News from the SVI office 18 January 2016

Another of our weekly messages from Sandra Troth, SVI Development Worker

I hope you are still keeping warm as its gone very cold this week hasn’t it. We are all wrapping up warm in the SVI office because it's been quite chilly in there. Many of you will know that the central heating has broken at the Deaf Centre where we are based, but there are plenty of portable heaters and we will make the main hall nice and cosy for the Active at 60 meeting this coming Wednesday afternoon. So if you want to join your Active at 60 friends for the first of our informal get togethers, come along between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday 27 January.

Last week we held the second of our Online Today workshops, with Sunny and Dee from Action for Blind People. The morning was for beginners and the afternoon was for those who have already taken the plunge and have either an I-phone, I-pad or other mobile device. These sessions are very popular and we have already started a waiting list for our next Online Today workshops on Wednesday 24 February – sessions are free so if you want to take part, contact the SVI office to register your place before it fills up.  

This week Pam and I went along to see the budding artists on the new SVI arts taster workshop in Oldbury. They were trying out their skills in clay work and having a whole lot of fun at the same time. Ruth and Richard who lead the workshops are excited that the sessions have started off so well and have lots of ideas for more art work to come in the summer, including a big project in the Sandwell Valley – we will tell you more about this in a few weeks' time.

Getting to grips with clay at our taster arts session

This week we also had some great news, the Tipton Civic Society have awarded Sandwell Talking News a grant of £500 from the Tipton Christmas Tree of Light Appeal. This will help cover the cost of CD distributions and to start to offer boombox players and USB sticks to Tipton visually impaired listeners. If you live in Tipton and would rather receive your talking news on a USB stick, ring SVI on 0121 525 4810 to put your name down to receive a boombox player.

That's all for this week! Stay warm.



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