Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

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KAB Eye Opener

03 May 2024 - Issue 52 
Office hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm 
Phone: 020 8605 0060
Charity registration number: 249295

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KAB NEWS

 

Join us for our Audio Book Club launch - 09th June

Thank you to our two new volunteer's, Michael and Maria Vittoria, who will be running our audio book club. 

After the first session, audio books on USB sticks will be sent to you from the RNIB talking book collection. If you don't have a device to listen to the USB sticks we are able to lend you a boombox, free of charge.

The aim is for participants to listen to the chosen book over a month and get together to discuss, comment and share their views, then you would choose the another book for the next session.


Booking details: If you would like to join please call the KAB office to register. 
Venue: New Malden Library, 48 Kingston Road, New Malden, KT3 3LY

When: Second Thursday of the month from 1:00pm – 2:00pm 

2024 Dates:
09th May
13th June
11th July



Plant and Produce Sale - Fundraising event by the Methodist Church for KAB

Following on from their Christmas fair, the church has arranged a second event to fundraise for KAB.

We are very grateful for their support and generosity.


Venue: Kingston Methodist Church, Fairfield South, KT1 2UJ
Date: Saturday 11th May from 11:00 -13:00
Admission: Free

Please do visit and purchase some Cakes & preserves, Gifts & cards, House & garden plants, Refreshments & Books & toys, Korean food, Jewellery plus much more. 


Eagle Wharf: Planning Proposal

Eagle Wharf has put forward a planning proposal, which we feel would constitute a hazard for blind and partially sighted pedestrians. We have arranged to meet them for a site visit around the Eagle Warf and the Memorial gardens to understand what the proposals are and to give some feedback and suggestions to them to ensure these areas remain accessible and as free from hazards as possible.

We would like ask our members if you would like to join me to give your feedback for the proposals. Please call the KAB office and let us know if you are interested. 


Address: Eagle Brewery Wharf. Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1HL
When: Wednesday 22 May at 2:00pm.

 

Save the date

KAB Annual General Meeting

When: Tuesday 11 June 2023 at the Kingston Quaker Centre.

Information will be sent by email and post week commencing 06th May, so keep an eye on your inbox or post-box. If you cannot attend, we would be very grateful if you could complete the proxy form included as this would enable us to achieve a quorum for the AGM. 


We have a guest speaker to entertain you, Mr Ian Williams, a voice over artist. His voice can best be described as warm, mature and he's quite a mimic too. Ian lives with his wife and 2 idiot cats. Ian is also an experienced Audio Describer having written and recorded descriptions for TV programmes as diverse as the Most Haunted, Eastenders, The Dumping Ground and cartoon Kit and Pup.



Low Vision Day

KAB in partnership with RBK Sight and Hearing Department

When: Tuesday 25 June from 10.30am - 4:00pm
Where: United Reform Church, Eden St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HZ


We will have the SocialEyes lunch there with the support of our volunteers. The day will be run like a market place where you will be able to go from stall to stall finding out about specialised equipment and useful information.  

Some of the organisations confirmed so far are:
Optalec will show equipment magnifiers etc
Hearing Loss Team - will offer hearing tests
KAB - benefit checks
and we are awaiting confirmation from other organisations. 



Tower Bridge Tour

We are receiving a grant from City Bridge Foundation for which we are very grateful.

They have offered us 14 places to join a Tower bridge tour. For this visit you will need to be able to walk some distance including walking up and down stairs.  We will be travelling by train from Kingston to Tower Bridge.  This is offered on a first come first served basis, therefore book your place early to avoid disappointment, closing date is Monday 17th June or earlier if the places are filled.  

Date of Tour: Wednesday 03 July at 11.50am


 


KAB Activities

May - July 2024
For more details and to book: 
Phone 020 8605 0060 
Email: 
kab@kingstonassociationforblind.org
 

Meet and greet by arrangement
 
We understand how difficult it can be to go to unfamiliar places, so KAB will be very happy to meet and greet at the closest bus stop or train station so that you can take part in any of our activities on offer. Please contact the office to prearrange any assistance. 
 

Social Eyes Lunches 

We offer lunch plus a chair-based exercise session for those who would like to participate.

Sew and Repair Service: Don't forget to bring items, Taghreed has sewn on buttons, turned trousers, sewn holes in pockets.


