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LVIF E-Bulletin: 5th August 2016
This Bulletin is also available on our website: http://lvif.co.uk/category/news-bulletins/
2016 meeting dates can be downloaded here:

NB: Please send articles for inclusion to: sharon.schaffer@lvif.co.uk


Item1: Shaping the future of the UK Vision Strategy

Item2: People with sight loss in England are failing to be assessed for vision rehabilitation support

Item3: The RLSB Choir

Item4: Awareness Raising in Tanzania

Item5: ELVis Launch New Newsletter

Item6: Extension of North-South Cycle Superhighway to King’s Cross

Item7: RNIB Group appoints Sally Harvey as Acting CEO

Item8: Job Opportunity: TfA: Campaigns and Outreach Officer

Item9: TfL Announcement: Night Tube

Item10: Research: Participants needed aged 50+

  1. Item11: Job Opportunity: National Sport Manager, Sense

  2. Item12: Job Opportunity: Manager, Barnet Community Projects


Event 1: Take Part In Active August!

Event 2: Islington Health, Wellbeing and Fitness Day: 17th Sept

Event 3: VI Yoga Sessions at RNIB: Mondays

Event 4: RLSB Blindfold Run 2016: 6 Nov

Event 5: Moorfields: Know how to use your eye drops event: 18 Aug

Event 6: Sutton Vision: Charity Fashion Show: 21st Sept

Event 7: Sight Loss & Guide Running workshop in Sutton: 19 Sept

Event 8: VocalEyes: Aug 2016

Event 9: Visionary Conference: 20-21 Oct, Birmingham

Event 10: 'Give Horses a Go' day: 18 Sept


Item1: Shaping the future of the UK Vision Strategy

It was announced at Vision UK 2016 last month that the Vision Strategy Leadership Group has commissioned NCVO Charities Evaluation Services to evaluate the UK Vision Strategy, and explore opportunities for its future development.
The Shaping the Future of the UK Vision Strategy project aims to ensure that the Strategy responds to the challenges and opportunities presented in a dynamic external environment, and delivers maximum positive impact for people with, and at risk of, sight loss across the UK.
Over the next 6 months we’ll be sharing with you regular project updates through this newsletter, on our website, and over on Twitter using the hashtag #UKVSfuture. We’ll also be sharing lots of opportunities to participate in this work and we hope that lots of you will get involved.
Find out more about the project on the Shaping the Future page.
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Item2: People with sight loss in England are failing to be assessed for vision rehabilitation support
Nearly half of people with sight loss in England are not being assessed for vision rehabilitation support by their local authorities. This is the conclusion of RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) new report See, Plan and Provide, which is based on an exclusive survey of local authorities in England. The report found that many are not getting the right support, at the right time, to help them live independently at home.
RNIB are calling on all local authorities to – see, plan and provide:

  • See: everyone with a visual impairment must receive a specialist face to face assessment.

  • Plan: everyone must have a plan in place, identifying the outcome of their assessment. The first two steps must take place within 28 days of first contact with the local authority.

  • Provide: any agreed vision rehabilitation support must start within 12 weeks of the person’s initial contact with the local authority.

Read the new report
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Item3: The RLSB Choir
We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of our brand new choir!
Singing, performing, playing an instrument, dancing, rapping, beatboxing, writing songs, producing and composing music, sound engineering and documentary film making are all involved, making it one of the most exciting choirs around.

The choir meets twice a month in East London and is open to anyone that is visually impaired between the ages of 11 – 25.

Joining the choir is totally free and there are no auditions to get in. Everybody is welcome whether a beginner or a pro.

Call RLSB on 0203 198 0225
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Item4: Awareness Raising in Tanzania
LVIF regular, Enitan Ajayi, is undertaking a trip to Tanzania...
Hi, I'm Enitan and I'm Visually Impaired.
At home in England I teach people with disabilities to use technology, such as phones, tablets and computers. 
I'm so thrilled to be given an opportunity to go to Tanzania to work with young, disabled school children (and their teachers) and offer to help them achieve an improved inclusive learning environment for children with disabilities.  It's an exciting time as there is now a much stronger move towards having schools in Tanzania develop a practical curriculum to accomodate all learners.

