David Black our cook and resident martial artist is at it again – this time he has taken up Muay Thai, showing that sight loss is no barrier to sports and activities if you really want to take part.
David began losing his sight at age 13 as he has hereditary eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) however he is a big fan of martial arts, having previously practised Judo, Akido and other forms of martial art, he is now adding Muay Thai to his repertoire training with Base Muay Thai Gym.
You can see some videos of David in action here https://www.facebook.com/base.muaythai/posts/1694857920586106
David’s self defence classes are open once again for new students. If you would be interested in training with David at the Centre, please email email@example.com
Outside Falkirk and interested in self defence classes? Contact The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety about opportunities in your area.
Our friends over at Kiran’s Trust have a new newsletter out now. This is a great wee charity helping young people express themselves through the arts and encouraging creativity.
Spot the mention of our Centre in the latest news update below!
Since we last met we have been thinking about our charitable purposes, and on our 8th birthday there are no limits to what we can do! So from now on, you’ll read and hear about achievements in a broader range of activities!
At the heart of what we do will always be creating opportunities for young people where none exists or needs enhanced. During these eight years we have been amazed by the talents of so many young people and what they can do once given the chance to creatively express themselves.
Welcome to our Autumn 2017 Newsletter….enjoy!
We are now in our third year of supporting the Magic School at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival. The week long course was created to teach and inspire children to perform magic for their family and friends, as well as boost their confidence and social skills. This year an incredible 400 children attended!!!!
Our friends at Edinburgh International Magic Festival have donated 3 pairs of tickets for their MagicFest Christmas Show at the Traverse Theatre in the centre of Edinburgh between Christmas and New Year. The show features stars of magic from around the UK and special guests from Spain. If you’d like to win a pair of these tickets and enjoy Edinburgh’s most magical show this Christmas, simply send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Kiran’s Trust at 13 Kittlegairy Crescent, Peebles, EH45 9NJ by the 14th December. On 15th December we will randomly draw 3 of these envelopes as the winners of the special tickets, and post them off…and did we mention free ice cream at the interval!!
In addition to the annual School Awards (see below) at Larbert High School, Kiran’s Trust is pleased to be a part of the newly founded School of Rock & Pop!
2017 School Awards
Art & Design – Josh Hale
Creative Writing – Emma Miller
Music – Anna Dougan
Photography – Joseph Parker
Young people entertaining and teaching young people was the order of the day weekend at the Scottish Young Carers Festival in West Linton.
Magician Billy Reid opened the event with an incredible performance, and Rubik’s Cube Maestro Adam Black wowed the young carers with his skills. Adam shared some of this knowledge, and with our donation of 156 Rubik’s Cubes (and some cheatsheets), everyone went home ready to impress their friends and family.
At this year’s Scottish Taekwondo Championships, Kiran’s Trust sponsored the competition trophies. Our ambassador, Jordyn Smith, was on hand as a competitor and she also did a great job helping award the trophies to the winners!
After suffering from devastating vandalism at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre, as part of the rebuild they wanted to create a tile mosaic at the entrance of their sensory garden. We were delighted to sponsor Centre users with sensory loss to design and create individual tiles. Once the garden has been relaunched we will post the pictures!
Our friend Sarah, of Space Artworks, introduced us to Rachel, a young woman who uses a wheelchair due to a progressive disability. She is a strong individual who does not allow her disability to hold her back. Two years ago Rachel embarked on a journey to South America, including a trip to Machu Picchu, with her support worker and friends. Rachel attends college twice a week, and she also has artistic ambitions so we are helping her work on an art project with Sarah assisting as Rachel’s dexterity is limited. Peru is the inspiration—Rachel has created papier maché Llamas of different sizes, one is at least 3ft high! You can see Rachel’s Llamas at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival exhibition at Summerhall in Edinburgh until the end of October.
We are proud to be part of the Great Feets Programme which is the brainchild of DanceBase. This programme focuses on young people not in education, employment or training. There are two days of dance activities, the provision of pastoral care, and learning about healthy eating. Participants engage in creative development and get support with further education or employment.
During the Summer we shared the services of a Spanish Erasmus Scholar who was in Edinburgh assisting with the Magic Festival. For one day a week over 6 weeks Inés Pose spent time with us researching social media streams and creating a policy document for the Trust. She also had a great photo shoot with our ambassador Jordyn Smith. We have to say it was a pleasure working with Inés, and we thank her for producing a very comprehensive document on social media. And we wish her well back in Spain.
Like any 8 year old we just can’t stand still. Here are some of the new activities we’ll report on in the next newsletter, on our website and social platforms.
• Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. Supporting the collection of programmes run by the gallery: Literary Littles, Pips Little Artists, Fresh Fruit Tweens (just not quite teenagers) and Art in a Bag.
• Scottish Book Trust’s ‘What’s Your Story’. We are proud to be a key player in Scotland’s national development programme for young writers and illustrators, created for teens by teens!
• Tweed Theatre, Peebles – We are supporting 40 young people in the production of their the Christmas pantomime — Aladdin!
• Carrongrange High School, Grangemouth. Supporting the school’s end of term play ‘Oliver’.
• Edinburgh Young Carers Christmas Event. Preparing their own Christmas dinner and then enjoying a movie at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.
Sullom Voe Terminal, Shetland. BP and Cape Environmental have a policy that promotes waste elimination, reuse and recycling. The recycling of scrap metal generates cash which they turn over to several charities. We were very privileged to be chosen as a recipient. Thanks to Stanley Robertson for acting on our behalf to pick up the donation.
