Masuma Ali, Operations Manager for ELVis, weekly update

Hello, and welcome to my first blog entry. I’m Masuma Ali the Operations Manager for East London Vision and for those of you, who like us, love your acronyms, it seems we are better known as ELVis!

This post will provide you with information on what I and the rest of Team ELVis have been up to covering the week of 18 May.

I definitely didn’t see myself as a blogger, yet here you are reading my very first blog post, and to add to this, I never thought I’d be a Tweeter either, but I’m please to say I sent my first tweet on Wednesday (20 May), so looks like I’m becoming rather social media savvy thanks to my colleague Hassan. The lesson here is, never say never when on Team ELVis!

I met with The Challenge NCS staff covering the borough of Redbridge to discuss the summer 2015 programme. NCS is a government-funded initiative that supports community engagement and social integration among young people. We worked with The Challenge in 2014 in 5 of the 7 East London Boroughs, and we look forward to doing it all again this year in:

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Hackney
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Waltham Forest.

I also attended a meeting to provide feedback on a Disability training course that is being developed by Hackney CVS, and attended the Vision Strategy Managers team meeting.

We now have leaflets printed for the Vision Impairment Awareness Training we deliver to anyone who wishes to provide a high quality service to blind and partially sighted people. The leaflet will soon be available to download from our website, www.eastlondonvision.org.uk, or emailenquiries@eastlondonvision.org.uk to request a copy.

The rest of the team has been rather busy too:

  • Supporting Waltham Forest Vision the voluntary sector, user led group for vision impaired people in Waltham Forest by minute taking for them at their management committee meeting.
  • We continue to support VIPON, the voluntary sector, user led group in Newham and attended their monthly meeting held on the 3rd Wednesday of each Month at the Star Lane Hub.
  • Promote and publicised all current ELVis activities and events including: bowls and the Sight Information Day.
  • Planning a series of Vision Impairment awareness training workshops in Hackney to take place over the next few months.
  • Finalised arrangements to have someone on work experience start with us on 2nd June
  • Attended Waltham Forest CCG workshops on Self-Care and Urgent Care.

For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you’ll already know that we have a feature called ELVis Friday Fun, where we share a riddle, joke, or anything fun to make you smile, after all it is almost the weekend! For those of you who aren’t Facebookers we can’t have you missing out, so for this week’s ELVis Friday Fun we have a riddle for all you number crunchers.

Using only addition, how do you add eight 8’s and get the number 1000?

Answer to be revealed next week.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend!

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The England Blind Cricket Team Needs Your Support, as they host the champions India!

In December 2014, the India VI cricket team won the Blind Cricket Word Cup in Cape Town, adding this trophy to the T20 world cup they already have. On arrival back in Delhi they were greeted by a large crowd and a number of government ministers, such is the importance and popularity of the game in that cricket mad country.

On the other hand, The England VI side reached the semi-finals of the Blind World Cup and are currently preparing for the challenge of hosting a series against the reigning champions, India at the end of this week. The two teams will be showcasing the beautiful game of cricket on iconic grounds such as: Kia Oval and Arundel Castle ground in West Sussex.

The England team will most certainly appreciate your support. So why not prepare a picnic, encourage friends and family to join you in witnessing some high-quality blind cricket?

The schedule is shown below.  Prepare to be surprised at the skill and talent on display, as well as witnessing cricket played in the true spirit of the game!

Sunday 24th May Leamington CC 40 overs 12 noon more
Monday 25th May Wolverhampton CC 40 overs 11:00
Thursday 28th May Kia Oval T20 17:30 more
Friday 29th May Arundel Castle CC 40 overs 11:30 more
Saturday 30th May Arundel Castle CC T20 (Double-header) 11:30

 

Support the England Visually Impaired team by attending a match, every match is free entry. Alternatively follow the team at http://www.ecb.co.uk and on ECB Twitter and Facebook sites. The ECB is an inclusive organisation providing support and a pathway for disability cricket from grassroots to elite.

Vision Impaired bowls is coming to East London!

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East London Vision (ELVis), in conjunction with Metro Blind Sport, Walthamstow Borough Bowling Club and Motivate East would like to invite you to their first Vision Impaired bowls taster session! This event is open to anyone living with sight loss, in East London.

When: Thursday 11 June 2015, 2 – 5.30pm

Where: WBBC, Lloyds Park off Forest Road, Walthamstow E17. Entrances to the park: Forest Road, Winn’s Terrace x2, Winn’s Avenue, Brettenham Road, Aveling Park Road, Cazenove Road and Bedford Road x2.

