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
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.
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
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 (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
Samosas (Meat & Veg option)
Tea and Coffee
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: Matthew.Grover@tennisfoundation.org.uk
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
- Runner, Broad, Baked, Dwarf
- James, Williams, Jaques, Windsor
- Surf, Snow, Skate, Ironing
- Arm, Bath, Windsor, Wheel
- Palmolive, Lux, Fairy, Camay
- Pencil, A-line, Mini, Hobble
- Hair, Clothes, Paint, Suade
- Tea, Table, Soup, Dessert
- Worcester, Derby, Spode, Poole
- Fish, Paint, Copper, Electric
- Moore, Lazenby, Dalton, Craig
- Harvest, Full, Crescent, Blood
- Turn over, Eves pudding, Pie, Crumble
- Light, Daffodil, Garlic, Tulip
- 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.
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