Heading into Summer…..lots happening!

Busy busy busy!

Jean bowlingGroups and Activities are thriving in North East Derbyshire, recent outings include: one of  the Chesterfield Groups taking part in ten pin bowling at Storforth Lane at Chesterfield Bowl  (Jean pictured to the left  heading for a ‘strike’) and one of our Bolsover Groups visiting the Herb Gardens in Pilsley, Hardstoft.

Our regular groups have continued with trips and lunches out, bowling and our Library book club.  Here’s our list of regular groups – (individual activities not listed):

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Travelling the globe!

Please take the time to be inspired by two travelling globetrotters and bloggers – Richard Williams and Alistair Ford……

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Get smart with a Smartphone!


Hello again, it’s Alistair reporting (Here I am, pictured to the right)….Alistair intro photo Jan 15

Galaxy Note 3 phoneAfter my last blog post I thought I would continue with the subject of how I use my Smartphone. After trying out several different phones both iPhone and Android,  the phone I picked is a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (pictured to the left). The Note 3 has a large 5.7 inch Full HD screen, which I found to be much easier to see than the smaller screens on an iPhone. It’s an Android phone and there are lots of built in features for the visually impaired.

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Groups and Activities a gogo….

Outings, groups and activDobbies trip 2014ities are thriving and growing throughout 2015….

We have regular social and activity groups running in the following areas:

Chesterfield, Dronfield, Clay Cross, Bolsover, Shirebrook, South Normanton and Alfreton. With a variety of activities coming up, including: trips out, coffee and social meetings, bowling, a river cruise trip and much more….. Please contact us if you or someone you know would like to join in, or to find out more please click here.

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Introducing Alistair…..

Alistair intro photo Jan 15My name is Alistair Ford. I have been a member of Sight Support Derbyshire since 2006 when I was diagnosed with Cone Dystrophy which is a genetic eye disorder that affects the cones in the back of both eyes causing my eyes to be extremely sensitive to light and loss of central vision. There are a lot of things I have had to give up doing because of my sight loss such as driving, going into buildings with bright lights and even going out on my own. But one thing I still enjoy doing is my hobby of photography.   Although I had to sell my Digital SLR camera gear because I couldn’t see through the viewfinder anymore, I have found new ways to take photographs and videos and edit them using different types of cameras. My current favourite is to use my Android Smartphone and Tablet which both have large screens on them that make great viewfinders. And I have recently set up a Facebook page where I share my photos from our favourite Greek island of Zakynthos.


I have got involved with the North East Derbyshire Project blog so I can share with you my experiences of living with sight loss and to pass on a few tips and advice which I hope will help others.

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”

We are all getting ready for Christmas here in North East Derbyshire…..

Cream Tea at ‘Dobbies’ Garden Centre

Cream Tea Dobbies - Margaret and EileenBolsover Dobbies trip






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!”

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Focus Day in Chesterfield

Focus Day group activitesWe had a great turnout for our North East Derbyshire Focus Day on 16 October – with around 40 people with visual impairment, companions and volunteers attending the day.

The aims of the ‘workshop’ style day were to find out what people had learned & got out of coming along to the groups and activities, what they felt they had achieved and overcome, and also to see what improvements, changes and new ideas they had for the future of the project. Everyone who has been attending group activities in all North East Derbyshire areas were invited, and it was good to see so many join in with the day. Attendees worked together in small table groups, sharing feedback, comments and thoughts, with Sight Support staff and with each other.

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