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Activities

We offer a range of activities, most of which take place weekly.

Social Afternoons

Scrabble, Dominoes and Bingo

Eastbourne Blind Society members are able to attend social afternoons on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2.00pm until 4.00pm, when they have activities such as Scrabble, Dominoes or Bingo and enjoy a chat and a cup of tea.  

The afternoons encourage members to engage with others and offer opportunities for friendship and peer support.     

Transport can be provided at a small cost using our minibuses.



Arts & Crafts

The Art Group is well-supported by wonderful volunteers and led by our Artists, Solveigh or Jane.  Participants do not have to be artistic! 

In addition to mosaics, weaving, painting and other creative media, we have a small knitting group who enjoy sharing patterns and chat!


Energetic Activities

Bowls Club

The Society has a thriving Bowls club. Members play both home and away matches and have regular, non-competitive roll-ups.

In summer, the Bowls Club play on grass; our home ground is Gildredge Park.   A minibus provides transport.

In winter, we move indoors to play short mat bowls at our Centre in Longstone Road.

Sound Tennis

Sound Tennis sessions are now being held every Friday at Eastbourne Sports Park from 10.30am - 12noon.

Contact us for more details.

Exercises Sitting

We offer a free exercise class every Tuesday starting at 10.15am.

Exercises are from a seated position and provide fun as well as fitness.

Those wishing to take part should be able to make their own way to the Eastbourne Blind Society Centre in Longstone Road and be able to walk unaided.  

 

If you want more information or wish to register interest, please ring us on 729511 or speak to your Welfare Officer.

 

Walking Group

The group meets monthly and is a friendly opportunity for people who like to walk and enjoy company.

The walk is usually along the seafront from The Wish Tower to Holywell and back, stopping for a cup of coffee at the Holywell cafe.   Please contact the office for details.

 

Walking Group Dates

 

Training Courses

 

Modular Training

Coming on one of our courses is an effective way for a vision impaired person to learn new strategies for coping with sight loss.  The courses take place in our Centre in Longstone Road.  Access is wheelchair friendly and there are no steps to negotiate.   

We provide modular training specifically designed to suit each individual.

This includes information about the support we can offer as a society.  We also offer information about talking books, talking newspaper, magnifiers, low vision aids and equipment.  In addition we provide information about the various eye disorders, the implications of registration as a sight impaired person, mobility aids and guiding techniques.

 

Demonstrations are given and easy recipes are shared to promote an interest in healthy eating, to teach new ways of coping in the kitchen and to encourage VIPs to keep cooking.

 

Workshops provide the opportunity to learn interactively.
  
Most important is the opportunity to meet other sight impaired people in a safe, friendly and understanding environment.  Attendance on courses is free and transport is provided.

Computer Bytes

Computer Bytes is a short introduction to computers and, in particular, software aimed at visually impaired people.

The course aims to introduce the participants to a computer and what it is capable of doing.   It is aimed mainly at people who have never used a computer before and have a visual impairment.   For this reason, the emphasis is on the specialist software program Guide.

There is an introduction to word processing, enabling VIPs to write their own letters or documents, and to the scan and read facility, which enables them to have printed documents read to them.

There is also an introduction to emails and how to access a website.  Skype is also introduced.

We explain and give examples of how people can use a standard computer with only minor alterations to the personal preference settings.

 

Next Steps

This is for those who have done the initial Computer Bytes course or who have experience of using computers but need to be shown how they can overcome the issues raised by their reducing sight.

Whilst the computer courses detailed above mainly deal with using laptops or PCs, flexibility will enable us to consider tailoring them to meet the need of tablet users.

 

SIGNET

Sight Impaired Group NETwork.

This group is aimed at members of Eastbourne Blind Society who are of working age, whether or not they are in work.

SIGNET meets monthly and is supported by a sighted volunteer.

Ten-pin bowling, picnics on the beach, fish & chip suppers, quiz nights and many more activities are interspersed with opportunities to hear from expert speakers and discuss matters pertinent to younger visually impaired people.
All enquiries about SIGNET should be addressed to Mrs Deirdre Dean, Chief Executive, on 01323 729511.