Our Fundraising Group is vitalliy important to Forth Valley Sensory Centre. Not only does it arrange great social events but it also helps raise our profile in the community.
We do need new members though!
If you are aged between 18 and 180 and want to make a difference in your local community, get in touch! You might be retired and looking for a worthwhile cause to put your mind to. You could be a student or recently left school and interested in something to put on your CV or you might have a friend or family member that has benefitted from our services. No matter what the reason, we’d be glad to have you.
The more ideas and share of the work the lighter the load by far! The Fundraising Group meets monthly andarranges four to five social events a year. The first was a Dine in the Dark experince at the Park Hotel and other events have included a Halloween Disco and Prize Bingo Night.
Other ideas have included race nights or a quiz night but we really would like to have more events outside Forth Valley Sensory Centre and across the area, raising funds and most importantly, raising awareness of sensory loss and the support that is available.
If you can help by donating a few hours of your time each month, then we’d like to hear from you. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01324 590888
Do you have a visual impairment and are aged between 18-30? Would you like to develop your public speaking skills?
Steven Sutherland (RNIB Connect) and The Glasgow Speakers Club have been working together to develop a public speaking course designed to build confidence in public speaking through professional training.
This course will run on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm-4pm from June to start of September 2018 in Glasgow.
We are looking for people to participate who have a keen interest in learning new skills through professional public speaking tutors.
If you are interested in applying, or if you have any questions, then please get in touch with Steven Sutherland by email at email@example.com or phone Susan Burn, Community Facilitator, on 07864 958240 to register your interest. The closing date to register is 30th April.
Informal interviews for participants will take place on Friday 4th May and Tuesday 8th May 2018.
Venue: Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow
Dates: Wednesdays – 13th June, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July, (summer break), 22nd August, 29th August with a final event in September
Time: 2pm-4pm each week
The course is free and fun and reasonable travel expenses will be paid. We look forward to hearing from you!
Steven Sutherland and The Glasgow Speakers Club
Action on Hearing Loss are launching a new, Welfare Rights drop in service at Forth Valley Sensory Centre. Taking place each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm the sessions offer advice on a wide range of common welfare questions.
Action on Hearing Loss welfare advice can help with universal credit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP – the replacement for Disability Living Allowance) and everything else from Atrtendance Allowance to employment rights and Job Seekers Allowance.
In addition, Aciton on Hearing Loss have a resource area here at the Centre, where members of the public can come along and try out equipment to help them with their hearing before they buy, as well as recieving advice from a trained volunteer. The resource area drop-in is open from 10am to 12pm most Wednesdays (call to confirm if making a special or long journey).
Also based within Forth Valley Sensory Centre is the ‘Moving On’ service for young people, leaving school and looking for employment, who happen to have hearing loss, including D/deaf people.
For more information on the Welfare Rights sessions,please contact 07741 164 095 or SocialSecurity@hearingloss.org.uk
For the Moving On service, contact 0141 341 5330 (telephone), 0141 341 5350 (textphone) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more information about Action on Hearing Loss on our website here.
Milestone for Forth Valley Sensory Centre Volunteer- Falkirk’s Provost and former Provost came together this week to thank local resident, John Ormsby for his fantastic service to people in Forth Valley with sensory loss. He was presented with a ‘Falkirk Hero’ Medal by Provost Billy Buchanan.
John (76) has been volunteering at Forth Valley Sensory Centre for 11 years and has helped various partners in the building. He currently hosts drop in sessions and advice for Action on Hearing Loss and supports NHS Forth Valley by welcoming people to the Low Vision clinics.
In addition, John has previously volunteered with RNIB and Seagull Trust but is perhaps most appreciated for play a certain red suited festive character at the annual Winter Fair within the Sensory Centre.
Despite the role meaning John has to remain anonymous behind his white beard, he remains a key part of the proceedings each year. He also visits schools and youth groups, like Scouts and Beaver Packs to talk about sensory loss and provides guided tours to student nurses looking to know more about what the Centre does.
Caroline Storey, Volunteer Coordinator at Forth Valley Sensory Centre said:
“What makes John such a brilliant ambassador for the Centre is that he has dual sensory loss himself. He wears a hearing aid and has difficulties with his sight but, that hasn’t stopped him putting in an amazing amount of work here. It also gives him a real position of authority on the topic of sensory loss. He is able to talk to adults and children about how sensory loss affects his life and the adjustments he has made. This gives his audience real insight and affinity to what he is saying.
“The value of the time John has given to the various partners here at the Centre and our hundreds of Centre Users should not be under estimated. He is a well-known face here in the Centre and his volunteer work, tireless and unpaid as it is, is very much appreciated.”
As a token of appreciation, John, who lives in Polmont, was presented with a Falkirk Hero medal certificate by current Falkirk Provost, Councillor Billy Buchanan. Only ten of the medals, introduced by former Provost, Councillor Pat Reid, who was present to watch the event have ever been presented. A commemorative cake was baked by staff from the Centre Café and a certificate, recognising the hours put in by John was also presented.
Speaking at the event Provost Buchanan commented:
“It is great to celebrate this achievement with John. The diversity and importance of his work should not be underestimated. He has made an exceptional contribution to helping the people of Falkirk and we are delighted to recognise that fact.”
John was also given flowers and a certificate from Centre partner Action on Hearing Loss.
Teri Devine, Acting Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland said: “We are delighted that John’s dedicated support for people with hearing loss at Forth Valley Sensory Centre is being recognised.
“John goes the extra mile to introduce visitors with hearing loss to a range of assistive equipment, such as amplified telephones and personal listeners, and patiently takes time to demonstrate how they can improve their everyday lives.
“We hope John enjoys his celebrations and reflects on the many positive impacts which his volunteering brings.”
If you are interested in following in John’s footsteps, have a look at our volunteering page here.
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Forth Valley Sensory Centre will be holding a Prize Bingo night on 26th April from 6:30pm until 9pm. All welcome with a 10 game book just £10!
The event is being organised by our Centre User Fundraising Group and is aimed at being inclusive for people with hearing and sight loss.
Please come along and get involved. We know there are lots of Bingo fans out there and you can help raise money for our Centre at the same time!
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