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Autumn/Winter 2016

Winter Wish Appeal

London Marathon 2017

Tenant News


Welcome to our Winter Insight Philippa Crowther - CEO

What’s happening...

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Winter Wish

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Accessible Homes

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Technology Support

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Yorsight Training

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Fundraising Updates

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Gardening Success

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Room Hire at Wilberforce

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Tenant News

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Staff News

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Games

London Marathon 2017

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The Wilberforce Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England and Wales with Charitable Status. Registered Charity No. 1087065

Well as another year soon comes to a close we look to a joyful present and a well remembered past. So much activity has taken place over the year. From seaside fun, days out, baking and celebrating birthdays, decorating and DIY to our staff and volunteers learning new skills and giving our service users the opportunities to also expand their knowledge and experiences. Once in every year we are all given the chance to spread joy and cheer, but I am delighted that all my staff and volunteers have the spirit and enthusiasm to do this all year round. The dedication has been plain to see this year with the values awards being spread across the organisation. Our service users remind us that faith makes all things possible, hope makes all things work and love makes all things beautiful. They are truly inspiring and their achievements show that they are special and unique in so many ways. The simple things of life, taken for granted by many, are enjoyed by the people we support and we should all take a moment to celebrate the simplicity of friendship and support. May the holiday season warm your heart the way our friendships warm our hearts all year long. We look forward to the New Year with more renewed energy and exciting opportunities.

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Features

Wilberforce Winter Wish Christmas is a time for giving. It’s a time for thinking about loved ones, friends, family, those who we care for, those we have lost. This Winter we want to come together to collect love, dreams and wishes. Share your Winter Wish with the Wilberforce Trust and help raise funds for our Mobile Dual Sensory Unit. Our Mobile Unit will provide help to people in more remote areas, ensuring everyone has access to vital eye health information, care and services. Sight loss affects people no matter where they live but has the biggest impact on those without access to local services like ours. Please help our wish to come true by donating. This Winter we have a Christmas tree outside our head office in Huntington. We hope that this tree, kindly donated by York Christmas Trees, will be filled with your wishes. Whatever your wish, every £1 donated moves our journey forward. Every wish adds a (S)mile. How it Works: 

Donate to The Wilberforce Trust (there is no minimum donation)

Make a wish - complete the online form, fill in a leaflet and send it back to us or call 01904 760037 and talk to someone over the phone.

Your bauble and wish ribbon goes on the tree.

Collect your bauble - once the tree is taken down you can collect your bauble if you would like to keep it.

http://www.wilberforcetrust.org.uk/wilberforce-winter-wish/

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Features Making Your Home Accessible If you are losing your sight or have sight loss then there are several ways you can modify and adapt your own home to help make the most of your vision. From adjusting the lighting to removing loose rugs, clearing up clutter and having clear organisation, there are many ways to improve your home and make it better suited for you. In these pages we cover some of the ways you can help improve your home for living with sight loss.

Lighting Ensure you have adequate lighting throughout. This may mean increasing the amount of natural light, adding shading or blinds to avoid glare or using task lamps for particular activities. A dimmer switch can be a great way of managing the light in a room.

Avoid Clutter Having plenty of space, free from obstacles, makes it easier to move around and find things. Fixing any hazards such as loose carpet, broken handrails or tiles will reduce the risk of falls and accidents.

Remember if you are visiting the home of someone with sight loss don’t move things around or make adjustments without consent from that person. Moving things around without letting the person know may cause unnecessary inconvenience or accidents.

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Keep your cupboards organised. Know which shelf is for which items and use an elastic band or bump-on to differentiate cans in the cupboard


Features Colour and Contrast The use of colour and contrast can be very helpful for people with low vision. By contrasting colours off darker shades it makes things easier to see and more visible. Here are some ways that this can work: Use bright coloured tape to mark out corners of tables, units and side boards. Change the colour of the door handles to contrast with the doors. Ensure the walls are a different colour to the carpet and doors.

Use a white chopping board with brightly coloured knives.

Accessible Appliances Items such as a liquid level indicator, talking kettle and microwaves can make things much simpler in the kitchen. There are many items available with audio capabilities which can help you access your home. The Pen friend is a great piece of equipment, which enables you to label a wide range of items around your home. These audio labels are scanned by the pen friend which reads them out loud. It can help to get a friend or family member to help you label items for the first time.

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Features Technology Support Drop in Christine, our Assistive Technology Advisor, is running drop in sessions for technology support. The session takes place on the first and third Tuesday of the month. They are an informal drop in where you can ask for support, try out technology or get help with setting up your current technology with accessibility settings. Available to test currently are a selection of smartphones, a kindle fire and Blackberry. For more information about the session or for one on one support please call Christine on 01904 760037. If you have any technology such as laptops or smart phones that you could donate then these would be greatly received.

Simple Accessibility Settings Open the Settings App Navigate to the accessibility screen: General > Accessibility Turn on the settings that you need. Select the services that you can use to make the smartphone work better for you. Or Use Siri, a really quick way to turn these settings on or off is to ask Siri! Holding down the home button, say, 'turn on VoiceOver' to enable.

