KVIN fortnightly news roundup: Issue 1

KVIN will be compiling a fortnightly roundup of the news and information we have been sharing for visually impaired people in Kirklees.

Here you can find out what we have been doing and how you can get involved.

Contents;

  1. Our service
  2. Useful Information and Sources of Support
  3. Keeping Busy
  4. Tech News

1. OUR SERVICE

Kirklees Visual Impairment Network is a charity run by and for people with visual impairments, we aim to make sure people can continue to live full and independent lives when they lose their sight.

Normally we run face to face drop-in services where people can visit us for peer support and technological help, at the moment these aren’t happening, but we are still doing lots!

  • Remaining active on our social media channels to give updates.
  • Actively posting in our KVIN Support What’s app group, this virtual group is for anyone with a visual impairment in Kirklees to join. If you would like to join this group, contact us and we will add you.
  • Making regular phone calls to volunteers and service users.
  • Providing group chat sessions on a weekly basis, if you would like to join these, contact us and we will get you into the chats.
  • Providing technical support for using your smart phone, tablet or laptop, if you are having any issues or would like to learn something new, get in touch!
  • Provide practical support such as food shopping or prescription collections and dropping at your doorstep, contact us if you need help with this.
  • Referring service users to other support services as required.

During the Corona Virus outbreak, our offices are closed but we are working and are contactable. We are a friendly team and would love to welcome you to the group, please use these details to reach us;

2. USEFUL INFORMATION AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT

We are sharing sources of information and support that might be useful at the moment. This information is available on our website by following this link or by finding the news items at www.kvin.org.uk.

If you are in need of support, please contact any staff member at KVIN, we are here to help!

ECLO service We would like to highlight the Eye Clinic Liaison Officers who are still working and is still available to anyone who is concerned about their sight loss and needs either practical information and advice or emotional support. Both Nicki and Alice are lovely and will help you out as best they can, they are available by phone.

  • Nicki Rowe – 07808 735 748 for people who usually go to Dewsbury Hospital eye clinic.
  • Alice Elliott – 07711920494 for people who usually go to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Eye Clinic at Acre Mills.

3. KEEPING BUSY

Last week we shared lots of ways to keep active during lockdown, follow this link to read the summary of all the advice and links.

Next, we are focusing on reading to keep busy, we will share the summary in in the next news roundup.

Here are some other links to tips for maintaining your mental and physical health during this challenging time;

Listen to our very own Dan on Dodge Radio:

Dodge radio was set up a decade ago and is managed by our very own Dan Owen. It plays a variety of different types of music and presenters discuss a variety of different topics throughout the week, the music ranges from the 50’s up to today.

An example of some shows include the; country café happy days playing you some great feel good tracks, the midweek mix playing you classics from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, the Friday night essential mix and Saturday night party, playing you some great party tracks for your weekend.

To view the schedule, visit: www.dodgeradio.net

You can listen through the website or ask Siri on your iPhone or google assistant on your android to ‘play dodge radio’. You can also tune in from your favorite smart speaker such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa, ask it to ‘play dodge radio on tune in’.

*please note, not all shows may be suitable for younger listeners and may contain explicit language so please bear this in mind.

4. TECH NEWS

Here at KVIN we have a team of staff and volunteers with visual impairments who are able to help you to use technology such as using your smart phone, tablets and laptops. We can help with magnification and voiceover tech so that you can keep using what you have and can also share some handy apps that might help you out too.

We can also help with audio books and smart speakers like Amazon Echo. Whatever you are struggling to use or would like to try, we can offer help and talk you though your options.

You can listen to our fortnightly Tech Podcasts from Dan and Mark to here the most recent news from the accessible technology world.

Listen to our first tech podcast here!

Here are some links from what they discuss so you can find out more;

  • RNIB Talking books service: To register and take advantage of this service, check out this link.

Technology companies’ responses to coronavirus (Covid-19): During this crisis, several technology companies are helping users to stay connected by offering free trials.

  • Dolphin computer access – Supernova: Three months of free Supernova for students studying at home. Follow this link for more information.
  • Sight and Sound – 3 months FREE access to JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion for everyone: To obtain your free 90 day version, please complete the form on their website, or contact the team by emailing support@sightandsound.co.uk, stating which software you will require.

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