There will be no Sip & Sup evening this month but we are instead planning a pizza evening at Pizzarellys, located in Batchelor’s Walk, on Wednesday, 5th June commencing at 6.00pm. Pizzarellys do not have an alcohol licence so if you would like a drink with your meal you can always bring your own. If you would like to join us please contact Liz on 07526428338.
Let’s have a crafty look!
The Harmony Hill Craft Group has kindly invited us to its annual exhibition at the Island Centre in Lisburn on the evening of Tuesday, 21st May. This group adopted us as their charity of the year in 2018/19, and will be presenting us with a cheque in June. In the meantime, however, they would love an opportunity to describe and let us touch the various creations in their exhibition –as well as meeting as many of us as possible. Please do try and make time for this. For any further information, contact Margaret on 07786 166550.
Belfast Botanic Gardens Tropical Ravine
On Sunday 19th May we have arranged a tour of the Tropical Ravine in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens. This visit will be solely for our members, volunteers and guests, and so we shall be able to take our time examining the different exhibits. Experience the rainforest! This may be the only day this year in which you feel really hot, at least in Belfast! The Ravine today houses plant species such as the Killarney Fern, orchid, banana, cinnamon and some of the world’s oldest seed plants. But you don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy this unique, restored Victorian attraction.
The tour begins at 2 p.m. and should take no more than two hours. Afterwards, we might enjoy a cooling ice cream or some other form of refreshment, or amble around the Gardens. If you would like to go, please contact David on 07766 302496 or via email@example.com.
Our coffee morning this month will be on Thursday, 16 May at Arora Cafe Smyth Patterson’s. On Bow Street from 10.30 to 12 noon.
We are always given a warm welcome, and this time we have been given the Parlour to sit in, which is a small room off the main cafe. Do drop in for a cuppa and a chat if you are in town!
Our local walks resumed in early March. We walk every other Tuesday and our outline dates and locations for the season are listed below.
April 30. Hillsborough Forest Park
May 14. Castle Gardens
May 28. Wallace Park
June 11. Tow Path
June 25. Hillsborough Forest Park
July 9. Castle gardens
July 23. Wallace Park
Our Saturday morning tandems are back in full swing and our Thursday evening sessions commenced in early April. Keep a close watch on our web site or social media for further updates or for further information please contact Paul on 07889749992.
Have a go Day
The British Blind Sports Organisation are holding a ‘have a go day ‘ on Saturday 25th May, from 10am – 3pm, in Valley Leisure centre. It is for both children and adults. Among the sports on offer is going to be tennis, football, guided running, dance and possibly more.
If interested please contact Alex Pitt on firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation Officer, British Blind Sport
Office number: 01926 424247. For more information and to register.
AlterViz Holiday Break 2019 for visually-impaired people and sighted helpers.
Venue: Woodlarks Camp Site in Farnham, Surrey
Date: Saturday June 8 to Saturday June 15 2019
Woodlarks is an extremely peaceful campsite venue that offers dormitory-style accommodation. It’s tucked away on a private island of woodland on the edge of the Farnham heathlands. All meals are included in the fee and the food is absolutely delicious!
For the full week (7 nights in total): £120.00.
For shorter stays: £20.00 per night.
Food and other supplies have to be purchased in advance of the week therefore a deposit of £50 is mandatory in order to secure your booking.
If you are coming as a sighted volunteer, and are on a limited budget, please get in contact as we may be able to offer a reduced fee. We need a qualifiedLifeguard and a First-Aider: please contact us if you are able to help.
Please note that this holiday break is run by volunteers who give up their free time to organise and run the week. We are not a charity and do not receive any financial assistance. We do this because we believe in encouraging others to experience the positive benefits of staying at Woodlarks.
Sean Caveille, AlterViz.
Northern ballet are doing an audio described performance of the ballet ‘Victoria’ on 1st June at 2.30pm in the Grand Opera House. They have additionally offered RNIB a workshop and touch tour, together with a talk and demo leading up to the production.
If you would be interested in attending, please contact Olive Rodgers on 02890334133.
A number of food and drink tours of Belfast are available at a cost of around £60, lasting three or four hours. We are asking for expressions of interest before we move on to any bookings. Lisburn Outlook would be prepared to pay £20 per person towards these tours for our members, plus reasonable transport costs. Let us know if you like the idea and we will know if it is viable.
Contact David via email@example.com or on 07766 302496.
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 Groupmeet on the second Monday of each month from 11am-12.30pm atThe Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn. If you need any further details contact Anna on 07717603551.