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Enablement coach specialising in sight loss. Assistive technology training on Apple VoiceOver, Dolphin Guide & SuperNova, coaching for living with sight loss, back to work skills and confidence building.

How to tell if someone with a guide dog needs help

A superb video featuring one of my clients on how to recognise when a blind person with a guide dog needs help during these challenging times. Please watch and share: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.ladbible.com/news/viral-how-to-tell-if-someone-with-a-guide-dog-needs-some-help-20200831.amp.html

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Change in business hours announcement

Just a quick announcement regarding business hours.

Due to current circumstances, AVC is going down to a four day working week.

Starting from Monday 6th July 2020, our business hours will be 9am until 5pm Tuesday to Friday.

Given the current situation with COVID-19, this change will be in place for the foreseeable future. AVC services will remain the same, simply running on a four day week.

Thank you for your understanding.

Important Tesco home shopping info for the severely sight impaired

Important Tesco home delivery information for the severely sight impaired.

If you had an account set up with Tesco before 6th April 2020 and you are severely sight impaired, you can now register to be added to the priority list for online shopping, meaning you will be eligible for priority delivery slots.

You can contact them on: 0800 917 7359.

Stay safe everybody.

Useful shopping card info for vulnerable people during the lockdown

Here is some useful info regarding shopping gift cards for volunteer shoppers helping vulnerable people during the lockdown. Check out the links below for more information from each respective store.

Sainsbury’s Volunteer Shopping Card was launched on the 20th April. The card can be purchased online at: http://www.sainsburysgiftcard.co.uk

M&S also have an E-gift card which has a limit of £500. This is available at: http://www.marksandspencer.com/all-in-this-together/p/p60282075.

Asda offer a reloadable shopping card, available at: https://cards.asda.com/asda-

Stay safe everybody.

Sainsbury’s offer dedicated number for elderly & disabled to place food orders by telephone

  1. People who are elderly or disabled and who are self isolating due to the Corona virus, can call a dedicated number to place food orders with Sainsbury’s for home delivery.
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  3. Delivery costs £2.95. Payment for the shopping is taken at the point of order over the telephone and can be made using debit or credit card.
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  5. The number to call is:
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  7. 0800 91 78 557.
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  9. Stay safe everybody and watch out for each other.
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Festive greetings

Well, it’s that time of year again folks!

 

I’ve just finished work for the last time in 2019 and will be returning to work on Monday 6January 2020. I know, unbelievable how quickly this year has flown by isn’t it!

 

Wishing all a merry Christmas, peace and happiness for the new year.

 

Be good to each other and let’s see if we can make the world a better place in 2020.

 

My interview about my journey through sight loss with the guys from Virosis Clothing

Something a bit different for you today.

 

A couple of good friends of mine, Graham D and CJ, have recently started a pod cast called the Virosis Clothing pod cast. Virosis Clothing is a new alternative T-shirt enterprise created by Graham D, whose ethos and branding are all about facing adversity, overcoming challenges and emerging relentless through whatever life throws at you. The pod cast is an extension of those concepts, has focus around music, movies, gaming and relaxed humour. The guys play new songs from up and coming alternative/metal/hardcore bands from all around the world and often include interviews with those bands. The show often has some sort of slightly off the wall segment such as a death match between sci fi heroes and villains, which are always good fun. The whole pod cast has a really chilled vibe and is always fun to listen to. The T-shirt designs are really cool too and tie in superbly to the “Emerge Relentless” theme.

 

One of the features the guys have included on the show is interviews with people who have real life stories of facing adversity, overcoming the odds, persisting against where others have given up etc. I was thrilled when the guys asked me to be their first interview to tell the story of my sight loss, how I handled it, how I adapted to living with no sight and ultimately, where I am today in terms of having overcome the loss of my sight. It was a really great interview and we had a lot of fun doing it. We ended up with so much that they decided to split it across the first three episodes of the pod cast. The guys have given me exclusive permission to share the interview in isolation in its entirety here. So, without further ado, here it is: JG Virosis pod cast interview, facing adversity 2019.mp3

 

If you would like to check out the pod cast, simply search for Virosis Clothing in your chosen pod cast app.

 

You can follow Virosis Clothing on Facebook at 

https://p.facebook.com/VirosisClothing/