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Living Well with Sight Loss group

Sight Support Worthing is pleased to be partnering with the RNIB to offer a Living Well with Sight Loss group, starting Friday 29th September.

 

This is a FREE group for West Sussex residents. It is suitable for adults of all ages, including friends, family members or anyone affected by vision loss. 

These free one-hour group phone sessions will be held every Friday morning for 6 weeks, from 10.30am – 12.00 noon. Members need to sign up for the whole course and the last session will be on the 3rd December 2021.

 

Each session covers a range of topics including:

  • understanding welfare rights
  • staying independent
  • tips and gadgets for everyday living
  • eye health
  • hobbies and interests.

Participants will also learn about other organisations and services that can provide support.

To access the group you can dial in by telephone or use your smartphone to join by video (link will be provided).

To book your free place, please contact us either by email (info@sightsupportworthing.org.uk) or call 01903 235782

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SSW’s Art Class: what’s it all about?

by Roz Naylor-Smith

 

We held our first Online Art Class back in January and at that point only one of the members taking part had ever used Zoom before and everyone else had to download it for the first time. Right from the beginning, despite occasional issues with no sound or video connection, those taking part have been fantastic at Zooming in every week and enthusiastically giving it a go.

A fantastic mixed media picture of water lillies as created by someone in our Art Class

The results of their efforts under the expert tuition of Fiona Mcvey have, I am sure you will agree from the photos shown on the website, been amazing. On the face of it trying to teach an Art class online to visually impaired people who struggle to see a small screen, such as a tablet or iPad, should not really work. However, by carefully explaining different techniques and demonstrating them close to the camera, Fiona works on a new painting with the class each week, using a different image/picture each week as a starting point and we provide a copy of these to everyone for reference.

Fiona has said that it is her aim is to encourage and support the artists who want to continue painting and newcomers who may not have put brush to paper since school. She has introduced them to new techniques and given tips to help with their sight loss and to finding different ways to add paint to paper. These have included using special tape to mark out parts of the picture or picking bold strong colours to use that can be more easily seen. Her top tip, though, is to enjoy the process and not to try and reproduce a picture in the colours you think it should be, but instead to use the colours you can see.

Many famous artists including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and modernist Georgia O’Keefe continued painting after their sight impairments changed their view of the world. Claude Monet, in particular, after his sight started to fail with cataracts, used stronger colours and his work became looser and even more impressionistic but was still very recognisable.

When asked about the Art Class one of the members said the following: “I really enjoy my Tuesday mornings with the Art Class. Not only do we receive guidance in painting and mixing colours from Fiona, but we meet up on Zoom with other friends who have eyesight difficulties, so we do just what we can see. Not only does the morning fly by but, if in any doubt, the session is recorded so we can see it again! It gives me inspiration to draw/paint other things which helps to while away the time by focusing the hand and mind to do something.”

It has been great to not only see all the beautiful pictures produced each week but also what has been lovely is the social side of the class, with the members getting to know each other, sharing stories and experiences and starting to form new friendships. Above all, the class is a way for everyone to have fun …. Fiona reminded us of the words of George Bernard Shaw who said “we don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”.

It has yet to be fully decided whether the Art Class will stay online, be brought back into the Centre or whether we will be able to continue with a mixture of different formats, but it will definitely continue in some form. Hopefully, others might now be inspired to join the class, either to try something new or to rekindle an old passion for painting by learning to paint again in a different way. If you would be interested in taking part, please get in contact.

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Join us for a bike ride at Brooklands!

We have a trip planned to Brooklands Park in Lancing to take part in an adaptive cycling session with Cycall.

Join us on 10th June as we take the minibus for an exciting excursion! We’ve space for 6 members so get in touch if you’d like a place. Our cycling session starts at 11am so we’ll be setting off to get there in time.

We are joining up with Cycall, an inclusive cycling project who have a great range of adapted cycling equipment that can be pedaled round the track. Alternatively you can just sit back and enjoy the ride while a ‘buddy’ rider does the hard work!

There will be full Covid safety measures in place and transport to and from Brooklands will be available

Darren on an adapted bike at Brooklands Park Worthing

Cycall is a fantastic volunteer-run organisation that provides adapted cycles for disabled adults and children or anyone with a health issue which prevents them from accessing cycling. As you can see from the photos, there’s all sorts of bikes available so there’s something to suit everyone! You can find out more about Cycall and their activities on their website or their Facebook page.

For more details or to book your place, contact info@sightsupportworthing.org.uk or call 01903 235782

A Van Raam EasyGo Trike being used at Brooklands Park Worthing

 

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Dementia Action Week in Worthing

Dementia Friendly Worthing has a week of events taking place as part of Dementia Action Week. Starting Tuesday 18th May there are both online and in-person events to choose from. Details of each event are below:

Tuesday 18 May, 2pm – 3.30pm

Open Meeting with Dementia UK Admiral Nurse

Hosted by Lynsey Tran, Dementia Friendly Co-ordinator

This is an open meeting where we welcome Clinics Admiral Nurse, Gary Burnham-Jones to discuss their work in East Sussex and how people living with dementia and their carers can benefit from Dementia Nurses. Everyone welcome

For details of how to book please contact Lynsey on INFO@DEMENTIAFRIENDLYWORTHING.ORG or phone and leave a message on 07903 720208.

Wednesday 19 May,  1.30pm – 3.30pm

First Memory Café since Lockdown

Dementia Friendly Worthing and Guild Care have come together during Dementia Action Week in May to arrange Worthing’s first Memory Café since the lockdown. With most carers and people with dementia now being vaccinated, and with social distancing regulations slightly more relaxed, it was felt the opportunity was right to support the more vulnerable groups within our community with an in-person event.

