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Science and nature projects inspire visually impaired children at Moorvision
Science and nature projects inspire visually impaired children at Moorvision Visionary member, Moorvision supports blind and partially sighted children and young people in Devon and have decided to use the themes of science and nature in 2018 for many of their activities. The decision was inspired by Sarah Bell’s (Exeter University) workshop at the last Visionary conference, where she spoke about a project in which visually impaired people talked about their experience of accessing nature at various points throughout their lives. Moorvision manager, Laura Hughes, wanted to do more work around the subject, as she felt that opportunities to access science and nature were few and far between for children with sight loss. Following a successful grant funding application to The Nineveh Trust, Moorvision has rolled out a programme of science and nature themed events throughout the year, including “We The Curious” at Bristol. There has also been a Trip to Occombe Farm in conjunction with The Sensory Trust, where children enjoyed an accessible treasure hunt and were able to feel, smell and hold everything to do with nature. A trip to “The BIG Sheep” also allowed children to learn about sheering, sheep in general and other farm animals. Moorvision […]
Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, has just won two national awards!
Judith Wood, a visual impairment counsellor wins prestigious Radio 4 ‘All in the Mind’ mental health award and a coveted British Citizen Award Since 1877, OAB has provided free specialist support to people in the county affected by sight loss, supporting over 2,800 people every year. Visionary are excited to announce that Judith Wood, Counsellor at Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, has just won two national awards! Chosen from over 1,000 nominations Judith is one of three winners of the BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind Awards in the ‘professional’ category, which recognises excellence in mental health care. Judith also attended a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster where she received a British Citizen Award for Services to Healthcare. Nathan Tree, 29, nominated Judith for the All in the Mind Awards after she helped him come to terms with his own sight loss. Judith is visually impaired herself and she lost the last of her sight in 2016. Reflecting on the ceremony, Nathan said “This was one of the proudest moments of my life. Judith – I can never thank you enough for giving me my life back!” Hosted by Claudia Hammond on 25 June 2018 at the Welcome […]
Wilberforce Trust Awarded Planning for State of the Art Housing
York Charity, The Wilberforce Trust Awarded Planning for State of the Art Housing Visionary members, The Wilberforce Trust, have got a nod of approval to build new state of the art housing for their current and future tenants in York. City of York councillors approved the Wilberforce Trust’s plan to build 30 new flats on land it owns off Tadcaster Road, next to St Leonard’s Hospice. The image above shows an architect’s impression of the new build, and its surroundings. There is a driveway, with parked cars, hedgerows and trees plus the new state of the art flats and landscape beyond. The York-based charity currently has properties across the city which it runs as shared houses for people with sight loss, hearing loss and other disabilities. Those properties are not up to modern standards and trust Chief Executive Phillipa Crowther says they are increasingly hard to adapt: “Current housing is not purpose built and over the last 14 years, despite regular investment by ourselves and City of York Council in continued adaptations, they present numerous challenges.” Instead, the trust wants to build 30 state-of-the-art new flats which would help people live independently. The new housing is being built close to […]
iSightCornwall wins ‘best third sector business
“Truly transformational and truly inspiring” – iSightCornwall wins ‘best third sector business’ award at Cornwall’s annual business awards in April. (The photo above shows Gregg Wallace from Masterchef on the left who is standing beside Terri holding the award who is next to Carole, both are from iSightCornwall and on the far right is Peter Wroe who is the Board Director of Eden Project Ltd who sponsored the award) Huge congratulations go out to Visionary member iSightCornwall who in April picked up Cornwall’s prestigious ‘best third sector business’ award. The award brings with it an ever-rising reputation for the charity within the Cornwall’s business community as it seeks to extend its services to provide accessibility training and advice to local businesses. “There are a lot of businesses in Cornwall that work in the tourism industry”, explains Terri Rosnau-Ward, iSightCornwall’s Chief Executive, “and we’ve started offering them bespoke support to help make their attractions as accessible as possible for people with visual impairment”. Established 162 years ago as a charity supporting around 500 Cornish miners suffering sight loss from mining accidents, the charity has constantly reinvented itself to maintain relevance for the 21st century. As well as its new work with local businesses, the […]
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