here you can find out more About Us and what we stand for, in the district of Great Yarmouth, stretching from Hopton in the south, right up to Winterton on the coast and inland to Acle, Friton and Martham, supporting all Visually Impaired People.

What are the aims of our Group?

We are an action group, trying to improve the quality of life for visually impaired people in our Borough of Great Yarmouth. We are achieving this through dialogue and discussion in a friendly atmosphere at our meetings. We regularly invite local speakers of interest e.g. Borough Council representatives, Town Centre Manager, local MP, PCT/NHS officers and Transport Organisations. As a visually impaired person (VIP) your views are very important and we need you to be involved, so please come along and find out what our group is all about. All VIP’s, carers and other interested parties are very welcomed, to share their concerns, ideas and give support to each other.
We are aiming to build a web site which will offer to both individuals and professionals alike lots of information, support and exchange of stories.

When and Where do we meet?

We meet at Wherry Way Communal Room, Wherry Way, off Caister Road, Great Yarmouth NR30 4DG on the last Monday (except bank holidays when it’s brought forward one week) of every second month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at 2:00pm when Tea and Coffee is served. Our meeting starts at 2:30pm with our guest speaker and we finish at 4:30pm. Members are invited to donate £2 for our funds to help with expenses.

Our History and Projects

The group was formed in 1998 with the help of Making Sense supported by Norfolk Voluntary Services. Seven years ago the Making Sense project ended and since then we have been an independent group seeking our own funding. Some of our projects are, campaigning for yellow and black stripes on scaffolding, highlighting the dangers of shared surfaces, the A Boards (the white line down Regent Road), help design the GY PCT Web site, Campaigning both locally and nationally to support GDBA (Guide Dogs for the Blind) especially highways issues and RNIB including the higher rate DLA benefit and Right to Read Campaigns. We gave lots of advice for the GY InterGreat project. We are also a member of The Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People (NCoDP)

Transport Arrangements

Transport is arranged via Town and Country Travel taxi service and their number is 01493 301 759. Due to the current financial climate, we do have to charge a small fee of £4 per person to help pay for the taxi service. But they will bring you safely to our meeting and take you home afterwards to your door. If possible please give them at least three days notice.

Contact

If you wish to discuss transport arrangements, more information about our group or to seek further advice please ring either our Chairman, David Wilkinson on 01493 842 156 or email david.wilkinson2@tesco.net
or our vice chairman, Shaun McGarry, on 01493 60 22 72 or email shaun@blindcrazy.co.uk and they will be happy to talk to you.


Sub Sections

Committee

We have regular committee meetings to manage and keep our group running smoothly and plan ahead for future meetings, actions, events, consultancy and of course fund raising. We have currently six members (four VIPs and 2 sighted) but we are always interested in other Blind or Partially sighted members living in the Great Yarmouth district [...]

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Leaflets

We have designed a leaflet to inform our community of what we do and show what can be done with some patience and persuasion to encourage a better understanding and respect for all Visually Impaired Persons here in and around Great Yarmouth. You can see our latest Leaflet (July 2012) below in the following images [...]

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