Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

What's On

A round up of forthcoming events and activities that are on offer in and around Kingston upon Thames - some are designed particularly to enable access for people with sight loss - while all of them will be accessible with a volunteer guide.

KAB Events & Activities

Monday 18th October -  Ten Pin Bowling from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Hollywood Bowl, Tolworth.  Organised friendly match between KAB & Guide Dog Owners.  You will need to wear or change into, non-slip, flat closed toed shoes. The cost is £5 and two games are played.  Please arrive by 10.15 am.  If you would like to join in the fun contact the KAB office for more information, 020 8605 0060.  Please note Ten Pin Bowling is cancelled next Monday due to school holidays, and will resume on  Monday 1st November.

Tuesday  19th October - Social Eyes, 2 to 4 pm at St James Church Hall, Bodley Road, New Malden. Chair Based Exercises with Emily's Dance, quiz and refreshments. If you would like to find out more, please contact the KAB office, 020 8605 0060.

Thursday 21st October - Indoor Lawn Bowls, 10.00 am to midday at King George Indoor Field Lawn Bowls, Jubilee Way, Chessington. Please arrive by 9.45 am.  No experience necessary, if you would like to join in the fun contact the KAB office for more information, 020 8605 0060.  Cost £1.

Tuesday 26th October - Surbiton Blind Club and AGM 2 to 4pm. Surbiton Hill Methodist Church, 39 Ewell Road, Surbiton.  For further information please the club's mobile on 07443 643716.

Wednesday 27th October - Malden & Coombe Blind Club, 2 to 4 pm at Christ Church Hall, 91 Coombe Road New Malden.  For further information please call David Robson on 020 8546 9662 or 07881 348360.

Thursday 28th October - Lunch Club 12.30 to 2.30 pm at United Reformed Church, 130 Malden Road (just off the Fountain Roundabout) New Malden, KT3 6DR.  A friendly club with a quiz and lots of chat and laughter, delicious sandwiches and cake.  Cost £5.

Further Afield and On Line

RNIB & Blind Ambition would like to invite you to Session 3: ‘Access to Work’ of our Series 2, Employment Webinars, on Tuesday 19th October, time 7.30 to 8.30 pm.

To register for Webinar 3, which  will be crucial for those of you wanting to know about "How to find a Support Worker".

Click the link immediately below:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_maHLR1r7S9yi4_ezacJaUQ

The webinar will cover:

  • Agencies you can use
  • the best place to advertise
  • skills sets to look for

If you have any issues with registration [email protected]

To register and find out about our full list of 16 webinars that are part of Series 2, please click the link immediately below: https://www.blindambition.co.uk/post/employment-webinars

To contact Seema Flower, Blind Ambition Ltd., telephone 07747 090877, website www.BlindAmbition.co.uk

The Rocky Horror Show, on Sunday 24 October 2021 at 2.30 pm, ticket prices: £18 - £65.

Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show returns as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.

Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba as Brad and directed by Christopher Luscombe, the Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party and features timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting, show-stopping Time Warp.

The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. It is an adventure they’ll never forget, filled with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity.

The Rocky Horror Show is suitable for ages 12 and above.

Please note that the audio description for this performance is not delivered by VocalEyes. Every effort has been made to ensure that these details are correct; however, please do double-check with the venue for the availability of introductory notes and touch tours when booking.

Venue: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT

Booking contact number 020 7863 8222

Booking contact email [email protected]

Managing Sight Loss Sessions with London Vision

London Vision have more relaxed informative sessions coming up throughout October in our Managing Sight Loss programme and you can always find full details on London Vision’s website along with supporting information. All the sessions are currently held on Zoom, but over the next few months London Vision are working to bring face to face session to somewhere near you. If you would like to join one of the sessions listed below, please drop a line to  [email protected] or call 020 3761 3651. Your friends and family are most welcome.

Assistive Technology lunchtime drop-in: Fridays at 1pm

Regular session every Friday lunchtime where you can have your assistive technology questions answered. This session is on Zoom and begins at 1 pm you can join  please click here to join Friday’s session

Theatre, Arts, TV, hobbies and more

October 14 at 6pm - if it’s theatre or hobbies you’re interested in, then please join Jessica Beal from Vocaleyes for this Managing Sight Loss session. We will also be talking accessible TV and audio description.

Assistive Technology

October 20th at 6pm is Assistive Technology - your questions answered, with Davinder Kullar from the RNIB and Graham Parge from Thomas Pocklington Trust. For this session it helps if you can send you questions in advance.

Certification and Registration

Thursday October 27th at 6.00 pm - this is a repeat of the popular session all about the certification and registration process and ensuring you, on what your rights to services are

If you have a topic you would like London Vision to explore, or would like to know more, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch [email protected]

Esme’s Virtual Friends Charles Bonnet Support Group

If you have Charles Bonnet Syndrome, please join our support groups to hear about the strategies employed by group members, to manage their visual hallucinations, caused by living with sight loss.  For links to join contact [email protected] or click here.

Beyond Sight Loss

Beyond Sight Loss Group Meeting is taking place Mondays every fortnight on Zoom: Listen to a guest speaker and discuss relevant news and events.
Time: 12:00-13:00

For joining information, please email [email protected]

Eye Matter

Tuesday 19th October 6 pm – 8pm B.G.T. Home Grown Talent come and showcase your talent and entertain your fellow members 5 minutes of fame.  If you want to be a performer, email [email protected] with the subject ‘BGT’

Thursday 28th October 11 am Thursday Bookworms - a monthly group, Eye Matter will cover access requirements and set out the first two books to read. Bookworms will take place on the last Thursday of every month. Expect suspense, murder, adventure, fantasy, romance, travel, humour, biography and more.

All books will be available through the free RNIB library

Hosted by Kevin. To express interest or to find out more information, please email [email protected] with the subject ‘Bookworms’

For all joining information please call Eye Matter on 07523266421 or email [email protected]

Retina UK

An on line local support group meeting - London - next meeting TBC.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the form on our website: www.RetinaUK.org.uk/groups#london or email [email protected] and instructions on how to join via your smart device, computer or telephone will be sent to you.

BAME VISION

BAME Vision is a newly formed group made up of professionals from the eye health and sight-loss sectors as well as those with lived experience to create a dynamic and diverse team. The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Vision group originally would have sat with Vision UK, but after its closure in 2020, Chairs Bhavini Makwana and Adam Mapani decided to continue and meet with the group to discuss their future.

“Whilst having meetings to explore our priorities, vision and mission, we have also been engaging with ethnic groups on various platforms and creating and sharing content in a variety of languages. We have seen great impact within the communities, especially the talks provided by members from our team Subash Suthar and Jayshree Vasani” shared Bhavini Makwana, Chair.

Themed workshops

  • Live Well, See Well
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Dry Eyes and screen usage
  • Sight after 60
  • The importance of regular eye checks
  • Sharing mindfulness and ways to relax
  • Discussing eye conditions most prevalent in BAME communities
  • And more!

The workshops will be presented by professionals, consultants and those with lived experience sharing information and talking about personal experiences in different languages. There will also be a question and answer segment at the end of each session.

The workshops are open to anyone in the eye health and sight-loss sectors, those at risk of sight loss or with a vision impairment, family and friends or anyone wishing to seek information in different languages and interested in finding out more.

To book any of the workshops, email [email protected].

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