Goalball - New Edinburgh club

Are you interested in playing goalball? Or becoming a coach or an official?           

Goalball UK together with key partners are launching a new club in Edinburgh so are holding another free ‘have a go’ session for anyone to attend – visually impaired or sighted, young or old, male or female, new or experienced. Come along to learn all about this exciting Paralympic Sport!

Date: Saturday 4th October

Time: 1pm to 3pm

 Venue: Edinburgh College, Sighthill Campus, Bankhead Avenue, Edinburgh, EH11 4DE. (Participants can be met at Edinburgh Park station at 12.30pm).

For more information, and to register your interest, please contact Kathryn Fielding.

Tel. 07795 263642 or email Kathryn@goalballuk.com.  

Being Sixteen in Scotland

Being Sixteen is a BBC documentary charting the lives and thoughts of a group of sixteen year olds who live in Scotland. One of the teenagers is Natalie who has a visual impairment.

Over the past year Natalie has been filmed at home and school, speaking about her sight loss experience at a Visibility fundraising event and when out and about learning mobility skills with Visibility’s Rehabilitation staff. Natalie told us what the experience of being followed by a BBC camera crew has been like:

"I have been filmed throughout the past year by a really nice film team- Mat and Nat. They filmed me in many situations which has lead to a strong trust bond between us. I was relying on them to tell me if I was having a bad hair day or had mascara on my nose!

My funniest memory from the filming experience was when they came to school. A tiny 1st year boy burst out of a room off the locker corridor and ran in front of the camera shouting ‘I’m on TV!’.The full day was very entertaining and my friends loved it too. It was really fun working with Mat and Nat and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”

If you didn’t catch the 2-part documentary when it was recently screened on BBC 2 it is now available to watch on the BBC iplayer

Go Summer Day Out - Edinburgh

The picture above shows a group of 25 of us who visited Edinburgh for the Go annual day out on Saturday 23rd August. 17 service users, a few hardy volunteers and 2 staff met at Queen Street Station early in morning and enjoyed a carriage to ourselves, everyone chatted and got well acquainted.

The day started with a walk towards Canongate. A guided group tour at the Scottish Parliament building was very informative and highly recommended.  They are free but need to be booked and only when parliament is in recess. Busy days ahead no doubt!

The skies opened as we reached Princes Street Gardens for our picnic so most of the group got pretty wet, fortunately the sun shone kindly and very brightly after the heavy shower which meant the sandwiches stayed dry and  jackets and trousers soon dried out.

Once fed and watered (ha, ha) we all headed to the tram stop and experienced a smooth tram ride to Edinburgh Park - by now everyone well acquainted and a few laughs were shared on the final train journey home.

Feedback from several participants following the event revealed it was all in all a very jolly day out! Hopefully the effects were long lasting as some connections and friendships were formed.

Parent Participation Project

Children in Scotland in partnership with fSDC (for Scotland’s Disabled Children) is carrying out a second survey of parents and carers, aimed at finding out more about the needs of families with a disabled child.

The survey will enable fSDC and Children in Scotland to represent issues important to families to the policy and decision makers, and we will be using the data gathered to assist the Scottish Government in finding ways to involve parents more meaningfully, both at a national and local level.

More details here: http://www.fsdc.org.uk/parent-participation-project

The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BCFNXPF

Working Age Self Management Resource - Get Involved!

We are looking for people to help us develop a new resource to address the challenges faced by people of working age with either sight and or hearing loss.

We hope the new resource will contain information, advice and inspirational ideas for those in work, those seeking work and also those unable to work at the present time.

It may be that you have been recently diagnosed or you may have lived with sensory problems for many years,  whatever your situation, we would welcome your involvement.  Please get in touch with Rae MacDonald by email or by calling 0141 332 4632

Independent Eyes - Online Community for the Visually Impaired

Paul Selby has launched a new blog/community website which he hopes will bring together information and news specifically tailored to visually impaired people wanting to live as independently as possible.

Paul says on his site: ” I want technology reviews that are aimed at me. I want a single source of information for the services I need, and I want a news centre for relevant news.”

In addition to readers, Paul is also looking for people to get involved with his blog, submit your own technology review, comment on an article or take part in his survey on high contrast accessibility usage.

You can visit Paul’s site by going to www.independenteyes.org.uk

If you would like to help by completing the survey please visit