Vision Northumberland



Volunteer Week 3rd - 9th June 2024

This Volunteers Week we had a wonderful day celebrating the fabulous work of our volunteers who provide essential support to provide fundamental services to our clients.

Image 1: Trustees, staff and volunteers enjoying afternoon tea during Volunteer Week.

Image 2: Volunteers enjoying tea, cake and fizz as appreciation of their hard work.

Image 3: A Thank You cake to all our volunteers.

        
 

Sighted Guide Volunteers Needed

Would you like to support visually impaired people to gain confidence and remain independant? Then volunteer with us!

We are currently looking for passionate volunteers to provide someone with sight loss sighted guiding during organised activities such as walking, social groups or sports. Full training provided.

Call Rachael or Jo for more information on 01670 514316.


Camera Club

Our Camera Club has been out to Horwick Hall and Gardens this week.

We managed to grab some tea and cake in the cafe before exploring the grounds and taking plenty of pictures.

Here's Jo and Margaret enjoying a rest on the swinging seat.

If you are interested in joining us, call Jo on 01670 514316.

        
 

Water Sports

In partnership with Coquet Shorebase Trust, some of our clients have the opportunity to take part in a variety of Water Sports. 

Our first week was paddle boarding, with some very good attenpts to stand up!

During the second week, we took the canoes out onto the River Coquet, meandering up the river around Warkworth Castle. 

It was a fantastic session and the sun even shone for us, a little. Follow our facebook or instagram for more pictures.


Talking Newspapers - stay connected

Do you have a visual impairment and find it hard to read the local paper? Would you still like to know what's going on in your area?

Talking newspapers are just a click away - simple, accessible, FREE and enjoyable. Recordings will be posted to you on a USB and can be played on a USB player, computer or smart tv.

        
 

Newbiggin Walking Group

Do you live in Northumberland and have a visual or hearing impairment? Then join us for some regular exercise and the perfect chance to connect with other people.

Meet fortnightly on Thursdays at Newbiggin Maritime Centre, 10.30am.

If you would like to come to our next outing, call Jo on 01670 514316. ALL WELCOME


Cafe@ Burn Lane

Our Sensory Wellbeing Team were at ADAPT Cafe@ Burn Lane in Hexham this month.

Helen, Sandra and Michael took along equipment and information to support Sensory Impaired individuals in the Community. 

As well as help with visual or hearing impairments, our team can also offer advice and practical solutions to a wide range of other topics including housing, employment, fuel poverty etc. Please get in touch if you need any support.


Out and about - Belford 

Vision Northumberland believe services should be accessible by all, no matter how far you are from them!

As part of our Outreach Project, the team were so please to be able to bring our services out to the Belford community. A BIG thank you to Bell View for having us.

If you think your community could benefit from a visit, please get in touch with Sandra or Helen on 01670 514316



Chatter Box Cafe


If you want to meet some friendly faces, keep warm and enjoy  FREE refreshments and delicious home cooked food, why not come and join us for a relaxed cuppa and a chat?


Our opening hours:

 Tuesdays 10am - 1pm

Thursdays 10am - 1pm 


 

Please come and join us, we’d love to see you at our Café!


The Blue Book

We are delighted to share with you the 2023/2024 edition of The Blue Book for Northumberland. 

A volunteer initiative, The Blue Book is a directory of activities and support available within our community for older people and those living with dementia.

You can download a copy here -------> download

or order a hard copy here -------> hardcopy


Northumberland Communities Together: 01670 620015


NCT are here to help keep you safe and well, if you or anyone you know need a bit of extra support...


Perhaps your financial circumstances have changed with reduced hours, redundancy or benefit


Worried about winter bills or financial pressures? We work with Citizens Advice Northumberland to connect and support families


Feeling lonely, overwhelmed or struggling with mental health


If you do need food or medicine, please order it online or by phone or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home.


Worried about someone experiencing domestic abuse or concerned about a neighbour.



TV Licence Concession

Many clients have asked how they can get their registration number to apply for their discount. Please be aware that we do not have copies of your CVI or BD8 certificate. Your registration number will be issued by Northumberland County Council and you should have been issued with a card. Information about your CVI is usually held on your GP records, so you could request a copy of this.

Turn off the TV, Mom and Dad! - ChildrensMD

Join our NCBA 100 Club!

for a chance every month to win:

£25 First Prize

£15 Second Prize

£10 Third Prize

Call Ruth on 01670 514316 to enter a draw to win one of these prizes* every month whilst supporting us?

*Shares can be purchased for an annual fee of £12.  Total share money received by January 31st 2023 will be split 50/50 between prize money and support for the services run by NCBA - prize money is therefore subject to total funds raised. Click below to download an application form, or call Ruth at Vision Northumberland.

https://vision-northumberland.org/site/assets/uploads/1.100 Club Application Form.docx


Some useful contacts are shown below:


  1. For emergency support, telephone the Local Authority One Call service on 01670 536400‚Äč

  2. For help with things like transport to your GP, essential shopping, etc., please call the Northumberland Community Response team on 01670 620015

  3. If you are blind or partially sighted and are struggling with your mental wellbeing (or you know someone who is) and would benefit from a one-off session of support to deal with difficult feelings generated, or worsened, by the current situation then please call RNIB on 0303 123 9999. For tips, advice and resources to support maintaining good mental health. Click here to visit RNIB's website 


Too much scrolling? Please read on...

All our clients have a Sight Impairment (SI) and while this can affect ability to access information on screen, many of our clients use technology to access electronic media.

We have found that it can be better for our home page to be a series of short items to scroll through, rather than have things to click on scattered around the screen. We understand that there is not a 'one-size fits all', and welcome your views.

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The Joiners Arms in Morpeth have named NCBA as their Charity of the Year for 2020.

Our thanks go to Grant and all his staff and customers.