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Friendship Cafe Christmas Update

News Update
The Friendship Café

Saturday 7th December  from 2pm till 4pm.
Free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie
Our wonderful Evin will be hosting it.

2019 Friendship Cafe poster
The Friendship Cafe will be open for Deaf people and Blind people on Sunday 3rd February 2019  between 2pm and 4pm.

Come down and have a chat and laugh with some familiar faces…..and make some new friends.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Click here for poster: Friendship Cafe 2019 poster

UK national eye health and hearing study: case for investment

6 August 2019
Source: UKNEHS

UK’s first vision and hearing survey aims to capture vital data on UK issues

A lack of accurate data is contributing to a £58billion bill for vision and hearing loss in the UK, according to a report published today that calls on the Government to support the first ever national survey of the UK population’s sensory needs.

It is estimated that around 2 million people in the UK are affected by partial sight loss, and this is expected to rise to 2.4 million by 2024. The number affected by hearing loss is estimated at 11 million, and this is also rising.

These issues cost the UK economy £58billion in total every year. This takes into account, medical costs, for example falls and fractures caused by visual impairment, an increased risk of dementia due to hearing loss, service costs, and reduced employment. Around 50 per cent of all sight loss is believed to be preventable.

Researchers and charities have now come together to campaign for the first ever UK National Eye-health and Hearing Study (UKNEHS). The data generated by a detailed survey will help cut the cost to the economy and better inform policy makers and service providers, with a focus on prevention.

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of the Executive Board of the UKNEHS said “The UK has not invested effectively in collecting population data for vision and hearing loss. The UKNEHS is of vital importance to current and future generations if we are serious about providing quality, evidence-based services in these areas.”

The case for investment, published today by Vision UK, which works with organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector, outlines the details of the study. It would see 25,000 participants undergo an eye and hearing examination and complete a standardised general questionnaire.

Lord Colin Low, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment, stated: “If the UK is serious about reducing the levels of preventable visual impairment and hearing loss, then we must have the data that the UKNEHS will provide.

“If we don’t fund this kind of research we are saying that we accept that people living in the UK will lose their vision and hearing due to preventable causes, and that it is OK for them to live with hearing and vision loss that is treatable.”

The study will determine the prevalence and causes of vision impairment, blindness and hearing loss in the UK population aged 50 and over.

The study will also measure the detection and treatment coverage rate of major eye diseases and associated conditions, such as diabetes, in order to understand the effectiveness of current services.

Professor Rupert Bourne of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Chief Investigator of the UKNEHS, said: “Growing demand from an ageing population and increasing incidence of long-term conditions will exacerbate existing issues in the system. However, policy makers are completely in the dark about the scale of the problem because no comprehensive survey has ever been done in this country.

“Other countries across the world regularly survey their populations, allowing them to make informed decisions about care and treatment, identify trends and take action.

“We know the costs – to the NHS and the UK economy – of these issues runs into the tens of billions of pounds every year, so it is imperative that we understand more about our eye and hearing health, so that we can better address people’s needs and reduce costs.”

The UKNEHS brings together a number of partners including ARU, The Thomas Pocklington Trust, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the College of Optometrists.

The report has been submitted to the UK Government. The UKNEHS needs the public to ask their MPs to support the project – e-mail contact@UKNEHS.org.uk to find out how.

Ends
Notes to Editors
ARU is an innovative global university, brimming with ambition. Students from 177 countries gain qualifications with us in four continents. Students, academics, businesses and partners all benefit from our outstanding facilities; we’ve invested £100 million over the last five years and plan to invest a further £91 million over the next five years.

ARU’s Research Institutes and four faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields. We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference, from saving lives to conserving water. Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research.

We are ranked in the world’s top 350 institutions in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and in 2016 we featured in a list of the 20 “rising stars” in global Higher Education compiled by strategy consultants Firetail.

For more press information please contact:
Jon Green on t: 01245 68 4717, e: jon.green@anglia.ac.uk
Jamie Forsyth on t: 01245 68 4716, e: jamie.forsyth@anglia.ac.uk

DEX – Games & Quiz, Saturday 15th June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

When: Saturday 15th June
Time: 11am till 4pm
Where: Here!
The Leeds Society For Deaf and Blind People
The Centre
St Mary’s Street
Leeds
LS9 7DP

Contact: contact@dex.org.uk

DEX – BBQ Day, Sat 13th July 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

When: Saturday 13th July
Time: 11am till 4pm
Where:
Here!
The Leeds Society For Deaf and Blind People
The Centre
St Mary’s Street
Leeds
LS9 7DP

