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Independence

My Sight Nottinghamshire is a local charity which promotes greater independence for visually impaired people of all ages throughout the county by providing emotional support, practical advice, information and training together with a huge range of adapted leisure activities, helping local visually impaired people to live life to the full.

Live life to the full

The charity is at the forefront of the local voluntary sector, providing services that empower visually impaired people to live more independently and achieve their true potential within their own community. We campaign on a range of local issues that impact on the quality of life of visually impaired people and we work hard to raise awareness of good eye health in a bid to minimise the devastating impact of avoidable sight loss within our local communities.

Information and Support

Information and support at the QMC

Our Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) based at Queens Medical Centre is available to support patients who are newly diagnosed as having a visual impairment, or those who have had a change in their vision. The ECLO can also provide information on how to register with your local authority, and what beneftis maybe available to you.

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Eye health community campaign

Find out how to look after your eyes and protect your sight for the future by getting involved in our community eye health campaign.

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Peer to peer support group

Our Peer Support Group provides local visually impaired people with the opportunity to come together for mutual support, to explore their feelings, discuss their concerns and learn coping strategies so that they can begin to come to terms with what has happened to them and start to re-build their lives.

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My guide sighted guide

Many blind and partially sighted people across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire find it hard to go out alone. We want to change that.

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Independent Living

Equipment and advice centre

The Equipment and Advice Centre is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm from our Nottingham city hub at 26-28 Heathcoat Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AA.

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Community equipment and advice service

We bring equipment and advice into the heart of the community by travelling to venues across the county and attending local events close to where you live.

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Coffee mornings

Come and join us at our Nottingham hub for tea, biscuits and fantastic company. We run fortnightly from 10am to 12noon.

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Equipment Focus Days

My Sight Notts is holding a number of focus days for our suppliers. You will have the opportunity to view and try out their products whilst getting expert advice.

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My sight advice

Magnification and correct lighting are vital to many of our clients.We are often aware that people struggle to use their magnifier effectively, so have decided to run specialist days to support you in using your magnifier. It may be that you would benefit from a new one, or for some people a different magnification strength would be preferable.

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IT & technology service

There are many ways in which we are helping people with a visual impairment learn about new and potentially life-changing technology or get to grips with computers, the internet or mobile phones and the latest GPS and orientation aids.

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Social and Leisure Services

Social groups

Our popular social groups offer local visually impaired people the chance to get together, meet new people and take part in a broad range of activities that really does offer something for everyone! There’s never a dull moment, with activities including board games and quizzes, arts and crafts, listening to live music, baking and even ballroom dancing!

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Arts and crafts

If you or someone you know has a creative streak but struggles to access art and craft because of sight loss, then why not get involved in our weekly Arts sessions? Led by Jeanne, our Arts Development Officer, along with her team of enthusiastic volunteers all sessions have been designed especially for people with sight loss and we guarantee you’ll be amazed by what you can achieve with the right support!

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Choir

Do you often find yourself singing in the shower? Well our Choir could just be for you! Our new My Sight Nottinghamshire Choir meets fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon in Nottingham City Centre.

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Sports and Healthy Lifestyle Services

Active leisure

We provide a range of leisure activities for all tastes and abilities, which have a focus on keeping you fit and active!

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Ten pin bowling

Ten pin bowling evenings – The last Wednesday of the month.Fancy a couple of games of ten pin bowling and perhaps a pint with our friendly and sociable group? For just £6 per person (this includes your shoe hire), you could join us at MFA Bowl and enjoy a fun and sociable evening out. If you require transport we can provide this at an additional cost.

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Nottinghamshire Knights cricket club

The Nottinghamshire Knights Visually Impaired Cricket Club is hugely successful, competing in the Blind Cricket England & Wales (BCEW) league at regional level. The club is always on the look out for new players of all fitness levels and abilities and there is no better time to join then now!

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Nottingham Sheriffs goalball club

Goalball is an exciting three-aside indoor team sport of attack and defence for visually impaired people, which is played at the Paralympics. Nottingham Sheriffs Goalball Club is a joint venture between the University of Nottingham and My Sight Nottinghamshire and has been running since 2010.

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Communication Services

Talking newspapers

Our Talking Newspapers volunteers provide an up to date summary of the written news along with stories of interest in an audio format. There is a £1 annual subscription for this service and donations are always welcome.

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British wireless for the blind scheme

We are the local agents for the national charity British Wireless for the Blind Fund. There are a range of options available from basic radios to the latest MP3 and podcasting technology.

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Transcription service

We offer a professional and specialist service creating Braille, audio and large print for individuals and businesses across the UK. We can convert all types of text including letters, menus, bank statements and many many more standard text documents.

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