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Sue’s Hello!

Insight Update Issue 26 here for people with sight loss Re-

Spring/Summer 2012


Hello again, welcome to this edition of Insight which is once again filled with information and news about what we have been doing and what is to come. We have had visits to the Ballet and Pantomime and our fundraising friends have raised many hundreds of pounds by cycling the length of the country, giving birthday donations and holding a cultural evening. Our services are being ‘refreshed’ with new ideas and opportunities for you to try new things. Please let us know how we can help. How can our services be improved? And finally… after 19 years this will be my final ‘Sue’s Hello’ as I am planning to retire from HERIB at the end of July. I started here in 1993 as Services Coordinator and progressed to become General Manager in 1999. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years here and I hope I have been able to help and assist those with sight loss; to help them achieve their goals and make a difference in their lives. I have had the backing of first class work colleagues, trustees and many external partners who have helped me to make HERIB what it is today. I give my grateful thanks to everyone for their support. We are recruiting for a new Chief Executive now, at the beginning of May, and I hope the announcement of my successor will be made soon. I will miss you all and think about you when I am in my garden pottering around being retired. I will keep in touch and follow what you are all doing with interest. With my very best wishes to you all. Goodbye from Sue. Sue Pallister—General Manager Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind, Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull, HU5 1NF Telephone: 01482 342297 Fax: 01482 443111 Registered Charity Number: 223668 Email:

News Goodbye to Sue Pallister It is with regret that we must say farewell to our General Manager Sue Pallister who retires at the end of July after serving our charity with distinction for the last 19 years. Over this time Sue has provided a figure of stability throughout the many changes and challenges including the development of the buildings in which we operate and the range and volume of the services we provide. She has also formed the bridge between the interests and welfare of the staff and users and the plans and aspirations of a changing Board of Trustees, as well as successfully maintaining the smooth provision of our services and our profile to the outside world. I believe the highlight of her time at HERIB has been the visit some 18 months ago of Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. This special occasion passed without a hitch, a testimony to Sue’s organizational ability. The Board wish to thank her warmly for her hard work and dedication and wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement. Eric Harrod Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Welcome to David Dodds Welcome to David Dodds our new minibus driver for our Wednesday and Friday Day Groups. David originally worked as a volunteer with HERIB before joining us as a member of staff in January. Although he is employed as a driver, don’t be surprised to see David helping out on a fundraising collection or on the door at a Craft Fayre event, as he still volunteers on his days off!

MACULAR DISEASE SOCIETY HULL GROUP A self help group for people with impaired central vision. The group meets at HERIB on the 3rd Friday of every month between 10.30am—12.15pm. For more information, call Clive Skinner on 01482 656714.

Services News HERIB Day Groups HERIB runs nine Day Groups, four at our centre on Beverley Road in Hull and five around the County as far apart as Withernsea, Bridlington, Hornsea, Hessle and Goole with venues varying from church halls, to community centres and even a pub. Our drivers collect people from home in our specially adapted minibuses and take them home again after the end of the afternoon. Our Hull Day groups run from Monday to Thursday and include lunch which is home cooked by Karen, after which staff organise a fun packed afternoon with a variety of activities. We also have a regular hairdresser, Hayley who comes into the centre every Tuesday and Thursday. Our ladies (and gents) love our pampering sessions. We are currently also looking for someone who would be happy to come along and help, especially for someone able to paint nails! If you would like to know more about our Day Groups, please ring our Services Manager, Julie Woolley for more information on 01482 342297. We hope to see you soon!

Arts and crafts in one of our Day Groups pictured above Changes to Home Visiting Due to an increase in the home visitor’s workload, in particular the high volume of new referrals, you may notice we are not able to visit as often as we did previously. Jayne, Harry, Janie, Sandra and Tracy cover an enormous area including Hull and the whole of the East Riding, therefore spending much of their time out of the office, but they are always at the end of the phone and happy to arrange a visit if there is something you think we can help you with. Please contact HERIB for more information.

Northern Ballet Visits HERIB Our thanks go to Hull New Theatre, Northern Ballet Theatre and Vocaleyes for arranging this very special day out.

Northern Ballet Tour Back in March, HERIB enjoyed a visit from Leanne Kirkham, Dance Education Officer with the Northern Ballet Theatre who spoke to clients about Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of “Beauty and the Beast”. Leanne brought along some costumes and a selection of ballet shoes as well as demonstrating some ballet moves and positions. Of course, Harry the HERIB Bear had to get in on the action! Following on from this workshop, HERIB arranged a trip to the ballet at Hull New theatre for a group of visually impaired clients. As well as enjoying an audio described performance, the group got the chance to experience some of the costumes and scenery up close during a “touch tour” and took part in a movement workshop with members of the ballet.

