16 Dec 2020
(16 December 2020 12:00 am)
- Warwickshire Vision magazine - what people thought about it. I was asking for feedback on content and suggestions for editorials. The following ideas were shared: Information/Article about Charles Bonnet Syndrome, Eye Clinic updates and information about the role of the ECLO - Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, information about Journey Care when travelling on trains, information about VASA community transport which operates in the Stratford area. Are there any other similar community transport services and could a directory of services be made available in the magazine. Information about the BBC Radio In Touch programme. It was felt that there should be more 'member' contributions and a query was raised as to how much of the content was decided by the editorial team.
- Warwickshire Vision magazine editorial team - if anyone wants to be part of the editorial team then they would be welcome to join either to assist with story writing or for proofing. Also if anyone had any specific stories to share that they would like included in the magazine then they must let us know. The editorial team meet via ZOOM so it would be easy for people who participate in the Wednesday group meetings to also join the Magazine meeting.
- Charles Bonnet Syndrome discussion and an organisation called Esme's Umbrella which supports people experiencing this syndrome. More information about Charles Bonnet Syndrome can be found here
- BBC Radio Four In Touch programme hosted by Peter White. Peter White who is a visually impaired journalist first started presenting the In Touch programme in 1974. Weekly, the programme is aired on a Tuesday evening at 20.40 hours (8.40 pm). All of the programmes are available to listen to via the BBC website or by downloading them to your chosen device. Full details of the In Touch programmes and listings of all the episodes can be found on the website The programmes last for 20 minutes.
- Sainsburys in Nuneaton positive customer service feedback relating to Sainsburys in Nuneaton and we then went on to have a discussion about how customer service can vary across stores.
- Journey Care on trains and how visually impaired people can request support at stations to ensure that they can navigate between platforms in order that they do not miss trains and connections. Information regarding this service can be found on the RNIB website in addition to this, some other individual train networks also have their own passenger support. Cross Country Trains have a service called Passenger Assist and details can be found on their website The advice would be to ask about this service when booking your tickets and see which operators can provide it and whether the service can link between rail networks.
- Stratford-upon-Avon - Ian gave us an update about his trip out to Stratford-upon-Avon and his experience on the Big Wheel. Ian reported that there is a very useful ramp up to the ticket office where he was able to ask for a 1 + 1 ticket which means that his carer went free. The ticket was £6. It is discretionary under law to offer this discount but if you ask for a 1 + 1 then most places will give you a free ticket for your carer. The route from the ticket office to boarding the wheel was clearly marked. The operators spun the wheel around in order that the accessible pod was available for Ian and held it whilst he got on board. Whilst he did not have a dog with him Ian reports that the pods are large enough for assistance dogs, wheelchairs and cane users. The Accessible pod only has two seats so social distancing is easy although it was only him and his carer. Overall a very positive experience.
An audio file of this meeting can be found here: Audio File