Manx Blind Welfare Society
Annual General Meeting
Thursday 26 March 2019
At Corrin Court
Monthly Guided walks
If you fancy a gentle walk in beautiful scenery with an informed guide, please contact Ellie for more information
On Friday 8 March 7pm at our Offices in Onchan, we held an in-house launch night for our exciting new “field”project which will be developed on the lower field site between our headquarters and St Ninians lower school. The project incorporates a freedom run for assistance dogs, a mindfullness area for people living with, or adjusting to the challenges of sight loss and a wall and reflection area dedicated to the memory of our beloved animals.
Audio Library MP3 Recording Summaries are Completed
Pat, one of our Librarians has put a considerable effort into producing MP3 Talking Book Summaries. This project has taken a lot of time and effort, but every book in the MP3 library now has a synopsis on the back. Obviously this work will need continually updating as new books are added to the Library.
These summaries can be found on the Audio Library Page under the Services menu or by clicking here
We're delighted to be able to introduce Nellyn the Bear to you!
Manx Blind Welfare Society and RNIB Isle of Man have partnered up with the Island’s opticians to highlight the importance of eye tests for children and to encourage parents and carers to get their child’s sight tested.
All children who receive an eye test will receive their very own Nellyn the Bear (Manx for Little Champion).
Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson said: ‘There is strong evidence to show that many children in the UK do not have eye tests other than regular screening which should take place between the ages of four and five. The NHS Choices website highlights the importance of regular eye tests for children and that, without routine tests, a potential problem could go undiagnosed for months and years.
‘It’s important for eye problems to be identified as early as possible because they can significantly affect a child’s development and education. It’s also recommended that children have regular eye tests at least once every two years. These are free for all children under 16 years old (and those under 19 years old in full time education).
We have teamed up with Island opticians so when children have their eyes tested, they will be given their very own Nellyn. An eye test is nothing to worry about but, of course, if they want to bring their own bear for comfort they can and then get a teddy pal afterwards.’
The Rotary Club has funded the initiative through the Lockington Marshall Trust which was established to aid Manx charitable organisations