Fantastic news - we won the People’s Millions!!
Thanks to everyone who voted for us and also to all those who tweeted, facebooked, emailed, texted and shouted out to get other people to vote for us as well.
We asked and you certainly delivered.
As winners we will receive a grant of nearly £35,000 to deliver our Let’s Get Digital project.
This project will support people with sight loss living in the west of Scotland who want to get to grips with technology. Through hands-on training sessions using a range of digital devices we will show people how they can use mobile technology to assist with daily activities such as reading, shopping, travel, managing finances and keeping in touch.
It is a much needed project and we can’t wait to get started.
Thank you all.
Today is the day we need you to vote for Visibility to win the People’s Millions.
The number is 0871 62 68 135
With your help we can launch our ‘Let’s get digital’ project to support people with sight loss living in the west of Scotland who want to get to grips with technology.
Every time you call the number above 1 vote for us will be automatically registered. You can call up to 10 times from the same phone number. After 10 calls your votes will no longer be counted. Calls from landlines cost 11p each, mobiles will cost more.
A film about our project will be shown on the STV West 6pm News but you don’t need to wait to see the film to vote or live in the STV West area to vote. The phone lines are open now and will remain open until midnight.
So please vote for us and forward this email to as many people as you can and ask them to vote as well.
We will know the result tomorrow and will post it on our blog and website www.visibility.org.uk and tweet it on @wearevisibility.
Thank you so much. All our fingers are crossed.
photo: Cake anyone?
It has been fun and games down at Cigna where the staff in their Global Individual Private Medical Insurance team, based in Glasgow, took on the challenge of organising a range of fundraising activities to support our work.
Photo: Can Champions ready for action
It all began when a team of 10 sales staff helped distribute 26 collection cans around a variety of Glasgow businesses, including independent stores, beauty and hair salons, cafes and sandwich bars on Wednesday 13th November. Not only did the team place the cans they have also agreed to empty them in their own time, on a 3-monthly basis, for the next year and deposit these funds to Visibility. The photo above shows some of the team with Audrey Ward, Visibility’s Community fundraiser. This very kind gesture means so much to us and we are incredibly grateful, but their support didn’t stop there!
On Friday 15th November the staff organised several events in the office including a remake of ITV’s ‘The Cube’, a cake trolley which made its way around the offices laden with home baking and sweet treats, a tombola, and a ‘hottest ever burger’ challenge!
Photo: Hoping for a winning ticket in the tombola!
For their final activity they held a ‘Guess the baby’ competition 18th November where staff brought in pictures of themselves as babies with other staff paying £2 to guess all the babies.
By the end of the activities 60 staff had participated and together had raised a brilliant £470.
Cigna is a global health services company helping customers and local communities improve their health, wellness and sense of wellbeing. The enthusiasm, time and support their Glasgow staff have given to Visibility has certainly created a huge sense of wellbeing in our office, and we are just so grateful to them. Thanks guys!
Twitter is bursting with stories, initiatives and information on anything and everything. But with the average lifespan of a Tweet just two hours, you’d be forgiven for missing out some on of this week’s top Tweets on sensory impairment.
The average blog post lifespan, however, is 2-3 years, so if you did miss out on some of this week’s top stories, hopefully you can catch up on them here on Visibility’s blog.
A charity has complained to the BBC for causing disappointment and outrage at the way a deaf person was depicted on a popular television programme. Gloucestershire Deaf Association’s (GDA) chief executive Jenny Hopkins submitted a formal complaint against the storyline around a deaf man featured on medical drama HolbyCity. Read the full story here.
A new website aims to help deaf people find electricians, plumbers and decorators who are able to communicate with them. As well as helping deaf people in Sussex find traders, service-providers and professionals who can communicate with them, the website – which DeafCOG believes is unique – also allows deaf professionals and deaf-led companies to advertise their services. Every trader will be vetted to ensure they can communicate with deaf people, and then categorised as “fluent in British Sign Language”, “communicates clearly and visually with some knowledge of BSL”, or “communicates clearly”. Read all about this innovative scheme here.
“The visually impaired gaming community is organised, and eager to help,” says blogger Diana Hughes from Gamasutra. She talks “5 Things We Learned About Developing An iOS Game for Blind Players” in her recent entry here. It’s well worth a read!
As part of Road Safety Awareness Week, BBR Optometry has issued a reminder to young drivers about the importance of regular eye examinations. A recent survey revealed that one in seven young drivers cannot see the number plate of the vehicle in front when on the road, and one in five has difficulty reading road signs due to problems with their sight. Read more here.
And finally… thanks to @AlanGunzburg for letting us know about this story. Chris Downey was 45 when his world went black. His eyesight had been deteriorating for months, yet it only took a few days for everything to fade into darkness. Would he be able to continue pursuing something to which he had aspired since childhood? He didn’t know… Read Chris’s story here.
Go Walk – Dams to Darnley Country Park
On Saturday 16th November Go participants and 3 regular and 1 new volunteer headed to the Dams to Darnley Country Park on the number 57 bus. During the 40 minute bus journey the group leader and no doubt a few others were busy analysing the skies and checking our android phones for an up to date weather forecast (the grey clouds above were thickening). Once off the bus, within 5 minutes we were off the noisy road and amongst darkening woodland, but hey ho as we continued trekking through winding paths, past bushes and burns we found the sun peeking through the trees, it warmed our cheeks further as we huffed and puffed up a hill. Most of the 2.8 mile route is flat, apart from this short uphill section on a quiet road.
This walk followed a network of paths. The country park covers over 1350 acres of greenspace around the East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City boundary, encompassing the green belt separating Barrhead, Darnley and Newton Mearns. The country park is made up of a patchwork of different landscape features, including open water, wetland and burn, woodland, grassland and scrub. At the top of the hill we reached one of the many reservoirs and observed a Victoria Viaduct in the distance. It was quite atmospheric and a great spot for a spooky movie. Heading back to the start point it was hard not to be grateful, on the day of our walk it not only stayed dry but we got the best of the Autumn, the trees adding splashes of wonderful colour around us!
It was a pleasantly tiring walk, so lunch was greatly anticipated. We gathered in comfy seats at a nearby supermarket café and had a range of food including surprisingly good soup and great service!
The photograph above shows the group standing in front of a ruin of the old Darnley Mill which sits haunting the woodland.
If you fancy joining any of the Go walks please contact us 0141 332 4632.
The Winter Newsletter will provide more details of future walks including a weekly health walk on Wednesdays 1 – 2pm which will run in conjunction with our class programme. This walk will be local and approximately ½ hour long.
On the 1st February the walk will be along the Clyde side and on the 5th April we will head out to Rouken Glen Park.
See you soon.
Sarah - The Go Project