Dinner Dance - a great success!

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our spectacular dinner dance on the 3rd of October at the Marriott hotel.

The night was sponsored by Optos, and guests included MSP Dennis Robertson, who is on the cross-party group on visual impairment, and Scottish Paralympic tandem cyclist Aileen McGlynn.

Sports pundit Peter Martin was our auctioneer for the evening and everyone danced the night away thanks to local band Groove Culture and Scotland’s disco diva, Juliana Hoy.

We are ecstatic to announce that nearly £50,000 has been raised from this event, which is a great support for the services we provide.

Thank you to the wonderful committee who organised the dinner dance, and to all who attended and supported Visibility on the night.

Ironman mark two

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Visibility now has its very own Ironman in the shape of Ross Clougherty.

Ross signed up for the Ironman Wales 2013 but he didn’t get to finish that event due to an unfortunate accident near the start. 

Ross had already raised a lot of funds for Visibility and he didn’t want to let his sponsors down so, in true Ironman spirit, he shrugged off his broken bones and signed up to do the 2014 event instead. 

On September 14th this year Ross headed down to Pembrokeshire, Wales, and completed the 2.4 mile swim, the 112 mile bike ride and the 26.2 mile run, in a time of 15 hours and 35 minutes.  

The photo above shows Ross at Ironman 2014 sporting his Visibility vest and well deserved medal. 

As well as achieving this huge physical challenge Ross also raised over £1,000 for Visibility. An incredible sum and we are so grateful to Ross for helping us secure the vital funds we need to continue to support children and adults who are blind or partially sighted. 

New Peer Support Group in Glasgow!

What is peer support?

Peer support sessions are aimed to give people an opportunity to learn from each other as well as pass on their knowledge of living with sight loss and helpful services.

What do the sessions cover?

The participants set the topics that are covered which can be anything from transport and technology to health and beauty. 

Where are they held?

Venue: The Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow. G3 6DS.

Time:     10.30am – 12.00pm

Please note the venue is just around the corner from the Visibility office.

I’m interested, when are the next sessions?

Next peer group dates are–

  • November 13th 2014  (Topic - Audio Description)
  • January 8th 2015
  • March 12th 2015
  • May 7th 2015
  • July 9th 2015
  • September 10th 2015

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A warm welcome, friendly atmosphere and interesting speakers await those who come along. So feel free to drop in! Everyone is welcome!

World Sight Day 09/10/2104

World Sight day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.  This year the theme for the day is ‘No more avoidable blindness’.  You can find out more about the global initiative here

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To celebrate world sight day we have been sending Visibility information packs, including leaflets on the most common eye conditions, out to local opticians. 

Many people think of avoidable blindness as a problem of the  developing world, but in the UK too, the outcome of many conditions can be improved by early diagnosis and treatment.

Most people are recommended to go for a free check-up every two years, unless otherwise advised by an optometrist. This will ensure any changes in vision or eye health are picked up early.

Glaucoma is a sight threatening condition that does not cause symptoms initially, at risk groups include those over 40 with a family history of the condition or people of African Caribbean descent.

You can have a free eye examination ONCE A YEAR if you:

  • are under 16
  • are 60 or over
  • have ocular hypertension or diabetes
  • have glaucoma, or are 40 or over and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has glaucoma.

 If it’s been a while since your last check up, why not make an appointment today?  Hopefully you will find some of our literature in the waiting room.

 

Go Walk - Saturday 4th October 2014 

Alexandria to Balloch return walk (3.8 miles)

A small group of regular walkers met up at Central station on Saturday and took a train to Alexandria.

We enjoyed a wee 1.9 mile stretch alongside the River Leven with some good sunshine, especially welcome since rain had been forecast.

Although the walk was short we kept a good pace so soup sandwiches and the odd scone with hot tea was enjoyed at delightful café called the Tullie Inn which sits on the bridge at Balloch next to the train station.

A few wee delays at the café meant that the walk back to Alexandria was more like a strut!! Everyone in the group did well to keep up with the group leader who was a few paces ahead concerned we might miss the train, phew! It was certainly what you would call a GO Active event.

The picture at the top shows the volunteers and participants heading toward Balloch, the one at the bottom shows us all strutting back. The sun shone most of the day which was a fab bonus!

Anyone who is interested in joining the Go walks should contact Sarah McAllister on 0141 332 4632 for more information. We will have our next walk after the winter on Saturday 7th February 2015.

We danced the night away

The Visibility dinner-dance, sponsored by Optos, took place on Friday 3rd October at The Marriott in Glasgow.

Over 325 guests attended to help raise vital funds to support children and adults with visual impairments living in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

 Guests included MSP Dennis Robertson, who is on the cross-party group on visual impairment, and Scottish Paralympic tandem cyclist Aileen McGlynn, seen in the photo below.

 Douglas Anderson is the the co-founder of Optos, and also a parent of a child with a visual impairment, and he spoke of how his child’s experience had motivated him to set up his digital retinal scanning company.  Douglas can be seen in the photo below.

Our other speaker was Natalie Curran, a 17 year old who lost her sight as a child. Natalie is an ambassador for Visibility and her mum Sarah was the driving force behind this fabulous event.The photo below shows Natalie and her friend looking after the tombola stall, which proved to be a big hit. All of our young volunteers did an incredible job on the night and we are so proud of them. 

Sports pundit Peter Martin very kindly donated his time to be the auctioneer, and music was provided by local band Groove Culture and Scotland’s disco diva, Juliana Hoy.

Visibility was overwhelmed by the generosity of the companies and guests attending the event and, by the time the evening came to a close at 2am a staggering £50,000 had been raised.

An astonishing total from what everyone agreed was an amazing night.