Nearest Tube/train: Walthamstow Central (over ground train and Victoria line). Alternatively Blackhorse Road Station and then Bus 123 to the William Morris Gallery Entrance. Bus: 123, 34, 97, 215, 275, 357 all run nearby.  A meeting point at a nearby transport link will be available to those who have contacted us in advance.

Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE) was founded in 1975 and is made up of more than 50 clubs with around 600 members. Globally, there are 5,000 blind and partially sighted members of the International Association, which makes lawn bowls the largest outdoor activity for the blind in the world!

This is a unique opportunity for Vision Impaired people of East London to play the wonderful game of lawns bowls, on their own patch for the first time. Whether you consider yourself a novice or an expert, we would urge you to come along and pass on your expertise or learn more about this prodigious game.

For more information please contact Hassan Khan at ELVis,

Tel. 020 3694 6464 or Email: enquiries@eastlondonvision.org.uk

Or Ian Francis (Sports Development Officer) Metro Blind Sport,

Tel. 07814 751643, Email: ian.francis@metroblindsport.org

Metro Blind Sport’s 39th Annual Athletics Competition

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Metro Athletics Open 2015

Mile End Stadium, London

Sat 20th June 2015.

Hosted by London Borough of Tower Hamlets, supported by Canary Wharf Group and Motivate East.

Metro Blind Sport are pleased to announce this year’s 39th Annual Athletics Competition will also incorporate a Festival of Athletics for vision impaired people, their families and friends. Both elements of the day are open to all UK residents.

The Festival (Endorsed by England Athletics) will offer those new to the sport a chance to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Qualified UKA coaches will be on hand to advise and guide you. All ages and abilities are very welcome so come along and try!

Competition will begin after the Festival and we are hopeful to have a UKA talent spotter with us looking out for future Athletics Stars! Events will be held for Under 18’s, Senior’s and Veterans. Entry to the Festival and Competition is FREEResults will be ratified for Power of 10 rankings http://www.thepowerof10.info/for classified and non-classified athletes.

For further info on the classification process please contact British Blind Sport http://www.britishblindsport.org.uk/classification/ or British Athletics (Parallel Success) http://academy.uka.org.uk/parallel-success/classification

The 2015 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages.  Every competitor will receive a free T-shirt along with either a medal or performance certificate.  Free packed lunches will be provided for all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers.  Guide Runners may be arranged with advance notice, you will need to provide an estimate of your track times.

The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line).  Electronic timing will be used on all track races.

Time permitting there will be a Fun Relay for all competitors during the afternoon including parents and coaches.

  • Under 14 and Under 17 athletes may take part in up to four individual events in any one day.
  • Senior Athletes may take part in a maximum of 5 events. These will consist of either 3 track and 2 field, or 2 track and 3 field on the day.
  • B3 and B4 athletes are reminded that competition rules do not allow any concessions to assist performance. (No Guide Runners)
  • ALL B1 ATHLETES MUST PROVIDE AND USE THEIR OWN SHADES. Accommodation:  This will be available on Friday and Saturday night at the aforementioned Queen Mary University of London.  Please note there is a further reduction for those under the age of 18 – see form.
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  • The closing date for Entries is: 1st June 2015.
  • The Athletics Competitions are principally for registered blind and visually impaired people.  Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.  To enter please complete and return the necessary forms attached to Ian Francis, 36 Copsleigh Avenue, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 5BG. Or email ian.francis@metroblindsport.org
To be held: Mile End Stadium, Rhodeswell Road, London E14 7TW 020 8980 1885
  Saturday 20th  June 2015
  Festival starts 10.00am – 11.30, Competition 12noon.
 
Events:         Festival: Open to all ages, a wonderful opportunity to

access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.

                      Under 12  (Age at 01.01.2015)

                      Boys and Girls (4 events only)
(For B1 athletes only – called 60m), 60m, 100m, Standing Long Jump, Ball Throw
Under 14 (Age at 01.01.2015)
                      Boys and Girls (4 events only)
(For B1 athletes only – called 60m), 100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
Under 17 (Age at 01.01.2015)
                      Boys and Girls (4 events only)
Called 60m, 100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
Senior (18 – 34)

Ladies and Men

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m,
Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
Vets

Ladies and Men (Over 35)

100m, 800m, Long Jump, Shot
Entry: Entry is FREE
 
Closing Date: For Entry to Festival and Comp – Sat 30th May 2015

For Accommodation – 21st March 2015

 
 
 

ENTRY FORM:  METRO ATHLETICS OPEN 2015

Name………………………………………………Date of Birth ……………

Address  ……………………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………

E-mail address……………………………………………………………………………………

Tel: ………………………………………..