When: Alternate Tuesdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm 
Venue: Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, KT1 2PT. 

2024 Dates:
14th ,28th May
11th AGM, 25th June  Low Vision Day

09th, 23rd July 


Macular Society Support Group in Kingston

The meetings aim to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease and other sight loss conditions. Family, friends and carers are also welcome.

This takes place at the Kingston Library on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

2024 Dates: May - August
14th May
No session in June 
16th July
13th August

 

Lunch Club and Quiz

A light lunch is offered, and members have the opportunity to socialise and try your hand at the quiz.  

Last Thursday of each month 1:00pm – 3:00pm 

2024 Dates:
30th May 

27th June
25th July

 

Beginners and Improvers Swimming lessons 

For beginners, or swimmers who would like to improve. The swimming sessions are on a one-to-one basis with Emily Hampton. The dates and times can vary, if you are interested, please contact the office to arrange a session and discuss any needs you may have.

Venue: New Malden Leisure Centre, Training Pool, New Malden, KT3 4TA.  

Date and time by arrangement. 


Swimming Session for independent Swimmers 

In association with Spartans Swimming Club. All members new to the session are required to complete a form signed by their GP. Please phone or email the office to obtain a form, further details and please prebook.

During these sessions the pool is closed to the public and only open to disabled swimmers.

Cost: Sessions are £2.

Venue: At the New Malden Leisure Centre, Main Pool, New Malden, KT3 4TA with Emily Hampton. 

2024 Dates:
Every Thursday evening from
 7:00pm to 8:00pm.


Football Club  

Two football sessions run at the same time for Blind and Visually Impaired Juniors (5-16 years old), and Adults (16+). Both sessions are open to all levels, male and female. 

The sessions take place in a huge indoor bubble protecting the players and spectators from the British weather!

To book: visit: tinyurl.com/Football-VI. If the website is inaccessible, please call or email our office. 

Venue: Fulham FC Training Ground, Motspur Park, KT3 6PT. 

2024 Dates:
Saturdays, 10:45am to 11:45am.
March to July during term time



Tandem and Adapted Cycling Club 

Please phone the office to pre-book. Sessions are weather dependent. In partnership with Wheels for all Kingston.
Venue: Weir Archer Athletics Centre, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, KT1 3PB. 
 
2024 Dates:

Mondays except Bank holidays from 1:00pm – 1:45pm 



Ten-pin Bowling 

Venue: Hollywood Bowl, Charrington Bowl, Kingston Rd,  
Surbiton KT5 9PB. 

When: Alternate Monday, Term time only,  from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 

2024 Dates:
13th May
10th June
24th June
08th July - Last session for the summer break


Phone or email the office to register your attendance.
 

Bowls 

Food and Drink available to purchase at the Club after the session.

Venue: King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way, Chessington, KT9 1TR. 
 
Alternate Thursdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm 

2024 Dates:

16th May
30th May
13th June
27th June
11th July
25th July



Tech Sessions 

We have started monthly sessions at the Kingston Library, supported by the RNIB Tech for Life team. 

They can support you with:
  • Using and setting up your smartphone, tablet, laptop or eReader.
  • Discovering accessible technology and devices
  • Making the most of the internet
  • Your questions about using accessible technology
Places are limited and registration is essential.  Phone the KAB office to book your place and let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to learn or get help with.
 
Venue: Kingston Library, Fairfield Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS
When: First Thursday of each month from 11:00am - 1:00pm. 

2024 Dates:
06th June 
04th July
No sessions in August

 

Living Well with Sight Loss  

Each course includes information and advice on a variety of topics, including Registration of sight impairment and understanding benefits, Staying independent, Daily life skills and using technology, Eye health and available eye care services, Wellbeing and Leisure and opportunities

When: Thursday 25th July 
Time: 10.30pm - 12:30 followed by a light in our monthly lunch 
Venue: Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, KT1 2PT


Phone or email the office to register your attendance.


Queen Promenade Audio Walk 

Our audio described Queens promenade river walk is available anytime to download from our website.  Now that the weather is getting better why not arrange a visit with your friends and family, along this lovely path.
https://kingstonassociationforblind.org/queens-promenade/



We would like more members to join us at some of these activities, so go on, give them a try!.