GLAUCOMA SUPPORT GROUP Are you looking for help, advice and support on living with Glaucoma? Your local Glaucoma Support Group meets at HERIB on the 1st Friday of every month between 11am—2pm. For more information, call HERIB on 01482 342297.

Visually Impaired People’s Forum If you are a partially sighted or a blind person who has experienced any difficulties in these areas or have a particular concern or issue you would like the VIP forum to look at then come along to our next meeting. To find out more contact: Julie Woolley at HERIB on 01482 342297.

The Visually Impaired People’s Forum is a place where partially sighted and blind people can raise concerns and have a voice to influence things that affect them. Hosted by HERIB the forum is attended by blind and partially sighted people, professionals and representatives who work with blind and partially sighted people. We are currently exploring several areas of work, which includes: • • • • •

Access to Hull Interchange Public Transport (buses) Accessible patient letters Accessibility of the East Yorkshire Eye Hospital Welfare Reform

Tracy Dearing the RNIB Regional Campaigns Officer Yorkshire and Humber is currently supporting the VIP Forum to successfully campaign in these areas. She is looking to recruit partially sighted or blind volunteers who wish to become more active in campaigning on local issues. To talk to Tracy call 07766 773206.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING Tuesday 19th June 2012 11am - 1pm Topic for discussion: Hull Eye Clinic

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Is the experience of losing yourself in a good book a thing of the past? Would you like to be able to enjoy reading again? If the answer is yes, RNIB's National Library Service could have the solution. It is the largest specialist library for readers with sight loss in the UK, offering a wide range of books for children and adults in a range of formats. If you subscribe to the Talking Book Service, you will be able to choose from more than 19,000 fiction and non-fiction unabridged audio books, all read by professional narrators.

The National Library Service also has Europe's largest collection of Braille books (around 25,000 titles) and a growing range of giant print books in 24 point type. The Braille and giant print services are free and subscriptions to the Talking Book service start from just ÂŁ50. To join RNIB's National Library Service or to find out more, call the RNIB on 0303 123 9999 or visit or email If you would like to receive a free sample CD featuring extracts from Talking Books, please contact Lucy Dixon, Marketing Officer for RNIB's National Library Service on 0191 252 3312 or email:

Mobile Resource Service

May 2012 - Dec 2012 Bridlington Hospital (Mon) 11 - 3pm May 14th, June 11th, July 2nd, 9th, August 6th, 13th, Sept 3rd,10th, Oct 1st, 8th, Nov 5th, 12th, Dec 3rd, 10th. (Minus Bank hols ) Driffield (Tesco’s George St) 1pm—3pm May 22nd, June 26th, July 24th, August 28th, Sept 25th, Oct 23rd, Nov 27th (No Dec) Beverley (Morrisons, Victoria Rd) 1.30pm - 3.30pm June 5th, July 3rd, Aug 7th, Sept 4th, Oct 2nd, Nov 6th, Dec 4th. Withernsea (Shores Centre) 1.30—3pm May 21st, July 16th, Sept 17th, Nov 19th. Hornsea( Methodist Church) 1pm -3.30pm May 15th, July 10th, Sept 18th, Nov 20th. Shiptonthorpe (Langlands) 12-2pm July 25th, Nov 28th. Hedon (Holderness Grange) 1.30 -3.30pm June 14th, August 9th, Oct 11th, Dec 13th.

Skirlaugh Garden Centre 12noon - 2pm July 13th, August 10th, Sept 14th, Oct 12th,Nov 9th, Dec 14th. Pocklington (Sainsbury’s) 1 - 3pm May 28th, July 23rd, Sept 24th, Nov 26th. Willerby (Waitrose ) 1pm - 3pm June 19th, August 21st, Oct 16th, Dec 18th. B & Q (St Andrews Quay) 11am—1pm May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, Aug 15th, Sept 19th, Oct 17th, Nov 21st, Dec 19th. Sigglesthorne Garden Centre Nr Hornsea 10.30am—12.30pm June 1st, July 6th, Aug 3rd, Sept 7th, Oct 5th, Nov 2nd, Dec 7th. Bridlington Housing 21 (Applegarth Court) 10.30am—12.30pm July 26th, Sept 27th, Nov 22nd.

New Hairdressing Service Resource Centre Our Resource Centre on Beverley Road, Hull is full of products and information leaflets to help you adjust to daily life with your sight loss. It is open weekdays from 9am—4.00pm. Please call us to make an appointment to avoid unnecessary waiting. Mobile Resource Service Our Mobile Resource Service travels the county offering those who live outside of Hull the chance to try out equipment and get advice and information to help with the practicalities of daily life. We are always looking for new venues to attend, if you have any suggestions of where you would like us to visit, please contact Tracy on 01482 342297 or email

Beech Holme Court Beech Holme Court is a sheltered housing complex of 22 flats for people with visual impairments who are independent and care for themselves. If you would like more information about Beech Holme Court’s facilities or to be considered for addition to the tenancy waiting list, please contact HERIB on 01482 342297.

