Croydon Vision News October 2018

Children & Young People

The long summer holidays ended with two amazing activities, which enabled the children to venture out of their comfort zone! On Thursday 30th August, a large group of us visited the wonderful Kingsmead Riding Stables in Warlingham. The children learnt a variety of safety skills working with horses, with the opportunity to brush and groom them. The stable staff then ensured all of the children were measured up for hats and they have to meet their ponies for the first time.

The children enjoyed a wonderful trek down a beautiful country lane learning all of the tricks on how to ride a pony. The afternoon was so memorable and it was a pleasure to watch the children’s confidence grow throughout the day. On Sunday 8th September, we completed the last of our summer activities on a high at the rock-climbing centre, Craggy Island in Guildford. For the majority of the children this activity really did push them and tested their physical and mental strength. I was so impressed with all of the children who climbed each wall who all managed to reach the top! Not only did the rock climbing push them physically but also it showed how resilient these children are and it was wonderful to see the moral support they showed for each other. This was one activity where the children all bonded naturally and wanted to help each other.

Coming up this Autumn and Winter ….

Wednesday 24th October – Future Gymnastics, Stanley Park High Friday 26th October – Biking with Wheels for Well-Being Saturday 8th December – Wind in the Willows at the Polka Theatre Contact Nicola (0208 688 2486 ext3) for further information and a full activities programme.

A Magical Afternoon

On the last Tuesday before the summer break, about thirty of us spent a wonderful afternoon in Bedford Hall being entertained by Evelyn and Gordon Wilson on the keyboard. At times, when appropriate (and sometimes when not) they were backed up by enthusiastic percussionists. Steven could also be heard helping on his mouth organ. We were treated to piano solos and duets and Gordon played the organ as well. A wide range of music led to some very enthusiastic and in some cases very beautiful singing, particularly Olive’s soprano which was out of this world. Songs from the shows such as The Sound of Music got us all into the right frame of mind, then to be taken on a tour which reminded us of East End pubs, World War Two. The trenches in World War One, the Deep South of America and more. It was wonderful to see everyone looking so happy and in their own way keeping in time with the music. As we left I am sure that we all packed up our troubles in our old kitbags and smiled, smiled, smiled all the way home— but didn’t light up our fags. Thank you, Evelyn and Gordon, for a lovely end of term send-off. On another musical note, transport will be available in December for a concert Of Christmas music by the South East London Orchestra, in which Sue plays the cello. It is held in a church at Beckenham and full details will be made available nearer the date. Claire and Pat.

A Poem by our Member – Roy Topp

Rise Again

My World is full of darkness But when the sun shines, I can make out the shading of the lawn And enjoy the yellow sparklers, Enhancing this garden feature. But I am told that these are dandelions, And, as weeds, must be eradicated. Oh, such a disappointment to me, When the gardener decides to cut the grass. I mourn the death of my little yellow friends, That delighted my damaged eyes. Goodbye dear Dandelions, Please reseed soon and bring me joy once more.

Audio Description

There has been a new campaign launched by the RNIB in partnership with Ofcom and supported by UK Broadcasters (BBC, Channel 4, ITV, UKTV, Viacom, Virgin Media and BT) to raise awareness of Audio Description and how it can help those who are blind and partially sighted. All of these channels have an advert showing how audio description works and have a contact number for the RNIB for assistance in setting it up on your television. Audio Description provides additional commentary and describes expressions, body language, movement, locations and objects. The RNIB contact number for this is 0303 123 9999

Community Engagement

On Saturday the 15th of September, some members of our newly formed Community Engagement group participated in an event held by GP hubs Croydon. The event was held in the Centrale centre in the heart of Croydon high street, where we had an information stall to present lots of information to the public. Alongside us at the event, were other organisations including Mind, Mencap and the NHS. We had a wonderful time showcasing Croydon Vision as well as meeting the Mayor of Croydon. The event was a success and we thank GP hubs Croydon for inviting us to take part. A big thank you to Sue Ardley, Claire White and Jennifer Smith who kept me company for the event and were such amazing representatives for Croydon Vision. Our next community event is scheduled October 6th at The Country Park Practice in South Norwood. The Country Park Practice is holding a Community Fayre, where we will be hosting an information stall alongside other organisations. We plan to promote our services and giving out advice where we can. Thank you to Jane Bashford who suggested us as a charity for this event. If you know of other events you think Croydon Vision should be a part of please let me know and we can do our best to represent. Furthermore, if you would like to join our Community Engagement group, please let me know, we are always looking for new recruit. Fay Chegwidden – Volunteer Coordinator