 



Volunteer for KAB
 
Our activities and services depend on the support of our volunteers, we are always on the look out to recruit and grow our team!
We are looking for the following volunteers: 
 

·Trustees
·Eye Buddy volunteers
·Drivers
·Help at sports sessions
·Information Technology Volunteer


Dates for Visual Awareness Training for our volunteers: 

Friday 31st May from 10:00 - 12:00pm
Tuesday 18th June from 10:00 - 12:00pm

Please call the KAB office for the volunteers to book their place



KAB Volunteer Celebration Event - Kingston Museum

As part of the national volunteer week, we are saying thank you to our amazing volunteers. This takes place on Tuesday 04th June between 2:00pm - 4:00pm at the Kingston Museum, who have kindly organized a tour of their current collection and drinks and nibbles after from us at KAB.

If you are a member and have a special message for our volunteers, please let the office know and we will read this out at the event. 



 



Other Events in London
 
Events and Information from other charities and organisations which might of interest to our members.


Metro Blind Sport:

Metro Blind Sports Metro Games, the only remaining national athletics event specifically for visually impaired people. 
2024 Metro Games and how to register: 

The Athletics open will once again be held at Mile End athletics stadium on: Saturday 29th June 2024. Arrival from 10.00am, events starting from 12pm, finish at 5.00pm.
 
To register your place, please click on the link below, follow instructions, complete each section, and press submit at the end. 
https://pocklington.tfaforms.net/5068992.

If you would like help to complete the entry form, please call Gareth Jones on 07966 260089.  



Kew Gardens Sensory Experience Tour

Kew Gardens are offering Blind and Partially sighted people and their carers the opportunity to visit Kew Gardens and join their sensory experience tour.  This will gives you the chance to touch and smell elements in the garden.  

The Tour takes place on the 11th August at 2:00pm.   

Booking details: They can only accommodate a limited number of people per tour, so registering is essential. Please register directly in advance by:
Email: 
discovery@kew.org with your name, contact email, and postcode 
Phone: 07341114533


 

We value feedback, help us shape and improve our services:

Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we are currently conducting a member survey to find out which KAB services you enjoy or currently use, and if there are more services that you would like us to provide. 

A huge thanks to all members who have participated and volunteers who are helping us reach out to members. We will be continuing to contact you. 

If you haven't been contacted and would like to have your say, please phone the office on 020 8605 0060.

 

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KAB Eye Opener

29 February 2024 - Issue 51 
Office hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm 
Phone: 020 8605 0060
Charity registration number: 249295

Follow us on social media for the very latest news and events from KAB:
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Website: www.kingstonassociationforblind.org
 


News for our Members

 

Macular Society Support Group in Kingston
We have been speaking with Ben Rendle, the new regional manger for the Macular Society, to reopen the local support group which has been closed since covid, We are now pleased to announce the reopening of the group in a couple of weeks time.  
 
The meetings aim to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease and other sight loss conditions. Family, friends and carers are also welcome.

When: First meeting on Tuesday 12 March and then the second Tuesday of every month
Time: From 10.30am until 12.30pm. 
Where: Kingston Library, Fairfield Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PS.


Accessible Interior Design - Take part in the research 

A student from Kingston University contacted us asking to talk with a group of our members to get their views and experience of accessible interior design.
 
She says: My name is Salsa, and I am an MA Interior Design student at Kingston University School of Art, currently working on a project that aims to develop inclusive design solutions through interior design from the perspective of the visually impaired.
 
As part of this project, I would like to gain insights from the perspective of the visually impaired to ensure that my design approach is inclusive and representative of diverse experiences.
 
When: Monday 4th March at 12.00
Where: KAB office at the Quaker centre.



Audio Book Club - Coming Soon!
Following our survey a lot of members said they wanted a book club. We have spoken to the Kingston library and they are a happy to host us!

We are now looking for a couple of volunteers to lead the group. Do ask around and help us find book club volunteers.  We will be using the Audio books on USB sticks from the RNIB talking book collection. They have over 350,000 books. We are able to ask RNIB for the same book for everyone to take home and listen. If you don't have a device to listen to the USB stick we are able to lend you a boombox,  free of charge.

If you are interested in taking part in the book club please call the office to register. The venue, dates and times are not confirmed as yet. 

 

Queen Promenade Audio Walk - Coming Soon! 

