Braveheart Walks are back at the Centre over the coming months. There will be walks around the local area in February, March and April with the possibility of more later in the year.
In addtion to these walks, Braveheart Walks take place across Forth Valley on a weekly and Monthly basis.
Upcoming Walks from the Centre are:
February- Friday 23rd
March- Friday 23rd
April- Friday 27th
All have a 1.30pm start from Forth Valley Sensory Centre. Please arrive between 1pm and 1:15pm to be ready for the off at 1:30pm. Why not come in a bit earlier and enjoy a spot of lunch in our social enterprise Cafe?
Each of the Braveheart Walks lasts around 45 minutes and the routes are all checked out by the Braveheart team and properly risk assessed. Paths followed are generally tarmac or in good condition and fairly level. Alternatives are often in place for steps but please feel free to contact walk organiser Eva below if you have any questions. Sighted guides are available, contact Brenda at the Centre if you would like to arrange one, or you can get help if needed from the Braveheart volunteers.
There is usually time for tea and chat afterwards and these walks are very much a social occasion. Forth Valley Sensory Centre is hoping to train more Braveheart Walk volunteers in sighted guiding in the near future too so there will be even more opportunities to join in and stay active.
Braveheart is supporting individuals of all ages to become active within the Forth Valley area, meet new people and encourage disabled and non-disabled individuals to be active together. No experience or fitness required!
In addition to the walks, Forth Valley Get Out Get Active (GOGA) also has swimming classes and spin and gym sessions available through February and March. You can download the poster about swimming here (PDF format) and the poster for gym and spin classes here (PDF format). Alternatively, see the Forth Valley Disability Sport Facebook and webpages.
Following on from last year’s highly successful trial, Forth Valley Sensory Centre will once again be hosting a pop-up restaurant featuring organic, locally sourced produce. This year’s event takes place on Thursday 22nd March, 6pm for 6:30pm start.
Taking place in partnership with Forth Environment Link, the pop-up restaurant aims to showcase the bounty available on our doorstep in Forth Valley with all produce coming from local suppliers and farms.
As last year, diners will only be asked to pay what they think their meal was worth rather than a set price. Three courses will be served up and the current hope is that the starter will be a Broccoli Soup with fresh organic rolls, followed by a main of either fish pie topped with crispy potatoes or a vegetable pie with the same topping. Finally, there will be a trio of rhubarb cheesecake, rhubarb sorbet and rhubarb cake.
The menu is of course subject to change, depending on the available supplies. However, the event isn’t all about the food.
Centre Manager Jacquie Winning said:
“The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the Sensory Centre and the challenges faced by people with sensory loss and to promote healthy food choices and the abundance of local suppliers here in Forth Valley.
“Last year’s event was a sell-out but it was a much smaller scale. The response to the new event has been very positive so far so register quickly to avoid disappointment.”
Most dietary requirements can be catered for, if you are in any doubt, please contact email@example.com
To register for your place click here to order. We look forward to seeing you there!
RNIB Scotland will be hosting a two day ‘Living With Sight Loss’ course here at Forth Valley Sensory Centre this March, providing practical advice and support.
The free course takes place on 3rd May and 10th May (attendees need to come both days) from 10am to 3pm.
The session is being run by Alan Grieg, Confidence Building Co-ordinator for RNIB Scotland, who is no stranger to the Centre having also previously run the Online Today courses here.
These sessions will cover:
Getting out and about
Tips and gadgets for everyday living
Assistive technology – including tablets and phones
Leisure, hobbies and interests.
Plus, you’ll hear about a range of organisations and services out there to help you.
To book your free place on the next Living with Sight Loss, call RNIB on 0300 123 3933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on services offered by RNIB Scotland nationally see theire website here. For services and support for blind and partially sighted people at the Centre, have a look at our page here and why not consider some of our more social groups and classes. You can find up to date information in our What’s On guide.
Forth Valley Sensory Centre has a vacancy for a Treasurer/Trustee to join our organisation.
Forth Valley Sensory Centre (FVSC) provides a wide range of high quality services for children, adults and elderly people living with either a hearing or sight impairment.
The FVSC is looking to appoint a new Trustee to take on the role of Treasurer and to enable even more people with sensory loss to enjoy the best possible quality of life. The new Trustee will join the organisation at an exciting and challenging time with the opportunity to transform services and extend our reach.
The Board are currently in the process of assessing competitive tenders for a three-year contract for audit and accountancy services (a FVSC Treasurer Information Pack including the ‘Invitation to Tender’ will be supplied to all interested applicants). Aligned with this process the Board are seeking to appoint a volunteer Trustee, with financial experience, skills and connections to help drive forward our new strategy.
The essential criteria for the voluntary post of Treasurer are:
• A proven track record of financial management/leadership within the private, public or third sector
• A sound working knowledge of financial systems, procedures and best practice
• The ability to develop strong and effective relationships with our appointed auditors/accountants, our bank and other finance professionals as required
• Good communication and networking skills
• An interest and empathy with the needs of people living with a sensory impairment
• The ability to become and ambassador and to raise the profile of the centre as well as contributing at a strategic level
The desirable criteria for the post includes:
• Experience of fundraising campaigns, bid applications, procurement, strategic planning and contract management
• Private/public/third party partnership working
• IT and administration skills
The Board are currently reviewing the duties associated with the post of Treasurer and are keen to involve the successful applicant before finalizing the process. It is anticipated that the post will hold the following duties:
• Oversight of the organisation’s finances, assets and contractual commitments
• Formal quarterly and end of year liaison with the auditors/accountants
• Formal liaison with the organisations bankers and other finance professionals as required
• Attendance at the Boards quarterly meetings, annual open meeting/AGM and occasional attendance at special Board meetings
• Presentation of the quarterly accounts and end of year reporting to the full Board
• Liaising with the Chair, Board members and the Centre Manager as required
For more information and a copy of the FVSC Treasurer Information Pack please contact:
Delia Henry, Chair FVSC Board or Jacquie Winning, Centre Manager
Forth Valley Sensory Centre| Redbrae Road| Camelon| FK1 4DD
email@example.com T.01324 590888
Our regular blind and partially sighted theatre group had a great night out in Edinburgh this week when they went to ‘see’ Miss Saigon.
The show was at the Festival Theatre and everyone praised the welcoming and accomodating staff. Before the show, Theatre Group members were invited backstage to feel the props and discuss the different scenes that would be on stage later.
On taking their seats, everyone was given access to an audio description which detailed the actions and set changes as well as the dialogue of the play.
The trip to Miss Saigon was the latest show for the Theatre Group which typically meets several times a year when a new show comes to town. Past shows have included; Jersey Boys, Wicked, Beautiful, The Steamie, Sister Act and Mama Mia. The next show will be An Officer and a Gentleman in July followed by Calendar Girls in October.
Trip organiser Alison Gall said:
“A huge thanks to the staff of the Festival theatre for being so good with our group. It was a fantastic show and everyone had a great time.”