Connect Me – Food for Thought

What activities do you enjoy? Food for Thought is a lunch workshop organised by our new Connect Me worker, Polly Price, to discuss just that.

This is a chance to meet other people with sight loss, find out what opportunities are available, and give your thoughts on what activities you’d like to do.

To find out more and book your place, take a look at our flyer:

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Lottery Celebration

Celebration is in the air on June 12th when Vision North Somerset launch a fantastic new project funded by the National Lottery.

People with sight loss, their family and carers are invited to come along to the charity’s centre in Neva Road to see what’s on offer.

The In Sight in Touch project received an amazing £336,000 from the National Lottery and will introduce some innovative ideas put forward by blind and partially sighted people themselves.

The Celebration and Open Day is an opportunity for everyone to come along, find out what we have planned and tell us their own ideas too.

Other exhibitors will also be present for the event including HumanWare assistive technology, Dolphin Computers, Wiltshire Farm Foods and others.

The charity is also celebrating volunteers week and has invited all of the organisation’s 80 volunteers to share in the celebrations. Voluntary Services Co-ordinator Michele Blake said: “Our volunteers are a great team and highly valued. If anyone would like to consider joining us we’d be happy to see them at the Open Day and have a chat about volunteering opportunities.”

The event takes place from 11am – 3pm on 12th June at Vision North Somerset, 3 Neva Road, Weston super Mare.

A New Chief Executive

Vision North Somerset has appointed internal candidate Nina Farr to the position of Chief Executive. Nina will take up the post on 1st October.

The appointment leaves a vacancy in the post of qualified Rehabilitation Officer for visually impaired people. The organisation will begin the recruitment process for this post in June with a start date of 16th September.

For further details, contact Celia Henshall via:

Charity Accounts Training with Albert Goodman (via Vision)

  • Do you struggle to understand your organisation’s accounts?
  • Can you read the balance sheet?
  • Can you explain your accounts to funding bodies?

Vision North Somerset are working with Albert Goodman, Charity Accountants to present a seminar to help staff and trustees gain a better understanding of their accounts in a down to earth and practical manner.

Take a look at the accompanying course outline and see if it meets the needs of your staff and trustees. It will certainly be a help to ours.

Vision are happy to host the course, so there will be no venue charge. To cover the costs we need to charge £60 per person (ourselves included) and we need to attract 10 attendees.

The course will take place on Tuesday 16th October 1.30pm for coffee and the course will start promptly at 2.00pm.

To reserve your place please complete the booking form and return by email or post by 28th September. The course fee must be included with your booking to secure your place, but is fully refundable if the course does not run due to lack of support.

Compared to other finance courses we have considered, this is a cost effective option and we hope there is sufficient take up from our voluntary sector colleagues to make it viable.

Thanks for your interest!

Celia Henshall, CEO, Vision North Somerset.

Katherine and Julie’s High-Flying Adventure!


Congratulations to Katherine and Julie, our intrepid volunteers who successfully completed their Wing Walk to raise funds for Vision North Somerset.

Katherine (left), Julie (right), and their pilot (middle) standing in front of the biplane.

They both say they enjoyed the experience, but it did look rather scary! It’s not too late to show your support:

Wing Walk – An Exhilarating Experience!

Two intrepid volunteers, Julie and Katherine, are taking up the ultimate challenge of Wing Walking to raise money for Vision North Somerset. They will be strapped to a biplane and whisked off into the air.

Flying on top of an aeroplane sounds terrifying to most, but Julie and Katherine both say they are looking forward to it!

The event will take place at an airfield near Cirencester on the 14th August. Those of us determined to stay on terra firma can show our support with a donation:

  • Via Local Giving – please enter Wing Walk in the comment box
  • Via cheque to Vision North Somerset
  • Via cash at our Resource Centre, 3 Neva Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1YD

Thank you in anticipation of your support for these brave (or foolhardy!) ladies. Contact us if you have any questions about the event, or if you need help and advice about sight loss.

Marks and Spencer Revamp our Garden

Many thanks to Marks and Spencer Volunteers who completely transformed our garden on Friday 22nd June. The team worked hard all day and we are delighted with the results.

Marks and Spencer Gardeners, more info in the caption
A group photo of Marks and Spencer volunteers standing in front of our revamped garden. Two children are sitting on our new bench in the foreground.

Lavender, rosemary and other plants provide a sensory experience for our visually impaired visitors and a new bench provides a spot to relax. This is a great finale to our time as Charity of the Year for Marks and Spencer Weston super Mare. A huge thank you from Vision North Somerset.

A Huge Thank You to Caroline

Caroline is the daughter of one of our members and she chose to support Vision North Somerset by running the London Marathon. She completed the run successfully and has raised £1,748.75 in sponsorship!

The photo on the left shows Caroline (left) standing next to her daughter (right) after completing her run. The image on the left shows how she raised £1,460 via online donations and £288.75 via Gift Aid through Local Giving.

A great effort on a really hot day. We really appreciate Caroline’s support. Thank you Caroline!