KAB has been working with VocalEyes for the past 2 years to create an audio described walk to guide our members along the Queens promenade river walk. We now have the final audio track and are working on the final preparations for the big launch. We will let everyone know as soon as we have the date and the program finalized. 


Save the date!

KAB Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 11 June 2023 at the Kingston Quaker Centre.
More information to follow...

 
Sew and Repair
Members have been bringing their items of clothing for repair. Taghreed has sewn on buttons, turned trousers, sewn holes in pockets. If you have items which you would like repaired do bring these along to our social eyes lunches on alternative Tuesdays. If you require further information please call the office. 


Fundraising

KAB has launched its spring appeal. We are sending letter to opticians, solicitors and local health centres.
If you know of a shop, a dentist, a pub or any other places in Kingston that you feel would be a good spot for us to have a collection box please let us know!


Easter Office Closure 
The KAB office will be closed on Good Friday 29th March and Easter Monday 01st April. We will reopen on Tuesday 02nd April.


 


KAB Activities

March - May 2024
For more details and to book: 
Phone 020 8605 0060 
Email: 
kab@kingstonassociationforblind.org
 

Meet and greet by arrangement
 
We understand how difficult it can be to go to unfamiliar places, so KAB will be very happy to meet and greet at the closest bus stop or train station so that you can take part in any of our activities on offer. Please contact the office to prearrange any assistance. 
 

Social Eyes Lunches 

We offer lunch plus a chair-based exercise session for those who would like to participate; and don forget to bring items for the sew and repair service.

When: Alternate Tuesdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm 
Venue: At the Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, KT1 2PT. 

2024 Dates:
05th ,19th March 
02nd,16th, 30th April
14th ,28th May 

 

Lunch Club and Quiz

A light lunch is offered, and members have the opportunity to socialise and try your hand at the quiz.  

Last Thursday of each month 1:00pm – 3:00pm 

2024 Dates:
28th March
25th April
30th May 

 

Beginners and Improvers Swimming lessons 

For beginners, or swimmers who would like to improve. The swimming sessions are on a one-to-one basis with Emily Hampton. The dates and times can vary, if you are interested, please contact the office to arrange a session and discuss any needs you may have.

Venue: New Malden Leisure Centre, Training Pool, New Malden, KT3 4TA.  

Date and time by arrangement. 


Swimming Session for independent Swimmers 

In association with Spartans Swimming Club. All members new to the session are required to complete a form signed by their GP. Please phone or email the office to obtain a form, further details and please prebook.

During these sessions the pool is closed to the public and only open to disabled swimmers.

Cost: Sessions are £2.

Venue: At the New Malden Leisure Centre, Main Pool, New Malden, KT3 4TA with Emily Hampton. 

2024 Dates:
Every Thursday evening from
 7:00pm to 8:00pm.


Football Club  

Two football sessions run at the same time for Blind and Visually Impaired Juniors (5-16 years old), and Adults (16+). Both sessions are open to all levels, male and female. 

The sessions take place in a huge indoor bubble protecting the players and spectators from the British weather!

To book: visit: tinyurl.com/Football-VI. If the website is inaccessible, please call or email our office. 

Venue: Fulham FC Training Ground, Motspur Park, KT3 6PT. 

2024 Dates:
Saturdays, 10:45am to 11:45am.
March to July during term time



Tandem and Adapted Cycling Club 

Please phone the office to pre-book. Sessions are weather dependent. In partnership with Wheels for all Kingston.
Venue: Weir Archer Athletics Centre, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, KT1 3PB. 
 
2024 Dates:

Mondays except Bank holidays from 1:00pm – 1:45pm 



Ten-pin Bowling 

Venue: Hollywood Bowl, Charrington Bowl, Kingston Rd,  
Surbiton KT5 9PB. 
When: Alternate Mondays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 

2024 Dates:
04th,18th March
22nd April
13th May


Phone or email the office to register your attendance.
 

Bowls 
Food and Drink available to purchase at the Club after the session.

Venue: King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way, Chessington, KT9 1TR. 
 
Alternate Thursdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm 

2024 Dates:
07th, 21st March
04th, 18th April

02nd,16th May 


Tech Sessions 

We have started monthly sessions at the Kingston Library, supported by the RNIB Tech for Life team. 