In the past disabled children have frequently been excluded from the same educational opportunities as non-disabled children, largely due to a persistence in negative social attitudes and a lack of  knowledge and skills needed to manage effective inclusion. There are three main areas in which I will contribute:

1. I will advise on awareness development and speak to the people in charge or those with influence to make disability awareness a curriculum issue, and for teachers to be given more training on how to help children with disabilities.
2. I will advise from my own experience how teachers might make the environment or equipment to create an disability friendly learning environment.
3. I will encourage families to understand disabilities and how it affects their loved ones.
Thank you in advance for your donations, this will mean so much for the children - but as much again to me as I am able to make my personal contribution to others.
GoFundMe campaign:

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Item5: ELVis Launch New Newsletter
This is the web link to our recent newsletter, so you can send this to anybody who isn’t currently on our mailing list but would like to receive a copy of the newsletter, as well as adding this to the website and social media.
One of the primary aims of ELVis is to increase the number of social opportunities available for vision impaired people in our region.  One of the ways we do this is by supporting in each borough a user-led local society that arranges informative and fun meetings and outings for its members, which is a good way for people to get together, share relevant news and socialise with friends.  In addition, at ELVis we also organise a number of workshops and events ourselves that are open to people in any of our boroughs. 



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Item6: Extension of North-South Cycle Superhighway to King’s Cross


  • Results of latest North-South Cycle Superhighway consultation published today

  • Widespread consultation received more than 1,300 responses – 70 per cent in support

  • Mayor wants to see scheme proceed and asks TfL to work with boroughs, community groups and other stakeholders to resolve issues raised


Transport for London (TfL) has today published the results of its consultation on the detailed proposals for the North-South Cycle Superhighway (CS6) between the junction of Stonecutter Street/Farringdon Street and King’s Cross. The new section would link with the first section of this Superhighway, which opened in April running from Elephant and Castle and crossing Blackfriars Bridge. The full length of the substantially segregated cycle route will be five kilometres from end to end.


In the King’s Cross area, the route will connect with the Central London Grid, which will provide high quality cycle connections to Camden Town and Swiss Cottage, and to Quietway 2 to Waltham Forest via Islington and Hackney.


More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of the responses to the consultation fully or partially supported the proposals, signalling continued public support for new, safer cycling infrastructure in the Capital. 


Pedestrians will also benefit from the plans with 1,665sqm of new footway along the route to make walking easier and more attractive, as well as 14 new and upgraded signalised pedestrian crossings with tactile paving and pedestrian countdown.


The number of people cycling in London is continuing to grow, particularly where new safer routes have been built. On Vauxhall Bridge, over which Cycle Superhighway 5 runs, there has been a 73 per cent increase year on year in the number of cyclists during rush hour. On the section of the North-South Cycle Superhighway on Blackfriars Bridge, cyclist numbers have increased by 55 per cent and 70 per cent of all vehicles on the bridge are now cyclists at the busiest times.


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said: “I want to make London a by-word for cycling around the world. Encouraging more Londoners to cycle by making it safer and easier benefits all of us – helping cleaning up London’s toxic air pollution, improving our health, and helping to tackle congestion on our roads.


“The extension of North-South Cycle Superhighway to King’s Cross will make a big difference joining up existing and planned safe cycle routes in this part of London.  It will provide thousands more Londoners with an easier and safer cycling route in central London. 


“Of course, there are lessons to be learned from how previous routes were delivered, including reducing the impact of construction on all road users. I have therefore asked TfL to look very carefully at issues raised by the public to make sure they are properly considered during the process.”


Alan Bristow, TfL’s Director of Road Space Management, said: “The first section of the North-South Cycle Superhighway has been a great success, with cyclists making up 70 per cent of traffic going over Blackfriars Bridge in the busiest times. We’re keen to move forward with the next section to King’s Cross, linking in with other cycling routes in central London, and will continue to work with the boroughs, community groups and other stakeholders to address the issues raised during the consultation ahead of setting out our next steps.”


The Mayor has personally written to the Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) following concerns raised during the consultation about changes to pedestrian crossings and the impact on visually impaired people. He confirmed that the signal-controlled crossing outside the RNIB headquarters on Judd Street near Euston Road will not be changed.


The Mayor has asked TfL to continue progressing the plans and speaking with stakeholders to address any outstanding issues, particularly about the impact on local traffic. He has also asked TfL to ensure any plans for construction take on board lessons learned from the previous routes. This includes a construction timetable that is better coordinated and the potential for more night time working to complete roadworks faster.


TfL will now prepare detailed responses to the issues raised during the consultation and continue to engage with local stakeholders and Islington and Camden councils to progress work on the scheme. 

