proving that sight loss issues don't have to be boring!

Sandra Brown and Sandra Troth

Promoting Sandwell Healthy Lifestyles with Sandra Brown, SVI Volunteer gym buddy and (not pictured) Jack Rubery from Mytime Active at Tesco West Bromwich. Find out more about how MyTime Active can help you get healthy by visiting their website



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