They can support you with:
  • Using and setting up your smartphone, tablet, laptop or eReader.
  • Discovering accessible technology and devices
  • Making the most of the internet
  • Your questions about using accessible technology
Places are limited and registration is essential.  Phone the KAB office to book your place and let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to learn or get help with.
 
Venue: Kingston Library, Fairfield Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS
When: First Thursday of each month from 11:00am - 1:00pm. 

2024 Dates:
07th March
02nd May
06th J
une 


We would like more members to join us at some of these activities, so go on, give them a try!.
 

South London Working Age Forum 

When: 12th March organised by Merton Vision
Time: 6.30pm - 9pm followed by Pizza 
Venue: The Guardian Centre, 67, Clarendon Road, Colliers Wood SW19 2DX

Guest speaker is Blind in Business. 
Call the KAB office to register by Friday 08th March for catering purposes.


 


Volunteer for us
 
Our activities and services depend on the support of our volunteers, we are always on the look out to recruit and grow our team!
We are looking for the following volunteers: 
 

·Trustees
·Eye Buddy volunteers
·Drivers
·Book Club volunteers

·Help at sports sessions
·Information Technology Volunteer


Forthcoming dates for visual awareness training for our volunteers: 

Wednesday 03rd April from 10:00 - 12:00pm
Thursday 04th April from 2:00 - 4:00 pm 

Please call the KAB office for the volunteers to book their place


 



We value feedback, help us shape and improve our services:

Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we are currently conducting a member survey to find out which KAB services you enjoy or currently use, and if there are more services that you would like us to provide. 

A huge thanks to all members who have participated and volunteers who are helping us reach out to members. We will be continuing to contact you. 

If you haven't been contacted and would like to have your say, please phone the office on 020 8605 0060.

 

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KAB Eye Opener

Issue 50 / 26 January 2024
Office hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm 
Phone: 020 8605 0060
Charity registration number: 249295

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News for our Members

 
 
Kingston After Dark Public Survey 

KAB will be gathering feedback from members, which we will use to report back to the community safety team. 
 
As part of developing the Borough's Night time Economy strategy, The Community Safety team would like to gather insights, preferences, and concerns about the borough after 6pm. This will cover people's experiences of studying, working, visiting and commuting after 6pm covering areas such as safety at night, accessibility of public transport etc. 
 
The Inclusive Kingston Borough Alliance will be bringing all the results together at the start of March 2024. KAB would like to give them the point of view of blind and partially sighted residents, so do send any comments you would like us to bring to their attention by the end of February.
 
To give us your feedback e
ither call us :020 8605 0060 or email us at: kab@kingstonassociationforblind.org
 

Sew and Repair

Members have been bringing their items of clothing for repair. Taghreed has sewn on buttons, turned trousers, sewn holes in pockets. If you have items which you would like repaired do bring these along to our social eyes lunches on alternative Tuesdays. If you require further information please call the office. 

New Trustees

KAB are looking for new trustees and volunteers. We ask you to look around amongst your family, friends, and people you know who might be interested to contact our office and we can send them our role description, the skills and experience we need and what they would be expected to do.
 

Fundraising

2024 will continue to see KAB double its efforts with its fundraising campaign.

If you know of a shop, a dentist, a pub or any place in Kingston that you feel would be a good spot for us to have a collection box please let us know!



Save the date 

KAB Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 11 June 2023 at the Kingston Quaker Centre.
More information to follow.


 


KAB Activities

February to March 2024
For more details and to book: 
Phone 020 8605 0060 
Email: 
kab@kingstonassociationforblind.org
 



Meet and greet by arrangement
 
We understand how difficult it can be to go to unfamiliar places, so KAB will be very happy to meet and greet at the closest bus stop or train station so that you can take part in any of our activities on offer. Please contact the office to prearrange any assistance. 
 

Social Eyes Lunches 

We offer lunch plus a chair-based exercise session for those who would like to participate; at the Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, KT1 2PT. 

Alternate Tuesdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm 

2024 Dates:
06th, 20th February 
05th, 19th March 

 

Lunch Club and Quiz

A light lunch is offered, and members have the opportunity to socialise and try your hand at the quiz.  

Venue: At the Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, KT1 2PT. 

