NEWSLETTER

FOREST SENSORY SERVICES SUMMER  NEWSLETTER  2022

Jubilee Party

A wonderful time was had by around 50 people. The garden was officially opened by Paul Davis, in his England Bowls uniform. We are very proud to announce that Paul, who is visually impaired, has been chosen to represent England in the world championship bowls in Australia next year. He has to raise £2000 towards his air fare and we have therefore set up a fundraising page for anyone that would like to donate at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pauldavisforworldchampion. Cash donations are also welcomed via post and at the centre.

Classes

Classes will restart in September but due to an increase in our rent of 25% and increase in the amount we are paying our drivers for their mileage; the Trustees have decided that all transport will rise by 50p, and all classes will rise by 50p. We are really sorry about this, but we have managed to hold our prices since 2018. This will mean that the average for transport will be between £1.25 and £2.50 per journey (Cheaper than a taxi I am sure you will agree).

These are the classes that will be available:

Monday AM 

Swimming NEW CLASS

Monday PM Balance/ Exercise

Tuesday AM Computers (with the possibility of a second class soon)

Tuesday PM monthly Lunch Club

Tuesday PM monthly Words (poetry and books)

Wednesday AM fortnightly Singing for fun

Wednesday PM Handbell ringing

Thursday AM Hobby space (bring your own craft or do our projects)

Thursday PM Gardening

Saturday AM monthly Torch religious group

 

Extras – Please contact us for further details of activities

 

OWLS group for working aged people wanting to do more challenging activities

 

Skittles open to everyone volunteers, family, clients – enjoyment together

 

Trips – Summer trips are fully booked but we often do days out

 

Arboretum

We have been helping with a new sensory trail in the Speech House Arboretum. During August we will be doing a trip to show you what it is all about. There are many sensory activities to be undertaken in the space and it is great fun. If you would like to join us for this free event, please contact us. We do have a reason for asking you and your family to join us; until we can prove that the space is being used Forestry England will not invest in it. We want to have a telephone system in place which will give you information and help you to get the most from your visit and give you a guided tour which you can do independently. We need to get as many people through the gates as possible before September. We will provide free transport. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something for those who will suffer

sensory loss in the future. Please ring to tell us if you would like to come on 01594 827711.

 

Living well with sight loss course

We will be holding our own living well with sight loss course. You and/or your family can participate. It is a 4-week course starting Monday 5th September 10.30am till 12pm. It will be by telephone with other people in a similar position as yourself. Everyone in the group will support and learn from each other. If you are newly diagnosed or if your eyesight is deteriorating this is the course for you. It will help you to adapt and give you lots of useful information.

 

We will talk about:

  • Eye services and eye health
  • Wellbeing and leisure
  • Mobility, Transport and Concessions
  • Daily Living and Technology
  • Moving Forward

Get in touch if you would like to do the course as we only have 10 spaces

 

Here are a few extra details about our services:

We now offer local services monthly in Newent, Lydney, Bream, Sedbury and Cinderford – please ring for dates, venues and times. This includes our Eye Care Liaison services, equipment, and our ear wax removal service by appointment.

 

Diabetic Group

We now run a diabetic group on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm. This group is open to anyone with diabetes or with an interest in the subject. There are many guest speakers. Ring for more information.

 

 

Ear Wax Removal

We now run a clinic to remove earwax by suction, charge £50 (members £40). This is done by Robyn who is a qualified audiologist – ring to book.

 

 

Magnifying Glasses and low vision

We have been given a small supply of magnifiers for those people who struggle to get to the hospital low vision clinic. These are issued free of charge but a small donation to the charity would be appreciated.

 

Swimming

We have managed arrange a swimming session for those of you interested. This will be on a Monday morning 11.30am till 12pm. Transport can be arranged

 

Sunflower competition

Thanks to all of you who participated in growing the tallest sunflower, we raised £85, the winners were:

1st Paul Davis            2nd Angela Locker       3rd Maddie Frost

 

Pirates of the Severn Seas

October will be pirate month. It will start with our OWLS group sailing at All aboard Watersports Bristol dressed as Pirates.

 

Here is your chance to participate! During October we will be doing a sponsored walk across the Severn Bridge (dressed as pirates if you wish to do so). If you are fit and able and feel that you could raise £50 in sponsorship you are welcome to join us. You can bring your family and friends too or we can provide transport if needed. What an experience to share with your loved ones! The funds will go towards the work of your charity and the services we offer to you.

 

We will be holding a family disco at Cinderford Rugby club on Saturday 15th October. Pirate dress encouraged. Pirate themed activities for the children.

 

We will then launch our Pirate treasure appeal. This is an opportunity for you to give us your old gold and silver (single earrings, broken chains, unwanted items) We can sell this and make money for the charity. When we ran it many years ago, we raised over £400. Please ask if you would like a treasure box or know of anybody outside of FSS who would be willing to support us

 

Become a pirate for the month