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  to find out more or to register your interest.

Sandwell Talking News Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Sandwell Talking News AGM will be on Monday 26 February from 11am to 1pm. It will be held in Committee Room D Sandwell Talking News Annual General Meeting Date and time: Monday 26 February 2018, 11am – 1pm Venue: Committee Room D, West Bromwich Town Hall, Lodge Road, West Bromwich B70 8DY. Please note that access to the building is to the rear of the Town Hall, off Lodge Road. Follow the yellow railings round the building and go to the second set of doors where someone will be ready to guide you to the room.

You can download the invitation letter and the agenda here. All welcome

Swimming and water confidence sessions to commence January 2018

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 and we can put you on the list to be notified when new sessions start in 2018.

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 to start in January.  Confident swimmers are encouraged to take part and get into practice for our swimathon in March/April 2018.  Register your interest for these sessions now.

Archery programme to start 13 March from 1pm to 2pm at the Portway Lifestyle Centre

Would you like to give archery a try? Register for this programme which is starting soon. 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.

Tea and toast drop in mornings between 10.30am and 12pm on the last Wednesday of each month at our offices at West Bromwich Town Hall

Responding to members' requests we are pleased to let you know that we will be starting a tea and toast drop in morning. The first session will take place on Wednesday 7 February 2018 and thereafter on the first Wednesday of each month. It is an opportunity to meet for a social get together and if you want, we will also have a range of guest speakers and interesting activities taking place in other rooms at the Town Hall. Just drop in for the first session and see what you think.

Appy hour support group to commence in February 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.