Last Friday of each month 12:30am – 2:30pm 

2024 Dates:
23rd February
29th March

 

Beginners and Improvers Swimming lessons 

For beginners, or swimmers who would like to improve. The swimming sessions are on a one-to-one basis with Emily Hampton. The dates and times can vary, if you are interested, please contact the office to arrange a session and discuss any needs you may have.

Venue: New Malden Leisure Centre, Training Pool, New Malden, KT3 4TA.  

Date and time by arrangement. 


Swimming Session for independent Swimmers 

In association with Spartans Swimming Club. All members new to the session are required to complete a form signed by their GP. Please phone or email the office to obtain a form, further details and please prebook.

During these sessions the pool is closed to the public and only open to disabled swimmers.

Cost: Sessions are £2.

Venue: At the New Malden Leisure Centre, Main Pool, New Malden, KT3 4TA with Emily Hampton. 

2024 Dates:
Every Thursday evening from
 7:00pm to 8:00pm.


Football Club  

Two football sessions run at the same time for Blind and Visually Impaired Juniors (5-16 years old), and Adults (16+). Both sessions are open to all levels, male and female. 

The sessions take place in a huge indoor bubble protecting the players and spectators from the British weather!

To book: visit: tinyurl.com/Football-VI. If the website is inaccessible, please call or email our office. 

Venue: Fulham FC Training Ground, Motspur Park, KT3 6PT. 

2024 Dates:
Saturdays, 10:45am to 11:45am.
January to April during term time



Tandem and Adapted Cycling Club 

Please phone the office to pre-book. Sessions are weather dependent. In partnership with Wheels for all Kingston.
 
Venue: Weir Archer Athletics Centre, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, KT1 3PB. 
 
2024 Dates:

Mondays except Bank holidays from 1:00pm – 1:45pm 



Ten-pin Bowling 

Phone or email the office to register.
 
Venue: Hollywood Bowl, Charrington Bowl, Kingston Rd,  
Surbiton KT5 9PB. 
 
Alternate Mondays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 

2024 Dates:
05th, 19th February
04th, 18th March
 


Bowls 
Food and Drink available to purchase at the Club after the session.

Venue: King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way, Chessington, KT9 1TR. 
 
Alternate Thursdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm 

2024 Dates:
08th, 22nd February
07th,21st March
04th,8th April
 
We would like more local people at some of these activities, so go on, give them a try.



Tech Sessions 

We have started monthly sessions at the Kingston Library. Sessions are on the first Thursday of each month from 11:00am to 1:00pm, supported by the RNIB Tech for Life team. 

They can support you with:
  • Using and setting up your smartphone, tablet, laptop or eReader.
  • Discovering accessible technology and devices
  • Making the most of the internet
  • Your questions about using accessible technology
Places are limited and registration is essential.  Phone the KAB office to book your place and let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to learn or get help with.
 
Venue: Kingston Library, Fairfield Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS
 
First Thursday of each month from 11:00am - 1:00pm. 
 
2024 Dates:
01st February, 07th March, 04th April


 

South London Working Age Forum 

February 13th - run by Croydon
Venue: To be confirmed
Let’s have fun speed dating – first impressions and how to present yourself in a few minutes. A useful skill for job fairs and networking events.
 
March 12th – run by MertonVision
Venue: To be confirmed
Blind in Business presenting the importance of having a mentor. 



 


Volunteer for us
 
Our activities and services depend on the support of our volunteers, we are always on the look out to recruit and grow our team!
We are looking for the following volunteers: 
 

·Trustees
·Eye Buddy volunteers
·Drivers
·Help at sports sessions
·Information Technology Volunteer


Forthcoming dates for visual awareness training for our volunteers: 

Tuesday 30th January from 1:00pm to 12:30pm
Please call the office for the volunteers to book their place


 



We value feedback, help us shape and improve our services:

Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we are currently conducting a member survey to find out which KAB services you enjoy or currently use, and if there are more services that you would like us to provide. 

A huge thanks to all members who have participated and volunteers who are helping us reach out to members. We will be continuing to contact you. 

If you haven't been contacted and would like to have your say, please phone the office on 020 8605 0060.

 

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KAB Eye Opener

Issue 49 / 13th December 2023
Office hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm ( see Christmas closure below )
Phone: 020 8605 0060
Charity registration number: 249295

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News for our Members

 
 
Our Christmas Message

Welcome to your Eye Opener newsletter December 2023. From all the staff and trustees, we wish you all a peaceful and joyful festive season. As this year ends, we say farewell to 2023 and welcome 2024 and hope you will be joining us for more social lunches, activities, days out and much more!
 
