Electronic programming guides potentially hitting the UK soon! OFCOM SURVEY

Some TVs are able to read out channel numbers, menu listings, and programme information, however, these so-called speaking EPG’s are not yet directly available on all the UK’s TV services.

Ofcom needs your help in finding out whether people with visual impairments would be able to make more use of EPG’s if these could read out information on request, so that they can make recommendations to all major programming suppliers.

They are interested in hearing from people who have used speaking EPG’s, those who use apps currently offered by TV providers, and those who would like better access to TV programming guides.

For more information, you can find the consultation on their website here, in a screen readable format.

An audio version is also located here.

New Peer Support Group in Glasgow

Visibility’s peer support sessions give people an opportunity to learn from each other as well as pass on their knowledge of living with sight loss and helpful services.

We will be starting a Glasgow peer support group on Thursday 11th September, at the Albany Centre, Ashley Street, Glasgow
G3 6DS from, 10.30am - 12pm.  If you are interested in attending please contact Visibility Office on 0141 332 4632 and we will keep you updated.

Peer Support Dates 2014

  • Glasgow -                11th September, 13th November
  • Hamilton  -                4th September, 2nd October
  • Dunoon  -                2nd September, 4th November
  • Campbeltown -        18th September, 20th November
  • Milngavie  -               17th September
  • Oban -                      6th August, 1st October, 3rd December
  • Helensburgh  -        10th October, 12th December
  • Kirkintilloch -            12th November

Haggeye - away day to collate bus travel feedback

As part of the RNIB’s ‘Bus Fortnight of Action’ Haggeye are asking people to join them on a day trip to to Edinburgh on Friday 18 July. You can travel from anywhere to get to Edinburgh as long as you use a bus at some point in your journey. Cake and a cuppa will be provided to refresh you for your return journey!image

They are asking you to record your experiences of using buses at local, regional and national level – both positive and negative – so that they can collate all of the information to help improve services.

For more information and to let them know you plan to join them, please drop an email to haggeye@rnib.org.uk or call Mo Colvin, Caroline Macleod or Caitlin Howie on 0131 652 3140

Tandem Sessions - Glasgow Green

Freewheel North will begin fortnightly tandem rides from Saturday 16th August. The organisation took over the ownership and management of the tandem bikes previously managed by Visibility’s Go! Project in 2013.

Rides will be planned once people have registered their interest and training can be provided to anyone who has not ridden a tandem before.

The tandems are based at Glasgow Green and you can register your interest as either a pilot or stoker by contacting Katy O’Rouke at the
Glasgow Green Cycle Centre, Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1AT
Tel: 07891097936

We are recruiting

We are looking for an Events and Community Fundraiser to join our small fundraising team. The post is 21 hours a week based in Glasgow. Full job description and application form can be found on our website. Closing date is Friday July 18th. 

at800 - Help with your Freeview TV Signal

The arrival of Fourth Generation (4G) mobile phone services in the Glasgow and Edinburgh area may cause problems for a small number of viewers with Freeview TV services.

at800 is the organisation that has been set up to help overcome any problems and some households may be entitled to receive an at800 filter - free of charge.   The at800 filters make the TV less sensitive to 4G transmissions and enable viewers to carry on watching Freeview as normal. They are relatively small, need no batteries or external power supply, and will normally plug into the lead between the TV and the aerial. Each type of at800 filter has been tested to ensure it works correctly in the UK and all come with instructions on how to fit them.

 To enable viewers to find out what support is available and how to access help, at800 have set up a Contact Centre. To get in touch, viewers should call   0333 31 31 800                    

(Calls from landlines and mobiles are included in free call packages and inclusive minutes. Outside of call packages, calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute and calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute).

For more information, please visitwww.at800.tv