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Item7: RNIB Group appoints Sally Harvey as Acting Chief Executive Officer
RNIB Group (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has appointed Sally Harvey as Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Sally will take up the post in October 2016 when current CEO Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE retires after leading the organisation for 12 years. 
RNIB Group has ambitious plans to make every day better for blind and partially sighted people. To support these plans and ensure operational leadership is not disrupted, the group’s board of trustees has taken the decision to fill the CEO post on an interim position.
Sally has held senior leadership roles at RNIB since March 2009. Most recently she held the post of Managing Director for RNIB Places, leading the charity’s education, care, supported living and housing services.
In order to ensure a smooth transition to her new role, Sally has assumed the role of Interim Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect.
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Item8: Job Opportunity: TfA: Campaigns and Outreach Officer
Transport for All (TfA) is looking for a new Campaigns and Outreach officer!
Please have a look at the job advert below and forward to anyone you think may be interested – or consider applying yourself if you meet the criteria.

Campaigns and Outreach Officer

£29k, Brixton, London

Transport for All (TfA) has been championing the cause of accessible transport in the capital for over two decades. Whilst progress has been made, still today disabled and older people have to restrict their lives or even become housebound because they are failed by inaccessible transport services.

We are now seeking a Campaigns and Outreach officer to help change this situation and win a transport system that all of London’s citizens can use with freedom and Independence. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the leading disabled persons’ charities campaigning for accessible transport in the UK.

Motivated by a passion for equality and the rights of disabled people, our ideal candidate will develop and lead multi-layered campaigns that seek to capture the imagination of supporters and the attention of campaign targets.

You will have the experience of running successful campaigns using a variety of methods including e-campaigning and direct. As a ‘people’s person’ you will also motivate supporters and members to get involved at all levels of campaign planning and development.

 Pitching stories on a regular basis you will be able to harness the power of the media to deliver maximum exposure for our campaigns and causes.

 A confident communicator, you will be able to sustain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders from local pensioner groups to government ministers.

What we offer:

  • A friendly working environment and supportive team

  • Flexible working hours and the ability to work from home

  • Attractive pensions package

  • Holiday entitlement

Our office is based in Brixton with its vibrant markets and excellent transport links.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Thursday 25th August 2016
For information and to apply, please download the Job Pack and email all completed applications to raphael@transportforall.org.uk
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Item9: TfL Announcement: Night Tube

From Friday 19 August Tube services will run on Friday and Saturday nights on the Central and Victoria lines. The service on the Victoria line will run the full length of the line between Brixton and Walthamstow Central. The Central line service will run from Ealing Broadway to Loughton/Hainault.


Night Tube services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will follow in separate phases later in the autumn.


To meet the expected demand for Night Tube services we will be running trains approximately every 10 minutes on the entire Victoria line. All stations will remain open and fully staffed throughout the night.


This train service has been carefully designed to meet expected demand, reduce waiting times for customers, and ensure we can continue our vital work upgrading and improving the Tube network. The Night Tube will provide Londoners with a range of safe and easy travel choices, playing a vital role in opening up London's night-time economy to a host of new opportunities and ensuring we have a world-class night time transport system befitting a world-class city.


Over the next three weeks we will be making our final preparations to begin the Night Tube. This will include some night time trials of the service. 


There are lots of ways that people can find out about the Night Tube service. Last Friday 29 July we launched a range of communications to ensure customers are aware of the changes to their journey and the benefits Night Tube could bring them. This included emails to Tube customers, PA announcements, Posters, and Online information including Social Media. From the 19 August travel maps in stations will be updated.


We are also aware that there will be some who have concerns of questions about the Night Tube, for example regarding disturbance from noise. In the lead up to Night Tube, we have increased our investment in renewal and maintenance and in the last couple of years we have renewed almost 70km of track and carried out improvement work on more than 450km of rail to ensure the track is in optimal condition. We are continuing to work with residents along the Central line who have raised concerns around noise levels, including replacing track, installing new shock absorbent track fixings to reduce noise, and re-visiting homes to take new noise measurements.


Any concerns or questions should be directed to our 24/7 Customer Services centre on 0343 222 1234. The team there will ensure the query is investigated and a response is provided promptly. If you have any immediate questions about Night Tube or would like any additional information please let me know.

