May 2021 Newsletter

Happy Centenary Ian Karten from Vision North Somerset

To celebrate the Centenary of Ian Karten’s birth, we are launching the Ian Karten Charitable Trust’s website. The website celebrates Ian’s life, vision and legacy.

Over 500 blind and partially sighted people living in North Somerset have benefitted from our own Karten Digital project funded by the Trust since 2014.

Here is a video explaining how the project has helped visually impaired people access technology training.

To find out more about the Karten Trust’s work, visit the new website: www.iankartencharitabletrust.org.uk

Want to find out more about technology? Get in touch with our Technology Officer, Jo Healy, by giving us a call: 01934 419393

Tech Ability Conference 2020

Jo Healy, our Technology Advisor, was asked to produce a short video for the conference about using technology, with sight loss, during the Pandemic. She decided to focus on Video conferencing.

Many participants at the conference come from specialist, further educational colleges, so the video was created with students in mind.

You can watch Jo’s video below.

Trained to Deliver!

Did you know that a blind person can navigate an unfamiliar area independently using a special app on their iPhone?

“I can’t believe I have gained enough confidence to go shopping on my own – just using my phone to get me to the right shop – it’s changed my life”

Hanna, who is registered blind, goes on to say:

“This technology has helped me so much; I now want to volunteer and teach other people how to use it.”

Local charity Vision North Somerset has been awarded over £9,000 by the National Lottery Awards for All fund to ensure volunteers and staff are trained to deliver a range of opportunities for blind and partially sighted people in North Somerset.

Chief Executive Nina Farr said:

“Knowledgeable staff and volunteers don’t just happen; we have to invest in their training and support to enable them to deliver a high quality service that makes a difference to people who are struggling with significant sight loss.”

“We are grateful to the National Lottery and the people that play every week who have made our Trained to Deliver project possible”.

Top of the training list is information about social media and the options this provides for reducing isolation and loneliness.

The charity also plans to provide a professional functional low vision service to help people to make the most of their sight with magnifiers and good lighting.

Lottery Celebration

Celebration is in the air on June 12th when Vision North Somerset launch a fantastic new project funded by the National Lottery.

People with sight loss, their family and carers are invited to come along to the charity’s centre in Neva Road to see what’s on offer.

The In Sight in Touch project received an amazing £336,000 from the National Lottery and will introduce some innovative ideas put forward by blind and partially sighted people themselves.

The Celebration and Open Day is an opportunity for everyone to come along, find out what we have planned and tell us their own ideas too.

Other exhibitors will also be present for the event including HumanWare assistive technology, Dolphin Computers, Wiltshire Farm Foods and others.

The charity is also celebrating volunteers week and has invited all of the organisation’s 80 volunteers to share in the celebrations. Voluntary Services Co-ordinator Michele Blake said: “Our volunteers are a great team and highly valued. If anyone would like to consider joining us we’d be happy to see them at the Open Day and have a chat about volunteering opportunities.”

The event takes place from 11am – 3pm on 12th June at Vision North Somerset, 3 Neva Road, Weston super Mare.