HERIB is delighted to announce a new hairdressing service. Professional hairdresser Hayley Lees now visits our Beverley Road centre on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 1—3pm. Our clients, both male and female, can now enjoy a friendly, personal service in familiar and comfortable surroundings. There is a charge for this service but Hayley’s prices are far less than most high street salons with trims starting from £7, cut and blow dries from £12 and full head colouring from £35. This service is also open to members of the general public and is by appointment only. For further information or to make a booking, please call Hayley on 07976 618068. Treat yourself! You’re worth it!

LOOKING AHEAD Wednesdays 10am—12noon Starting dates for each series of seven weekly sessions:

Have you been recently diagnosed with a visual impairment? Do you need help adjusting to your sight loss? Then why not join “Looking Ahead”? “Looking Ahead” is a series of seven weekly information sessions for anyone who is getting accustomed to their loss of vision. Each session focuses on a topic or barrier you may face and offers constructive and practical advice to help you maintain your independence, keep in touch, get around safely and understand your eye condition. Plus lots more useful information and the chance to meet other people with sight loss. As well as the team from HERIB, experts from other local organisations will be providing the advice and guidance in an informal and friendly environment where you can feel at ease and confident to ask questions

6th June 2012 5th September 2012 31st October 2012 The sessions take place in the Resource Centre at HERIB. Course fee: FREE (donations welcome) The sessions are also useful for carers and family members and even includes a social event on the final week. Don’t worry if you cannot attend every week, you are still welcome to attend the classes that are relevant to you personally. And the best bit is; the information sessions are all FREE OF CHARGE (although donations are welcome). For more information or to book your place, please call HERIB on 01482 342297.

Let’s start Looking Ahead together!

Other News FAMILY FUN DAY Sunday 19th August 2012 11am—4pm At Beverley Rugby Club (Beaver Park, Norwood, Beverley)

THE YOGA CLUB Fridays 2pm –3pm at HERIB Class fee: £3 What Yoga can do for me? Improve posture Breathe easier. Renewed energy Nourishing the nervous system. Unblocking tensions so unblocking energy. Stress reducing Aids relaxation Yoga helps develop positive self-esteem and body image helping to create physical, mental and emotional confidence and stability. Plus it is a fun way to improve your health and maintain it. There’s no need to book simply turn up on the day. For more information please call Louise Hebblewhite on 07969 333715. This class is available to the general public.

Lots of family fun including: Craft & other stalls Bouncy castles Classic cars Scooters Model airplanes Hog roast Fire & police displays Bar And much more! Entry £1 Adults Children FREE Stalls available from £10. Please call Sue Saxby on 01482 867907 for more information or to make a booking.

Harry’s Hairy Bike Ride 2012 At times the effort was so great they struggled to talk to each other and relied on rations of chocolate and fruit to keep them going in between meeting up with their support vehicle which was kindly crewed by Craig’s father.

In April two adventurous (some might say crazy!) friends, Craig Smith and Gary Jackson, took on the challenge of a lifetime as they attempted to cycle around 900 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a tandem bicycle to raise vital funds for HERIB and Help for Heroes. After the glorious sunshine of February, the weather took an unfortunate turn for the worse and our tandem team faced arctic conditions and gale force winds throughout almost their entire journey. The pair endured early morning starts and long days covering an average of 140 miles per day. They spent restless nights in a tent covered by ice and pushed themselves to their physical limits to battle through aching knees and hands frozen so cold that they could barely change gear on the bike.

Finally, on Easter Sunday, to everyone’s relief and delight Craig & Gary reached Land’s End to a big welcome and celebrations with their friends and family including Jack and Abbie pictured below.

What an incredible achievement! The team have raised in the region of £1,000 although no amount of money could do justice to their incredible efforts. PS!!! It is still not too late to donate. You can either send a cheque made out to HERIB with the words JOGLE 2012 on the reverse or you can donate online at HERIBOFFICIAL

Fundraising Update Christmas Raffle Thank you to everyone who sold raffle tickets. Altogether we sold tickets totalling £1,163 which was over £200 more than the previous year so thank you very much.

Saints & Sinners Pantomime A huge thank you to the cast and production team of this year’s Saints & Sinners pantomime which was not only incredibly entertaining but which raised a fantastic £900 for HERIB. Thanks to everyone at All Saints Church, Hessle for all your hard work.

