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Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), Venns Lane, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR1 1DT

Royal National College for the Blind will be holding a virtual parental Open Day and Visually Impaired young persons aged 13+ fun Have-a-Go day on Saturday 30th January 2021 from 9.30am to 5pm.

Open Morning: Parents/carers are invited to join RNC for an informative morning talking to college staff, covering information all about RNC and the funding process.

Have-a-Go Afternoon: Young people aged 13+ are invited to join RNC virtually for some fun, interactive online activities

Q & A Session: A special Q & A session for students age 17+ to ask anything they would like to about RNC

If you are interested in attending please book either by email on info@rnc.ac.uk or by telephone on 01432265725





We will be closing for Christmas on Thursday 17th December and will reopen again on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


SEND Parents/Carers Quick Christmas Survey with Prizes

This survey is aimed at parents and carers of children and young people with SEND and South Tyneside Council have asked us to share this with our families. They would be grateful if you could spend two minutes to tell them how you get information and advice to support you and your child/young person. They will then use this information to make it easier for parents and carers to find the information and advice they need.

For a chance to win a fantastic prize in their Christmas draw leave your details at the end of the survey. You could win one of the following:

All responses must be submitted by Monday 21st December and the winner will be drawn live on Facebook on the 22nd December at 12:30pm so be sure to follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/localoffersouthtyneside/

Click the link to take part https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9QCZ6JT

Mehrnaz Negahdar

Participation and Engagement officer- SEND

MarketPlace, 25-27 Market Place, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 1JF


FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/localoffersouthtyneside/



Amazon has donated £6.55 to Useful Vision as a result of AmazonSmile programme activity from our supporters between 1 July and 30 September, 2020.

Shop AmazonSmile with just one click at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1108824-0, and Amazon donates to Useful Vision, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases.

How do I get Amazon smile? Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android. Open the app and find ‘Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap onAmazonSmile and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone. Choose ‘Useful Vision’, do your shopping and Amazon donates to us. It is the same Amazon as we all know, same products, same service but with an added bonus of helping Useful Vision to provide a continuing  service for our children and families.

Black Friday Week is here: If you shop Amazon Black Friday Week deals from 20th – 30th November, you can do more than discover great deals at: smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1108824-0 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, you can also help Useful Vision at no extra cost.


Due to the latest government announcement on Saturday, and the closure of leisure centres, we will be unable to operate from our office in Newburn Activity Centre from Thursday 5th November until at least the second week in December. From Thursday  5th November until further notice we can be contacted  by telephone on our mobile number: 07544301166  or via email at  office@usefulvision.org.uk, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 8.00am and 4.00pm.

We will keep you informed of any further updates.

As per the latest government announcement on Saturday, The Alnwick Gardens, Hall Hill Farm and Washington Wetlands will close from Thursday 5th November to Wednesday 2nd December 2020. We realise that this will affect some of our families who have pre-booked tickets with us for visits during this period. We will not be taking any more booking requests for these visits due to the current evolving situation. We understand this will be disappointing for you and we hope to be able to offer you further opportunities once the current restrictions are lifted.

Good news though, our virtual zoom choir and drama sessions will still be going ahead. Those families booked on to these sessions will receive full joining instructions prior to the first session.

We hope you all stay safe and well.

#stayhome  #staysafe  #stay positive

3 virtual Q & A sessions have been arranged by South Tyneside Council  to give parents and carers an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences of SEND services for children and young people in South Tyneside. These sessions are the first step in a new engagement approach that will ensure parents have a strong voice in the provision of SEND services in South Tyneside.

The dates for these events are Tuesday 21st October 10.30-11.00, Wednesday 22nd October 19.00-1930 and Thursday 23rd October 1.30-2.00.

Facilitators are: Andy Ritchie (SEND Access and Inclusion Service Manager), Catherine Ratcliffe from Contact and Mehrnaz and Becca (SEND Participation Workers).

To book please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/124403587479

We are delighted to receive funding from the  Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund to support Useful Vision to arrange events and activities during 2020/2021. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.



New regulations for 2021 state that all ‘quiet running’ vehicles, including electric buses, must emit a noise to ensure pedestrians – and in particular, blind and partially sighted people – will be able to travel by foot more safely.

Speakers attached to the front of the buses emit an artificial sound to make road users aware it is moving. The bus will make the noise when travelling under 12 miles per hour (mph), when reversing and when stationary; when travelling over 12 mph, it makes enough noise that the sound is unnecessary.

The sound has been created in collaboration with Guide Dogs for the Blind and other accessibility groups, to ensure it meets the needs of disabled pedestrians. It is currently being trialled in London but soon we will be able to hear the noise around the country too.


The Trustees of Useful Vision are extremely grateful to have received funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. This will help us to continue to provide accessible events and activities for visually impaired children and their families across the North East. Thank you to the Government for making this possible.