Welcome to Visibility’s Summer 2007 Newsletter!
Visibility is your local charity providing a wide range of services for blind and partially sighted children, young people and adults. As many of you know we are based in the West End of Glasgow at Queens Crescent – however, we deliver
services in many areas throughout the West of Scotland.
Visibility is proud of our history. We were formed in 1859 and for many years we were known as Glasgow and West of Scotland Society for the Blind.
We produce our newsletter a few times throughout the year and circulate it to people who are interested in our work. We want to tell our friends and neighbours about Visibility so that more people can benefit from our excellent services.
If you know someone who is blind or partially sighted, why not tell them about Visibility and ask them to get in touch?
We want to become better known in our own community as your local provider of services. If you would be interested in receiving our newsletter on a regular basis we would be pleased to send you a copy. You can email us at info@ visibility.org.uk or telephone on 0141 332 4632 – simply ask our friendly staff to be
put onto our mailing list and let them know that you read this newsletter.
We would also be delighted if you wanted to know more about Visibility – if you
have internet access you can visit our website at www.visibility.org.uk. Finally, if after reading about our work and the people we work with, you would like to support us in any way – perhaps by holding a fundraising event, running a 10k or half marathon or simply making a donation, then please contact us on 0141 332 4632 or email email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Recognition for Visibility Volunteering
Visibility values our volunteers and to celebrate the contribution made by our great team of volunteers, we hosted an informal Volunteer Recognition Lunch. The event was held in Massimo‟s restaurant and both the venue and food was enjoyed
Visibility‟s volunteer befriending project was nominated to the Evening Times Local Heroes Award & the Nationwide Awards for Voluntary Endeavour. The nomination was made in recognition of the ongoing commitment from our Volunteer Befrienders who regularly provide support and companionship to some of our most vulnerable and isolated service users.
The great news is that the group were short listed for the award and several representatives attended the Gala Lunch on 9th April at the City Chambers. Although the group did not win,it was a great achievement for all the volunteer befrienders to be recognised as finalists in the event.
Well done to all Visibility‟s
volunteers and Rosemary
Finally, the Nationwide Awards
have acknowledged the
nomination for Visibility‟s
Volunteer Befrienders and will
release information in July with
regards to their chosen regional
winners, so watch this space!!!!
Introducing new members of the Visibility team.
New Trainer for Visibility
Hi my name is Audrey Ward and I‟m Visibility‟s new
trainer. A few years ago I decided to do some
voluntary work. I had heard of Visibility through a
friend from college who was a Visibility service user.
He told me that Visibility was a great organisation
and that the staff were very helpful and
understanding. Through first hand experience, I now
know that this is most definitely is true!
I initially wanted to work with providing support for blind and visually impaired people as I felt that I could identify with this need. However, after my initial meeting at Visibility in April 2006 I was delighted to become involved in delivering visual impairment awareness training, which has led me to a permanent position with Visibility. My background in sales means that I have really good communication skills and Visibility thought that my skills could be utilised in helping sighted people understand and appreciate the issues which visually impaired people face on a daily basis.
My story is that on the 23rd of December 1996 I was told that I had a brain tumour. In January 1997 I lost my sight as a result of an angiogram. This was a very distressing time for not only me but also my family, especially as I still had the operation to go through to remove the tumour.
Many months passed and when I finally realised that I was not going to regain my sight, I picked myself up and dusted myself down and had my second child in August 1998. It was having a second child that gave me the confidence to further my education and make a career change.
I attended Motherwell College for five years -firstly learning to switch on a computer and culminating with me achieving an HND in Social Science in June 2005. In August 2005 I started to apply for jobs, something along the lines of advocacy or social work. I really did not know what path I was going down, I only knew that I wanted to “give something back”.
During my journey I ha