Laura Ross, Blog entry – May

Hello all, this is my first blog entry so be kind! I’m Laura Ross and my role in East London Vision (which is a bit of a mouthful) is the ‘Service Delivery and Development Officer’. Hopefully this blog entry will let you know what me and the rest of the team at ELVis have been up to this week starting Tuesday 26th of May, thanks to the bank holiday Monday.

I started my week with a meeting with Visually Impaired People of Newham (VIPON) steering group. We discussed future meetings (which are held the third Wednesday of every month), potential outings in the future and volunteers. It was a really good meeting and I think we managed to get a lot of details ironed out for the future of the group.  The following day I had a catch up with Masuma, who I would like to congratulate on her new job title of ‘Operations Manager’ which will involve a lot more of the day – to – day running of ELVis and some strategic elements as well.

This week I also viewed a potential venue to hold ELVis’ 2nd birthday (October 15th). I’m afraid I can’t give away any more details than this at the moment as it is currently just a mix of ideas floating round in my head that I’m trying to nail down and confirm. After viewing the mysterious venue I went on to a Beyond Barriers members meeting, which unfortunately I had to leave early as I was unwell. However, luckily I remembered to put my £1 in for the raffle and I won!!

Despite me being unwell for half the week the rest of the team has been very busy indeed getting up to…..

  • Updating each of the 7 borough’s Vision Strategy Action Plans with strategic aims clearly identified , so that on going and future priorities can be easily targeted
  • Organising the continuation of the ActivEyes Redbrdige tennis sessions
  • Finalising the speaker for the local society and sensory team quarterly meeting
  • Keeping the website and social media channels up to date
  • Planning future events within the East London boroughs including multi-sports and art and cooking classes
  • Finalising details with the Challenge Network, who are lucky enough to be working with us  this year across the region.

For anyone who would like any more information on ELVis and what we are up to check out our Website, Facebook and Twitter where we share information giving updates of our work and on the events that are happening across the boroughs.




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East London Vision (ELVis) is the subgroup for the 7 geographical areas that naturally cover all of east London north of the Thames: • Barking and Dagenham • City and Hackney • Havering • Newham • Redbridge • Tower Hamlets • Waltham Forest. ELVis is designed to provide an effective and efficient way of ensuring that vision impaired people living in East London get the support and services they need. It is an umbrella organisation with voluntary sector, user led representation in each of the east London boroughs. Our vision is that everyone living in East London experiencing, or at risk of, any form of sight loss, receives a high quality service relevant to their need and at a time appropriate for themselves. Our aim is to enhance & link vision impaired services and organisations throughout East London, improving the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people and increasing individual independence.

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