We are all getting ready for Christmas here in North East Derbyshire…..
Cream Tea at ‘Dobbies’ Garden Centre
Both the Chesterfield and Bolsover groups had trips out to Dobbies Garden Centre in Barlborough. Cream Teas all round and then a walk around the Garden centre and shops.
One lady said “I wouldn’t get out at all if I didn’t come along to this group, and the cakes were lovely!”
Celebrating Success at Calow Hospital
On 21 November, Chesterfield Royal Hospital held a ‘Celebrating Our Success’ event. This is so that different departments within the hospital could showcase what they do and share best practice and different working practices. As part of the Eye Centre Display we showcased Sight Support Derbyshire and what role we play in supporting patients within the department. We were able to talk to different members of staff from across the hospital and the general public, promoting Sight Support Derbyshire and what support and services we are able to provide. One lady whose husband suffers with glaucoma tried the sim specs and talked about the difficulties he was having said “We didn’t realise Sight Support were in the eye centre and what support was available, we will come and see you next time” Pictured to the left are Rachel Bagshaw from Sight Support Derbyshire and staff nurse Jayne Green.
Volunteers Christmas Party
All Volunteers who have supported the Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire services were invited to Riverside at Chesterfield to join in with the celebrations. 30 volunteers came along and enjoyed the festive buffet and a hamper raffle.
Karen Robinson said: “Our Volunteers are doing an excellent job and it was great to be able to celebrate with them. I would like to extend a big thank you to all of them for helping us provide the services that help so many blind and visually impaired people”
Sight Support Derbyshire was invited to display their own Christmas tree along with 70 other fully decorated Christmas trees from organisations and businesses across the local area in the Spire All Saints Church in Chesterfield. Sight Support’s tree is pictured to the right.
Christmas Celebrations for our VIP’s!
With around 60 VIP’s (visually impaired people), their companions and volunteers coming along to the Christmas party at Riverside in Chesterfield on 10 December, there was alot to celebrate. It was great to meet up with so many people from the North East Derbyshire social groups. Everyone enjoyed the buffet and mince pies, and festive raffle. Our big prize hamper winners are pictured below with the staff team.
Music was provided throughout the day by DJ Tony Weaver who kept everyone going with some festive and retro tunes which got a few people up and dancing!
Elsie (VIP) wrote to us the day after the party and said “Thank you for all the time, goodwill, expertise and not forgetting the finance that you put in to help make yesterday’s event such a success, Thank you all very much”
Karen Robinson – North Derbyshire Services Manager said “We had over 60 visually impaired people present which is amazing. Bringing so many VIP’s together and seeing them have such a good time made me realise just how much the project has grown during the last 12 months. The members have been encouraged over the past few weeks to donate raffle prizes and the response was huge, we ended up with two very large hampers on the day, along with 26 other individual gifts, this goes to show just how much the project means to the visually impaired people who take part, Thank you to all the staff and Volunteers who made the day such a success”.
I’m sure you will agree, it’s been a fabulous year for the project. The activities and groups are going from strength to strength and with the one year Lottery report now in, it’s time to take stock and get ready for the new year ahead. We will also have some new input for the blog from guest bloggers… so watch this space!
From all of us here, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker