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Message from our Chair of trustee’s and CEO

Message from Iris Evans, Chair of Trustees and Gary Hyams, CEO, to all Support 4 Sight volunteers, members and service users.

Following on from the recent Town Hall Meeting please see below further details regarding the closure of the Support 4 Sight George Street
Resource Centre and Café S4S.

The Centre was formally closed on 14th February. Paul Atkins and Michael Lovell along with Paul’s Support Worker Veronica Shiels will still
be working from the Centre from 17th February until April 9th to ensure that the handover of information, processes and procedures relating to the closure runs smoothly. This means that the Centre will not be open to members, volunteers and service users for the supply of equipment nor will it be operating as a cafe.

The Hill Street offices will remain open. If you have any queries about anything to do with the Centre closure or continued services please
contact Gary Hyams or Cheryl Sugarman on 01799 588897 at Hill Street or email Gary on ceo@support4sight.org.uk or Cheryl on
office@support4sight.org.uk.

Ongoing services to visually impaired service users are continuing to operate from Saffron Walden. Some of the information provided below is specifically for Saffron Walden volunteers and other details are to keep everyone updated about services.

If you currently a volunteer in the Saffron Walden area or wish tobecome a volunteer in the future, please contact Gary Hyams or Cheryl
Sugarman to let them know which of the services outlined below you wish to become involved with or continue to support.

 

Our ongoing services in Saffron Walden and the surrounding area are as follows:

1 Coffee mornings and social trips
Coffee mornings will continue to be held on the last Tuesday of every month at the Bowls Club in Saffron Walden, the point of contact will
be Pat Arnold who is a trustee of Support 4 Sight, telephone 07732185328. The charge will remain at the current level of £1.50. Pat will liaise with Gary Hyams for details of booking the Bowls Club, Inner Wheel etc. Pat will link with Graham Hawkes about future social
trips and contact any interested volunteers locally. Our coffee morning in Great Dunmow will also continue as per its current schedule, being
held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at Banks Court. New visitors are always welcome to attend both!

2 Equipment
Gary Hyams will be arranging events and dates for the display, loan and sale of equipment along with our advice, information and guidance services at weekly ‘pop up’ centres. Once details are finalised Cheryl Sugarman will send out further details regarding these events. We are looking to hold weekly pop ups in central Saffron Walden and are already in discussions with both Essex County Council and Uttlesford District Council about using suitable premises in the town.

3 Befriending calls
These will be moved from George Street to Hill Street (telephone number 01799 588897). Contact Cheryl Sugarman for details relating
to gaining entry to the premises.

4 Befriending visits
Befriending visits will continue to be delivered by existing volunteers interested in doing so. Any volunteers who are interested in carrying
out befriending visits or making befriending calls will require training. Sue King, our lead ECLO is responsible for this area of work. Please
contact Gary Hyams or Cheryl Sugarman if you would like to carry out these visits or make the calls.

5 Exhibitions
Exhibitions have already been booked and paid for in Newport, Waltham Abbey, Harlow, Braintree and Chelmsford. The Harlow
exhibition will take place on 19th March, Paul Atkins will run this event. Dates for the remaining exhibitions are as follows: Newport 21st May, Chelmsford 17th June, Waltham Abbey 24th September and Braintree 29th October.

6 Street Collections, bag pack and other fundraising events
These will be booked as normal to be held at local venues, volunteers will be informed of upcoming events via the Volunteer News and by telephone or email.
There is a bag pack scheduled for Waitrose on 21st March 11-2pm, we are looking for volunteers to assist with this. If you would like to volunteer for the bag pack, street collections or other fundraising activities please either call Cheryl at Hill Street on 01799 588897 or email info@support4sight.org.uk

7 Uttlesford Talking Newspapers
This will continue to be recorded at George Street until the end of March and will then be transferred over to the Hill Street premises for future editions. Further details for entering Hill Street will be passed to the volunteers for UTN.

8 Social Events

Graham Hawkes will continue to be responsible for organising events. Please see Graham’s contact details below. Again, these will be advertised through the Volunteer News, to volunteers and through Sightline for members.

9 Static Tins
This service will continue as before once new labels with up-to-date information and contact details have been printed to replace the existing ones. Cheryl Sugarman will contact those who have previously expressed interest in this service once all tins have the correct labels.

10 Benefits Support
This is a new service and will be available from Hill Street and the contact for this is Gary Hyams. If we can’t help, then we will refer the service user to Citizens Advice who have a dedicated disability team.

11 Cake baking
An S4S stand has been booked to sell cakes outside of Boots Saffron Walden on Saturday 16th May. Please contact Cheryl Sugarman if
you are interested in helping by selling or baking cakes for this or any future cake baking fundraising activities.

 

12 Carers Group
This will continue to be organised by Graham Hawkes and Sue King for the Witham and Braintree areas.

13 Technology support
This will be available from Michael Lovell and Paul Atkins at George Street until the end of March. New arrangements will be communicated to you after that date via Volunteer News. Any volunteers wishing to be trained to deliver the service should contact Cheryl Sugarman.

14 ECLOs and hospital desks
This service will continue to be organised through Sue King as before. Volunteers are currently needed for the desk in Addenbrookes sight
clinic please contact Sue King if you are interested or know anyone else who can help deliver this service.

15 Employment Project
This service will continue as before operating Essex wide and run by Zsuzsi Hybel. If you know of anyone who is VI and of working age
who wants to get into employment or is already working but is struggling with their employer and needs advice about retaining their
position, then please contact Zsuzsi direct.

16 Volunteer News and Sightline
We will continue to produce and issue our newsletters, the monthly Volunteer News for volunteers and quarterly Sightline for members.
These have been and will continue to be written and issued by volunteers. This activity will move to Hill Street from February. If
anyone has any item for publication in either of these newsletters, please send details to info@support4sight.org.uk.

17 Volunteer Meetings
All volunteer meetings will continue as scheduled at the Bowls Club, Abbey Lane, Saffron Walden, starting at 10-30 a.m. Sue King and Graham Hawkes will have responsibility for organising and running these meetings going forward. Meeting dates for Saffron Walden are
as follows: March 10th, June 9th, September 22nd, December 1st
.
Please see below list of contact details:
Gary Hyams 01799 588897 ceo@support4sight.org.uk
Cheryl Sugarman 01799 588897 office@support4sight.org.uk
Sue King 07932 729669 sue@support4sight.org.uk
Graham Hawkes 07949 676126 community@support4sight.org.uk
Connie (Support Worker) 01245 933572 Connie@support4sight.org.uk
Zsuzsi Hybel 07950 945119 zsuzsanna@support4sight.org.uk
Paul Atkins 01799 796110 paul@support4sight.org.uk
Michael Lovell 01799 796111 michael@support4sight.org.uk
Veronica Shiels (Support Worker) 01799 796111 veronica@support4sight.org.uk

Please note: Paul, Michael and Veronica are due leave Support 4 Sight on April 9th.

Saffron Walden Office 01799 588897 info@support4sight.org.uk

8 Hill Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1JD, the office is located
above Cheffins Estate Agents, the entrance is via a door in the courtyard, to gain entry please call 01799 588897 on arrival.

Chelmsford Office 01245 933572 community@support4sight.org.uk

17 Cottage Place, Chelmsford, CM1 1NL.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your past and ongoing support, especially during this difficult time. We hope as many of you as possible will choose to remain with us and help us continue to provide our much-needed services to those members of our community who are impacted by sight loss.

With Kind Regards,
Iris Evans, Chair of Trustees and Gary Hyams, CEO