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Item10: Research: Participants needed aged 50+
Are you aged over 50 and have sight loss?  We need your help!
We are looking for volunteers to participate in a study funded by Guide dogs.  We are exploring the experiences of people living with sight loss/visual impairment in order to enhance understanding of the impact of these conditions upon wellbeing.
The research is being undertaken by Professor Christina Victor at Brunel University, London and will involve one telephone interview of around 20 minutes.
If you have any queries or would like further information please contact carole.beighton@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
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Item11: Job Opportunity: National Sport Manager, Sense
Reference number: 41452

Title: National Sport Manager

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Full Time)

Location: Kings Cross, London

Contract type: Fixed Term, Temporary

Closing date: Monday 22 August 2016

Salary: £36,956 - £40,331 per annum (inclusive of London allowance)

Sense salary points: 42 - 46

Interview date: Friday 2 September 2016

To start: To be discussed at interview
About the role

Do you want to make a real difference to the numbers of disabled people accessing sports in the UK?

Do you want to lead sector change and work with other national organisations to increase participation in sport?

We are looking for the right person to lead sport and physical activity at Sense, the national charity supporting people with sensory impairments. We have big ambitions to grow our sports provision so that more people have access to high quality sports opportunities.

Sport and physical activity is an increasingly important area of Sense’s work. Access to sport and activity not only improves people’s lives through providing social benefits including confidence and friendship but it also has huge impacts on health and wellbeing.

Sense Active was launched in 2014 with funding from Sport England to deliver a project called Deafblind Active which highlighted the benefits of physical activity for people with deafblindness. We have since been awarded a new Sport England grant to deliver a progressive new project called ‘Sporting Sense’ which builds on these successes and reaches out to more people with sensory impairments.
This is a full time fixed-term role that is expected to end on 31st May 2018 (with the possibility of extension based on successful fundraising).
Closing date: Monday 22 August 2016
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Item12: Job Opportunity: Manager, Barnet Community Projects

  1. Salary £22,000 for a 4 day a week, 28 hours.

  2. Location Barnet, London, Greater London

  3. Job Type Permanent

  4. Category Social Care/Development , Management

  5. Sectors : Social Welfare

Job Description

Permanent, based in Barnet EN5
Barnet Community Projects runs the Rainbow Community Centre on one of Barnet’s housing estates. Working closely with many partners, we offer support services and activities for local residents and young people struggling with poverty and disadvantage. Currently, we have a focus on food poverty, and we have a 3-year Big Lottery grant to run three food projects/services alongside a money advice service, a job club, and a range of social, arts and sports activities for all ages.

With our founder and manager leaving after 5 years, we are now looking for a MANAGER to take overall responsibility for the running of Barnet Community Projects and its and projects. The Manager leads on the overall management of our projects and services; works with local people and partners on the development of new local initiatives; and leads our close-knit team in managing the organisation and centre.

BCP is a community-led community development organisation working at grassroots level. Reaching out to and building trusted relationships with residents and users, and establishing working partnerships with other organisations is a key part of this job. BCP offers volunteer placements and trainee jobs for local residents and all staff are actively involved in supporting them in these roles. The work also involves giving ad-hoc support to residents who drop into the centre with problems and crisis and handling community tensions.
This is a varied, challenging and rewarding role ideal for someone with a background in and passion for grassroots community development. You will need solid project management experience together with experience of managing staff and finances, of monitoring and evaluation, and of general operational management. You may be someone with a background in youth work, community/resident engagement and/or project management looking to develop your career in a senior management role.
To apply please download form from our website by pasting the link below


Closing date for applications 21st August

Interviews 24th August
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Next month, the (Olympic) Park will host a range of free sporting activities as part of the ‘Active August’ programme.

All activities are adaptable but the following specifically offer activities for anyone with a disability or additional support needs:

Bikeworks All Ability Cycling Club – Every Tuesday from 11am – 1pm as well as Saturday 13th and 27th from 3-4:30pm. Meet outside the Velodrome.  All ages and abilities welcome. Bikes, hand-cycles, adult tricycles, recumbents, tandems, car bikes and loads more will be provided as well as helmets.

Cycling For Health – Sunday 14 and 28 August from 10am – 1130am, meet outside the Velodrome. These sessions are open to anybody who can cycle and would like to join a gentle group ride around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Bicycles and adapted cycles may be available at no cost by prior arrangement (call 0208 980 7998)
Inclusive Sports (every Friday 10am – 3pm) – Motivate East Para-Legacy Agents are at the Timber Lodge on 12 and 26 August and at Beach East on 5 and 19 August.  Take part in Paralympic sports taster sessions for free, including Boccia and New Age Kurling.

