Newcastle Vision Support


Happy Christmas from Net and Natter

Posted by Newcastle Society for Blind People on December 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Net and Natter

And so we come to the end of the first year of Net and Natter and what a year it’s been

We have 6 regulars . Remember this is a drop in session for anyone and while there is a thread of continuity and purpose to what we do we like to be spontaneous and flexible to people needs too!

Age wise our regulars range from their early 40s to their 90s. Indeed one regular celebrated his 90th birthday in March so we looked up everything that we could find about the year 1925 that week!

These are other things we have done :

  • We have sought tips on how to keep doing some favourite hobbies such as gardening through the Thrive site
  • We looked at how people coming home blinded in WWI revolutionised the treatment of visually impaired people
  • We researched as much as we could find on the formation of the NSBP we found so much about life for blind people in general that we are going to have an offshoot group devoted to this
  • We started to review the accessibility of local websites -and our sincere thanks to the Theatre Royal being our guinea pigs

Most of all its been about

  • People getting on and helping each other
  • Being comfortable with some people wanting to do their own thing
  • Seeing people grow in confidence in their use of the internet
  • And finding out how searching the internet,  normally a solitary occupation, can be so much more fun and effective if you do it as a group


And for 2016

We have

  • An offshoot history group that will look the Society’s history using research into physical artifacts and the internet. We hope this will start in early January 
  • Look at how the NSBP's own website must become more accessible
  • Linking with another local charity on their access awards scheme
  • Using Disabled Access Day to promote what we are doing on accessibility of websites
  • Using highlights of people's lives to see what we can find eg armed forces service, jobs , sporting events or places visited . We want to use the internet to make people’s memories more real 

So thank you all for making such fabulous contributions but a special BIG thank you to Barry , our NAN Volunteer , who has been a rock in supporting the group and in providing technical expertise to one and all. Merry Christmas one and all.

Bill Norman

r to our regulars  

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