Meet Gill, the “voice” of SSW

Hello – I’m Gill! It’s always nice to put a face to a voice – and for those of you who listen to the newsletter on CD, it’s high time I introduced myself.

I’m Gill Medway, a local actor and writer – and it’s my great privilege to record your monthly newsletter.

I’ve been a primary school teacher, a magazine editor and – believe it or not – a puppeteer in Saudi Arabia. My glove puppet theatre, Magic Forest, featured the adventures of Horace the Hedgehog and was a real hit with the under-fives – both for Saudi children and British expats.

I’m now the resident writer with a local theatre company, Hurly-burly Theatre. We’ve been performing regularly at the Ardington Hotel in Worthing – and I’m lucky to be writing for a great bunch of actors.

Our work there has been seriously curtailed, due to you-know-what but with the easing of restrictions, we’re now back on track and planning our next performance. As we return slowly to normal, there’s plenty going on at Sight Support, too. I look forward to telling you all about it very soon…


Introducing Jackie, a new face at SSW

Hi, I’m Jackie! I have lived in Worthing for 30 years. I have a 14 year old daughter who was born with congenital cataracts and had seven eye operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital to correct her vision. My daughter still attends GOSH every 3 to 6 months to complete Low Visual assessment, pressure and eye monitoring and development.

When my daughter was little my midwife introduced me to Look Sussex, Blatchington Court Trust, VICTA and RNIB; all of these charities have really helped and supported us through DLA claims and EHCP paperwork. I went on to become a trustee for Look Sussex and I’m now the secretary for the organisation.

I have just started work for Sight Support Worthing and look forward to growing my role. I previously volunteered at Ferring Country Centre and I work part time in a supported living house with six disabled adults. I have helped parents prepare DLA and PIP paperwork and would be delighted to assist any Sight Support Worthing members with their paperwork.

My new role involves fundraising for the charity so if any members are interested in helping to riase funds, please let me know. I have already met the Tai Chi (Qigong) class clients and look forward to meeting many more of you.


SSW help give Steyne Gardens a facelift

SSW recently joined forces with Adur & Worthing Councils to give parts of Steyne Gardens in Worthing a summer facelift.

a newly planted flower bed at Steyne Gardens in Worthing

Cherry Ward, trustee of SSW, reported that the team planted numerous Salvia in the small bed with pink verbena. Similar plants were put in either side of the small bed along wth some ground covering. It is hoped that the beds will provide a fanastic scent throughout the coming months.


A second planting session is also planned. If you are in the town centre, do take a walk down to Steyne Gardens to admire the team’s work and enjoy the improved setting.




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 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.


Introducing our new Tech Adviser, Alison Bates

Recently joining the team at SSW is Alison Bates. Alison, who has a vision impairment herself, will be our new Tech Advisor.

Welcome to Alison! Here she introduces herself: 

I am visually impaired having been born blind (congenital cataracts). I had surgery at birth to give some sight but at 34 I had a detached retina in my right eye which could not be saved with surgery.

I am married with two daughters, both of whom have the same eye condition as me. The oldest is visually impaired and the younger one is registered blind.

I enjoy live music, festivals and theatre, and I am really into the 1950s, especially the fashion. I also enjoy travelling and exploring new places.

I am really excited about the Tech Advisor role; I’m looking forward to getting to know our members and building great working relationships so they can get the best out of their technology and feel confident using their devices.


Introducing our new Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Saunders

Hello to all Sight Support Worthing members!

I am honoured to be the new Volunteer Coordinator.

I live in Ferring and love this whole area that we are blessed with. I’m a mum of two young ones, and we love nothing more than to explore the surrounding areas of natural beauty in our free time.

I am a keen birdwatcher and nature lover, so spend most of my time outside where I can! My other huge passion is music, which brings so much into my life.

My background is varied, having worked as a Project Coordinator in the volunteer travel sector to driving a boat at Arundel WWT. I am very excited to join the team at Sight Support Worthing and look forward to meeting some of you as activities slowly start again at the centre!