Local highlights from RNIB Connect Radio

Post date: 
Friday, 13 April 2018
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RNIB Connect Radio features contributions from across the community around the UK. Here are a couple of local highlights making the airwaves recently from the show.

The Beacon Centre for the Blind (featured on Weekly Connect)

The Beacon Centre for the Blind supports up to 3,000 people in the West Midlands every year across two sites in Sedgley and Stourbridge. It has almost 200 volunteers and 100 members of staff. Helen Brown, the Beacon Centre’s Communications Development Manager, explains more about the huge variety of services on offer.
“One of our specialisms is technology. We are constantly looking to see where we can use technology to help improve the lives of people with sight loss.
“We also have the UK’s first accredited social enterprise opticians, a hugely successful employment programme and our activity group does things like climbing, rowing, walking and running. We have a youth club as well,” Helen said.
Yvonne Walker is a service user at the Beacon Centre. Her optic nerves were destroyed following an operation to treat a brain tumour. “I lost my sight overnight. I’d got two young daughters so I just had to get on with life and the Beacon Centre helped me do that,” she said.

“I started off doing crafts and over the years I’ve done water skiing, climbed the gladiator wall, and done lots of different things. I’ve also had computer lessons, and I’m learning on an iPad at the moment. It has given me the chance to talk to my children about technology and now they know what I’m on about and I can understand what they’re on about too,” Yvonne explained.

If you’d like to find out more about the Beacon Centre, visit their website. The Weekly Connect on RNIB Connect Radio is at 1pm every Monday.


The Welsh Connection

New to the RNIB Connect Radio schedule is a show dedicated to people in Wales. Every fortnight, The Welsh Connection raises topics that are relevant to people with low or no vision in Wales including health and sports.
During the show, blind and partially sighted people talk to presenter Lynne Morgan, one of RNIB’s Welsh broadcast producers, about their interests, concerns and life in Wales.
Contributors have included Stephen Donovan who has taken up Visually Impaired Tennis and entered his first national competition, Hilary Lester who has recently had to come to terms with the death of her beloved guide dog Yalena and Chloe Clarke, a visually impaired actress who is pushing the boundaries on audio description.
In every programme, blogger Ffion Miles talks about what she’s been up to, whether it’s travelling solo around Australia or attending a fan convention in Inverness.
Lynn explained, “I’m very excited because it is interesting to find out what people in Wales are getting up to.”

You can listen to The Welsh Connection on every fortnight on RNIB Connect Radio on Wednesdays at 6pm and repeated on Saturdays at 4pm. 

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of Connect Magazine.