News

  • 27th March 2022
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    Product Awareness and Information Day - Tuesday 10th May, 10am-2.30pm

    Join us for our Product Awareness and Information Day. 

    This session, in conjunction with Sight and Sound Technology, offers you the chance to look at their extensive range of solutions for all your reading, writing, magnification, speech needs.  This includes hardware and software to the blind, visually impaired and those with learning and reading difficulties.

    The tools to enable those who are fully or partially blind to live life to the maximum so try before you buy!

    Visits are by appointment only so if you would like to attend, please contact Vanessa Valentine on 020 8409 7166 or vanessavalentine@suttonvision.org.uk

  • 27th March 2022
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    New Living with Sight Loss Workshops

    Being told you have sight loss can be scary and confusing for both you and your friends and family. But talking to people in a similar situation can really help. Sutton Vision will be running two Living with Sight Loss workshops for people who are adjusting to life with sight loss.

    These friendly and informal sessions will be held over 2 mornings at our accessible offices at Robin Hood Lane. They will give you the chance to explore solutions to everyday living, find out what support, benefits and services are available and how assistive technology can be of help. 

    The sessions are free and open to anyone with a sight loss who lives or works in the London Borough of Sutton. You are welcome to bring a family member or friend with you. We will be covering different topics at each of the sessions so we would encourage you to come to both if you are able. We will finish with a sandwich lunch so please let us know if you plan to come along so that we can cater for you.

    Dates: Thursday 21st April and Thursday 5th May 2022

    Time: 10am – 1pm.

    Venue: 3 Robin Hood Lane, Surrey SM1 2BL

    For further information please speak to Terry Rocks on terryrocks@suttonvision.org.uk

    To book a place, please ring SV office 020 8409 7166 or email info@suttonvision.org.uk

  • 5th March 2022
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    Our Service User reviews the Titanic Exhibition at Canada Water

    Our service user visited the Titanic Exhibition based in Canada Water this week. She gives her thoughts below:

    "As a visually impaired person, I would normally shy away from exhibitions, but finding out that the new Titanic Exhibition had an free accessible audio tour, I thought I would give it a go. My group of 5 travelled from Morden Tube Station to Waterloo then changed onto the Jubilee Line to Canada Water – which took approximately 50 minutes of quite straightforward travel. The exhibition hall was a 5 minute walk and, on entry, very well organised. After ticket check, you collect the audio tour handset/headphones, chargeable at £3 each or free for seniors or VI users. There is also an accessible app for the audio tour, if you would prefer your use your own smartphone/headphones. On entrance, the exhibition hall is dark (black walls and curtains) but each area is numbered and with the audio very easy to follow. I would recommend this exhibition for anyone who has an interest in this true story including the viewing of salvaged items, original White Star Line Co. documents and scene settings. Exhibition dates have been extended until April 17th and if you want or need to be accompanied, a free carer ticket available."

  • 2nd February 2022
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    Appointment of General Operations Manager Denise Crone

    We're very pleased to announce the appointment of General Operations Manager, Denise Crone. Denise joined Sutton Vision in January 2022 and will be overseeing the implementation of the National Lottery Community Fund project, that will see Sutton Vision increasing its reach into the community, with outreach and assisted technology sessions, amongst other work. 

    She has worked in health and social care for most of her career, spending time at both national and local charities as well as the NHS, in roles as diverse as managing and developing information, support, education and training services for people with long term health conditions and people living with cancer. 

    “I am delighted to be joining Sutton Vision at this exciting time in the charity’s development and look forward to working with our service users, volunteers and staff team to extend our support within the community”

  • 9th December 2021
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    Sutton Vision win award for engaging members during Covid pandemic

    Local charity Sutton Vision have been voted Rainbow Award winners at this year’s Visionary awards.

    The organisation, that supports people who are blind or partially sighted in the London Borough of Sutton, was among the winners at Visionary’s Annual Conference, celebrating the impactful services and positive difference made to the lives of blind and partially sighted people. 

    The Rainbow award, sponsored by RNIB, is given to those organisations and individuals who have been a Rainbow in the pandemic, through being open and generous; sharing knowledge, challenges, their staff and practical information and examples of what has worked for them.

    The charity was proud to win as part of a consortium that offered “Living Well” and “Future Vision” sessions on Zoom at the height of the pandemic and beyond.

    Louisa Syrett, vice chair of Sutton Vision, said “We’re delighted to have been part of this Rainbow Award winning coalition.  A group of like-minded organisations who, with us, have empowered and enabled people living with visual impairment in Sutton.”

    In judging, Campbell Chalmers, on behalf of RNIB, noted the group, including Kirklees Visual Impairment Network, My Sight Notts, Support 4 Sight, Sight Advice South Lakes, Sight Airedale, Sight Concern Worcestershire, offered “regular informative sessions” which “provided a much needed engagement, stimulation and support during very challenging times. It is a fantastic example of how organisations, by working together, have been able to share resources to create and build something great.”

    The charity will receive a £500 prize, a trophy and branded electronic PR resources for the award, that they hope will build on their success in the future.