Calendar of events

Now that we have moved to our new premises at West Bromwich Town Hall, we have lots of new ideas and plans for future activities. 

Here are some of our activities and events coming up soon ‑ please contact the office on 0121 525 4810 or email info@sandwellvisuallyimpaired.org.uk  to find out more or to register your interest.

Tea and toast drop in mornings

Come along to our tea and toast drop-ins, where a warm welcome awaits you. They are on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30am to 12pm at our offices at West Bromwich Town Hall.

It's a chance to chat and to meet other visually impaired people. We will also have various of guest speakers, such as representatives from the Council's Sensory Services, South Staffs Water and West Midlands Police.

Find out about services and support that can help you in your everyday life. Share ideas and tips with other visually impaired people.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 4 April. Come on, come along for a cuppa, slice of toast and a chat! You can bring a family member, friend or carer if you wish too.

A voluntary donation of 50p will help us to cover costs.

Swimming and water confidence sessions

Have you taken part in SVI’s ‘learn to swim and water confidence’ sessions yet?  If not, then there is still a chance, so register your interest now.

Already learned to swim and want to progress to the next stage – then come along to our lane swimming sessions at West Bromwich Leisure Centre.  Confident swimmers are encouraged to take part and get into practice for our swimathon which will be at West Bromwich Leisure Centre between 4pm and 7pm on Saturday 19 May. More details will be posted soon.

Archery programme has started - 1pm to 2pm at the Portway Lifestyle Centre

Would you like to give archery a try? Register for this programme - contact us to find out more. Qualified instructors from Complete Kidz together with archery buddies will be there to show you how its done and to offer sighted support throughout the sessions.

Appy hour support group at our base at West Bromwich Town Hall

Following the great success of the Online Today sessions, SVI will be starting a Smartphone, mobile device and tablet support group. Register your interest to find out more about these sessions.

‘Here to Help’ 

Coming soon - this programme will be an ideal opportunity for you to learn about and have the chance to use a range of aids and equipment to enable you to to make your life easier. With the help of specialist providers we plan to offer you support and guidance to ‘try before you buy' and to find out where you can get help from free of charge.

Do you need someone to talk to about your sight loss and emotional issues? Join our listening and support group – a fully qualified counsellor will be available for group and one-to-one sessions.  

Portway Gym

Gym sessions take place twice weekly at Portway Lifestyle Centre on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

Gym buddies encourage and support visually impaired people to use the equipment, get around the gym safely, to set personal goals and group challenges – it is true teamwork to encourage everyone to achieve their own personal best.

From complete gym novices to those regulars, support is on hand.
Our gym members and buddies would love to see you, so just turn up at Portway on Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon to find out more, or call us at the office.

Please note: You will need to register with Portway and undertake an assessment and induction before starting your programme.

Active at 60, ongoing programme of events

Are you aged 50 plus and want to do activities that exercise your body and mind? Then join SVI’s Active at 60 Programme. There are regular events, outings and activities. Listen to one of our Community Agents, Faye, tell you about the St Patrick's event last March to get a taste of the Active at 60 experience. Don't miss out on all the fun!

Contact us for more information.