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Features ECLO Training for Kerry In July this year, I undertook some training to become an ECLO (Eye Clinic Liaison Officer). The course is accredited by City University London and involved 4 days in Birmingham, at the RNIB headquarters in John Bright Street. I met several wonderful people from various parts of the country, who were also wanting to do the training. We had amazing support in our learning; delivered by optometrists, Rehabilitation Officers and RNIB employees (one from Scotland!) with varied roles in the organisation. They were able to give informed, realistic and comprehensive information that would enable us to be highly supportive of adults and children with a visual impairment or sight threatening eye condition. We would be enabling them to remain working, get support and help for themselves and their family, as well as being up to date with benefits, legal support, the registration process, how to make referrals, advocate for clients, understanding legal rights and responsibilities and how we can shape services. I then completed a case study and attended RNIB for an exam, to test my knowledge and understanding of the course content, as well as indicating how I could apply this knowledge to real situations.

Duel Sensory for our Rehab Officer This year I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a five day Deafblind Assessment course which would equip me to assess Deafblind people in the local community. The course, run by National charity Sense, would expand my skills as a qualified Rehabilitation Officer for visually impaired people and prepare me to be able to appropriately assess Deafblind people as initiated by the Social Care Act (2014). As a Rehab Officer I have assessed many visually impaired people over the years and provided them with skills to promote their independence and safety. However, I soon realised on the course that the Deafblind community required a new method of assessing to meet their needs. The course provided information on the Deafblind community and explored the impact of Dual Sensory Loss on assessments. The course was insightful, engaging and has provided me with the skills to assess Deafblind people. Now I need to begin putting my training into practice, so I can support the Deafblind community, as well as the visually impaired community in Yorkshire. Autumn/Winter 2016 | Insight

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Fundraising London Marathon 2017 We are very pleased to have been allocated a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon. Jacqui Wilson, our Strategic Business Manager, will be running the course in April 2017. Jacqui is no stranger to the London Marathon having run it in 2011. Come 2017 she is keen to beat her previous time of 4 hr 43min 2 seconds.

“The one thing that you have, that is better than any gel, any drink, or any food, is something you’ve always had. It’s your mind and it can truly get you through anything.” Dick Beardsley Joint winner of the first London Marathon in 1981

Jacqui will be raising funds towards our Mobile Dual Sensory Unit, a mobile information unit which will provide sensory information and services to the more remote areas of Yorkshire.

The first London Marathon took place in 1981

Over one million runners have completed the London Marathon (1981 to 2016), while a record 39,140 people finished in 2016. You can sponsor Jacqui on her Marathon adventure via Virgin Money Giving:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WilberforceWarrior

A record total of 253,930 people entered the ballot for the 2017 Marathon

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Fundraising Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 We have got a place to ride in the Prudential RideLondon London-Surrey 100. Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling, with more than 100,000 cyclists expected to participate during the weekend of 28-30 July 2017. If you are interested in riding or know someone who would be then please contact Anne Parkinson 01904 760037.

Updates Thanks to all who took part in the Wilberforce Walk we raised over £6,000. This a tremendous achievement. Well done to everyone involved! Our recent Hospital Stall raised £134. The next fundraising events are our Christmas events: Christmas Fayre - 26th November 2:00 - 4:30pm Come and join us at New Earswick Folk Hall for an afternoon of festivities. Christmas Carol Concert - 14th December 1.45 – 3.15pm Join us at All Saints Church in Huntington for a friendly and intimate community carol concert.

Christmas Cards This year we are again selling our beautiful Christmas Cards illustrated by Vicky Ford. The four designs are based around the hidden beauty and magic of Winter. The designs were painted in acrylic paint onto canvas paper. The cards are available to buy from The Wilberforce Trust and also from St Helen’s and St Martin’s churches in York city centre. The cards come in packs of ten and feature two designs. The cost is £3.50 with all profits going back into the Trust.

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Volunteers Gardening at Glenridding One of our volunteers has been working hard to improve the garden at Glenridding. Lucy first applied to work with us as a volunteer gardener at our house in Glenridding in the summer of 2013. Since then she has put many unpaid hours into landscaping and then maintaining the garden on a week to week basis.

She set about transforming the garden, which was in need of a make-over, into something we and the tenants who live there can be proud of and which now receives favourable comments from neighbours. Lucy’s favourite colour is purple so the garden includes lots of purple plants, including a fabulous purple apple tree which gives purple fruit. This was given free when she acquired it from someone who no longer had the space for it. As well as replanting the garden with edible plants, she has worked closely with our tenants to create with them a sensory garden incorporating plants that appeal to the senses of smell, hearing and touch as well as ones to taste. Teenagers from “the Madhouse” youth Church Group in Huntington have taken an interest in the sensory garden and have made two visits and donated funds to see it progress. They were delighted by how beautiful it looked on their second visit; a testimony to all the dedicated time Lucy had put in. Carole, one of our support workers said recently, “I believe Lucy, the volunteer gardener, deserves recognition for all her hard work. She re-developed the front garden at Glenridding, laying a lawn and path with landscaped borders. It really has looked lovely all year with changing colour.”

