Category Archives: Events

Drawing – BSL

Sunnybank Mills (Farsley,Pudsey) LS28 5UJ  are offering a free Life Drawing Session to any burgeoning, blossoming, blooming or would be artist, who is deaf or hard of hearing, on Thursday 11th October from 7 pm to 9 pm.

There will be a BSL interpreter to assist Kim Coley the tutor.

There will also be a male or female model to pose for the class.

Materials will be provided – all you need to do is turn up.

One to one tuition will be given, the objective being to encourage and develop an individual’s unique drawing skills.

If you would like to see what exciting events take place at Sunnybank Mills Gallery  visit their website/ facebook (sunnybankmillsgallery)/ twitter (@sunnybankmills)/ instagram (@sunnybankmills) .

To book a place on the session please contact Jane Kay or Alice Chandler 0113 2563239 or e mail arts@sunnybankmills.co.uk  
Or here to book you place.

RP Fighting Blindness Information Day – 20th July

Friday 20th July
10:00am till 4:00pm
RP Fighting Blindness would like to invite you to an Information Day focusing on Inherited Retinal Dystrophies (IRDs) and syndromes, including Retinitis Pigmentosa and Usher syndrome.
The event will include presentations from the following:
• Mr Martin McKibben, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Leeds Teaching Hospital
• Mr Raj Mukherjee, Consultant Ophthalmologist , Leeds Teaching Hospital
• Oxsight Smart Glasses
• Leeds & Bradford Rehabilitation Teams
• There will also be talks from a number of patients living with these conditions
• Chance to meet and discuss what support is available with local organisations supporting patients.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about Inherited Retinal Dystrophies (IRDs); the latest research information, to put your questions to the experts, meet other people and engage with the charity.

 

This event is free of charge, and is open to:
Anyone affected by RP or an inherited retinal dystrophy and their families
Professionals working with affected families

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND PLACES ARE LIMITED, SO PLEASE DO CONTACT US TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE!

If you would like to attend the event or you have any questions, please contact the RPFB office for further details.

Telephone: 01280 821334 / email: services@rpfightingblindness.org.uk
Post: RP Fighting Blindness, P.O Box 350, Buckingham MK18 1GZ

Click here for a programme of the day

 

 

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RNIB Employment Day

Venue: Leeds Civic Hall
Calverley Street
Leeds
LS1 1UR

Date: Friday 1st June 2018
Time: 10:00 – 4:00

Collaborating with Blind In Business we are bringing you a day of handy hints and tips and invaluable networking, to help you in your pursuit of employment.

The day will provide information on the access to work application process, useful technology in the workplace, when and how to disclose your disability and ideas for successful CV writing.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a mock interview with some of the UK’s top employers to help provide feedback on how to approach the real thing.

Alongside all of this there will be inspirational employers and employees sharing their stories of finding employment.

To book onto the event, please click here to visit our Eventbrite page where you will be asked a couple of questions about dietary or access requirements. Or please call the connect team on 0303 1234 55 55 and they will be happy to register you onto the event.

We only have 55 places on the day, so please don’t hesitate to book.

Thank you very much for taking the time to learn about this event.

Many thanks,

Chloe Tear
RNIB Connect community Intern

Introducing the Leeds Talking Newspaper Website 2018

Inaugural meeting for new Leeds Talking Newspaper

After several years where the blind and visually impaired people of Leeds and surrounding area, have been deprived of local news in a recorded format for individuals, a new talking newspaper has been started.

 

The national Talking News Federation had noticed the absence of a TN in Leeds, despite that city being one of the most revered and highly populated in the North of England.  They asked their Development Team, headed by Alan Dunderdale and assisted by Marjorie Dunderdale, to try to set up a new talking newspaper and Alan set about writing to over 50 organisations, societies and companies in and around Leeds, inviting them to take part in this new venture and attend a meeting in November.  The meeting took place but sadly, despite promised interest, only a handful of volunteers attended.  A second meeting was arranged for January and a different handful of volunteers attended.  The third meeting, which took place on March 14th at the John Lewis Community Hub, attracted a few more volunteers and from those attending, a steering committee was formed.   Staff at John Lewis, motivated by and including Bryony Hewetson, have played a big part with their enthusiasm as has a volunteer from Yorkshire Water, Ash Roberts.  Paul Landey is a committee member of the former Leeds TN and is already providing an essential service in spreading the word about the new venture.

Two former readers for the previous Leeds TN have volunteered their services and another member of John Lewis Staff has expressed an interest in reading.

Alan Dunderdale has already spoken to a website developer in Otley – Elementary Digital – and this website has been donated by that company to help raise awareness of the new TN.  Many thanks for the donation.

In the coming weeks we need to establish a listenership and we would ask anyone who knows a blind or visually impaired person to inform them about the new TN and ask them to make contact to be put on the register of recipients. The telephone number to ring is: 07564 368453 – this will be an answer phone – please leave a message with your name and contact telephone number and we will ring you back.

Thursday 19th April at 4.00 pm is the date of the next meeting to progress the TN which will again be at the John Lewis Community Hub. (Many thanks to John Lewis in Leeds for providing this meeting room)

We have attached a copy of the magazine section for you to enjoy.

St Gemma’s – 40 Years Together Celebration

A Night to Remember will be a wonderful evening of celebration and remembrance to mark the 40th Anniversary of St Gemma’s Hospice. The Hospice is really proud to have been providing exceptional care and compassion to people since 1978 and proud that the generous support from the Leeds community has made it possible.

Special guests, ITV’s Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot, will be hosting the evening and there will be spectacular performances from Leeds Symphony Orchestra and our brand new Hospice Choir. There will also be the chance to learn about the history of the Hospice and hear from those who have been supported by St Gemma’s over the years.

The evening will end with a moment’s silence to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. A beautiful cascade of 50,000 petals will then fall in a powerful finale, each one symbolising someone who has been cared for by the Hospice in the last 40 years.

Join us for this incredible night for just £5 per person, including a complementary programme. Contact Emily on 0113 218 5550 or click here  to purchase your ticket today.

Ticket Information
Tickets are only £5 per person, including a free programme. They can be purchased from events.st-gemma.co.uk/events/a-night-to-remember-2018 or by calling Emily on 0113 218 5550.

BSL Course – CPD Points Safeguarding of Adults

TRAINER

Date:  Saturday 14th April 2018
Time:  09.30 to 16.30
Venue:  The Centre, St Mary’s Street, Leeds LS9 7DP

Jacki Pritchard – Independent Social Worker/Hypnotherapist/Trainer/Consultant/Researcher.
Author and Series Editor: Good Practice in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice Series.
Founder of: Beyond Existing, Support Groups for Adults Who Have Been Abused.
Co-Founder of: Practitioner Alliance Against Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (PAVA).

AIM AND CONTENT OF COURSE 1

This is the first in a series of 3 bespoke training courses which has been developed for BSL interpreters regarding the abuse and safeguarding of adults. It is NOT a generic basic awareness course The course was originally designed for  BSL interpreters in 2012 and has been well received in various parts of England; it has been updated to incorporate the changes which were introduced on 1st April 2015 with the introduction of the Care Act 2014. The main aim of this course is to ensure that interpreters know what to do when they suspect that someone is being abused, is at risk of harm or when they receive a disclosure.

for more information please click here

Please contact Alison Miller to book a place on the the course.
alison.miller@leedssocietyfordeafandblind.org.uk