Congratulations Sarah! HERIB client Sarah Towse celebrated her 100th birthday in March and enjoyed a party with her family and fellow residents at her residential home. Sarah very generously asked for donations to HERIB in lieu of birthday gifts and raised a fabulous £267.

Hull City FC collection Thanks to Hull City FC and their supporters who donated an amazing £643 at our collection during their last home game of the season in April.

NATYA an Evening of Indian Dance & Music Thank you to everyone at the Dharma Foundation, all the performers, the incredible Chef Vijay & his team, Hymers College, The Gig Shop, Hull City Hall, The Haven Arms, all the sponsors & everyone who attended the NATYA Evening of Indian music, dance and food. What an amazing night! Over £8,000 was raised for three wonderful charities HERIB, the “Viveka” Tribal Centre for Learning in India and Interburns UK.

HERIB Diary FUNDRAISING DATES Garden Party Friday 6th July Hook Little Weighton Steam Rally Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July Harry the HERIB Bear Day Saturday 14th July ASDA Beverley Rd Hull Driffield Show Wednesday 18th July Driffield Showground Driffield Steam Rally Saturday & Sunday 11th & 12th August Driffield Showground Family Fun Day 11am—4pm Sunday 19th August Beverley Rugby Club Humber Bridge Dog Walk 11am Sunday 2nd September Humber Bridge Country Park HERIB pens are back in stock! Only £1 each. Available from HERIB reception.

COLLECTIONS Morrison’s Supermarket Beverley town centre Saturday 16th June Hornsea Freeport Hornsea Saturday 18th August Bridlington Flag Day Saturday 25th August Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse Saturday 1st September We are always in need of volunteers to assist with our fundraising collections. If you can spare even an hour or two on any of the above dates, your help would be very much appreciated. Please contact us on 01482 342297. Thank you.

Cornerstone Coffee Shop St Augustine’s Church Skirlaugh Open every Tuesday in Church 9.30am—11.30am Raising funds for HERIB until June 2012.

A Message from Rev. John Reflection

Time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…”

from The Reverend John Tasker Whatever happened to springtime? It only seems like yesterday since Christmas, yet the months have flown by. Easter, too, has come and gone and I suspect that by the time you read this, May, June or even July will be upon us. Isaac Watts, the writer of the Hymn “O God, our help in ages past…” hastens to remind us that although some things in the universe remain perpetual, we humans are given only a temporal place. He writes: “Time like an ever rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; They fly forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day.” Time is very precious. It behoves us all to take care of our time. Our mortality is something we quite readily brush under the carpet. But as we learn from the biblical text: “There is a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to weep and a

The lives we’re given are meant to be lived to the full, treasured and enjoyed. And when life appears to be not so good; not so kind; then is the time to ‘strive to be happy’ - for we have but one life – and none of us shall not pass this way again! Fr. John

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Thank you to our Volunteers Dear volunteers, Thank you so much for everything you do.

All HERIB volunteers receive an induction and training in Visual Impairment Awareness and other relevant courses.

We never cease to be amazed by what our volunteers do for HERIB and we are very grateful for their fantastic commitment.

Travel and other expenses will be paid as appropriate.

As a charity, we couldn’t offer a number of really important services without people donating their time as volunteers.

Our training courses aim to offer anyone the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver services which are accessible and inclusive for visually impaired people. They are suitable for caring and support staff, retail, entertainment and front line public sector staff.

Volunteers assist with our day groups, help with our charity administration, support our fundraising activities, help run our mobile resource service and lots more! They give up huge amounts of time, take on unglamorous but necessary work and do it with a smile. Every one of our volunteers makes a massive difference. If you have not tried volunteering, there’s no better time to get involved. You can find out more about all of the ways you can volunteer for HERIB by requesting a copy of our hand up for HERIB leaflets by calling us on 01482 342297 or emailing us at

TRAINING DATES Visual Impairment Awareness Training Next Dates: Wednesday 25th July 2012 Wednesday 24th October 2012 The course is 10 hours in length comprising of one 7 hour training day plus 3 hours of work based private study. Cost £68 per person. For more information or to book a place, please call HERIB on 01482 342297 or email us at

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Compliments or Complaints If you have any compliments or complaints please contact: The Chief Executive Officer HERIB 01482 342297 Email:

Next Insight No.27 Out Autumn/Winter 2012 Due to increasing costs HERIB will only be able to produce 2 Insights each year, one during Winter and one in Summer. If you have anything you would like us to include in the next issue please send it to HERIB by the end of September 2012 for inclusion in the Autumn/Winter 2012 edition.

Thank You

Insight Spring/Summer 2012  

HERIB's bi-annual news magazine

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