Outlook News

Community Support Grant

We are delighted to have secured a Community Support Grant for 2022/23 from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.  We very much appreciate the Council’s support of our activities.

Chat and Interest Groups

There is a surprisingly wide range of activities which any of us can join in, whether on Zoom, Facebook Live or Microsoft Teams, or indeed just on the phone.  Some are organised by RNIB Northern Ireland, some by other, independent groups. There are also some telephone chat groups which mean you don’t need to worry about any newer technology.  

One good way of keeping in touch is to get yourself added to the email lists run respectively by Olive Rodgers and Una Mulgrew of RNIB Northern Ireland.  Email Olive at Olive.Rodgers@rnib.org.uk or phone 028 9033 4133, or Una.mulgrew@rnib.org.uk on 07702 140761.

VIP Bus:

VIP Bus is a virtual community of blind and partially sighted people, originating in and around Belfast but spreading worldwide!  They have daily Zoom coffee morning chats and a range of other activities such as a weekly book group, monthly quiz and a series of WhatsApp groups covering cookery, art, technology  and other topics. For more information or to sign up contact vipbus2021@gmail.com.

Feedback on Picnic in the Park

This was a fabulous day organised by Alberta and held in Lady Dixon Park on Saturday 9th July. We had a good turnout of 20 people; including 4 from Belfast. Catering was courtesy of Mackey’s in Lisburn who produced an excellent spread with plenty for everyone. The weather held for us, no rain!! The children enjoyed face-painting which Lorranine produced fantastic creations. The rest of us relaxed and chatted. Congratulations on a very successful event for Lisburn Outlook.

The Railway Children Return

Some of you may remember crying when you went to the cinema way back and saw The Railway Children!  Well, a small but dedicated group from Lisburn outlook went to the Odeon Cinema in Victoria Square, Belfast, on 23rd December to see the sequel, “The Railway Children Return”.  The Odeon provides excellent customer service and you can be assured of headphones for audio description.  We didn’t cry, but we had a good time.

Use Your Loaf

Local author and broadcaster Tony Macaulay has written a trilogy of books about growing up in Belfast during the troubles.  The second, Bread Boy, has recently been dramatised and set to music, and a group of us went to the matinee at the Lyric Theatre on 31st July. The central character has a Saturday job helping a mobile bakery.  He gets a girlfriend. He is a teenager, whatever the era.

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