Unique positive opportunities for vision impaired children

Useful Vision children design Run Geordie Run T-Shirts

As you may know, Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run has chosen Useful Vision as his charity to support during 2017. He is taking part in many fundraising challenges throughout the year to raise money for us.
As one of his fundraising methods, Mark sells Run Geordie Run t-shirts. They are always very successful and have raised almost £30,000 over the years. When Mark approached us to ask if we would like to be involved in the design of his latest t-shirt, we thought it was an amazing idea!
We run monthly skills workshops for vision impaired children aged 10 and over. During the sessions children are able to make new friends, learn new skills, increase their confidence and gain more independence. They have the opportunity to take part in various introductory taster sessions and team building exercises. Children can take ownership of projects and be involved in planning activities. We thought it would be perfect to get the children involved with the t-shirts at the skills workshops and they were so excited when we told them! Mark set the children the challenge of coming up with a running related t-shirt design that was limited to two colours. The children came up with a great “run the race” design (see below). The front of the t-shirt has both the Useful Vision and Run Geordie Run logos. On the back is a drawing of the children holding a “run the race” banner along with the our strapline.
Useful Vision and Mark Allison are both delighted with the brilliant design and want to thank the children for their creativity and efforts.  We would also like to thank Dave Shenton at Shenton Creative for converting the children’s design into a format ready for the printer to use and to Run Geordie Run’s sponsor, Fresh Freight Group, who will be paying all production costs. This means that every penny that the t-shirts raise will go directly to Useful Vision. The t-shirts will go on sale for £12 meaning that the full £12 goes to Useful Vision. This is the approach that has always been taken with Run Geordie Run t-shirts.
Mark said “I think the fact that the children have produced something that is going to benefit themselves and other children that use the charity’s services is nothing short of wonderful.”
T-shirts are £12 to buy and £3 postage. They come in sizes XS-XXXL and you can choose from Technical fabric (The kind you run or go to the gym in)  or Tri-blend cotton fabric (Soft and comfortable cotton fabric).
If you would like to order a t-shirt then please click here and follow the instructions in the order form. Payment for t-shirts can be made here. All t-Shirts will be posted after 14th August.

Kirkley Hall Zoo

Useful Vision families enjoyed a day at the zoo at Kirkley Hall.

Kirkley Hall Zoo has over 130 species of animals including lemurs, coatis, marmosets, reindeer and cotton top tamarins as well as a petting barn. Children had an opportunity to handle small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, a bearded dragon and a corn snake.

There are also play areas, forest trails, garden walks, picnic areas and the Orangery Tea Room and gift shop.

Many thanks to Kirkley Hall staff and Useful Vision volunteer Alex.

Segedunum Roman Fort

Useful Vision families came along to the Roman Fort, Segedunum at Wallsend, North Tyneside. Families made their own centurion helmets, forts and made clay pots.
There were lots of tactile and interactive exhibits and a tour of the fort. Children were able to explore all aspects of life in a fort, including object handling and dressing up in authentic uniforms.
Many thanks to Beth and all museum staff and Useful Vision volunteer Alex.

Choose Useful Vision as your Co-op local cause!

Exciting news!

Useful Vision have been chosen by the Co-op Food Store in Ryton as one of their causes. This means that from April-October this year, they will be fundraising for us.

Co-op members can login online and choose us as their charity, then everything they spend on Co-op owned products will go to us, this includes products in store, funerals, legal services and insurance services. A percentage of money spent on Co-op owned products in the Ryton Food Store and Throckley Funeralcare will be donated to us too.

The Co-op Food Store in Ryton are holding a charity night on Saturday 8th July, if you would like to buy a ticket or donate a raffle prize, please get in touch.

Useful Vision will also be organising bag packs in the store and urgently need volunteers to help out. Please contact the office for more information if you are interested in helping out.

For all enquiries please contact the Useful Vision office on 0845 604 8491 or email office@usefulvision.org.uk.

Useful Vision visit to Hartlepool Marina

Useful Vision families enjoyed a day out at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

There were activities exclusive to Useful Vision families including rope-making, canon and musketry demonstrations and an exciting tour of the ship HMS Trincomalee. Families explored the decks and learned about life at sea in the 1800’s. Children took part in a treasure hunt around the quay and found treasure in the play ship.

The historic quayside recaptures the atmosphere of an 18th century seaport with an interesting range of period shops to visit and be transported back in time with the aid of audio commentary.

Children enjoyed the interactive Maritime Adventure Centre, played outdoor skittles and other traditional games and took the helm aboard the adventure play ship, complete with Captain’s Cabin and Crow’s Nest.

Many thanks to Captain Leigh and all of the Maritime Experience staff, also to volunteer Lauren.

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