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Enfield Vision

Founded in 1995 to promote the wellbeing of visually impaired people living in Enfield.

 

Vision News:

Volume 40, May 2018

This page contains a web version of Vision News, the newsletter of Enfield Vision.  Vision News is available printed in font 18 large print, in Braille, or audio CD.  For further information on any of these formats, please contact us.

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Enfield Vision
Management Committee

Chair: Diane de Jersey, Vice Chair: Shadeen Rose, Secretary: Jim Finch, Treasurer: Malik Javed, Members: Barbara Govey, Keith de Jersey, Dee Jethwa, Umran Rauf

Enfield Vision full membership is free for visually impaired people.  Enfield Vision honorary membership is free for supporters, carers and family members of visually impaired people.

Enfield Vision welcomes donations, no matter how small, as these help fund its activities for visually impaired people.

Chair's Message

Dear members,

Welcome to our newsletter for summer 2018.  This newsletter has come to you after a gap of a few months. It will give you a brief summary of Enfield Vision activities during the previous year, as well as highlight what is planned for this year.

I regret to update members that Forum Meetings, which we have been holding in the evening on the first Monday of each month at Park Avenue Resource Centre, have come to an end due to closure of Enfield Community Transport, which ceased to exist from March 2018 because of termination of council funding.  Enfield Vision has been hiring Enfield Community Transport to facilitate its members to attend the evening meetings and that is no longer possible.

We deliberated all options in this predicament and we took the decision to hold Forum Meetings on the first Monday of each month at Community House during the daytime from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, with the exception of our Christmas Party which will be held on Monday 4th December 2018 between the hours of 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Community House.  It will be a new beginning for all of us to make our Forum Meeting successful by attending it, and by providing us with ideas on what activities should be included in these meetings.

Though Enfield Vison is ceasing its Forum Meetings at Park Avenue Resource Centre, we will continue to hold our Thursday Drop-ins here which are held in the morning between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.  I regret to highlight that one-year funding for Thursday Drop-ins has ended on 30 April 2018, but we will continue to fund these activities by our own fundraising efforts.

I am pleased to report that Enfield Vision Focus Day, held on Saturday 23 September 2017 at Community House, was successful and was attended by 130 visitors.  This year Focus Day will be held on Saturday 6th October 2018 between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  We have decided to hold the day especially on Saturday so that our exhibitors and visitors have easy access to car parking in Community House. Further information on Focus Day 2018 will be sent to you in due course.

I am pleased to report that our fundraising efforts during the year ending on 31 March 2018 have been satisfactory; we had an annual income of £12,800 with the expenditure of £13,053 and a shortfall of only £253.  Jim has planned a few day trips for this year; the details are given in this newsletter.

Finally, I conclude my message by highlighting the summary of Enfield Vision activities and dates for your diary.

I look forward to see you at the Forum Meeting on Monday 4th June at Community House.

With best wishes,

Diane de Jersey

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Enfield Vision Day Trips
Summer 2018
By James Finch

£15 per person, places are limited as we are using BEVAD transport.

Members need to book their place as soon as possible.  Last year we had to cancel several trips due to some being undersubscribed, so please book early.

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Forum Meetings 2018
By James Finch

It is with some sadness that, after over twenty years, Enfield Vision is changing its Forum meetings from Park Avenue Resource Centre, Bush Hill Park, Enfield, during the evening to Community House, Edmonton during the daytime.  This change has been brought due to the closure of Enfield Community Transport after having their Council funding withdrawn, and the recent introduction of charges for room hire by the new management of Park Avenue Resource Centre.

Our meetings at Community House will still be held on the first Monday in the month and the time will be from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.  It is hoped that this will be more of a social event, with speakers of interest also refreshments will be provided.

The meetings have been booked until the end of the year starting in June 2018, but excluding July as the venue was already booked.  To help with refreshments, if you intend to come please leave a message on the Enfield Vision office answer phone. Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 4th June, at Community House, 311 Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ.

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Enfield Vision Annual General Meeting
Monday 3rd September 2018

To be held at the
Community House
311 Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 8LT

Please note that our 21st Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd September at Community House. AGM notification will be sent to you in due course.

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Enfield Visually Impaired Bowls Club
By James Finch

It's that time again, when Enfield Visually Impaired Bowlers move outside for the summer season at Pymmes Park, Edmonton.  We have had a successful winter season indoors at the David Lloyd Centre, ending with our team James Gallagher, Jim Cantle and Dee Jethwa winning the High Wickham Tournament, and bringing home the Cup for the second year in succession.  Our internal trophy was closely won on the final day by Dee Jethwa.

We are now looking forward to playing outdoors in the sunshine; we play against both sighted and visually impaired bowlers in friendly competition.  If you think that Bowls is a game you would like to try, please contact me on the Enfield Vision office phone for more information and directions, or leave me a message if I am not there.   Everyone is welcome to have a trial session as long as you are mobile and able to understand the rules of the game.  Coaching will be given and age is not a barrier, as our members ages range from their twenties to eighties.  It is a good social afternoon out with friendly people; we play on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 pm until around 4:00 pm with very little cost involved.

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Act FAST Campaign 2018

National stroke campaign launches as new figures show larger proportion of strokes in middle age adults

Public Health England (PHE) has relaunched the Act FAST stroke campaign as new figures reveal that while the majority of strokes happen to those over 70, a larger proportion of strokes are occurring in middle age adults (40-69 years).

The campaign reminds people of all ages, including friends, family and carers of people at risk, to be aware of the signs of stroke and reinforces the importance of acting FAST and calling 999 if you notice any single one of the signs in yourself or others:

People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired and are unable to call 999 can text the emergency services on 999, but need to register their phone in advance.  To find out more, go to www.emergencysms.org.uk.