Contact: contact@dex.org.uk

Say Yes to the Dress

Hello! Are you looking for the perfect wedding gown? Whether you know exactly what you want, or don’t know where to start then you’re in the right place!
The show is being fronted by leading fashion consultant Gok Wan who will offer his knowledge and wisdom to the lucky brides. Each bride featured on the show is given the opportunity to try on wedding gowns; some of their own choice and some others selected by the stylists who have been specifically briefed on the bride’s requirements.
The bride-to-be’s family and close friends are invited to join them at the appointment and asked to share their thoughts on the look and style of the dresses they try on. At the end of each appointment, brides are asked if they have found their perfect dress and if they want to ‘Say Yes to the Dress’.
The show is celebratory and inclusive, and we are keen to represent a wide range of people with inspirational stories from a wide array of backgrounds. I was wondering therefore, if you might be able to help us to find some incredible brides-to-be who might be interested in taking part in the show.
Calling all Brides, click here for more info
Calling all Brides, click here for more info

We are looking for brides-to-be to be part of an exciting new series.

If you would like to find out more, please click on the link below and it will take you through to a short application form.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

Apply Now

Alternatively, if you would prefer to send us a direct email, please get in touch via brides@truenorth.tv

Good luck!
The Casting team
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Repair Clinics

How to get your hearing aid repaired

A hearing aid is a small and sophisticated piece of equipment and like any other electrical item it can require repair, maintenance or adjustments.  This should be carried out every 6 months.

Aftercare and repairs are available at the following health centres by  appointment only:

DAY CLINIC POSTCODE
Monday St James Hospital  (1st Floor Chancellor Wing)
Wharfedale Hospital  (Lower Ground Floor)
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS21/29
Tuesday St James Hospital  (1st Floor Chancellor Wing)
Holt Park Medical Centre
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS23/25/14/22
Wednesday St James Hospital  (1st Floor
Chancellor Wing)
Thorpe Park  (Park Approach)
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS15/14/25/26
Thursday St James Hospital  (1st Floor Chancellor Wing)
Armley Clinic  (Town Street)
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS12/13/28
Friday St James Hospital  (1st Floor Chancellor Wing)
Hunslet HC  (Church St)
Wetherby HC  (Hallfield Lane)
Yeadon HC  (South View Rd)
Pudsey HC  (Mulberry St)
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS11/10/26/27
LS23/25/14/22
LS19/20
LS28/13

Please book appointments by phoning: 0113 3926300

If your hearing aid requires a new tube or you require new batteries you can call in to the hearing aid clinic at St James’ Hospital (1st Floor, Chancellor Wing) and the receptionist will be happy to help you.

Hearing aid batteries are available from the clinics above or can be collected from the drop-in clinics on the next page

Batteries will be provided on a 6 monthly basis

Please ensure you bring your battery card when collecting batteries.

For general enquires, email:  leedsth-tr.hearingandbalance@nhs.net 

Email for enquires:  leedsth-tr.hearingandbalance@nhs.net

 

Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service

The Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service volunteers provide free batteries, basic servicing and cleaning for NHS hearing aids obtained from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals (LGI, St James, Wharfedale).

Visit the Drop-In Clinics (closed on National Holidays):

Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service
Gallery House
5th Floor
123-131 Headrow
LS1 5RD
Every Thursday 10am – 12:00pm
&
1pm – 3:00pm
Otley Library
Nelson Street
LS211EZ
1st Tuesday of month 9am – 12:45pm
Blackburn Hall
Commercial Street
LS26 0AW
1st Thursday of month 1pm – 2:30pm
Rothwell Community Hub
Marsh Street
Rothwell
LS26 0AD
1st Thursday of Month 3pm – 4pm
Crossgates Good Neighbours
Station Road
LS15 7JY
1st Friday of month 9:30 – 11:30am
Middleton Elderly Social Centre
Middleton Park Avenue
LS10 4LF
2nd Tuesday of month 10am – 2:00pm
Garforth Library
Liggett Lane
LS25 1EH
3rd Thursday of month 9:30 – 11:30am
Morley Town Hall – (downstairs hall)
Queen Street
LS27 9DY
4th Tuesday of month 10am – 2:30pm
Moor Allerton Library
Near Sainsbury’s
King Lane
LS17 5NY
4th Thursday of month 1:30pm – 4pm

British Blind Sport – 43rd Metro Games 2019

43rd Metro Athletics Open 2019

22 June 2019

Date: Sat 22nd June 2019  Venue: Mile End Stadium, London, E14 7TW

Click here for a Metro Games Entry Form 2019

Hosted by London Borough of Tower Hamlets and GLL, supported by Carmen Butler Charities Charitable Trust and the Roden Family Foundation.  

