Calendar of events – May to July 2018

SVI 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. This information is also available to download in audio format at the end of this page.

VI Digital Festival – West Bromwich Town Hall

SVI is holding two IT digital workshops – the first on Friday 18 May from 10am to 1.30pm, to give you and your friends a chance to look at smart mobile devices, phones and tablets and to get ‘hands on’ practice of how they work.

The second workshop is on Friday 15 June from 10am to 3pm, to work with visually impaired people and listen to your views on how websites can be easier to use. Based on your feedback, a digital charter will be compiled. The charter will state the way we want and need websites and social media to meet our needs.

More information about the VI Digital Festival.

Book your place before Wednesday 16 May.

Gym sessions at Portway Lifestyle Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Join SVI members every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12noon or Thursday afternoons 2pm to 4pm at the Portway gym, where SVI Buddies will be on hand to help and encourage you to get the most from your gym sessions, give spinning a try and much much more.

VI archery Tuesday afternoons

SVI hold a weekly VI archery session at Portway Lifestyle Centre, on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 2pm. It’s a great sport that is skilled, challenging and fun. There is a small charge for these sessions.

Get in the swim with SVI at West Bromwich Leisure Centre

Come along to our pool sessions at West Bromwich Leisure Centre every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm to 4pm. Whether you are a learner or a confident swimmer, our swim buddies are there to help you get the most from your time in the pool. There is a small charge for lane swimming, the teaching pool is free. 

Tea and toast drop in sessions at West Bromwich Town Hall

A relaxed, informal morning drop-in session, to chat with other visually impaired people, learn about local services and support and find out about new SVI activities. Come along to our tea and toast sessions on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30am to 12noon at our base at West Bromwich Town Hall. A slice of hot buttered toast and a cuppa awaits you!

Appy Hour

Want to learn more about smart phones, mobile devices and tablets? Contact the office to find out more about our Appy Hour sessions.  These are small groups that meet once a month to support each other to get the most from their mobile devices and to learn about new apps and what they can do. Techie buddies will be there to support you to gain confidence. Call the office to find out more about which of these appy hour groups will suit your needs.

Here to help listening support

Need to talk? SVI have a listening service, where you can talk to a fully qualified Counsellor about the things that are bothering you.  One-to-one sessions take place in the strictest confidence.
 
Prefer to share your worries and concerns in a confidential and supportive group? Then contact the SVI office and we can give you more details about these fully confidential sessions that currently take place on a Wednesday evening.

Women’s Group starting Monday 18 June

SVI have just received funding from Healthy Sandwell to start a women’s group. There will be two sessions a month to cater for women who prefer a daytime meeting and those who can only do evenings. Sessions will be on the third Monday of each month from 11am to 1.30pm, or Monday evenings on the first Monday of each month starting Monday 2 July, from 5pm to 7.30pm.   

The group is for women aged between 18 and 74. It will include guest speakers and information about women’s health issues, lifestyle matters like make-up and fashion, as well as holding pamper sessions and social outings. It’s going to be informative and fun, so if you are a visually impaired woman in this age group, contact us to find out more.

SocialEyes

Want to be part of a social group that is active and doesn’t want lack of sight to stand in the way of trying new things? The SocialEyes group is being set up to offer adults of any age who are still adventurous the chance to get out and live life to the full. Sighted support will be on hand to offer assistance for the things you need a helping hand to do. SocialEyes will send you regular details of a range of social activities, so there’s bound to be something to interest you. To find out more about this brand new SVI group, call the office.

Active 60

A social and wellbeing group for visually impaired people aged 50 plus. The Active 60 group was one of SVI’s first groups and runs social activities like trips out, meals, and get togethers at the SVI base at the Town Hall. Contact the office for more information.

Barber Institute audio described guided tour Thursday 21 June

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. Entrance is free, however there is a fee of £5 to travel from West Bromwich with us on the minibus. Contact the office to find out more or to register your interest.

Little Bangla fundraising evening

The Little Bangla in Langley has very kindly offered to hold a fundraising curry evening for us. Watch this space for more information.

This information in audio format (MP3)

Activities May to July part 1

Activities May to July part 2