The Group was set up in 2007 with just 3 Members and now 8 years later we have over 30 active members.
The Group is run by our visually impaired members and their Carers to insure we get the services and information that our Group needs. Being run by the members ensures we accommodate the activities we want to take part in, the resources we may need, all provided in a discreet manor.
You may have lost some or all of your sight; but we believe that need not stop you from getting out and about enjoying yourself with others. We sometimes go on what could be called expeditions on public transport, but more about this later.
Our area of membership covers the Telford Area, with ages from 18 & over welcome. Our current membership range in age from mid 40’s to young at heart 80’s, with the majority under 65. Membership has an annual fee of £5 and a monthly meeting fee of £1 (which includes a raffle ticket)
So if you are a VIP - a Visually Impaired Person - we would love to hear from you! By joining any one of the listed Groups you will meet people with similar problems, from who you can learn where to go to get the results you may be looking for, along with the opportunity to make new friends.
The West Telford VIP Group meets on the first Thursday in the month, 12.30pm at Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre.
For more information, please contact Ken on 01952 250110, Hayley on 01952 501437 or Jenny on 01952 433276
As in 2014, before we start our monthly meeting, we will be taking a walk around one of the variety of trails in Telford Town Park. This will be lead by a Representative of Telford & Wrekin Leisure Department, with a limited number of Volunteer Sighted Guides to assist us. Bringing your own carer would be most welcome and guarantee your place on the walk.
The duration of this leisurely walk will take around one hour. Come & join us at 10:30 am in front of Meeting Point House. There will then be a half hour break before our normal Monthly meeting for Lunch.
Contact Malcolm on Telford 598 925
Visually Impaired Book Club The book Club meets each month on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The same edition of a Talking Book is issued to each member of the group who want to take part. They listen to the book, and then meet & discuss it in a relaxed atmosphere. Meeting at Wellington Library 11:30am to 1pm
All this is possible with the RNIB Talking Book Service.
If you are interested in the book club, please call Pearl on 270877 or Hayley on 501437
As a Group we try to get speakers on a variety of subjects as wide ranging as possible, as well as getting out & about as much as we can.
Thursday 4th, 12:30 pm, VIP Monthly Meeting, Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre. Representatives of the CCG will be asking us about the Out of Hours Service from ShropDoc and the Walk in Clinic. It is important they get to know about the good and bad experience of the services. The Guide Dogs Engagement Officer will be introduced and is interested in talking to members with and without guide dogs who have a visual impairment. We shall also be distributing the membership cards.
Tuesday 16th, Book Club, Wellington Library, 11:30am to 1pm
Don't forget the £5 annual membership fee is due this meeting!
Thursday 3rd, 12:30 pm VIP Monthly Meeting, Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre. Barry Preen will give a true story talk on 'Our Coastal Life Boats & the Heroes who risk life & limb in all weathers saving lives', followed by our AGM meeting & informal time together.
Tuesday 15th, Book Club, Wellington Library, 11:30am to 1pm
Thursday 7th, 10:30 for the town park walk followed at 12:30 pm for the VIP Monthly Meeting, Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre. Jim Tranter will give a talk on 'Medic Malawi, the visit to an orphanage (a facinating place of care and love), work sponsored by Rotary, followed by our normal Meeting & Informal time together.
Tuesday 19th, Book Club, Wellington Library, 11:30am to 1pm
May Thursday 5th, 12:30 pm VIP Monthly Meeting and Quiz, Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre. Open Meeting & Informal time together. Helen Cotteril home equipment talk. Sarah Martin from Watch to talk about Telecare and other facilities
Wednesday 11th. See and Hear Exhibition in Shrewsbury. This is the biggest Exhibition of it's kind in the Midlands, showing all the latest equipment for the Visually Impaired & for those with hearing loss.
Tuesday 17th, Book Club, Wellington Library, 11:30am to 1pm
Thursday 26th, Walking Tour of Ludlow, this tour is designed with the Visually Impaired in mind, you must remember Ludlow is Hilly, the walking will not be fast, there will be stops to describe features of Buildings The walk will take between one & half hour to two Hours, we will travel by Train.
Thursday 2nd, 12:30 pm VIP Monthly Meeting, Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre. Anna Turner will give a talk on her time as High Sheriff of Shropshire, followed by normal Meeting & Informal time together.
Tuesday 21st, Book Club, Wellington Library, 11:30am to 1pm
Date to be confirmed, Coast trip by train or coach
Thursday 4th, 12:30 pm VIP Monthly Meeting, Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre. Mike Osbourn, Yacht Captain in the 1979 Fastnet Race tells the true story sailing a 35 foot boat in 85 knot winds and 40 foot waves where 10 men were killed in that particular year. This is followed by our normal Meeting & Informal time together.
Friday/ Saturday 12th & 13th , Flower show
Tuesday 16th , Book Club, Wellington Library, 11:30am to 1pm
To find out more call either Ken on Telford 250110, Hayley on 501437 or Jenny on 433276 . If there is no reply please leave your name and a contact phone number on the answer service.
It's up to you to make the next move. Just pick up the telephone and give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.