The Memory Cafe is open to anyone caring for a person with dementia and their loved one whether they have been recently diagnosed, have early onset dementia, or who were diagnosed some years ago. Even if you think you might have dementia and want to find out more about what happens next, you are welcome to attend.

It is essential to book a place with Guild Care on 01903 528635 or by emailing joanne.longhurst@guildcare.org If the uptake is high, places will unfortunately be limited.

Venue: Bradbury Wellbeing Centre, Haviland House, Robin Road, Goring BN12 6FE

Book: 01903 528635

Wednesday 19 May, 10.30am

Join us for a virtual Sing-a-Song and Smile session

Dementia Friendly Worthing has teamed up the Alzheimers Society and Mr Ric Gray for a free Sing-a-Song session for people living with dementia and their carers.

This takes place on the Zoom platform and can be accessed on your computer, tablet and a wide variety of phones.

Please contact Lynsey, Dementia Friendly Worthing Co-ordinator on 07903 720 208 for more details or email: INFO@DEMENTIAFRIENDLYWORTHING.ORG

Friday 21 May

Pop up hub in partnership with Abbeyfield Ferring

Come along and find out about local support and services for those with Dementia. Abbeyfield Ferring is at 50a Ferring Street, and the team will be there from 10am – 1pm. Look for the gazebo!

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Take part in Come Dine with Me!

Fancy your 15 minutes of fame or looking for a chance to show off your hosting and culinary skills?

Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me is looking for local participants!

Filming takes place in May (24th-28th) and you can apply by visiting this link: bit.ly/cdwm2021

Once you’ve made your application a member of the casting team will be in touch. 

We’d love to know if you are successful!

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The benefits of volunteering

Sight Support Worthing couldn’t function as well as we do without the amazing help and support of our volunteer Sight Supporters. They undertake a range of valuable tasks for us, and they get a real feel-good factor from helping our clients! Each volunteer has their own reasons for giving their time and energy to us, and chances are some of those are listed  below. Take a look at some of the brilliant benefits of becoming a volunteer:  

Make a difference – yes, there’s no denying it: you will make a difference to everyone involved in Sight Support Worthing or wherever you choose to volunteer. Some days it might be small and help one person, other days you might do something that helps a whole crowd. Either way, you will affect someone, somehow in a positive way. 

Gain confidence and build self-esteem – not all of us are as confident as we’d like, and volunteering is a great way to remedy this. Once you start volunteering you’ll begin to get a sense of accomplishment and pride in your achievements, especially when you see the difference you’re making to others. Your confidence and sense of achievement will be boosted even higher if your volunteer role takes you out of your comfort zone. 

This self-assurance will then spill over into other areas of your life so you’ll feel more confident and positive at home or work. If you’re shy, putting yourself into unknown (but hopefully welcoming) situations can condition you to find them less scary. Win-win. 

Create new connections – whether you come away with a brand new best friend or find somewhere to have a regular chat with friendly faces, you’ll form new connections with like-minded people. If you’re someone who finds life a little lonely at times, volunteering is an excellent way to combat this. Choose somewhere to volunteer where you’ll be amongst people and you’ll be part of a whole new community. 

Makes you happier – as humans we’re wired to want to help others, so the brain reacts well to situations when it knows you’re doing that, and makes you feel happier. Choosing a volunteering opportunity that’s right for you will also mean you spend that time having fun – and who doesn’t want an extra bit of fun in their life?! 

Sense of purpose – most people choose to volunteer for an organisation or issue that is important to them. By giving your time and energy for free, and helping others achieve something, you’ll be boosting your sense of purpose and with it your feelings of happiness.  Studies have shown that volunteering can help with depression, anxiety and other negative feelings by providing that regular sense of purpose and a positive reason to get up and out of the house. 

Help with your career – volunteering offers opportunities to learn new skills and many of those will be transferable to other aspects of life including work. It’ll also show any employer that you go above and beyond and take time to help others; who wouldn’t want someone like that working with them? Volunteering is especially good if you’re lacking in work experience as it can provide you with new skills and proof of attributes that can then be added to a CV or used as examples in job interviews. Say you’d like to work in admin… find a volunteering role that will see you helping out with filing, perhaps doing a stock inventory, or maybe sorting out mail. The more you help out, the more you will learn. 

So if you score one or more of these benefits while volunteering, you’re on to a winner. Perhaps you’re already volunteering and can add to our list of benefits? What do you gain from being a volunteer? 

We’re always on the lookout for people like you to help us in volunteer roles. Take a look at our web page dedicated to volunteering opportunities at Sight Support Worthing or get in touch for a chat.

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New weekly activity: Chair yoga with Renée

Join us online every Thursday for our exciting new chair yoga class. Led by Renée, these sessions will help you become more flexible, strengthen muscles and improve balance. These sessions are open to anyone with a visual impairment so do join us!

Depending on which is most comfortable, you can do the moves with seated or standing modifications. If yoga is completely new to you, do not worry: Renée will guide you through each pose with full instructions.

Classes are held over Zoom. If you do not have access to Zoom, do get in touch as we have options available to help you.

For more information or to book, contact info@sightsupportworthing.org.uk or phone 01903 235782.

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Art is for everyone! Join our Online Art Class

Whether you’re an experienced painter, or you’ve never so much as picked up a brush before, you’re welcome at our online art class! It is suitable for anyone with a sight impairment regardless of artistic experience. Paint, draw, sketch, glue, etch, cut – the choice is yours!

We meet every Tuesday from 10.30AM – 11.30AM.

For more information, give Roz a call on 01903 235782 or email her: roz@sightsupportworthing.org.uk