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Enfield Vision

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

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Vision News:

Volume 44, March 2020

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: Barbara Govey, Secretary: Jim Finch, Treasurer: Malik Javed, Members: Lisa Berry, Jim Cantle, 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 the first newsletter of year 2020.  It was great pleasure to see so many of our members at our Christmas Party held on 2nd December 2019.  But it would have been much better if everyone who attended the party had confirmed his / her attendance so that everyone was well looked after and served.  To make the party a greater success in the future, please confirm your attendance when you receive your 2020 Christmas Party invitation letters, expected to be sent in November 2020.

Our next Focus Day is planned to be held on Thursday 17th September 2020, at Community House.  We will send you full details and flyers once these are printed.  Please make sure that you attend this event, which provides you good information about equipment and gadgets that improve your quality of life.

I am pleased to report that Enfield Vision Thursday Drop-in Mornings at Park Avenue Centre and Monday Drop-in Mornings at Community House are being held as planned.  For dates to attend the Drop-ins, please see below.  These drop-ins are particularly helpful for the newly registered blind and partially sighted people who face the challenge of living with sight loss.  This newsletter is coming to you when Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreaks are spreading in several countries including United Kingdom.  We are told by the health professionals that most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.  Take care of your health and protect yourselves and others by following the advice given by the health professionals.  I wish you all well at this difficult time which is a challenge for all of us.

Diane de Jersey


Events - Activities - Day-trips for Your Diary
By James Finch

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you updated with the events, activities and campaigns which are relevant for our members.  Please peruse the summary of the events, activities outlined below and join whichever you like.


Christmas Party Update

We have been holding our Christmas parties successfully for last twenty-five years with no real problems.  Our members have always expressed their satisfaction over the conduct of the parties, and it is very much appreciated by the management committee.

However, following Enfield Vision's recent Christmas party on 2nd December 2019, we received a few complaints from our members, mainly due to high number of attendees who turned up on the day without informing us.  That caused multiple issues, such as not enough space for the participants, extra work load for the volunteers offering refreshments, and not enough food for all the participants.  Enfield Vision's management committee really regret this scenario.

When we send out Christmas Party invitations to our members, we always request them to contact us to let us know how many people are coming, so that we can cater for everyone attending the party and avoid the problems that surfaced this time.

Keeping in view your concerns, Enfield Vision management committee deliberated over this issue.  We are suggesting that in future, people who confirm their place should attend the party.  It is a great privilege for us to arrange a party for our members.  We are here to cater for all those who wish to join us, so in future please ensure that you confirm your place and make it a very enjoyable night.


Free Two-Day Living with Sight Loss Course

London Vision a charity working for the wellbeing of the blind and partially sighted people in London is delivering free two day Living with Sight Loss Courses across the capital.

Living with Sight Loss Course is designed to help visually impaired people, their friends and family members face the challenges of life with a sight loss.  The course contents were developed by RNIB who delivered the programme for more than 20 years across the UK, alongside local organisations helping visually impaired people.

Attending a Living with Sight Loss Course is a great opportunity for a Visually Impaired Person to boost his / her confidence, giving them an opportunity to meet and share his / her experiences with others in a similar situation.

You'll learn about practical solutions and support that can help you adjust to life with sight loss.  The courses provide information about the following issues:

Additionally, the courses provide a space for you to learn from each other's personal experiences and be able to exchange top tips.

I am pleased to report that in collaboration with Enfield Vision, London Vision would be offering this free two day Living with Sight Loss Course at Community House on the following dates:

You or any member of your family interested to join the course can book a place for it.  Please contact our office on 020 8373 6260, leave your name and telephone number and we will contact you as soon as possible.  This is an opportunity which one should not miss!


Summer Day Trips 2020

All trips 5 per person non-refundable.



Just a quick reminder that Enfield Vision holds two Drop-in mornings each month covering the East and West of the London Borough of Enfield.

Community House Monday Drop-in Moring

The first Drop-in Morning is held on the first Monday of each month from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm at Community House, a fairly new event where members can meet and talk to other Visually Impaired People. We try to have speakers on various subjects, and we finish with refreshments.

Park Avenue Thursday Drop-in Morning

The second Drop-in Morning is held on the third Thursday of each month at the Park Avenue Resource Centre from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Again, this is a good opportunity to meet new members, speak to a Rehab Worker from Enfield Sensory Impairment Team, take part in light exercises, and try out various talking gadgets to help in making your daily living easier.  Once again, each session ends with refreshments.

For more information about Enfield Vision membership which is free, please contact the Enfield Vision office on 020 8373 6260.  Leave a message, and we will respond as early as possible.  Alternatively, email us at information at enfieldvision dot org dot uk.


Enfield Visually Impaired Bowls Club

Some of Enfield Vision members take part in playing Bowls which are played throughout the year.

Summer: Bowls matches are played at Pymmes Park, Victoria Road, Edmonton, London, N9 9SU.

Winter: Bowls matches are played indoors at David Lloyds Centre, Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 4LF.

If you are reasonably fit, still have most of your brain cells and might be interested, call Jim on 07919 277890 for more information.  Limited transport is available.


Acoustic Rifle Shooting

Enfield Vision members take part in Acoustic Rifle Shooting.  This is an interesting pastime.  The rifles are fitted with a special sight which, when pointed at the target, then converts the light into sound.  When you find the highest pitch, you pull the trigger and hopefully get a bullseye.  Members shoot in a league.  Your average score determines which league you have entered.  If you are any good, you might even win a gold medal.  Training is given by qualified marksmen.  Once again, if you would like to give it a try, call Jim on 07919 277890 for further information.  Its open to all ages.


Audio Described Performances

My name is Natalia and I'm the Marketing Intern at Park Theatre.  On the behalf of the venue, I warmly invite you to look at our Audio Described performances.

As an inclusive, friendly and warm organisation, we understand that different people require different environments to enjoy and experience theatre.  This is why we strive to offer performances accessible for a wide range of people and needs.

Audio Described performances provide an audio description delivered live in-between dialogue which can be picked up through headsets for people who are visually impaired.  A Touch Tour before the performance offers an opportunity to explore the set and costumes and to meet the cast.  You can book your headset and a place on the touch tour when booking your tickets.

Here is the listing of our upcoming Audio Described showings:

Please don't hesitate to ask me if you have any questions.

Natalia Graczyk, Marketing Intern
Direct Line: 020 3372 0721
Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3JP.

Tube: Finsbury Park (Station Place Exit) Exit left out of Station Place, then left and under the bridge, then second left onto Morris Place.  Park Theatre is at the end.


Enfield Sensory Impairment Team
Change of Contact Details

We would like to update our members that Enfield Sensory Impairment Team has moved into Enfield Council main office at Civic Centre.  If you do need to contact David Marke Senior Sensory Impairment Officer, his contact number is as well changed.  His new work telephone number is 020 8132 0175.  Please note and keep safe contact details given below for your future reference and use.

David Marke
Senior Sensory Impairment Officer
Sensory Impairment Team
Single Point of Access, Adult Social Care
3rd Floor, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3ES

Tel: 020 8132 0175
Email: david dot marke at enfield dot gov dot uk


Enfield Vision
Drop-ins for Visually Impaired People

Held at Community House,
311 Fore Street,
Edmonton, N9 0PZ

Drop-ins run from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Monday Drop-ins at Community House 2020:


Enfield Vision
Drop-ins for Visually Impaired People

Held at Park Avenue,
Disability Resource Centre,
65c Park Avenue, Enfield, EN1 2HH

Drop-ins run from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Thursday Drop-ins at Park Avenue 2020:


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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