Information and Advice

Universal Credit

Universal Credit (UC) is a payment design to helping with living costs, it is paid monthly. You may get UC if you are on a low income or out of work. Being able to claim Universal Credit depends on where you live and your circumstances. If you are currently receiving the following benefits: Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income support, Income-based Jobseeker’s allowance ( JSA ), income-related employment and support allowance (ESA) or working tax credit, Universal Credit will replace these. If you are still receiving these benefits you cannot claim universal credit. You do not need to do anything until you hear from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about moving to universal credit unless you have a change in circumstances.

Personal Budgets must be clear and not contain unfounded assumptions CP V North East Lincolnshire Council 2018

A new High Court decision re-affirms that a personal budget assessment must be clear/transparent, to ensure that the care package meets the user’s needs. The assessment should not make assumptions about services or other help that may be provided. In this case, the local authority was wrong to take into account family support, which was not willing and able to provide If you need support or further information regarding the above contents, please call reception to speak or meet with John our Information & Advice Officer

Celebrating Volunteers Event

Hello Everyone, hope you all excited about our upcoming event on Tuesday 16th October. The event will start at 12.30pm, with a delicious buffet style lunch being available from 1pm, the buffet content is listed on the next page. We have decided to change the structure of the awards slightly. Members will no longer be voting for awards instead Croydon Vision and the Mayor of Croydon will acknowledge all volunteers with a Certificate, thanking them for their year of volunteering with us, followed by some recognition awards. If anyone has any special thanks they would like to give regarding any of our volunteers, please speak to Natasha or myself at reception. Once the ceremony is over, we will head to our new resource centre, where the mayor will officially open the room. Shaun and Katherine have been working very hard to make it look spectacular. We really hope you can attend and celebrate with us. Please note, all activities scheduled for that day will be postponed and will resume the week after as usual. We will have all 3 minibuses available for transport use on the day, so if you require transport to the event please inform myself or Natasha as soon as possible so you get a space on the bus. Looking forward to meeting you at the event! Fay Chegwidden – Volunteer Coordinator

Buffet Style Menu

Meat Chicken Stew Meatball Stew

Vegetarian: Vegetable Stew Macaroni Cheese

Fish Baked Cod Selection of sandwiches (Meat and Veg)


Basmati Flavoured Rice

Dauphinoise Gratin Potatoes

Roast Potatoes

Samosas (Meat & Veg option)

Steamed Vegetables

Mixed Salad



Can drinks


Tea and Coffee


Celebration Cake

Seasonal Fruit with yoghurt Or Ice Cream

Anyone for Tennis

Blind Tennis at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) Our tennis sessions are for blind and partially sighted people who want to learn a new skill, get active and have fun! Tennis is a great way to improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing – you don’t need to be a talented sportsperson to experience the benefits of tennis. The Vision Impaired game is adapted through the use of smaller courts, a lower net, tactile court lines and audible balls so you can hear it bounce. Venue: National Tennis Centre (NTC), 100 Priory Lane, London, SW15 5JQ £5 per Session Phone: 02084877043 Contact:

Croydon Hearing has moved

their new address is 19 Stafford Road, Croydon, CR0 4NG If you need the services of Croydon Hearing, you can always contact them at 020 8686 0049

Future date for your diary Sight Village Kensington is Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th November



We were sad to hear of the death of Yvonne Brickwood and Merlyn Perera.

