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 sensory@forthvalleysensorycentre.org

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What’s On – Upcoming Events

New Braveheart Weekly Walk

Following the success of the monthly walks, Braveheart are starting a new weekly walk from the Centre! Walks will take place Friday, 11:30 and last the usual 45 minutes to an hour depending on walking speed. Sighted guides available but this is a walk open to the whole community so if you want to get out, meet new people and be a bit more active, this is for you! Contact Eva Finlayson, Walking Development Officer, The Braveheart Association Tel:01324 673703 Email: eva.finlayson@nhs.net for more information on this and other locations.

ConneXions

ConneXions is a social club for young adults with learning disabilities and/or sensory impairments. We meet once a month usually on the last Thursday at Forth Valley Sensory Centre from 7pm to 9pm. There are regular chill out nights featuring cafe, crafts, IT and music, plus occasional bowling and cinema outings, parties and a summer bbq.

Contact Liz on 07516086564 or leave a message at Forth Valley Sensory Centre or email falkirkconnexions@gmail.com

What’s On- Latest and upcoming groups/activities

Knit and Natter – Stirling!

Following the success of our fortnightly Knit and Natter Group in Falkirk, we have launched a Stirling Group too! Come along every second Friday to The Engine Shed, right next to the bus and rail stations and join in. The group is for anyone with any sight condition (from cateracts to glaucoma to macular degeneration right through to RP and total sight loss) or people with hearing loss from mild to profoundly deaf as BSL support is available. Best of all it’s FREE! Starts back this Friday, 3rd August.

Welfare advice with Action on Hearing Loss

A drop-in session each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm. A chance for anyone with hearing loss to talk about welfare rights and concerns from employment to housing and even PIP problems. For more information see the newCarers item here

New ‘Voices Off’ Coffee Breaks at Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Have you always wanted to learn British Sign Language but have never known where to start?

Our popular BSL Voices Off Cafe will continue throughout Autumn. This is a chance to learn basic BSL from the people who speak it as their first language, in a relaxed environment and with a cup of tea or coffee to boot!

The classes will be held fortnightly from Wednesday 29th August onwards. Timing is 11 -12 noon and drinks are a suggested donation of 50p. All welcome! What more could you want!

Talk and Sign Group:

Every 3rd Monday of the Month 7-9pm. Open to everyone from the deaf community with any level of hearing loss – you can talk… and sign! Includes a wide range of activities, including line dancing, crafts and IT. Cafe is open to serve hot drinks. Just £2 attendance fee although costs for additional activities may vary. First meeting Monday 15th January – new members always welcome!

Short Tennis

Classes take place Friday 10am – 11am and cost just £3. Come and learn short tennis with our coach Hannah. Specially designed for people who are partially sighted or blind. Sessions take place in our halls and Hannah is a patient tutor. New members welcome and its a great chance to take up a summer sport without the weather getting in the way! Contact Brenda for more details.

What’s On – Regular Groups and activities

Art Class

Art class takes place every fortnight on Wednesday 1pm – 3pm at the Sensory 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!

Bo’ness BPS (Blind and Partially Sighted) Outreach Group:

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.

Braille Class:

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.

Deaf Club:

Social Club that meets in the Centre every Friday evening (7pm to 10pm).

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. Please note this group has now finished for 2017 and will restart in spring 2018 if there is sufficient interest.

Foot Practitioner:

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 sensory@forthvalleysensorycentre.org to book your appointment.  Each 30 minute appointment is just £12.00.

ILA Cafe

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?

Knit and Natter:

Fortnightly on Mondays – the 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.

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 5:30pm to 7:30pm) 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.

Personal Safety with David – FREE

We are delighted to announce new personal safety classes led by our very own David Black. Classes run at regular intervals throughout the year. The class is completely free. Spaces are limited and the course was developed by The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety. The class promises to help people feel safer when out alone with important tips and techniques. Contact Martin for more information.

Sensory Singers:

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.

Slimming World

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 on request. 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, summer and Christmas outings, various activities and a guest speaker each month.

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.

Walking with Braveheart – Regularly Throughout the year

Braveheart is an organisation which provides walks for people aged over 50 in Forth Valley. There are a variety of low level walks to suit everyone. Braveheart support individuals living with Dementia, long term conditions, epilepsy and anyone who wishes to get more physically or socially active within their community.Working with the Centre and RNIB Scotland, their walk leaders are sighted guide trained and we supply volunteer sighted guides too. New weekly walks from the Centre taking place Friday’s,11:30!! Contact Eva Finlayson, Walking Development Officer, The Braveheart Association Tel:01324 673703 Email: eva.finlayson@nhs.net for more information on this and other locations.

Wednesday Group:

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. Taking place on the 1st Wednesday of each month, 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 for more information. There is a £1.50 charge which includes refreshments.