Partner update: Jayne Palmer
After frustrating recruitment and referral issues, I am pleased to report that as far as Age UK Stafford and District are concerned ‘All Systems Are Go!’
Introducing our new Staying Active Assistant
- We have now recruited Christine Moore for this post, a welcome addition to our Silver Dream Team. A former nurse and midwife, Chris has two sons who are both studying to be vets. She is looking forward to the opportunity of working alongside visually impaired people and to support them to gain control of and make the most of their lives and better manage their eye conditions. Chris is currently undergoing an induction programme for her new role and has been working alongside other staff members at existing Staying Active clubs, as well conducting assessments with prospective clients for the new club. Part of her induction will be getting out and about in the Stafford area to meet partners in the OPTiC project and helping to promote the service.
Supporting older people – Age UK Staying Active clubs
- Our first Staying Active club is scheduled for the beginning of May, and will be held at the offices of Action for Blind People – in Stafford. The club will operate on Wednesday’s between 11.00 and 14.00, and offer a range of activities such as confidence building trips. Transport is available if required. For more information about the activities available and cost, contact Jayne Palmer on 01785 607060.
Inside View: Meeting with a visually impaired Self Help Group
- A gentleman who used to attend Staying Active clubs before his sight deteriorated invited Louise Norgate (Action for Blind People) and I to meet up with a visually impaired group who have formed their own luncheon club, of which he is a member. The group are from all over the Staffordshire area and meet up once a month. Louise and I met with the group (after they had eaten their lunch!) at the Vine Hotel in Stafford. The meeting was very informal but extremely informative. We were given many useful ideas about the provision of useful and enabling activities at the new Staying Active clubs including swimming, theatre trips, shopping trips, to name but a few. We also discussed the patchy provision offered in different areas regarding activities for visually impaired people and the need to challenge councils, private providers etc. to improve this situation. This was our opportunity to beat the drum for the Change/Exchange element of the OPTiC project. Through the meeting we were also able to recruit a volunteer for the Beneficiary Action Group (BAG), which is currently being formed by Mel Austin, OPTiC Beneficiary Representative. All in all, the meeting was very helpful in gaining an insight into the problems faced by visually impaired people in Staffordshire.