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Training Opportunity

Lisburn Outlook are keen to offer our sighted volunteers training opportunities which we think you would find interesting and valuable (acknowledging of course that a few of you have attended something similar in the past).

RNIB are offering free sight awareness sessions to family members, friends  – or anyone who would like more understanding of sight loss how it effects people, how they can help and some hints and tips around guiding someone safely.  A session is being held in their  Belfast offices in Gloucester Street on Tuesday 24th September 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

To register please contact Rory on: rory.mccartney@rnib.org.uk

Pizzarelli’s Evening

Following the success of our evening out at Pizzarelli’s in Lisburn earlier in the year, we are meeting again for a meal at 6.00pm on Thursday 19thSeptember.  This restaurant, which has an extensive menu (not only pizzas!) and is very conveniently situated near the railway station.  They do not have an alcohol licence but you can bring your own bottle and they will be happy to open it and provide glasses.  If you would be interested in attending please contact David on 07766302496 or via lisburnoutlook@gmail.com.

Prisons Memory Archive Site Footage Audio Description Workshop

Lisburn Outlook members have been invited to take part in a workshop to help improve and comment on the audio description provided for a “prison memories archive” project.

This will be held in Lisburn early in October, but we would appreciate expressions of interest as soon as possible.

Using the Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) as a backdrop, this workshop will showcase the audio descriptions of the site footage of the Maze and Long Kesh prison to an invited audience. The Prisons Memory Archive is a collection of filmed walk and talk recordings with those connected to the Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh prison. The collection features photographs, site footage, and holds 175 participant recordings from those who had a connection with the prisons, from prison staff, prisoners, chaplains and teachers.

As part of the drive to open the archive up to a wider range of people, audio descriptions have been created to cater to audiences with sight loss. During this workshop audio descriptions of the site footage of the Maze and Long Kesh prison which will include the Compound, H-Block and Hospital will be presented.  This will be followed by a feedback session on the audio descriptions where audience members will have the opportunity to provide feedback. The discussion will then open up to think about the issue of access to heritage and the legacy of the past more generally.

Please note that this workshop will be recorded on an audio recorder for research purposes only. There will also be photography taken during this workshop. If you do not wish to be recorded or have your photograph taken, please advise the researcher Sarah McDonagh at the venue when you arrive.

This event will last approximately 2 hours. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided during the workshop.

If you are interested in taking part or have any questions, please contact Sarah McDonagh, Queen’s University Belfast (smcdonagh06@qub.ac.uk )

Or David Mann via lisburnoutlook@gmail.com

Café & Co

This month our Café & Co group will be taking place on Thursday 12th September at Café Nero in Bow Street from 10.30 to 12 noon.  Why not join us for a cuppa and a chat – you will be very welcome.

Walking Group

Our September walks will be the last for this year.  On Tuesday 10th we will meet at the Civic Centre at 10.30am for a walk along the tow path.  

On Tuesday 24th we plan to meet at Lisburn Bus Station at 10.25 to catch the No.38 to Hillsborough.  Linda, from the tourist office is giving us a guided “history tour “ of Hillsborough village. This will take about an hour followed by coffee. If anyone is interested, we could stay in Hillsborough for lunch before returning to Lisburn.


Our Saturday morning tandem sessions will continue through September but our last Thursday evening session will be on Thursday 12th September. Please contact Paul on 07889 749992 if you would be interested in joining us as either a ‘stoker’ or ‘pilot’.

Hillsborough Workshops

RNIB have a few places available on their next set of workshops at Hillsborough Castle. These will take place on Monday 9th September, Monday 23rd September and Monday 7thOctober,  from 10.30am – 2.30pm

Included in these workshops will be a tour of the gardens, some craft and also a little bit of history – there will be a small charge to cover craft materials and refreshments. 

To be considered you must be able to  

  1. Manage in a group setting on your own or bring a friend or family member to support you.
  2. The main group meet at 9.30am at Europa bus station and travel by bus to Hillsborough – or alternatively you can meet at Hillsborough Castleat 10.20am.
  3. Be available for at least 2 of the 3 sessions.

Places will be allocated on a first come basis and more workshops will be added at Hillsborough Castle over the coming year – so don’t worry if you don’t manage to get on this time.

If you would like to attend please contact  Olive Rodgers on 028 90334133.

Retina UK – Belfast Information Day

Booking is now open for the Retina UK Belfast Information Day.  This free event will be held at the Grosvenor Hall at BCM, Glengall Street on Thursday 24 October.  Registration opens at 10.00am and the programme runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm.

The event will include: 

  • A presentation from Professor Peter Humphries, Trinity College Dublin on Preventing Retinal Degeneration
  • The chance to meet and discuss what support is available with local organisations and Retina UK supporting patients
  • Demonstrations from OXSIGHT

This event is free of charge, and is open to anyone affected by an inherited retinal dystrophy; family and friends; professionals working with affected families and anyone interested learning more about this important group of eye conditions. It promises to be both informative and enjoyable.

There will be chance to meet and discuss what support is available with local organisations supporting patients and plenty of opportunity to get to know others in our community.

A number of exhibitors from charities and organisations will also be attending, including the sponsors OxSight.

If you would like to attend the event or you have any questions, please contact the Retina UK office for further details – telephone: 01280 821334 / email: info@RetinaUK.org.uk . 


 Soccer Sight

Over the years RNIB have been working closely with the IFA at the National Stadium – Windsor Park, to improve accessibility at the Northern Ireland matches.  As part of this work they offer a number of free seats for people with sight loss – together with a ‘carer’ – to attend a Northern Ireland match and experience audio description.

The idea is for you to ‘try before you buy’.  If you go to a match and find that you enjoyed it then you can buy your own ticket for future games – your sighted guide goes free and you can still access the audio description.

Northern Ireland are about to embark on their European tournament games with home matches this year against Estonia, Belarus, Holland and Germany.  If you have not been to a match since loosing your sight and you would like to try this – then please get in touch with Olive Rodgers.  Olive will hold a list of everyone interested and work her way down when advised of tickets. If you are offered tickets but cannot go then you can stay on the list but you go to the bottom again.

You can only get free tickets once as you are expected to pay after this. If you are interested in this, please contact Olive Rodgers on 02890334133.

Lisburn Macular Group

The Lisburn Macular Society Support Group meet on the second Monday of each month from 11am-12.30pm at The Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn. Their next meeting will be on Monday 9th September when Jemma from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Waste Management Team  will be along to speak. If you need any further details contact Anna on 07717603551.









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