These messages are also particularly important for people with certain medical conditions who are more at risk of having a stroke.  This includes people with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat).

Act FAST  Make the Call.  Dial 999
The campaign is built around the 'Act FAST' (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym to highlight the key signs of stroke and emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999: Act FAST  Make the Call.  Dial 999.  For more information: www.gov.uk/government/news/act-fast-campaign.

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Changes to Enfield Disability Action's Services
Information and Advice Support

Enfield Disability Action (EDA) has recently issued a statement regarding the changes to information and advice support services which is being implemented due to funding cuts to provide these services.

The EDA statement says that unfortunately from Tuesday 3rd April 2018, EDA is no longer able to provide information and advice support and has been closed to new enquiries and referrals.

EDA further states that they will no longer be able to provide advice and services such as, for example social care advice, disability benefits and entitlements, benefits checks, working and child tax credits, universal credit, appeals, reconsiderations or Tribunal representation etc.  Advice on Housing, Housing Benefit, Council Tax support and Homelessness will also no longer be provided by EDA.  If you have any queries in this matter, please contact EDA on 020 8373 6228, or email: eda at e-d-a dot org dot uk, or visit their website: www.e-d-a.org.uk.

 

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Scams Prevention and Victim Support

Due to the rise in scams and fraud in recent years, Age UK Enfield are running a new pilot programme in conjunction with Action Fraud.

What is Scams Prevention and Victim Support?
Older people are particularly vulnerable to scams - 53% of people aged 65 or older have been targeted by scammers, and the average age of a victim has recently risen to 75.  Being scammed can seriously affect quality of life and wellbeing, as victims can experience anxiety, embarrassment, depression, social isolation as well as a decline in health as a result.

The main objectives for this project are to:

The Scams and Victim Support Programme aims to support and raise awareness of scams in Enfield and help older people feel more confident at being able to spot and avoid scams.

There are three levels to the programme:

www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/programmes/scams-prevention-and-victim-support

For more information, or if you would like an information session about scam prevention, please contact Sophia Jackson on scams dot prevention at ageukenfield dot org dot uk.

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General Data Protection Regulations
By Malik Javed

'Vision News' is produced in large print, audio CD and it is sent to our members via email. It is also available on line through the Enfield Vision website.

If you receive this newsletter at your contact address, it is because you have consented to receive it by making a phone call to our office or you have completed our membership forms which are kept safe as our office record.

However, keeping in view recent General Data Protection Regulation being enforced from 25th May 2018, we are required to update your consent to continue to communicate with you to provide you with news, events and activities being carried out by Enfield Vision.

We have considered sending you a consent form, but the majority of our members are visually impaired may find difficulty in completing and returning it; we have therfore decided to use this newsletter to update you on this matter.  Your personal details are only used to communicate with you about Enfield Vision activities.  Please contact us at our office by telephone or email if you want your name to be removed from our database.

Please also update us if your choice of receiving this newsletter in an alternative format has changed i.e. large print, email copy or audio CD.  Please contact us at our office and leave a message if we are not available.  We will respond to your message as early as possible.

 

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Focus Day
Saturday 6th October 2018

Enfield Vision is pleased to announce that we are in the process of organising our annual Focus Day for Visually Impaired (VI) people to provide them with a chance to access information on equipment, gadgets and services which are available in the London Borough of Enfield.

The Focus Day will be held on Saturday 6th October 2018, at Community House, 311 Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The Day will be opened by Diane de Jersey (Chair Enfield Vision) and the Mayor of London Borough of Enfield.

This is a unique chance to meet with service and specialist equipment providers and the voluntary sector organisations helping VI people. The Focus Day is open to anyone with a visual impairment, their relatives, friends and carers. We will be providing refreshments all day and you are all welcomed.

We are holding the Focus Day event again on a Saturday so that our visitors and exhibitors have access to free car parking at Community House on the day.  Focus Day 2017 was a very successful event, attended by over 130 people. We do hope that you will be able to attend this time, especially if you missed it last year.  Further information on the event, along with exhibitors list, flyers and map of the Community House will be available in September 2018.

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Enfield Vision holds monthly Forum meetings at Community House, Edmonton and Drop-in mornings at Park Avenue Resource Centre.

Enfield Vision's Forum meetings and Drop-in sessions are open to anyone wishing to attend.  Why not join us on these days?

EV Drop-in Mornings for Visually Impaired People 2017

Held at the Resource Centre,
65c Park Avenue, Bush Hill Park,
Enfield, EN1 2HH
From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Enfield Vision holds monthly Drop-in Mornings at Park Avenue Resource Centre on every third Thursday in the month, between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. It is supervised by a management committee member, and is open to visually impaired adults of all ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds.

To facilitate the Drop-in activities, we have a sessional reflexologist along with volunteers who serve the visually impaired people. A member of the Sensory Impaired Team from London Borough of Enfield is present to provide specialist advice and urgent response to the VI people’s queries and further assessment.

Please come for a chat with refreshments, and a seated keep fit exercise by a qualified fitness reflexologist. You are very warmly welcomed, no appointment needed. Please see the Drop-in dates given below:

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EV Forum Meetings for Visually Impaired People 2017

Held at Community House,
311 Fore Street,
Edmonton, N9 0PZ
From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

All meetings are held on the first Monday of most months from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Community House.  Meeting date schedule:

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We are a self-help group run by volunteers who are blind or partially sighted.

The group aims to promote awareness and understanding of the needs of visually impaired people resident in London Borough of Enfield.

Please call us at the Enfield Vision office if you want:

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