News from Sight Support Ryedale
Sight Support Ryedale Launches Fundraising 100 Club
The purpose of the new 100 Club is to raise funds for Sight Support Ryedale. Membership per number is £24.00 which enters you into a monthly draw with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd numbers drawn.
All participants must be over the age of 16. For more information or to join our 100 Club please call 01653 698860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Music and Movement for All
Great Britain’s successful Olympic year has inspired many people across the country to take up a sport and remain active. However, for some, this is not always possible due to age, sight or mobility problems.
Sight Support Ryedale, a local charity which supports blind and visually impaired people living in Ryedale, is pleased to be able to offer its low impact exercise class ‘Music and Movement’ to all sighted or visually impaired members of the Ryedale community. The fitness session is one of many activities which it currently organises for its members.
“This gentle fitness session has been a regular social activity for our sight impaired members for some years now” said Nicole Hingley, Activities Co-ordinator. “We, and our sight impaired members, believe that many other people in the wider community would also benefit from the class, therefore we have opened the sessions to the local community.”
Ann Ruddick, Sight Support Ryedale member and regular attendee at the Music and Movement session said. "As a visually impaired person, I find it difficult to attend a mainstream exercise class, as I am not able to follow the movements of the instructor. These sessions are fantastic! Our instructor describes carefully and clearly what she wants us to do, and I’m able to follow her instructions with confidence. It allows me to move around freely, and at the end of each session I feel stimulated mentally and physically." Ann continues: "Several of our members are elderly, but the Music and Movement sessions allow them to exercise gently, which is helping them to stay mobile. Anyone looking for low-impact fitness in a friendly environment would certainly benefit from joining us. The extra bonus is that each session ends with a welcome cuppa, delicious cake and plenty of chat."
The Music and Movement classes take place fortnightly on Tuesdays at the Parish Hall, Hallgarth, Pickering from 2.30pm until 4.00pm. The sessions, which cost £5.00, are led by a trained fitness instructor. Tea and cake are included and the lively conversation is free of charge! People of all levels of fitness are welcome whether sighted or visually impaired; for more information please contact Sight Support Ryedale by calling Tel 01653 698860 or emailing email@example.com
Sight Support Ryedale Delivers their latest Living with Sight Loss Course.
The Living with Sight Loss course is a two-day event aimed at people who are at the beginning of their sight loss journey. The course provides information, advice and support in a safe atmosphere surrounded by professionals and people in similar situations.
Some of the elements of the course include: coping strategies designed to address the emotional aspects of visual impairment; making the most of leisure time; using technology, solutions to overcome challenges of daily living; health and nutrition: plus, skills for making the most of remaining vision and prolonging further deterioration.
Teresa Teasdale who attended the latest course said: "Sight Support Ryedale and the Living with Sight Loss course has made me realise that I am not alone. I have made new friends and learnt a lot about the help that is out there for me. They have boosted my confidence, social life and self-esteem.”
Many of those who attended the course have decided to get more involved in the activities and services which Sight Support Ryedale provides, starting with the regular social meetings, aerobics and technology groups.
Nicole Hingley, Activities Coordinator at Sight Support Ryedale said. “The Living with Sight Loss course is an ideal starting point for anyone who is coming to terms with their sight loss. The attendees receive invaluable information from professional guest speakers and ourselves. They often make life-long friends and leave feeling less isolated and alone.”
Sight Support Ryedale holds Living with Sight Loss courses regularly throughout the year. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from attending please get in touch with Sight Support Ryedale on 01653 698860, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sightsupportryedale.org