End of year Team Blog Parts One, Two and Three

1st instalment of End of year Team Blog

It’s that time of the year where most of us reflect on the goings-on of the past 12 months, as well as the desires and wishes for the forthcoming year. We at ELVis will not be straying from the notion, thus over the coming week blogs from the team will be sharing some of their personal/professional memorable moments, in addition to aspirations for 2019.

Over the past 12 months I have been fortunate to have had various holidays, attended theatre shows, was the B1 runner up for the Tennis Nationals, as well as numerous things in between. Yet for 2018, there is no doubt that for me my greatest attainment for the year is being the first blind person to have completed the Peak District 50K challenge. It has granted me the opportunity to have built new connections, taken me out of my comfort zone in more ways than I had anticipated, and certainly taught me a thing or two about endurance training and stamina. One of the areas at work this year that has stood out to me would be the creation of our vision impairment awareness training videos on sighted guiding and the simulation of the most common eye conditions. These have proven to be an excellent tool for awareness raising despite my preference to not be featured in the videos!

Call me a cynic, but the realist in me never sets New Year’s resolutions because I don’t believe in setting myself up for failure. It doesn’t feel like a fresh start to the new year if you are doubting yourself by the end of January.

As many of you are aware we are currently in the process of merging with London Vision and therefore we’ll no longer be continuing with the ELVis blog. I know I know it is super sad, but you can put the tissues away because you can still hear what the team will be up to on the London Vision website. We’ll not be returning in 2019 as ELVis, but as LoVE (London Vision East) instead!! The first LoVE newsletter will be coming your way in January.

Wishing everyone a festive holiday and happy New Year.

Written by Masuma Ali

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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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