Monday, 20 July 2015

You can now read this week's excellent entry from our Service Development and Delivery Officer Laura Ross

Hello again everyone, it’s my turn this week to let you know all the things I have been up to on the East London patch, and luckily for me it has been quite an eventful one. Firstly, I would like to say Eid Mubarak to all those who celebrated over the weekend.  This week I have done a lot of work with the Challenge Network in Hackney. For those of you who don’t know about the Challenge Network, they are an organisation who work with groups of 16 – 17 year olds over the summer on various different ‘challenges’. Part of the programme requires getting involved with local communities and we are lucky enough to be working with them in 6 of the 7 boroughs ELVis cover. So this week we worked with the Challenge Network in Hackney over two days wherethe group of young adults met the Hackney Vision Impaired group and had the opportunity to ask them questions, have some Visual Awareness training and gain new skills. I have met with them again today, as they will be putting together a campaign and volunteering with us in September, where we will hopefully have a picnic and some games.
I’ve been helping out with the final preparations of the ELVis Sight and Information Day, or SID as we’ve been calling it, which is on Thursday 23rd of July from 10.00 – 16.00 so hopefully I will get to meet some of you there! I am also pleased to say, that added to the list of stall holders will be ‘Extant’, who have pioneered theatre practice with the express inclusion of visually impaired audiences and performers.
The rest of the Team have also been busy around East London:
Chaired Redbridge Vision Strategy Group meeting.
Presented Vision Strategy to Redbridge Health & Wellbeing Board.
Chaired Team ELVis meeting.
Attended Tower Hamlets CCG Planned Care Board meeting.
Attended LVIF Planning Group meeting.
Attended Hackney Drama Challenge.
Attended the Bulldog Trust’s ‘Get Social & Get Noticed’ Social Media Workshop
Attended VIPON Meeting, very interesting learning all about mystery shopping.
Have a good week:)

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