Halifax Society For The Blind Newsletter

Halifax Society For The Blind Newsletter – 18th March 2022

MORECAMBE DAY TRIP and other brief updates.

Firstly, I hope this letter finds you in good health. At HSB we are well into planning what we hope will be a lovely new building in Halifax town centre. You may have heard that we’re creating a social café alongside our new Sight Centre. Members have shown strong interest in viewing a similar project in Morecambe called Brew Me Sunshine, which is run by Galloways Society for the Blind.

So, we’ve organised a special day trip to Morecambe which will give members, volunteers and trustees the opportunity to visit this lovely seaside resort, and at the same time, observe how their service is accessed and works for people in that area. Of course, there’s no obligation to stay at the building. You’re free to explore the other venues, eateries and the seafront of Morecambe. We’ve chosen Wednesday 27th April as the weather should, hopefully, be nice then.

The trip will cost £10 which will include transport from your home if you need this. The provisional plan is as follows:
* 8:15-9:15am – Collection from people’s homes by accessible minibus (by prior arrangement- call HSB on 01422352383 if you need this)
* 9:30-11:15am – Pick up at McDonalds bus stop in Halifax and travel to Morecambe. We’ll have a quiz & games and brief comfort stop on the way.
* 11:15 -12:00pm – Arrival at Galloways with a welcome cuppa.
* 12:00 -3:15pm – Either explore the sites of Morecambe or you can enjoy a tour of the fantastic Sight Centre and products at Brew Me Sunshine.
* 3:15pm – back on the minibus to Yorkshire arriving in Halifax by 4:45pm, or home by 5:45pm.

To book, please contact HSB and let us know if you need collection from home. You can pay by cash, cheque or card at any group or visit our office (9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday). You can also pay by direct bank transfer or PayPal. Please call or email us for further details. Bookings are confirmed upon payment.

It’ll be a great day out and between us all – members, volunteers and trustees it will help us build a great new sight service and social café.
HSB Membership Open to Anyone

Just a quick note to say that family and friends of people with sight loss are now welcome to become full members of HSB. With the full voice of people with sight loss and a supporting community, we can give more support and listen to families and community members.
New Gardening Project – Halifax Rotary and Age UK

Halifax and Calder Rotary have launched a new free volunteer-based gardening service. It aims to help older people unable to do basic gardening tasks and people who enjoy their garden but can no longer cope with maintaining it. For more info call HSB or Calderdale & Kirklees Age UK’s office on 01422 252040.

Volunteer Training
We were very pleased to hold our first in-person volunteer training session in over 2 years on 10th March 2022. Feedback from volunteers, staff and training partners was very positive. We plan to hold regular training sessions over the year. If you’d like to find out more, please call Faye on 01422 352383.

Support Naz’s Sky Dive for HSB
Who’d have thought it? Some brave soul has decided to do a sponsored sky dive for our charity. Nassim Taleb, of Motorhomes & Leisure Vehicles in Hipperholme, will be doing his 15,000ft jump in late March 2022. We wish him all the best and ask that if you can, support him by donating to Naz’s Just Giving page, find HSB’s page on Facebook or, if you’re getting this electronically, click here.

Pete Hoey, Chief Officer, Halifax Society for the Blind