RNIB rebrands for the next 150 years

In its 150th year, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has unveiled its new brand to support a refreshed vision and strategy. The brand underpins a new strategic focus and underlines how RNIB challenges misconceptions. RNIB’s refreshed strategy focuses on equipping people with sight loss, connecting communities and, ultimately, changing society. A series of adverts and short films use everyday scenarios and humour to urge people to see the person, not the sight loss. The humorous adverts support a more serious message that underpins the vision and strategy – that RNIB is working to create a world where society values blind and partially sighted people not for the disabilities they’ve overcome, but for the people they choose to be. RNIB worked with creative agency The&Partnership to create a modern and accessible brand identity, which consists of a new logo, tone of voice, colour palette and a new strapline ‘see differently’. The charity involved blind and partially sighted people at every stage of the creative process, running workshops and surveys, and testing concepts and ideas. In the new logo, the letters R, N, I and B are much more spaced out than before, which is helpful for people with sight loss, and creates a more modern look. See the person and not the sight loss The RNIB are releasing a series of videos to challenge misconception surrounding blind and partially sighted people. You can watch these videos on youtube. These videos are blended with humour to make it more memorable.

Quiz Time For our Quiz this month you have to find the connection between the four words. e.g. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. The four Gospels

  1. Runner, Broad, Baked, Dwarf
  2. James, Williams, Jaques, Windsor
  3. Surf, Snow, Skate, Ironing
  4. Arm, Bath, Windsor, Wheel
  5. Palmolive, Lux, Fairy, Camay
  6. Pencil, A-line, Mini, Hobble
  7. Hair, Clothes, Paint, Suade
  8. Tea, Table, Soup, Dessert
  9. Worcester, Derby, Spode, Poole
  10. Fish, Paint, Copper, Electric
  11. Moore, Lazenby, Dalton, Craig
  12. Harvest, Full, Crescent, Blood
  13. Turn over, Eves pudding, Pie, Crumble
  14. Light, Daffodil, Garlic, Tulip
  15. Knitting, Dressing, Window, Kissing

Answers 1 Beans 2 Carry on Film Stars 3 Boards 4 Chairs 5 Soaps 6 Skirts 7 Brushes 8 Spoons 9 Makes of pottery 10 Kettles 11 Actors who have played Bond 12 Moons 13 They can all be made with apples 14 Bulbs 15 They can all be preceded by the word French.


That’s Entertainment

A selection of Audio described performances in London next month. Please note that some of the time for Touch Tours is yet to be confirmed (TBC), please use contact detail to enquire.

Date What’s Happening Contact Info Price
Thurs 1st Nov (Touch Tour TBC) 7:45pm The Height of the Storm – Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road


T: 0844 482 5165 £14.75
Sat 3rd Nov (Touch Tour TBC) 3pm Mamma Mia! Novello Theatre, Aldwych


T:0844 482 5765 £25
Sat 10th Nov (Touch Tour at 12:30pm) 2:30pm The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus


T: 020 7839 8811 £20
Sat 10th Nov (Touch Tour at 1pm) 2:30pm Wise Children – The Old Vic Theatre, The Cut (Waterloo)


T: 0844 871 7628 £21

Telephone numbers for local theatres: New Wimbledon Theatre: 0844 871 7646 Bromley Theatre: 0203 285 6000

Dates for your Diary

Tuesdays & Thursday IT Training The IT Trainer Katherine Turner will be teaching on Tuesday and Thursday.
Tuesday to Thursday Information & Advice John Ebubedike, Information, Advice and Guidance, is in Tuesday to Thursday, please book through reception.
Monday, 1st October All about Eye Drop Mr Subhash Suther will be at Bedford Hall at 1:30pm to guide us through the mystery of Eye Drops
Monday 1st October Glaucoma Group The Glaucoma Group will meet at Bedford Hall at 1.30pm
Monday 8th October Macular Group Is the next meeting of Croydon Macular Support Group from 1- 3pm.
Thursday, 11th October Low Vision Clinic Fiona Hazell, optometrist with Low Vision Clinic, will be at Bedford Hall between 9.30am and 12.30pm. She gives expert advice. This is a free consultation, but please book first.
Wednesday 17th October Chiropodist The chiropodist Joy Dell will here on Please book with Reception.
Thursday 18th October. New Addington Katherine will be at New Addington
Thursday 25th October. New Addington John will be at New Addington

Lunch Menu – Bedford Hall

Eat well – Live well – Age well

All meals include a choice or Main course and Dessert

Tuesday, 2nd October

Meat: Roast Pork with steamed vegetables, potatoes & gravy

Vegetarian: Grilled Vegetables with potatoes & gravy

Fish: Baked Cod with vegetables, potatoes & gravy

Dessert Homemade Victoria sponge cake served with custard or Seasonal Fruit with yoghurt or ice cream.

