News from the SVI office, 26 November 2015

By SVI Development Worker, Sandra Troth

Hello everyone! Over the past few weeks people have told us that they would like to know more about what’s been happening or is about to happen at SVI. This is the third of a new series of regular updates which will be on the website and in the Sandwell Talking News.

Annual Forum

All the hard work leading up to the SVI Annual Forum is done now and we think the day went well, with member feedback being positive so far. Blind Dave our guest speaker was fantastic as always, our volunteers really did us proud this year and our exhibitors were varied with hopefully something of interest for everyone.

Thanks to Tony, Karen, Helen and the SVI Management Committee who all worked hard to make the day enjoyable for our members and guests. Lisa, one of our new Management Committee members organised the raffle on the day which raised £100 towards SVI funds.

New Management Committee members are Lisa Bradshaw, Georgina Orlebar, Richard Flatley, Mathew Carr and Ahmad Bostan – a warm welcome to you all. Over the next few weeks, we’ll try to get a short interview on the Sandwell Talking News from each of them so you get to know more about them and what they hope to bring to SVI.

Sandwell Talking New’s Ray was kept busy at the Annual Forum recording the speakers' presentations and talking to the exhibitors, so even if you couldn’t get there in person, in the weeks to come you can get a feel for what went on – Blind Dave’s talk will definitely keep you listening! (Visit the Sandwell Talking News webpage to listen to current and past editions).

A part of the day which touched my heart was the SVI Community Champion Certificate presentation, which this year was awarded posthumously to Tony Orlebar who worked so hard for SVI and is very sadly missed – he won a place in so many of our hearts; the award brought a tear to many eyes on Monday.

Please do give us your feedback on the Annual Forum, let us know what you thought and give us your suggestions for next year.

This week we welcome new STN listeners, with some members collecting their Boombox players from the Annual Forum and others calling in to the SVI office to pick one up – welcome to the Sandwell Talking News family, we hope you enjoy listening.

Winter Bazaar, Wednesday 2 December

It's on to our next project now and with December looming, we hope you can join your Active at 60 friends for their Winter Bazaar this Wednesday 2 December at the Deaf Centre, Dagger Lane. There’ll be lots of gift ideas, including crafts made by our members, a bric-a-brac stall, a provisions table and lots lots more – do come and join us on Wednesday.

Contacting the SVI office

We know that many of you call the SVI office to ask questions about services or to get support to access council or other provisions. Both Scott and I are part time so the office is often unstaffed, do bear with us and if you leave a message we will get back to you, so don't forget to leave your number on the answerphone.

Well, it's bye from me for now. Let me know what you would like to hear about SVI and we’ll try to answer your questions next time.

Please let us have your feedback by calling the office on 0121 525 4810 or email

Best wishes,



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