November 2012

Working with Minority and Ethnic Communities

Training the Trainer course on prevention of needless sight loss in minority ethnic communities in Wrexham

The course was organised by Sight Cymru and delivered by Nirmala Pisavadia on 22nd and 23rd November 2012 at AVOW (Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham). It was a huge success and was attended by participants from diverse ethnic communities. The course will enable participants to go into their communities and spread the message (in their own language) about taking care of eyes and how sight loss from eye conditions predominant in BAME communities such as Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy can be prevented through better diet, lifestyle changes and regular eye examinations.

Press Release

It’s all a load of balls!

Recently, laughter echoed around the alleys of Cwmbran Bowlplex as 8 teams of 4 people took up the challenge of Ten Pin Blindfold Bowling

This charity event had two purposes, to raise much needed money for local charity Sight Support (formerly the Gwent Association of the Blind), and also to challenge fully sighted people to experience the daily difficulties of many thousands of people who have lost all or some of their sight.

Spectators and bowlers alike enjoyed the hilarity of kamikaze bowling along with errant balls on neighbouring lanes, as all bowlers took their turn in bowling with a blindfold on. Some were amazed to find out that with a little help from a sighted guide they scored a respectable total, in some cases better than if they did when the blindfold off!

Teams were made up from members of Sight Support (who were either blind or partially sighted) as well as volunteers and staff. There were two teams from Specsavers who eventually came out with the highest score – ‘Should have gone to Specsavers’ as the saying goes! We hope that a total of over £600 will be raised, which Barclays Bank have indicated they will match fund.

We have already had a donation towards the cost of putting on the event by Bowlplex, and would like to thank them for all their help on the night. Not only were the staff friendly and professional, they had their work cut out putting the rails up and down throughout the evening!

Sight Support provides help and assistance to almost 5000 people who are blind or partially sighted and are Wales’ biggest wholly Welsh sight loss agency. If you would like any further information please either telephone 01495 763650, or email postman@sightcymru.org.uk