Wednesday, 3rd of October

Freshly made Beef Burgers or Vegetable Burger both with chips and salad

Dessert Fresh Fruit salad with yoghurt or Ice cream.

Thursday, 4th October

Meat: Beef Casserole with mash & steamed vegetables

Vegetarian: Vegetable Casserole with mash & salad

Fish: Fish stew with mash & steamed veg Alternative to Mash – boiled new potatoes tossed with olive oil

Dessert Tiramisu or Fresh Fruit salad with yoghurt/ Ice cream.

Tuesday, 9th of October

Meat:Meatball stew with Cous Cous or potatoes & mixed salad

Vegetarian: Vegetable stew served with new potatoes & salad

Fish:Fish stew served with couscous or potatoes & mixed salad

Dessert Plum Tart served with custard or ice cream Seasonal fruit with yoghurt or ice cream.

Wednesday, 10th October

Chicken Curry served with basmati rice and side salad

Dessert Vanilla Cheesecake

Thursday, 11th October

Meat: Roast Sausages with potatoes, gravy & steamed veg

Vegetarian: Quorn Sausages served with potatoes gravy & veg

Fish: Baked cod with new potatoes and steamed vegetables

Dessert Apple crumble served with custard Seasonal fruit with yoghurt or ice cream.

Tuesday, 16th October

Celebrating Volunteers Event – Special Menu.

Wednesday, 17th October

Macaroni Cheese and Salad

Dessert Homemade rice pudding or ice cream.

Thursday, 18th October

Meat: Chicken Pie new potatoes, steamed vegetables & gravy

Vegetarian: Vegetable Pie, with side salad, potatoes & gravy

Fish: Fish Pie served with potatoes, steamed vegetables & gravy

Dessert Banoffee pie Seasonal fruit with yoghurt or ice cream.

Tuesday, 23rd October

Meat: Roast Chicken served with potatoes, vegetables & gravy

Vegetarian: Quorn Sausage with potatoes, vegetables & gravy

Fish: Baked Cod served with potatoes, vegetables & gravy

Dessert Homemade Trifle Seasonal fruit with yoghurt or ice cream.

Wednesday, 24th October

Liver and bacon casserole served with mixed salad

Dessert Victoria sponge cake with custard or ice cream.

Thursday, 25th October

Meat: Roast pork with vegetables potatoes and gravy

Vegetarian: Ratatouille, potatoes and salad

Fish:Baked cod with potato, vegetables and gravy

Dessert Homemade rice pudding served with berries Fruit salad; Seasonal fruit with yoghurt or ice cream.

Tuesday 30th October

Meat: Shepherd’s pie served with mixed salad

Vegetarian: Shepherd’s pie served with mixed salad

Fish: Baked cod with new potatoes and roasted vegetables

Dessert Apple crumble served with custard, fruit salad yoghurt or ice cream.

Wednesday 31st October

Chicken or Tomato Soup with fresh bap

Dessert Fruit salad, yoghurt or ice cream

Thursday, 1st November

Meat: Roast Lamb with new potatoes, gravy & steamed vegetables

Vegetarian: Ratatouille – full of flavour and autumn vegetables

Fish: Roasted Salmon with new potatoes tossed in olive oil, gravy & steamed vegetables

Dessert Panna cotta served with berries Fruit salad, yoghurt or ice cream

New Addington Menu Eat well – Live well – Age well

Thursday, 4th October

Beef casserole with mash & steamed vegetables.

Dessert – Tiramisu or Fruit salad with yoghurt

Thursday, 11th October

Roast Farmers’ sausages with potatoes, gravy & steamed veg.

Dessert – Apple crumble served with custard

Thursday, 18th October

Chicken Pie served with new potatoes, steamed veg & gravy.

Dessert – Fruit salad with yoghurt or Ice cream,

Thursday, 25th October

Roast pork with vegetables, new potatoes and gravy.

Dessert – Homemade rice pudding served with berries

Thursday, 1st November

Roast Lamb with new potatoes, gravy & steamed vegetables.

Dessert – Fruit salad with yoghurt or Ice cream