Activity Programmes

Action for Blind People and the Field Studies Council (FSC) are running three Activity Programmes for Young People aged 14-17 years with a visual impairment.  They will take place across England, where each programme involves 3 residential breaks. Visit the Action for Blind People website for details or click on the Facebook link below:

Home Technology Guide

A  new, cutting edge  Assistive and Inclusive Home Technology Guide for people with sight loss has been launched by the Thomas Pocklington Trust. The Guide covers a broad range of both high and low-tech products that are used for various activities around the home, whether relaxing or exercising, as well as online activities. The Facebook post below provides brief details so if you want to know more visit the Thomas Pocklington Trust website

MANIL Update

Camilla and Jan

Jan Collier reports on our two-week event at Epsom and Ewell libraries.

When we heard from the RNIB that that it was time to Make A Noise In Libraries, their annual campaign to bring blind and visually impaired people into libraries, we didn’t hesitate to take part. It was our first time joining in and so we enthusiastically rallied our volunteers and set up in both Bourne Hall and Epsom libraries.

It’s wonderful meeting so many people and spreading the word about Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper. Mel and her team at Epsom library were so helpful and very keen to learn more about our charity. Aside from meeting some eager volunteers and some new listeners, we met so many interested people who were amazed to hear that we have been recording weekly for more than forty years.

We had the pleasure of meeting the new Minister for St. Joseph’s, Peter Boyle and his young son Patrick, who have recently moved to the area. We met many carers and caring people; there were Dads with babies in buggies, Mums with cheeky toddlers, and even a gent on a motorised scooter looking in. A retired Lecturer at Nescot was delighted to hear about our work, as was a young man who has involved himself with learning to sign for deaf people.

As school leavers’ exam time is upon us once again, there was plenty of revision going on by local students. Though the campaign is called Make A Noise , we tried not to make too much and disturb them! On the table next to ours, Lucy, Imogen and Lois were hard at work with their studies but they took time out to talk to us about EETN, and if time allows in their summer holidays before they go off to Uni, they might come into our studio to see and hear more about what we do, and you never know, they may even read for us.

It’s been so interesting based in the library, where they have among many services, free use of computers for library members, large print books and a wealth of Spoken Word CD’s. We give our thanks to all our volunteers who gave their time to spread the word. Next year, though, we will make an even bigger noise and hope to meet many more people who will benefit from our free service.

Until then, keep tuning in every week and spread the word to friends who may also enjoy hearing from us.