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Outreach Offices

We are delighted to announce that we will be re-starting our Outreach service at 3 of our venues around the county. These will begin  with Monday 6th September 2021 at Moreton Area Centre, Moreton in Marsh; Wednesday 8th September 2021 at Brunswick Baptist Church, Gloucester;  Thursday 9th September 2021 at The Exchange in Stroud. These will be open from 10am-1pm.  However, Gloucester outreach will be closed on Wednesday 15th September, due to circumstances beyond our control. Unfortunately Cirencester outreach will not be open until next year.

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, this will be an appointment only system, so please phone us on 01242 221170 to make an appointment. We will also be asking people to wear a facemask and sanitise their hands before they visit.

We are looking forward to meeting up with you once again.

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Back in the office

We are delighted to let you know that we are now back in the office and very happy to help you with any problems or queries, over the phone. If we are unable to deal with your particular problem over the phone, me may be able to offer you an appointment to come into the centre. However, visits to the centre are by appointment only, so please do not just turn up, as we will not be able to accommodate you. At present, the outreach offices and clubs are not back in operation, but we will let you know as soon as they are up and running.

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New Year

Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, our office and Resource Centre in Cheltenham will be closed until further notice. However, you can contact us by ringing the helpline number 01242 221170 and leaving a message. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. Please keep safe and lets hope that normal services will be resumed as soon as possible!

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How to contact Insight

We are very happy to let you know that Insight is open again, but due to the Coronavirus, our way of working has changed. In order to keep staff and clients safe, there will be some differences to the way we operate but we hope we will still be able to provide you with the support and information that you need. At present, we are not able to accommodate people “dropping-in” to the centre in Albion Street and will mainly deal with queries by telephone. However, we may be able to make an appointment to see someone in person at the centre, if we feel this is essential. This will be decided after a telephone conversation with the individual. The Outreach offices at Moreton, Cirencester, Gloucester and Stroud remain closed at the moment, but we will update you when, or if, this changes. We are all looking forward to hearing from you, but as we are having to reduce the number of staff who are in the office at any one time, to ensure safe working practices, please leave a message if we do not answer your call immediately. Our phones will be manned from 10am – 2pm, Monday to Friday and we will endeavour to speak to you, or return your call, as quickly as we can.

Changes to our services

Hi everyone, just to keep you in the loop about clubs, coffee mornings and working hours. Due to the situation with Covid-19, we are cancelling all the clubs (including the theatre club) for the time being. We will also be limiting our opening hours at our centre in Cheltenham. As from next week (unless the situation changes) the shop will not be open, but we will still be manning the phones to provide advice and support. We will also be dealing with emails. Please be aware that this may mean it takes us slightly longer to deal with queries, but we will get back to you. We have also had to close the outreach offices at Moreton, Cirencester, Gloucester and Stroud for the time being, but we can assure you that we will resume normal services as soon as we feel it is safe for clients and staff. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you in person in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

Coffee Mornings at Insight

If you would like to meet other people with sight loss and chat about the problems you are having due to your vision, or just fancy a coffee and a biscuit, why not pop along to our Coffee Mornings? They take place on the last Friday of each month between 10am – 12 noon at our centre in Albion Street. We charge £2.00, just to cover our costs and everyone at Insight is very friendly and happy to discuss anything that is worrying you, or just generally shoot the breeze! If you would like to come along to one of our coffee mornings and you haven’t been before, just give us a call on 01242 221170, so we can put out an extra cup!

Disruption in the centre in August!

We wanted to let everyone know that there may be a little bit of disarray in our Albion Street Low Vision Centre, if you visit us during August. We have been fortunate to receive some funding which will allow us to replace the flooring in the public areas downstairs, as this has been looking very “tired” for many years now. We will try to minimise disruption to clients who pop in during August, but there may be some occasions when we need to attend to you in one of the other smaller rooms downstairs. However, this won’t prevent us from looking after you and we will do our best to carry on as normal!

BVG Trail Lake Garda

Insight supporters Andrea, Christie and Tom completed the exhausting 27km BVG Trail, above Lake Garda, to raise funds for us in memory of their son/brother, Ali. Ali was a member of our social group, Outlook and involved in the VI cricket team. This is the third time the family have taken on this challenge and we were delighted to hear they have raised £300!

We are so grateful to anyone who offers to fundraise for us as it helps us continue our work supporting blind and sight impaired people in Gloucestershire. If anyone else out there is prepared to undertake an event on our behalf, please get in touch on 01242 221170 and we can help publicise it for you.

 

Cheltenham College students fundraise for Insight!

It was a pleasure to meet students Harvey Edwards and Rob Caesar this week, when they called into our centre to present us with a cheque for over £900! Cheltenham College has been fundraising for Insight over the past year and raised this fantastic amount through events such as a summer barbeque. We were delighted to show Harvey and Rob around our Low Vision Centre and tell them a little bit about some of the equipment that is available for blind and sight impaired people. Hopefully they will be able to spread the word about the work we do here and encourage other people to consider Insight, if they are thinking of donating to a charity.

The money we receive from fundraising, or personal donations, enables us to provide support to people with sight loss throughout the county, as we reveive no Government funding. So thank you very much Cheltenham College, from all of us at Insight!!

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Moreton Information Day

Our next information day will be held at Moreton Area Centre, The High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, on Monday 10th September. We will be there between 10am-3pm and will be joined by a host of other exhibitors who will be bringing items such as electronic magnifiers, CCTVs, easy to use radios and assistive software. The exhibitors who are attending are Dolphin, Enhanced Vision, BWBF, OrCam, Sight and Sound and Humanware. Our sight loss advisors will also be on hand to chat to you about any concerns you may have, with regard to your sight loss. This is the last exhibition we will be holding this year, so it’s an ideal opportunity to find out what assistance may be out there, if you have a sight impairment.