Forth Valley Sensory Centre
What’s On at FVSC
What’s On – A wide range of social groups and activities take place every day of the week within Centre offering people a chance to chat, meet other people, try new activities and have fun.
Below you will find a list of our latest social groups as well as some of our more established activities. New members are always welcome and we value your ideas. If you have a suggestion for a group or would like to use our centre to put on your own activity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
30th June – Next Braveheart Walk
The next in the regularly scheduled walks with Braveheart takes place on 30th June at Callendar House/Park. Transport for Centre Users will be available and will leave the Centre around 1:00pm with a 1:30pm start at Callendar. If you would like to take part in this fun, fitness activity, please contact Brenda to reserve your space.
17th – 22nd July – The return of our Charity Shop!
Yes, after the great success of last year, here is your chance to get clutter free and help the Centre!Items can be dropped at the shop on 17th July or, for those with mobility issues, we may be able to arrange collection of a few bagged items. Contact the Centre in advance if you would need this service. We need clean (please) clothes, small items of furniture and we can also take small electrical items if they are working. There will be a tombola this year and if anyone has any spare hangers, they would be welcome! If possible, please bag clothes according to age (children’s or adults) and sex (male/female) as this will be a huge help to us as we try to get the shop laid out and clothes grouped together.
6th August – Malvina’s Garden
Malvina’s Garden will once again be open for one day only in honour of the Sensory Centre. This multi-award winning garden is one of the best private home gardens anywhere and is always a delight for the whole family Entry is just £3 for adults and £2 for concessions, all funds raised will go towards the lipreading classes at the Sensory Centre so do show your support. There will be home baking, refreshments and Tombola available too. The garden is open 1pm to 5pm Sunday 6th August. Address: Quarrybank Cottage,Falkirk Road, Avonbridge, FK1 2NA
18th November – Dine and Disco
One of most popular events from 2016 is back – The Dine and Disco at The Park Hotel. If you can remember last year, you probably weren’t there! We had dancing, auctions, raffles, delicious food and even better company. Contact Lynne to reserve your space early. Perfect for a company night out or a real excuse to party with friends!
December 2017 – Winter Fayre
A staple of the Camelon Calendar, the Sensory Centre will once again be holding a Winter Fayre. The exact date is still to be ddetermined but, watch closly for more information. If you would like to have a stall at the event selling goods, please contact Lynne to register your interest early.
Latest and upcoming groups/activities
Personal Safety with David
We are delighted to announce new personal safety classes led by our very own David Black. These classes will be for everyone with BSL interpreters if needed. Assisted by the Scottish Centre for Personal Safety, the class promises to help people feel safer when out alone with important tips and techniques. See the post in our news section or contact Martin for more information.
Walking with Braveheart
We’ve had a number of our Centre Users join Braveheart Walks and they have very much enjoyed the experience. Braveheart is an organisation which provides walks for people aged over 50 in Forth Valley. Working with the Centre and RNIB Scotland, their walk leaders are sighted guide trained and we supply volunteer sighted guides too. You can find a full list of walks in this poster (PDF download) or contact Eva Finlayson, Walking Development Officer, The Braveheart Association Tel:01324 673703 Email: email@example.com for more information.
Carers Wellbeing Cafe:
Working with Central Carers, with funding from NHS Forth Valley and Falkirk Council, the Centre is putting on a weekly support programme for unpaid carers in Falkirk. More details can be found in the news section. Meet at 12pm with lunch included. No charge but registration is vital.
Knit and Natter:
Fortnightly on Mondays – the new knit and natter group! Bring your own needles and wool but prepare for 90 minutes of chat and creativity. BSL support available. Open to all. £1.50 cover charge for refreshments.
BSL Social Group:
Every 3rd Monday of the Month 7-9pm. Open to everyone from the deaf community and including a wide range of activities, including line dancing, crafts and IT. Cafe is open to serve hot drinks. Just £1 attendance fee although costs for additional activities may vary.
Every fortnight on Wednesday 1pm – 3pm at Camelon Community Centre. Cost is just £4 for full, professional and patient art classes from the basics right through. Come and learn more on expressing your inner Van Gogh or Rodin!
Fortnightly on Friday 1pm – 2pm and just £3. Come and learn short tennis with our coach Hannah. Specially designed for people who are partially sighted or have hearing loss. Perfect for summer!
Regular Groups and activities
Members from Bo’ness meet on the last Wednesday of each month at St Catherines Church. The group programme contains guest speakers and interesting trips and activities! There is a £1.50 charge which covers refreshments.
Join our weekly class each Thursday between 10am and 12pm led by our expert tutor. Learn Braille at your own pace in a fun and supportive environment.
BSL OAP Group:
Meets each Wednesday 12:30pm to 3pm with a varied programme, including guest speakers, outings, bingo sessions.
Computer Tutor led class for BSL users:
Weekly on Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm. Taking place in our IT Suite, the class covers all aspects of computing from complete beginners to those who want to get more from the digital world. £3 charge applies.
Social Club that meets in the Centre every Friday evening (7pm to 10pm).
Join us on our culinary tour of Forth Valley, we visit different restaurants, group members decide where we will try, transport and sighted guides may be available. Monthly, costs vary. Contact Brenda for dining group details.