Remember you are always welcome to phone or pop into the office to say hello!



KAB update

In the past 6 months, 15 new members have joined us.
Soumaya, our welfare officer has supported 49 members to apply for benefits such as blue badges, Dial A Ride membership, taxi card, disabled freedom pass, council tax reduction, PIP and more. If you would like a benefit check and to learn about concessions do not hesitate to contact the office.


 

Office Christmas Closures
 
The office will be closed from 4pm on Friday 22nd December and we will reopen on Wednesday 3rd January 2024.
 
If you need any help outside of our opening hours here are a few emergency numbers:
999 – For emergencies
101 - For not so urgent calls
111 - NHS
Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames have a helpline:
During Office opening hours: 020 8547 5000.
Note that outside of office opening hours including weekend and bank holidays its: 020 8547 5800.

 

New Year New beginning

We have a few exciting events lined up for the new year. 
 

Sew and Repair

On Tuesday 9th January during our Socialeyes lunch we will have the lovely Taghree who will be bringing her needlecraft skills to the Quaker Centre to help with any sewing needed.
So, if you have any trousers that need turning up, or skirts that need hemming or if you have a hole in a pocket, a button or two missing, bring them to the Quaker centre.  She will be bringing some extra buttons so do not worry if you have lost them!
 

Better Bones

On Tuesday 23 January Nina from the better bones team will be coming to talk to us about bones and joint health, which foods and exercises are good for those of us with arthritis, rheumatism and brittle bones or just to keep ourselves healthy in general!
 

New Trustees

In 2024 KAB will be looking for new Trustees. We need a new Treasurer and Secretary. We urge you to look around amongst your family, friends, and people you know who are experienced in finance and accountancy or Business administration. Please contact our office and we can send them the role descriptions, the skills and experience we need and what they would be expected to do.
 

Fundraising

2024 will continue to see KAB double its efforts with its fundraising campaign.

We would like to thank Barbara, David and other members who helped by placing collection boxes out in the community, so far we have collected £110 with 2 of the collection boxes. So if you know of a shop, a dentist, a pub or any place in Kingston that you feel would be a good spot for us to have a collection box please let us know!
 
In December KAB launched their autumn appeal to raise funds through members and supporters. We are now extending our appeal to the business community in Kingston. If you know of a business in Kingston who might want to support us or make KAB their charity of the year, please contact the office with the details and we can send them our corporate appeal letter.


KAB Activities

January to March 2024
For more details and to book: 
Phone 020 8605 0060 
Email: 
kab@kingstonassociationforblind.org
 
Meet and greet by arrangement
 
We understand how difficult it can be to go to unfamiliar places, so KAB will be very happy to meet and greet at the closest bus stop or train station so that you can take part in any of our activities on offer. Please contact the office to prearrange any assistance. 
 

Social Eyes Lunches 

We offer lunch plus a chair-based exercise session for those who would like to participate. Alternate Tuesdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm. 

Venue: At the Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, KT1 2PT. 

2024 Dates:
09th and 23rd January
06th and 20th February
05th and 19th March

 

Lunch Club and Quiz

A light lunch is offered, and members have the opportunity to socialise and try your hand at the quiz.  Last Friday of each month 12:30am to 3:00pm. 

Venue: At the Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, KT1 2PT. 

2024 Dates:
26th January, 23rd February

 

Beginners and Improvers Swimming lessons 

For beginners, or swimmers who would like to improve. The swimming sessions are on a one-to-one basis with Emily Hampton. The dates and times can vary, if you are interested, please contact the office to arrange a session and discuss any needs you may have.

Date and time by arrangement. 

Venue: New Malden Leisure Centre, Training Pool, New Malden, KT3 4TA.  

Swimming Session for independent Swimmers 

In association with Spartans Swimming Club. All members new to the session need to fill out a form signed by their GP. Please phone or email us to obtain a form, further details and please prebook.

During these sessions the pool is closed to the public and only open to disabled swimmers.

Cost: Sessions are £2.

