Tuesday 9th July

The Strollers will be meeting for a stroll in Ryde. They will meet for coffee at Bartlett’s Green Cafe at approximately 10.45am. After the stroll, lunch will be at The Cedars Pub in Wootton. Please contact Sight for Wight if you would like to join the Strollers Group.

The Swimming Group are swimming at the Waterside Pool in Ryde at 8pm. The pool is closed to the public whilst the group swims. There are male and female volunteers to help you get in and out of the pool as well as Lifeguards to ensure your safety. To join the Swimming Group, please call Sight for Wight first to notify us of your swimming ability. You need to register with the office at Millbrooke House first to be able to swim with the group.

Wednesday 10th July

The weekly coffee morning will be held at Millbrooke House this week from 10.30am.
There will also be our Low Vision drop in between 10.00am and 12 noon. This is a weekly event to allow you to view and try the low vision equipment we have at Sight for Wight without the need for an appointment.

The book group will be meeting at Lord Louis Library on between 2.00pm and 3.00pm. We discuss the last month’s book over tea and coffee, and hand out the book for the next month. The books are available on CD or USB. Please contact Laura on 522205 for more information or email members@iwsb.org.uk

Thursday 11th July

Laura will be at the monthly coffee morning at The Old Smithy Coffee Shop in Godshill between 10.30am and 11.45am. Our coffee mornings are run by staff and volunteers from Sight for Wight and are open to all.
Refreshments including delicious fresh cakes are available to purchase direct from the coffee shop.

The Thursday Social Group are meeting at Millbrooke House. The group meets from 10.30am till 2.00pm. You can knit or just have a chat, then later in the afternoon volunteers come in and read to the group from different topics. If you would like to join the group then please contact Sight for Wight on 522205.

Any Other News

Noir Anti-glare shields and filters
We now have a sample set of the most popular filters and frames available to try. These can be mixed and matched to individual requirements and then ordered. They are available to view at the Low Vision Drop In on Wednesdays or, if you would prefer to make an appointment, please contact Sight for Wight on 522205 or email members@iwsb.org.uk

Raffle Tickets are now available for our annual raffle which will be drawn on the 31st October. The tickets are £1.00 each and come in a book of 5 tickets. Please contact Sight for Wight on 522205 or email enquiries@iwsb.org.uk if you would like to purchase tickets.

Sight for Wight is looking for donations of tombola prizes for upcoming summer shows and also donations of raffle prizes; i.e. meals, car MOT’s, gift tokens etc. from businesses. If you are able to help please contact Sight for Wight on 522205 or email admin@iwsb.org.uk

Dress for Less, our boutique dress agency, is holding a Ladies Fashion Evening on Wednesday 24th July, from 4.30pm till 7.00pm. Tickets are £3 and available from Sight for Wight or Dress for Less. This includes a glass of bubbly and nibbles. We will be joined by Tropic Green Beauty, Summer Lilly’s Florist, Jewellery by Emily, and The Body Shop. Selected clothing items will be available at 50% discount. All profits will go to Sight for Wight. For more information, please call Dress for Less on 523197 or call in to the shop at 114 St James Street, Newport.

RNIB invites you to: Come and Connect
Please note the change of location details and dates.
The RNIB would like to hear your feedback and update you with what is going on in the community. So, you are invited to come and Connect with RNIB, other local support and most importantly, each other!
Dates and locations for the scheduled events on the Isle of Wight are:-
Friday 12 July 2019, 11am to 2pm, at The Falcon Cross Hall, 6-8 Falcon Cross Rd, Shanklin. Please note the change of venue as this has previously been advertised as the Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport.
Friday 2 August 2019, 10am to 1pm, at the Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport. Please note the change of venue as this had previously been advertised as The Falcon Cross Hall, Shanklin.
If you’d like to join the RNIB at an event, please RSVP by contacting the Community Facilitator Hazel Cross. Her email is hazel.cross@rnib.org.uk or you can phone 07525 923093.

Open Sight Hampshire are hosting the Eye Contact Exhibition on Wednesday 29th September 2019 between 10.00am and 5.00pm at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. It is Hampshire’s biggest, free exhibition which brings together the latest equipment and services available to those with, or at risk of, sight loss.
For more information please call 02380 641244 or visit their website www.opensight.org.uk

This weeks In Touch:

The new law giving sound to electric cars
The new law making electric cars safer. One blind man’s struggle to get the right mental health support.

From July 2019, all new electric vehicles will have sounds added to keep pedestrians safe. Transport minister Michael Ellis, gives us the government’s take. We also hear the thoughts of Jessica Schroder from the German national organisation for the blind. She tells us why she doesn’t think the new law goes far enough.
When Ashley Cox needed help with his mental health, he went online to find a therapist. Eight of them said no straight away, because they felt uncomfortable working with a blind person. He eventually found one and is now doing well, but he doesn’t want anybody else to have a similar experience.

Presenter: Lee Kumutat
Producer: Emma Tracey