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.

SVI Learn to Swim, Improver and Swimming Programme: starts Wednesday 13 September

At West Bromwich Leisure Centre, Moor Street, West Bromwich B70 7AZ. SVI would like to invite members and other visually impaired people to register to join our next ‘learn to swim, improver and general swimming programme’.

Online Today introduction and one‑to‑one support sessions: Tuesday 26 September and Monday 16 October

These sessions are delivered at SVI in partnership with RNIB and offer visually impaired people a chance to see how Smart phones, tablets and mobile devices can be made easy. 

Morning introduction small group sessions will provide you with a ‘hands on’ opportunity to find out what these devices can do. You will be able to try a range of devices and we will demonstrate how simple they can be to use. 

Afternoon one-to-one sessions are for people who have already got a Smart phone or tablet and will provide you with individual support to use your device to its full potential.

Living with sight loss course: starting Thursday 5 October and every Thursday for four weeks

A four day programme, hosted by SVI at West Bromwich Town Hall and run by RNIB. These sessions will provide recently diagnosed visually impaired people or others who need help to cope with sight loss, with a range of information and support and you will meet other visually impaired people too.

Standing Tall, creative art workshop: Tuesday 3 October from 2pm to 4pm

Working in partnership with the Grand Theatre and Heath House Studios, SVI invite members and friends to come along and help to create part of a Giant Beanstalk ‑ crafting large flowers, leaves, butterflies etc with a textural effect as a contribution to Jack and the Beanstalk’s very own colossal giant that will be on display in the theatre during the run of the pantomime.

Barber Institute audio described guided tour: Friday 27 October

A morning guided tour of some of the institute’s art works, with an expert description of the paintings, outlining the background and history and setting the scene on what the artist would have been attempting to depict. 

Following this tour there will be a lunchtime concert and lecture by Kenneth Hamilton. There will be a small fee to cover transport for this event.

National Eye Health Week: Friday 15 to Friday 22 September

SVI will be visiting each of the six towns of Sandwell during National Eye Health Week, holding information and promotional events in local supermarkets – our message to everyone ‘Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Sight Loss’ and have a regular sight test.

We would love to see our members and friends for either a chat or to help us staff the stand, so contact the office on 0121 525 4810 or find out when and where we will be at a store near you.

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 this March to get a taste of the Active at 60 experience. Don't miss out on all the fun!

Contact us for more information.