So Christmas is over and its nearly new year. Before we move on we thought we’d do a brief ‘look back’ over our last year...
Well we started these Insights back in May and have completed one every week with some additions along the way. As much as we hope they’ve been informative, we’ve also enjoyed doing them. In addition, they’ve encouraged us to extend our knowledge base (and not only on the technical front of editing and uploading videos) in order to provide you with, what we hope, is interesting content with a variety of viewpoints. All of our blogs can still be read on our blog page (www.vidatraining.co.uk) However this post is not going to be a round up of all of these but rather of the past year and what we’ve achieved.
Before that, however, we must mention an event which had a great effect, particularly for Dave, in June this year. This was the passing of Errol, Dave’s gorgeous and loyal guide dog. It was a really devastating time and Dave has had to adjust loads since then as well as deal with the sadness of losing Errol so suddenly. After a lot of thought, Dave is now on the waiting list for another guide dog.
On a more positive note, we’ve done loads this year as VIDA Training. We signed up to the Surrey Intend training system and have provided training under the umbrella of Surrey Skills Academy. We have training still to provide in January and March so if you’re interested, please visit http://surreyskillsacademy.learningpool.com/mod/page/view.php?id=755.
We’ve continued to develop our working relationship with Sight for Surrey and also Dementia Pathfinders, providing training for both of these organisations and attending their events throughout the year. We are now in discussions with Include as to how we might also work together in the future.
In addition to providing training and consultancy, we also like to continue to add to our knowledge and experiences (on top of our own everyday experiences). We enjoy attending various events, watching films and reading books that relate to vision impairments (and disabilities in general). This year we’ve read several books (read our book round up on our VIDA Insight no. 20 - http://vidatraining.weebly.com/blog/20-calling-all-book-lovers) and we finished the year reading ‘Touching the World – A blind woman, two wheels, 25000 miles’ by Cathy Birchill and Bernard Smith, which we plan to review in 2018. We also watched the Mark Pollock ‘Unbreakable’ film as well as starting the year going to the cinema to watch ‘I Daniel Blake’ (and both listening to the audio description).
We attended the RP Fighting Blindness conference in London in June and the Sight Village London exhibition in November, rounding off our events by walking the Run in the Dark in Battersea Park for the Mark Pollock Trust, a great night – you can watch our live video - https://www.facebook.com/VIDAtrainingUK/videos/1423855351075358/ but please forgive the quality – it being dark, culminating with walking, sight guiding, talking and avoiding passing runners does not make for the most professional finish!
Just to prove we also have families and lives outside VIDA – I went to Dans Le Noir with 17 family members to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday in July. And Dave and his family went to a production of the Lion King (for his birthday) with VocalEyes providing a touch tour and audio description of the show.
So after that round up – we wish you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2018. We will continue writing these Insight’s next year, so please feel free to ask us any questions – and who knows, we might write a blog by way of response or provide some training or consultancy if required 😊
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.