Major Donation Received from the Dean of Belfast
Lisburn Outlook has been bowled over by a very generous donation from the Dean of Belfast’s Christmas Sit-out, popularly known as Black Santa. At a service in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on 5th February, 2017, Dame Mary Peters CH, DBE presented us with a cheque for a sum considerably in excess of previous years’ grants.
Our sincere thanks go to the Dean of Belfast, but also very much to all those individuals who donated so generously in the weeks leading up to last Christmas.
Who We Are
We are an organisation set up to promote social, cultural and recreational activities amongst blind and partially sighted people in the Lisburn area.
What we do
Organise visits to places of interest and to special events within or within reach of Lisburn. These are bespoke visits specially tailored to our members’ needs, affording adequate opportunity to touch or handle items as well as to enjoy the general experience of the visit.
Arrange visits to audio described theatre and cinema performances. Audio description conveys information not contained in the dialogue and thus helps a blind or partially sighted person enjoy the play or film more on a par with their sighted counterparts. With this in mind, we urge local arts and entertainment providers to offer audio description more comprehensively.
Hold coffee mornings, which offer the opportunity for peer support and information exchange. They also offer participants the opportunity to try out venues they might not have the knowledge or confidence to try on their own. A by-product of these coffee mornings is the spread of awareness amongst café and restaurant owners in the area.
Set up classes where a blind or partially sighted person requires individual or small group tuition. For example, ballroom dancing lessons and creative writing workshops.
We also run a walking group and tandem cycling groups. These afford an opportunity for physical exercise and a chance to get out and meet people.
We issue a monthly newsletter which aims not only to keep blind and partially sighted people in the area aware of our own activities but also of other local events and developments which may be of interest.
Fully sighted people, who are either members or occasional volunteers, act as guides, describers or tandem pilots. Volunteers benefit from the opportunity to become more aware of sight loss and also gain new skills.
We receive no regular public funding and so are dependent on grants and donations.
Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, Registration Number NIC 103202.
David Mann, March 2016