Venue: At the New Malden Leisure Centre, Main Pool, New Malden, KT3 4TA.Thursdays, 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

2024 Dates:
04th, 11th, 18th, 25th January

Football Club  

Two football sessions run at the same time for Blind and Visually Impaired Juniors (5-16 years old), and Adults (16+). Both sessions are open to all levels, male and female. To book visit: tinyurl.com/Football-VI. If the website is inaccessible, please call or email our office.

The sessions take place in a huge indoor bubble protecting the players and spectators from the British weather!

To book: Please call or email our office.

Venue: Fulham FC Training Ground, Motspur Park, KT3 6PT. 
Saturdays, 10:45am to 11:45am.
January to April during term time

2024 Dates:
First session Saturday 13th January

Tandem and Adapted Cycling Club 

Please phone the office to pre-book. Sessions are weather dependent. In partnership with Wheels for all Kingston.
 
Venue: Weir Archer Athletics Centre, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, KT1 3PB. 

Mondays except Bank holidays, 1:00pm to 1:45pm 
 
2024 Dates:
09th,15th, 22nd, 29th January
 
Ten-pin Bowling 

Phone or email the office to register.
 
Venue: Hollywood Bowl, Charrington Bowl, Kingston Rd,  
Surbiton KT5 9PB. 
 
Twice a month on Mondays 11:00am to 1:00pm. 
 
2024 Dates:
08th, 22nd January
05th, 19th February
04th, 18th March
 
Bowls 
Food and Drink available to purchase at the Club after the session.
 
Venue: King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way, Chessington, KT9 1TR. 
 
Thursdays fortnightly, 10:00am to 12:00pm 
 
2024 Dates:
11th and 25th January
08th and 22nd February
07th and 21st March
04th and 8th April
 
We would like more local people at some of these activities, so go on, give them a try.

Tech Sessions 

We have started monthly sessions at the Kingston Library. Sessions will be the first Thursday of each month from 11:00am to 1:00pm, supported by the RNIB Tech for Life team.  They can support you with:
  • Using and setting up your smartphone, tablet, laptop or eReader.
  • Discovering accessible technology and devices
  • Making the most of the internet
  • Your questions about using accessible technology
Places are limited and registration is essential.  Phone the KAB office to book your place and let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to learn or get help with.
 
Venue: Kingston Library, Fairfield Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS
 First Thursday of each month from 11:00am - 1:00pm. 
 
2024 Dates:
04th January, 01st February, 07th March, 04th April

 

South London Working Age Forum 

January 16th - run by KAB from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Venue: To be confirmed
Employment agencies talking about blind and visually impaired job seekers. They will also offer to look at your CV and give advice on job hunting and getting ready for the interview.
 
February 13th - run by Croydon
Venue: To be confirmed
Let’s have fun speed dating – first impressions and how to present yourself in a few minutes. A useful skill for job fairs and networking events.
 
March 12th – run by MertonVision
Venue: To be confirmed
Blind in Business presenting the importance of having a mentor. 



 


Volunteer for us
 
Our activities and services depend on the support of our volunteers, we are always on the look out to recruit and grow our team! We are looking for the following volunteers: 
 

·Trustees
·Eye Buddy volunteers
·Help with Clubs and outings
·Help with sports sessions
·Transport Volunteers
·Information Technology Volunteer

 

Forthcoming dates for visual awareness training for our volunteers:
Monday 08th January from 11:00am to 12:30pm
Wednesday 10th January from 5.30pm to 7:00pm
Friday 19th January from 1:00pm to 2.30pm
Tuesday 30th January from 1:00pm to 12:30pm
 
All volunteers should call the office to book your place.


 

We value feedback, help us shape and improve our services:
Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we are currently conducting a member survey to find out which KAB services you enjoy or currently use, and if there are more services that you would like us to provide. A huge thanks to all members who have participated and volunteers who are helping us reach out to members. We will be continuing to contact you. 

If you haven't been contacted and would like to have your say, please phone the office on 020 8605 0060.

 

More members enjoying their lunch
KAB members sitting on a long table enjoying the Christmas Lunch
KAB members eating their Christmas lunch
Roy Smith our Chair of Trustees thanking members and volunteers

 

From the KAB team
We wish you all a peaceful and joyful festive season

 

End of Newsletter

 

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Website: www.kingstonassociationforblind.org
Charity registration number: 249295
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Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston Upon Thames KT1 2PT

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