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Support us when you shop with Amazon

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select Sight Support Worthing as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. Amazon will donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:

  1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
  2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programmes & Features
  3. Select Sight Support Worthing as your charity
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Thank you! You can also select us as your charity when shopping via your laptop or PC, or just using your phone or tablet’s browser (rather than an app). These are the instructions:

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.co.uk on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your account and select the option to Change your charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select Sight Support Worthing from the list to support.

    Note: You can also hover over the supporting notice in the navigation at the top of any page and then select the Change link next to the name of the charity that you’re currently supporting if you wish to change it to us.

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A thank you on International Volunteer Day

A message from Katie…

On 5th December we celebrate International Volunteer Day!  This side of 2021 brings us to the end of another challenging year, but our volunteers have provided dedicated time and effort to keep our charity running throughout the pandemic.  Volunteers have really pulled through for the world these last years, kept communities running and enabled charities to achieve the important work that they do, all over the world.

It is important to SSW that all our Volunteers feel valued and that they enjoy the work that they do.  We certainly don’t have dull days here, and we hope that our Volunteers feel the warmth from our Members that they meet each week.  Each year we try to get together to show our Volunteers just how much we love them, and I hope that this coming year will allow us to do this more, as we have had to miss out on this for the last two years.

This has been my first year as Volunteer Coordinator at SSW, and I have been totally struck and overwhelmed at the calibre of Volunteers we have.  The team and community environment at SSW is so wonderful – SSW wouldn’t be what it is as a charity if it weren’t for you.

Thank you to all of our Volunteers… we salute you!

If you would like to volunteer with us, please get in touch.  We are on the lookout for one-to-one drivers for member appointments and would welcome you warmly to our team of volunteers. 

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Meals on Wheels in West Sussex

apetito is the WSCC meals on wheels service, delivering a two-course hot nutritious meal into clients’ homes 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

You can choose from a daily selection of meals and puddings and, as they cater for every dietary need, there is something for everyone.

The meals are delivered between 11am and 2pm each day. On delivery their friendly drivers will carry out a safe and wellbeing check which gives your next of kin peace of mind. They can also plate your meal up for you, fetch your cutlery and a glass of water and pop the meal in front of you if required.

There are no contracts which makes the service very flexible and enables you to stop and start the service whenever you like. The cost of a two course meal is £5.85 and you can add an extra course for just £1. They also offer a tea time pack which consists of a sandwich, piece of cake and fruit.

To find out more or to sign up to the service please call 01903 718893 or visit www.apetito.co.uk/meals-on-wheels

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Like a winter catch-up phone call?

As winter is almost here, and with it the cold weather and icy pavements, it may be tricky to get out and about as much as usual. If this is the case – either for you or someone you know – do feel free to book a regular chat over the phone with one of our volunteer team. Call now on 01903 235782 or drop us an email

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Blind Person’s Allowance

Blind Person’s Allowance is added to your yearly personal allowance. The allowance is £2520 for 2021/2022.

You can claim if you are registered as blind or severely sight impaired with your local council, or if you have a certificate.

Jackie Brownlee at SSW is able to help you complete the application form so if you think you may be eligible and would like to know more or get help from Jackie, please give us a call on the usual office number 01903 235782.

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Odd job Wednesdays

The wonderful Jacqui is now available on a Wednesday if you need any help with little odd jobs.

Jacqui will be available to help with things like changing light bulbs and batteries, retuning TVs, fixing dripping taps, sorting out broken shelves/cupboard doors etc.

Unfortunately, she will be unable to help with more time-consuming tasks like tip runs, gardening or cleaning.

To discuss your od jobs, give us a call at the office on 01903 235782.

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Say hello to James, our new Events and Activities Coordinator

Hi, I’m James! I’m the new Events and Activities Coordinator for younger people at SSW. I have taken on this position in addition to my role of Leisure Development Officer for Blatchington Court Trust as I hope the two can greatly benefit each other.

I have Nystagmus and Ocular albinism. During my time in mainstream education SSW (or WSB back then) were kind enough to provide me with a laptop which was very much appreciated and a huge help. I was also introduced to Look Sussex and Blatchington Court Trust during my time at school so have benefited from the amazing support that all of these organisations provide for VIPs.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you better and to delivering some amazing activities and events! 

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technology

RNIB Alexa giveaway

 

How do you like the idea of getting instant access to thousands of RNIB audio books, free of charge, just by using your voice?

Well, that’s exactly what RNIB can offer! They’re giving away 3,000 Amazon Echos (smart speakers) to celebrate the launch of their Talking Books library being available on Amazon Alexa.

You can simply say “Alexa, open RNIB Talking Books” to access thousands of titles. RNIB Library and Reading Services are fully accessible via an Amazon Echo and you can also ask the device to call the RNIB Helpline.

Terms and conditions do apply.

If you would like to try out the Alexa, we have them at the Centre for you to come in and see what all the fuss is about.

Our Tech Advisor Ali is on hand to help set up your device at home, answer questions and show you everything Alexa can do and give ongoing support.

To book a slot with Ali, drop her an email – alison@sswcharity.org.uk – or call the Centre on 01903 235782.

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SSW golfing experience

Members recently enjoyed a great day out at Worthing Golf Club. Matt, the Assistant Professional, spent time with everyone, understanding each member’s needs. He always seems to get the best from everyone, and consequently, making their experience one to remember.

 

Although all members hit straight airborne shots one member – who claims he has never hit a golf ball before – stood out: Carl Mann. Matt challenged him further by giving him a driver and he still hit 100 yards with little effort. David Martell managed a good 50 yards so we have some budding golfers in our midst.

Our thanks also must go to the catering team who not only made everyone very welcome but supplied wonderful sandwiches and chips.

A great day in lovely weather.

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Adult social care survey – your views wanted

West Sussex County Council is developing a new adult social care strategy and is asking people to tell them what is important to them and how they can support them to lead fulfilling lives.

They are focussing on people, rather than services.

WSCC want to understand what a good life means to residents. This means they want to hear about what is important to you, what you like and enjoy, and what makes you happy.

They have created a survey for you to tell them what a good life means to you and, in this short video, Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services explains why it is important they hear about the things that matter to you.

To help you complete the survey they have broken it down into different parts which could make up a good life.

The survey asks you two questions about each of these different parts.

  • What is good about it now?
  • What would you like to change and why?

You can answer all the questions or pick only the ones which are important to you.

There is space at the end to tell them anything else that is important to you.

WSCC welcome input from anyone with an interest in the future of adult social care in West Sussex. They survey will close on the 8th November 2021.

You can find the survey here.

There is also an easy read version which you can access here.