Vision impaired people in Norwich are being offered free one-to-one technology training sessions to help them make the most of technology to help them live independently – and a new monthly discussion group to help those living with sight loss use technology has also been launched.
Norfolk sight loss charity Vision Norfolk has teamed up with the Royal National Institute of Blind People to offer the training sessions, on Monday 27th November. Mohammed Atif, who is technology for life co-ordinator at the RNIB, will be available for free 30 minute one-to-one problem solving sessions which can be used to tackle any issues which people are having with digital technology and devices.
Vision Norfolk’s Norwich hub is also launching a monthly technology club run by volunteers Rachael and Darryl Andrews, who are themselves vision impaired, at which people living with sight loss can chat together about tech products over tea, coffee and cake.
The monthly sessions, which are free to attend, start on Monday 13th September.
“Technology is transforming the way that vision impaired people can live independent lives,” said Richard Polley, Norwich hub co-ordinator for Vision Norfolk.
“But for those of us who didn’t grow up with digital technology, getting to grips with it – and really making the most of the opportunity technology offers – can be daunting. That is why we have got together with the RNIB to offer these personal one-to-one training sessions with one of the UK’s leading experts on technology for people living with sight loss.
“We are also delighted that Rachael and Darryl have set up our monthly technology club, which will enable like-minded people to get together to share tips on how to get the best out of technology, in an informal and welcoming environment.”
The one-to-one training sessions take place on Monday 27th November from 1pm to 3pm at Vision Norfolk’s Norwich hub in the Bradbury Activity Centre at Beckham Place on Edward Street. Sessions are free, but must be booked in advance.
The monthly technology club starts on Monday 13th November, from 1.30pm-3.30pm. Attendance is free, and tea/coffee and refreshments will be provided.