Sitting Volleyball – Every Thursday at Beach East from 10am – 3pm. Come and try a Paralympic sport. Activities available for all ages and abilities and fun for the whole family!
Tennis Coaching for people with learning difficulties – Specifically designed to cater for people with learning difficulties, this takes place every Sunday at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre from 1-2pm.  For more information and to book, click here.
Visually impaired tennis – Taking place from 2-5pm on 27 August at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, this course is specifically designed to cater for people with a visual impairment, using qualified coaches and specially adapted equipment. Sighted guides are available. To book please visit the Lee Valley website.
You can download the full timetable for Active August here.
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Event 2: Islington Health, Wellbeing and Fitness Day: 17th Sept

When: 17 September 2016. 12.00pm – 4.00 pm. Registration will begin at 11.30 am

Where: London Metropolitan University, Science Centre (Sports Hall), 29 Hornsey Road, N7 9DD

Please join us for a free half day of fun health and fitness taster sessions to include Sound Ball Tennis, Dance and Movement, Adapted Boccia, spinning, Walking Football and Gym Inductions.
Please note, these activities may be subject to change on the day

You will need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear to participate in these activities.

For more information and to register please contact Leah Boylan on 07580 977 336 or leah.boylan@pocklington-trust.org.uk
The deadline for applications is 31 August 2016
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Event 3: VI Yoga Sessions at RNIB: Mondays
Monday evenings at 5.30 / 6.30 pm

The price is £5 per person

Classes are run by fully qualified teacher in Ashtanga and rocket yoga, Bonny Griffin, who is VI herself and a dancer, aerobics instructor, gym instructor and a black belt in martial arts.
" While doing my teacher training in yoga I thought how lovely it could be if I could transfer my love of yoga and all its benefits to people who may feel a bit intimidated by going to a fully sighted class, and so I thought of starting this class for anyone who would be interested in taking their first steps on an amazing journey into the world of yoga, or anyone who just wants to get some health benefits. "
If you are interested in coming to a class, or want to talk about starting a new class, please email or call Bonny Griffin on


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Event 4: RLSB Blindfold Run 2016 : 6 Nov

Feel the thrill of running blind with a friend as your guide by taking part in RLSB’s Blindfold Run!

You can run, walk or dance our 5K or 10K routes blindfolded. By the end of it, you’ll have realised some things that blind people already know – that blindness shouldn’t hold you back, that in the end, fear is the greatest disability.

Where & when

Date: Sunday 6 November 2016
Time: 11:00AM
Distance: 5k and 10k routes available
Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

For more information on The Blindfold Run, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please contact us using the details below.

020 3876 0009

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Event 5: Moorfields: Know how to use your eye drops event: 18 Aug

Please join us at our free drop-in sessions to learn about the best techniques to use your eye drops effectively, and for us to assess how you are using them. We can also advise about the different compliance aids available which may help you.

Date: Thursday 18 August

Times: Join us anytime between 10am to 12 noon and between 2pm to 4pm

Where: St. Ann’s main reception area

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Event 6: Sutton Vision: Charity Fashion Show: 21st Sept
Presented by
AMANDA FASHION. 41 The Street, Ashtead, KT21 1AA
WEDNESDAY 21st SEPTEMBER (Doors open at 7.30pm)
Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

Woodfield Lane

Ashtead KT21 2BE
Tickets £15.00 including complimentary glass of wine and canapes
To buy your tickets please contact

Sutton Vision – 020 8409 7166


All money raised will benefit clients of Sutton Vision

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Event 7: Sight Loss & Guide Running workshop in Sutton: 19 Sept
Sight Loss and Guide Running workshop has now been booked for South West London on 19th September, 6.30-8.30pm.


The course will take place at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 1SL


If you are interested in attending, booking can be made online at the England Athletics ULearn website at; http://bit.ly/2aqdIc3


This workshop consists of both a theory and practical session. The practical session will take place outdoors, so you will need to be prepared for the weather. If you have any questions about the workshop, then please do not hesitate to contact me.


Lynne Atkinson

Run! Athletics Activator for Bexley & Special Projects in S.E. London

England Athletics

t: 07718 394825

e: lynneatkinson@englandathletics.org

w: www.londonathletics.org

twitter: @RunSELdn

Facebook: Run South East London

Instagram: london.athletics

Sign up to the London eNewsletter  - Click here

Subscribe to our YouTube channel – Click here
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Event 8: VocalEyes Audio Described performances: Aug 2016


Unreachable Date: Sat 6 August 2016 Time: 2.30 pm

Royal Court Theatre | London 

A film director on an obsessive quest to capture the perfect light.  Renowned for his pioneering, ground-breaking and imaginative new work, writer and director Anthony Neilson returns with a new play created in the rehearsal room.

