Busy busy busy!
Groups 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):
Posted in Activities, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Groups, North East Derbyshire
Tagged eye health awareness, group activities, Macular Society, North East Derbys, Sight Support Derbyshire, spiral arts, visual impairment
Please take the time to be inspired by two travelling globetrotters and bloggers – Richard Williams and Alistair Ford……
Hello again, it’s Alistair reporting (Here I am, pictured to the right)….
After 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.
My 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.
We 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.