Metro Blind Sport – Welcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join us in our annual competition’s ‘43rd year! 

The morning ‘Come and Try Coaching Session’ will once again provide those new to the sport a brilliant opportunity to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, supported by qualified coaches. If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete in the afternoon, or are looking to improve your performance this is the place for you.

The 2019 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages. The athletics competitions are principally for registered blind and partially sighted people.

Every competitor will receive a free t-shirt along with either a medal and/or performance certificate. Free packed lunches will be provided for all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers. *Guide Runners may be arranged with advance notice, you will need to provide an estimate of your track times.

Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.

Entry form and Information

  • Entry:FREE including packed lunch, t-shirt, medals/performance certificate
  • If you would like help to complete the entry form then please telephone Charlie on 07956292046
  • The closing date for Entries is Saturday 01st June 2019, if you require Accommodation the closing date is 31st March 2019

 

Come and Try Session starts 10.00am – 11.30am, open to all ages, an ideal opportunity to access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.

Competition starts 12.00 noon, listed below are all events grouped under the relevant age ranges. Results will be uploaded to Power of 10 as soon as possible. 

Event closes after final Medal Ceremony – 5.00pm  

 EVENTS 

  • Under 12 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only) 60m, 100m, Standing Long Jump, Ball Throw, For B1 athletes only)
  • Under 14 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only) 100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),
  • Under 17(Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes  only – called 60m),
  • Senior Ladies and Men (18 – 34)100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
  • Vets Ladies and Men (Over 35) 100m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, Shot

 

The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line).

  • Athletes aged Under 12, 14 or 17 may take part in up to four individual events in any one day.
  • Senior Athletes may take part in a maximum of five events. These will consist of either 3 track and 2 field, or 2 track and 3 field on the day.
  • Electronic timing will be used on all track races.
  • B3 and B4 athletes are reminded that competition rules do not allow any concessions to assist performance. (No Guide Runners)
  • ALL B1 ATHLETES MUST PROVIDE AND USE THEIR OWN SHADES. Time permitting there will be a Fun Relay for all competitors during the afternoon including parents and coaches.
  • Photos: A gallery of high resolution photos will be available in the week after this event. We will share a link with you where you can view and select, following a donation of your choosing, the photos you would like to keep. Please take note of the number/s and send these to wynne@metroblindsport.org. Saul will setup an individual WeTransfer link (available for 7 days only) for you to download the Digital High Res Photo/s you have chosen to your pc. Photo requests are on a first come, first serve basis only and will be processed when time allows. Donations can be made via the website donate button http://bit.ly/MBSDonatePage

In order for as many events as possible to take place, it may be necessary to merge sight categories thereby ensuring the maximum number of individual ‘event requests’ are met. We recognise this could lead to a miss-match in functional sight levels, however our aim with the ‘Metro Athletics Open’ is to always offer the widest range of opportunities for athletes to compete. We view this as a preferable option to cancelling events with low numbers.    

 The closing date for Entries is Saturday 01st June 2019, if you require Accommodation the closing date is 31st March 2019.

Accommodation: This will be available on Friday and Saturday night (21st and 22nd) at the aforementioned Queen Mary University of London.  Please note there is a further reduction for those under the age of 18. A separate form is available for accommodation requests, please email charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org

Survey – Access to Health and Social Care Services

Healthwatch Leeds want to find out how people with visual impairment access health and social care services. We are an independent organisation set up to ensure that people have a voice in their care.

Can you spare 10 mins to fill in @HWLeeds survey?
Click Here

Clive Mason – Workshop (CPD)

Leeds  – Interpreting Workshop with Clive Mason

#ThinkingVisually
#VisualFlair

Part 1: Thinking Visually – Saturday, 19th January 2019.
Part 2: Visual Flair – Sunday, 20th January 2019

Venue: Leeds Society for the Deaf and Blind People, The Centre Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP

Time: 10:00-16:00
Trainer: Clive Mason
Suitable for: TSLI and RSLI – whether Constructed Action and Dialogue are new to you, or you would like a refresher.

Cost:  £120 per day – CPD 6 hours or
Special Price: £210 for 2 days – CPD 12 hours

Part 1: Thinking Visually: A Constructed Action Constructed Dialogue
Overview:
If a picture paints a thousand words then interpreters are artists!
Conveying complex concepts in BSL can be a challenge and it can be hard to manage the unwanted influence of English when interpreting.

Part 2: Visual Flair: Mastering Constructed Action Constructed Dialogue
Overview:
A follow up workshop for interpreters who have attended “Thinking Visually: A CA and CD Workshop”.
Say goodbye to words and immerse yourself in a visual world.

For further details and a registration form to book, please email: clivewgmason@gmail.com