Our 2020 AGM will be held on Thursday 16th January 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Atlas Centre on Bachelors Walk. This is an important meeting for our charity and we hope all of our members and volunteers will plan to attend.
Café & Co – Date Change
Our next coffee morning will be in Friday 17th January and not 16th January as previously advised. The location is still the Glasshouse, in Lisburn Square and we meet between 10.30am and 12noon. Glasshouse sell all manner of delicious goodies, so we hope to see you there.
New Year, New You
Lisburn City Library, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn
The organisers of New Year New You expect it to be a lively and enjoyable day which will promote and raise awareness of the support available within the community.
So, whether you might like to volunteer with us or join our activities, or you have a friend or family member whom you think might benefit, do please drop in at any time between 10 and 2 and we will be pleased to see you.
For more information on this event, please contact the Library direct on 028 9263 3351.
We are still looking at the possibility of organising a horse riding experience for our members in the Lisburn area later in the year. If you would be interested in taking part, please contact Alberta on 07805338201.
Our walking group has now stopped for the winter but we hope to resume in the spring.
Our walking group organiser, Katy Leach, has decided to take a break from walk organising next year so we will be looking for a volunteer to take this on in the spring. If you would be interested in this please contact David on 07766302496 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Thursday evening and Saturday morning tandem sessions have now stopped for the year. If you would be interested in taking part in this activity in the spring please contact Paul on 07889749992
Imtac is organising a pedestrian workshop on the 5th Feb to be held at Girdwood Community Hub. The workshop will focus on two specific barriers in the pedestrian environment that frequently make life difficult disabled people, older people and others – pavement parking and A Boards on footways.
The workshop programme will include a keynote speaker from Scotland, highlighting proactive measures introduced by both local and national Government there to tackle both issues. We want to involve a range of stakeholders including disabled people, older people, local representatives, officials from local and central government, business representatives and other agencies such as the PSNI.
Online registration is possible using the link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JDK8H5W or you can contact Michael Lorimer on 028 9072 602.
Girdwood has been chosen as the venue because it offers the accessible facilities required by Imtac including step-free, ground floor facilities, accessible toilets including a Changing Places facility and accessible car parking. They are committed to ensuring they make any other reasonable adjustments to ensure people with a disability can take part in the event including meeting transport and other costs for attendees where these are barriers. Please let Michael know your particular requirements.
A disability 10 pin bowling league will be starting on Wednesday 29th January 2020, 11.15am-12.15pm for 5 weeks at the Dundonald International Ice Bowl. The anticipated cost will be £2 per person per week and registration can be individual or teams of 5.
Anyone wishing to participate must pre-register with Christine Duncan either on 07786338030 or by e-mail
If you need help to pay your rates, you may be eligible to apply for a rate relief scheme through Land and Property services – including
Disabled persons allowance
Lone pensioner allowance or
Housing benefit and rate relief.
On Thursday 23rd January RNIB will be having Jim Maguire from the Land and property registration service giving a short talk in RNIB conference room from 10.30am – 11.30am, about the scheme. If you would be interested in coming along please register with Olive Rodgers on 028 90334133 by Friday 17th January.
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.
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. The Group will not be meeting in December. Their next meeting will be Monday 13th January, when Karen Toogood, the Macular Society Regional Manager for Northern Ireland will be speaking. If you need any further details please contact Anna on 07717603551.