Also to Karen McCabe and Lindsay Hill for running the Edinburgh and Glasgow 10Ks in one year!!
As ever our thanks to the Edinburgh businesses of Wm Christies Butchers in Bruntsfield, The St Vincent Bar in St Vincent Street, and Cork and Cask, Wine & Beer shop in Marchmont Road who stand behind us! Mention our name and thank them for their support if you visit these lovely people!
We are very lucky to have a stalwart group of Friends of Kiran’s Trust who donate every month or every year via MyDonate, Standing Order, or by shopping online via EasyFundraising — to them we say THANK YOU!!! You are our Heroes!!
Become a Friend of Kiran’s Trust by making a recurring monthly or annual donation at our MyDonate site: mydonate.bt.com/charities/kiranstrust
Do you shop online? Do it through easyfundraising.org.uk and raise a free donation for Kiran’s Trust every time you shop! There’s also a handy app for your mobile device to make donating even easier.
Get in touch and keep up to date.
address: 13 Kittlegairy Crescent, PEEBLES, EH45 9NJ
Our aims are simply stated: Kiran’s Trust supports the activities and recognises the achievements of others in areas aligned to Kiran’s interests. Without your generous support we wouldn’t be able to do this. Thank You!
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Our Halloween party takes place 27th October at 7pm and preparations are in full swing! Tickets are on sale now priced just £10 for adults and £5 for juniors age 14-18.
The evening will cover lots of classic games, music and a light buffet. It is bring your own bottle so do drink responsibly! This is also the reason that under 14’s are not allowed we are afraid but we hope the adults will enjoy a great evening!
This event has been organised by our centre users themselves and tickets are available from reception. This is not an event exclusively for people using the Centre so if you fancy a monster night out, get in touch!
One small request is for decorations for the halls. While we have a really enthusiastic team here, we are a bit short of Halloween decorations. If you have any at home that we could borrow, it would be very much appreciated. Please contact the Centre if you can help at all.
Doors open 6:45pm for a 7pm start with carriages, coffins or broomsticks at 10pm. There will be a prize for the best dressed junior or adult and you are welcome to bring along your own carved pumpkin too and show off your skills!
Tickets from reception. Call 01324 590 888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A huge thanks to everyone who came along and supported the recent Afternoon Tea and fashion show event. We do hope everyone had a nice time chatting with friends and enjoying the clothes on display.
We hope everyone can agree that the ladies looked amazing in their outfits and great of Alison, Beth, Linda, Kat, Pamela and Laura for taking the time out to visit Libbys of Larbert and Culture Clothing and make sure the fashion show was perfect.
Massive thanks too to all those companies who donated prizes to make the raffle so amazing. The main prize was a delightful pamper hamper, complete with chocolates and champagne from Solicitors For Older People Scotland.
It was lovely to see so many people taking delight in sampling the goods on offer and walking away with gifts for themselves or friends.
You may also notice Kat in a wedding dress! We recieved a number of wedding gowns and outfits (Mother of the bride etc) from KC Bridal in Falkirk. these will be sold soon and the below is a wee taster of what is on offer!
Thanks again to everyone who came along. We hope to see many of you at the Winter Fair on 25th November!
Falkirk based Solicitors for Older People Scotland (SOPS) has partnered with Forth Valley Sensory Centre to improve accessibility and services for people with sensory loss.
Forth Valley Sensory Centre has provided sensory awareness training to staff at SOPS as part of a new partnership which aims to let people know about their rights regarding access to legal services.
Following requests from Centre Users, representatives from SOPS were invited to come and speak to various groups about different legal topics, especially Power of Attorney and Will Making. It quickly became clear that many Centre Users did not have this vital protection in place or, if they had, many had been charged large fees to carry out the work when they may have been entitled to Legal Aid.
As a result, Forth Valley Sensory Centre and SOPS are working together to improve access to legal services for people with sensory loss and help inform the different communities of the options open to them.
Vivienne Malcom from SOPS said:
“We set up our service to help more people understand the key services they can and most importantly should access to make sure their wishes are followed and families are looked after as they grow older. Many older people rely on a spouse, friend or family to help them but in Scotland they would have no legal powers to help out should the person they care for become incapacitated.
“This is why making sure you have key documents in place is so important. Having in particular a Power of Attorney in place is critical. This will save a lot of problems, should someone fall ill and be unable to look after themselves. For many people over 65 Legal Aid is available to prepare powers of attorney and indeed wills.”
As part of the agreement, seven members of staff from SOPS, based at the Later Life Centre in Falkirk, have undergone sensory awareness training with Forth valley Sensory Centre. The training covered how to speak to someone who has a hearing loss and tips for helping them lip read, as well as basic guiding and assistance for those with sight loss.
Centre Manager Jacquie Winning commented:
“It is great to see an organisation like SOPS taking steps to make their services more accessible to people with a sensory loss and their offices as welcoming as possible. We understand that many people don’t seek legal advice until after the effect so it can often be a difficult time for them. By making people with sensory loss feel more relaxed and welcome, customer service can be improved and we would ask any business that is looking to be more accessible to speak to us.”
Forth Valley Sensory Centre provides support and advice to people with visual or hearing loss living in the Forth Valley area. For more information on the Centre and the various partners, follow @FVSensoryCentre on Twitter and Facebook. You can find out more about Solicitors for Older People scotland on their website here.