1984 Date: Tue 9 August 2016 Time: 7.30 pm

Playhouse Theatre | London 

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

The five-star smash hit production of Orwell's dystopian masterpiece 1984 returns to London. Orwell's ideas have become our ideas; his fiction is often said to be our reality. Don't miss out.


FAITH HEALER Date: Sat 13 August 2016 Time: 2.30 pm

Donmar Warehouse | London 

Throughout the remote and forgotten corners of the British Isles, Frank Hardy offers the promise of redemption to the sick and the suffering. But his is an unreliable gift, a dangerous calling which brings him into conflict with his wife Grace and his manager Teddy. Their accounts of their lives together and their memories of the past collide as they attempt to understand the power which lies at the heart of Frank's ministry.


Jesus Christ Superstar Date: Sat 20 August 2016 Time: 2.15 pm

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre | London 

Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal musical first hit the stage, Jesus Christ Superstar returns to London in a powerful new production directed by Timothy Sheader.

Yerma Date: Sat 20 August 2016 Time: 2.30 pm

Young Vic | London 

Simon Stone's version of Ibsen's The Wild Duck was a sensation at the Barbican last year. Now he writes and directs his first original work for the UK: a new version of Federico García Lorca's masterpiece Yerma. An achingly powerful story of a young woman desperate to become a mother.


Exposure The Musical Date: Sat 27 August 2016 Time: 2.30 pm

St James Theatre | London 

Young photographer Jimmy Tucker faces the biggest and most exciting challenge of his life when a stranger commissions him to find and shoot the seven deadly sins alive and kicking in modern London. But in a break-neck race through the night, a series of extraordinary encounters involving girlfriends, family history and the intoxicating cult of celebrity begin to reveal that there's a whole lot more at stake than just money. Weaving a breathtaking, contemporary score around a dazzlingly witty portrait of the price of fame, Exposure is an electrifying and brilliantly original new musical that is simply unmissable. 


Macbeth Date: Sat 3 September 2016 Time: 2.00 pm

Shakespeare's Globe | London 

On a barren heath, three sisters tell the great and bloodied Macbeth that he is fated to be King of Scotland. And so begins a terrifying series of events that lead to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children.

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Event 9: Visionary Conference: 20-21 Oct, Birmingham

Registrations have opened for the Visionary Conference 2016

Visionary has opened registrations to its annual conference this year - open to all in the sight loss sector.
The Visionary Conference 2016 will be held at the Aston Conference Centre in Birmingham on October 20-21.
The conference theme – Sharing success, making a difference – will be reflected throughout the conference where local sight loss charities, national charity partners and other professionals will have networking and learning opportunities.

There are some fantastic examples of service delivery happening among the Visionary membership, despite the challenges that members are facing particularly with funding levels being reduced or cut, and these will be celebrated at this year’s conference and reflected throughout the workshop programme and exhibition.

People can book their exhibition stands now and are encouraged to be creative when thinking about their stand, with interactive and accessible stands welcomed, to show off what they do to the attendees from across the UK.
There will be a range of workshops at the conference covering areas including fundraising, children and young people, sport, rehabilitation, sight loss and dementia, technology, and information, advice and guidance.

Visionary member nominations for the 7th annual Visionary Awards, which aim to recognise and celebrate excellence in the management of local sight loss charities and the quality of service offered, are also open. 

Alison Oliver, Chief Executive of Visionary, commented: “After a period of substantial change and progress we’re excited to be holding the Visionary Conference 2016 and for bookings to be open. We are pleased to confirm that we have been able to reduce the delegate rate and to subsidise accommodation for our members so more people are able to attend. We are looking forward to sharing success and making a difference with all attendees.”
Registrations are open through the Visionary website.
To take advantage of the ‘early bird’ and ‘small members’ free place’ offers you need to reserve your place by Monday, August 22.
For more information about the conference, visit visionary.org.uk or email conference@visionary.org.uk
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Event 10: 'Give Horses a Go' day: 18 Sept
A Riding for the Disabled and British Blind Sport Project
Where: Park Lane Stables Park Lane, Teddington TW11 0HY

When: Sunday 18th September

Time: 14:00 – 17:00pm

Cost: FREE
How to register: Email or call Natalie at Park Lane Stables: parklanestables@gmail.com / 07796 842 328
2 volunteers/staff members have received basic My Guide training and are happy to provide a meet and greet service at the Teddington Train Station
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