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Room Hire Room Hire price changes Great new prices for voluntary and charitable organisations. We have reduced the costs for hiring out our large conference and training rooms. The rooms which are both 45m square offer fantastic locations for all your training needs and have recently been refitted to offer comfortable, stylish accommodation. The rooms can be set up in various layouts to best suit your needs. Tables can be removed for extra space or set up as a board room or for group work. Break out rooms can be booked at an additional charge. From December our prices are at the new all -time low of £75 for the full day (this price is only for charitable and voluntary organisations) including free wi-fi access, tea and coffee, flip chart paper and pens. Access to a projector and screen is available at an additional cost. There is free parking on site and we can provide a buffet lunch to suit your delegate’s needs (extra charge applies). Alternatively, we are very close to a range of excellent shops for lunch time snacks if you need them. Our building is fully accessible including disabled toilets.

Standard Rates (for commercial and business) Room

Half Day

Full Day

Evening

Hourly

Conference/Training room (45 m2)

£70.00

£120.00

£35.00

£20.00

IT Suite (21.4m2)

£40.00

£60.00

£30.00

£12.00

Skills Room (36.4m2)

£70.00

£120.00

£35.00

£20.00

Rehab/Meet and greet (11.5 m2)

£26.00

£38.00

£20.00

£10.00

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Tenant News Seaside Course Fun As part of our seaside course, that ran in the summer, there was a planned day out to Scarborough. The trust organised the itinerary and everyone caught a train to the coast. Here they enjoyed lunch, a trip to the beach and in the sunshine too! Caroline particularly enjoyed the sandy beach. All in all it was a great success.

John celebrates 43 years at the Trust We got a lovely email from long standing volunteer Helen “This is John celebrating with me today...he has been with Wilberforce trust for 43 years today. I have been his volunteer for 26 years so we have baked some cheese scones, shopped in Boroughbridge and are going out this evening for a celebratory meal.”

Those scones look delicious!

Drilling at Glenridding Steve mounting the new outdoor bin at Glenridding, complete with safety glasses and power drill. Stuart, our Maintenance Supervisor, positions the drill and holds it, Steve is the trigger operator. This is not the first time Steve and Stuart have worked together or used the drill. They have completed lots of jobs around the house, including fitting a letterbox his late father donated, mounting handrails, plumbing, filling and painting walls, installing a fitted kitchen unit and PAT testing. Stuart says, “I try not to get him too dirty but we always have a good laugh and it’s a real pleasure to work with him.”

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Tenant News Decorating at Aldwark Over the last few weeks, Colin has been helping decorate his house. Between himself and Stuart, our Maintenance Supervisor, they have painted the kitchen, toilet, hall stairs and landing, and upstairs bathroom, including all emulsioning, undercoating and glossing. Colin has gone to the extent of buying his own brushes and masking tape, as well as his own PPE for the job. He has worked every hour Stuart has worked, some 30 hours, and has worked to a very high standard preparing/ sanding and masking, ready for us to paint. The two of them have worked together as a team, communicating by sign, to plan and get the works completed.

Bread and Butter Pudding Keiran wanted to share with us a recipe he particularly enjoys making. This Bread and Butter Pudding recipe is sure to be the perfect treat now the nights are drawing in. Don’t forget to make some custard too!

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Staff News Value Awards This year the Trust relaunched our popular Values Award scheme, which gives staff the opportunity to nominate colleagues who they feel make a particular contribution towards our work at the Trust. The winner is chosen by Philippa Crowther, CEO. June Award

Our first award in June was for a team which works well together and helps everyone to feel valued. As it was our first award and because there were so many good entrants Philippa decided to award both Newlands and the Head office Admin team. Each team received a £100 voucher to spend on a team activity and a trophy. Newlands is organising a meal out and the Admin team are off to Kuki’s spa for some pampering in January.

September Award The winner of our September’s Values Award is Simon Humphries from Aldwark. Simon has worked really hard to support a tenant to go on holiday and purchase a car giving him new independence, and he often researches places, songs and subjects for the tenants, often in his own time at home. Philippa Crowther will be meeting with Simon soon, to present him with his gift token and award trophy. In our recent CQC inspection our tenants said they felt very well supported and happy, so thank you to Simon and everyone else who works so hard to support our tenants and give them the quality of life that they deserve. December Award December’s Award will be presented for Continuous Improvement. Nominations need to be in by the end of December.

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Games

puzzle from www.large-print-puzzles.com

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Upcoming events November Christmas Fayre 26th November 2 - 4:30pm New Earswick Folk Hall

December Carol Concert 14th December 1.45 – 3.15pm All Saints Church, Huntington

Connect Café Dates 2017 Thursday 26th January Thursday 23rd March Monday 22nd May Thursday 20th July Monday 25th September Thursday 23rd November The Connect Café offers refreshments, chat, informative discussions and a raffle every other month. The café meets at Wilberforce House. 10:30am - 12pm

Insight winter 2016  

The latest updates from The Wilberforce Trust including our 2016 Winter Wish appeal.

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