Sight classification:

BBS Registered

Sight Classification B1/B2/B3……………………………..

Not registered……………………………………………….

Male / Female…………………………….

 

Please enter me for the following events:

Festival – Yes / No………………

Competition Events (please list below, max of five events for seniors)

………………………………… …………………………………………
………………………………… …………………………………………
………………………………… …………………………………………
Guide runner required?  Yes / No…………..

If yes please state track times …………………………………………….

Signed …………………………………………Date ………………………

Signature of parent or guardian for under 18s

………………………………………………………………………………..

Return form to:

Ian Francis, 36 Copsleigh Avenue, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 5BG

Tel 07814 751643 or E-mail: ian.francis@metroblindsport.org

East London Vision Sight and Information day (SID)

East London Vision Sight & Information Day

Thursday 23 July from 10 am – 4pm at The Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone, E11 4LJ
East London Vision (ELVis) Sight & Information Day is an opportunity to explore a range of daily living, technical, communication and mobility equipment that is suitable for people experiencing some form of sight loss. Come and meet experts on the day that can provide you with a practical demonstration of equipment on display.

Light refreshments will be on sale, a tombola and auction will help raise funds and there will be various giveaways too.

All funds raised will be match funded by Lloyds Banking Group, up to the value of £500.

As well as ELVis, Some of the exhibitors who will be at the event include:

  • Waltham Forest Sensory Team
  • Human Ware
  • Optelec
  • Metro Blind Sport
  • Guide Dogs
  • Transport for London
  • RNIB
  • Action for Blind People
  • Guides will be available to escort vision impaired people at the event if required.
  • For more information please contact ELVis on
  • A meeting point from the nearest public transport will also be available.

Tel: 020 3697 6464

Email: news@eastlondonvision.org.uk

Website: www.eastlondonvision.org.uk

Roger Cliffton, the CEO of ELVis introduces the Charity organisation and Team

Hello, thank you for taking the time to read the East London Vision (ELVis) blog. My name is Roger Clifton and I’m the CEO of ELVis. I self-confess to not being totally up-to-date with current methods of communication, which is just as well really, since any of the team will vouch for that being the case. Fortunately though I work with a strong group of staff: Masuma, Laura, Christine, Sharon, Hassan and, for the purposes of this Blog, Leah from the Thomas Pocklington Trust, who is an experienced Blogger. They will all be making their own contributions during the next few weeks.

When asked, most people say that the sense they would least like to lose is their sight. ELVis consists of 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.

There are approximately 10,000 people in our region who are officially registered as blind or partially sighted, with many more who could be registered, but, for various reasons, are not. Most of these people are elderly, but it is important that we, as a registered charity, provide services to people of all ages. Children who do not fulfil their potential in early life often never will, so it is vital that we provide the right support from the start: a genuine cradle to grave service.

Many of you will know of someone who has failing sight and the difficulties they face with, for example, reading, leaving their home, carrying out everyday tasks, finding work, etc. 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. During the next few weeks, my colleagues will Blog about examples of services we provide that turn this aim into a reality, both for people who are experiencing sight loss themselves but also for their families, carers and friends, .

But we cannot achieve all that is required alone and we would love you to help us. There are many ways in which you can do this: spreading the word about us, raising funds or volunteering some of your time, to name just a few. If you can do any of these, please call our office on 020 3697 6464 or drop us an Email at enquiries@eastlondonvision.org.uk.

Meanwhile, please keep up-to-date with what we’re up to, not only via these Blogs, but via:

Website: www.eastlondonvision.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eastlondonvision

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ELVis_Vision.

Welcome to East London Vision’s blog

Hello, we are East London Vision commonly known as (ELVis) and a warm Welcome! Through this blog we hope to demonstrate a bit of what we do  as a charity organisation and how our services can be of benefit to vision impaired people, their families and friends.

We will be posting updates on a weekly basis to include interviews, information, events coverage and stories from our members. Please also check out our Twitter feed and Facebook page, where we have some exciting features such as: ELVis Friday Fun, brain teasers and much more.

Additionally, if you have anything you would like to feature on this blog or perhaps you’d like to contribute a story, please do let us know and we certainly look forward to hearing from you.

Twitter:
www.twitter.com/ELVis_Vision
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/eastlondonvision