Drop-in Social Independence Group:
Open to people aged 18+ with a sensory impairment or additional support needs. The group provides an informal, relaxed environment for people to socialise and meet new friends in a safe supportive space. Meets monthly on Monday 7pm to 9pm.
Keep your feet sweet with Helena. Appointments can be made each Tuesday with our resident foot specialist. Helena offers nail cutting & filing, foot massage and assessment for all other conditions. Call 01324 590888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointment. Each 30 minute appointment is just £12.00.
Health & Wellbeing:
(Term time only) Working in conjunction with Forth Valley College Sport & Beauty Departments will offer Sports Classes and Beauty Treatments (Indian head, back, shoulder or hand massage, facials, manicure and polish). Weekly on Thursday 1pm to 4pm.
The Independent Living Association Forth Valley have a drop in cafe at 12.30 till 2pm. on the first Thursday of every month. The café is open to those who have an assessed disability, carers or anyone interested in disabled issues. You don’t have to be disabled to attend. It’s a great opportunity to exchange ideas and have a chat with like minded folk. On your own or with a friend , you can be sure of a warm welcome. Staff and Board members are usually available for advice with any queries you may have regarding Self Directed Support. You can try our easy quiz and there is also a free raffle with a small first prize and a ‘booby’ prize. Warning . . . be aware laughter can occur frequently! A light lunch will be available for a small charge of £2. Typically sandwiches, biscuits, crisps, tea or coffee. You can find us on Facebook… ILA Drop in Café. We hope to see you there. You don’t know till you try, right?
Lip Reading Group:
This is a group of people who meet at the Centre on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month (10am to 12pm) to practice their lip reading skills by discussing topical events and to socialise.
Lip Reading Class:
Lip reading classes are available at the Centre on a weekly basis (Monday 6pm to 8pm) and are delivered by a qualified lip-reading tutor. These normally take place in the evening and run during college times. Check with the Centre for the next class date. Please note these classes are currently full but contact us if you would like to be on the waiting list.
Macular Support Group:
Meets on the last Thursday of the month in the afternoon (1:30pm to 3:30pm). This social and supportive group is organised by the Macular Society.
Play & Chat:
The Play & Chat group is a recent addition to the Centre meeting every second Thursday morning from 9:30am to 11am (weekly during the summer holidays) to provide a place for parents who have a child with a sensory impairment to meet up and socialise. Children are welcome (including siblings) and they can play in a safe environment while the parents are able to relax over a cup of tea with like minded people. There is a £1.50 charge which includes refreshments and snacks for young and old alike.
This fun friendly group of visually impaired people meet fortnightly on a Monday morning (10:30am to 12pm). If you enjoy singing why not join our singing group and bring along a friend? We are always looking for new members. We sing songs to suit all tastes ranging from Adele to South Pacific. You do not have to be a fabulous singer – no audition required! £4 charge to cover the cost of our trained leader. You can see (and hear) the singers in action below.
Special Slimming World session here at the Centre. This is a regular Slimming World group meeting at 5:30pm and 7:30pm every Wednesday. The 5:30 meeting includes BSL support. Both groups have information in large print.
Stirling Blind and Partially Sighted (BPS) Outreach Group:
Members from across the Stirling and District area meet on the second Tuesday of each month (11am to 1pm) at the Mayfield Community Centre. This is a social group of people who are blind or partially sighted who enjoy chatting, outings, various activities and sometimes invite along guest speakers.
BPS Computer Class:
The classes take place in our purpose built IT suite. The class is tutor led, open to complete beginners and those wanting to improve their skills. Learn about PCs and Tablets. Two sessions take place each Tuesday. Session one is 1pm to 3pm while a second session runs 3pm to 5pm. The cost is £3 to cover the cost of our expert tutor. Our computers have recently been upgraded with the latest visual assistance software.
BPS Reading Group:
Read books ranging from classics to murder mysteries. Books are provided in audio format or large print by Falkirk Trust Library staff, join with other book lovers to discuss the book of the month. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, 10am to 11am.
BPS Social Group:
Fortnightly group meet on a Monday morning from 10:30am to 12pm. For people with a visual impairment, who enjoy socialising, the group love quizzes, entertainers, guest speakers, singers and going out for lunch. There is a £1.50 charge which covers the costs of tea and coffee/refreshments.
BPS Theatre Group:
This group meet on an ad-hoc basis and go to thea
tre performances which are audio described and go on a touch tour prior to the show. The touch tours are led by Theatre staff, and give an opportunity for people to feel costumes and props, those attending previously have said it has added to their enjoyment of the show.
One of our most popular activities, our Wednesday Group is open to all people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted, deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. Recently Local Historian Ian Scott has been visiting group and has given an excellent insight in to the history of the local area. Contact Brenda for Wednesday Group dates. There is a £1.50 charge which includes refreshments.
“Voices Off” Cafe:
These are fun, informal sessions which take place in our cafe and are designed to encourage people to learn to use conversational BSL. These sessions take place on an ad-hoc basis and everyone is welcome. BSL users are on hand to provide encouragement and support. Check with the Centre for details of the next session.