Our upcoming events

Listed below are all our upcoming events:

Family Event – Saturday 20th May 2017

At  Staunton Country Park

Middle Park Way, Havant PO95HB

at 09.45.

Open Sight and the Specialist Teachers Advisers, Visual Impairment Team, are pleased to invite you to a Family Event at Staunton Country Park.

The event is open to children aged 0-16 with a visual impairment and if there are enough spaces available, their siblings are very welcome too.

During the morning, you will have an exciting opportunity to join the park staff for an animal and sensory session at the farm. We will all get together for a picnic lunch. After lunch you may like to continue to enjoy everything the farm has to offer. You will have ample time to visit the adjoining country park where you can explore the many acres of parkland walks in the afternoon.

The Farm is home to many different animals ranging from the everyday farm animal, like pigs, sheep, Shetland ponies, a shire horse and chickens to a selection of other animals such as llamas, a Poitou donkey, alpacas and a herd of Longhorn cattle.

There are some real characters at the Farm, loved and visited time and time again. There’s KT, a Tamworth pig, brought here when she was just a tiny piglet and was raised in the Rabbit House. There’s also a shy barn owl, Amber, who you can see flying around her cage throughout the day. Make sure you go into the Children’s Paddock and check out the cheeky Bagot goats who love to take your food.

The Sensory Garden has an ambience all of its own. Readily accessible it’s an area to relax and contemplate in. The plants to engage visitors await discovery. Wind chimes add further dimensions to this charming garden.

Great for families and children, planted in 2002, the Golden Jubilee Maze creates fun and adventure, with twists and turns, open and locked gates to reach the middle. See if you can make it, but don’t forget once you’ve made it to the middle, can you remember the way out? Located behind the glasshouses, the maze is a great place to spend time with the family.

George’s Play Barn is a new addition to the Farm – somewhere for the children to play, whatever the weather’s doing outside!

Visit our Gothic Barn in the farmyard and let the kids loose. There’s a soft play area for the younger ones and a climbing frame with slides, rope bridges and cargo nets for older, more energetic children.

We are asking that each family make a £10 donation towards the cost of the activities and after booking we will provide you with all the joining information for the day, including where to meet, what to wear and what to bring.

 If you have any questions please contact Jenny Collins,

Family Support Coordinator,  023 8064 6382,

jenny.collins@opensight.org.uk

Rona Sailing Tester – 24th May 2017

Open Sight has arranged with Rona Sailing Project to take a number of visually impaired people and their sighted buddies out to sea for a day offering a life-changing experience of teamwork.

Participants will get involved in all aspects of sailing, from navigating and steering to raising and lowering the sails. The fully qualified skipper and crew will give clear instructions and guidance for everyone to get the best from the day.
Limited places cost just £36 each with sighted buddies going for free.
For more information contact Terry Smith on 02380 646 377.

Information and Equipment Day
Bordon – 25th May 2017

At the Forest Community Centre, FREE entry

Pinehill Road, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 0BS

between 10.00 – 3.00.

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators had their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. A great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Bordon area.

Event exhibitors include: Pamtrad, Optima  for magnification ideas, Sight and Sound and Dolphin for computer solutions, , OrCam and Open Sight will be showcasing the innovative personal ‘reading’ device, Also attending will be the Macular Society, British Wireless for The Blind, Torch Trust, Computer Room Services and Vision Aid.

For further details, call Pam on 023 8064 6380 or email: pam@opensight.org.uk

Alison MacGregor Boat Trip – 7th June 2017

Will leave at 2.00p, from Hythe Marina

Open Sight have booked a fully accessible boat, which is fully accessible, to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Southampton Water and rivers Itchen, Hamble or Test.

A £5 donation per passenger towards the cost of running the vessel applies.

To book your place contact Terry Smith on 02380 646 377.

Information and Equipment Day
Hayling Island – 27th July 2017

At the Hayling Island Community Centre, FREE entry

Station Road, Hayling Island PO11 0HB

between 10.00 – 3.00.

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators had their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. A great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Hayling Island area.

Event exhibitors include: Pamtrad, Optima, Optelec, Calibre, RNIB, Macular Society, Computer Room Services, Sight and Sound, Torch Trust, Vision Aid, PVS. OrCam and Open Sight will be showcasing the innovative personal ‘reading’ device (My Eye).

For further details, call Pam on 023 8064 6380 or email: pam@opensight.org.uk

Alison MacGregor Boat Trip –31st July 2017

Will leave at 2.00p, from Hythe Marina

Open Sight have booked a fully accessible boat, which is fully accessible, to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Southampton Water and rivers Itchen, Hamble or Test.

A £5 donation per passenger towards the cost of running the vessel applies.

To book your place contact Terry Smith on 02380 646 377.

Alison MacGregor Boat Trip –16th August 2017

Will leave at 2.00p, from Hythe Marina

Open Sight have booked a fully accessible boat, which is fully accessible, to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Southampton Water and rivers Itchen, Hamble or Test.

A £5 donation per passenger towards the cost of running the vessel applies.

To book your place contact Terry Smith on 02380 646 377.

Eye Contact Exhibition – 4th Oct 2017

At the Ageas Bowl,  FREE entry

Botley Road, West End, Hampshire SO30 3XH

We are delighted to see the return of our very popular Eye Contact Exhibition. At the event, specialist equipment suppliers will be showcasing the latest independent living equipment. Service providers will also be on hand to share their knowledge of the vast range of services available, enabling individuals and families affected by visual impairment to live a full and independent life.

Guide Dog/Assistance Dog needs will be accommodated. For any further information call 023 8064 1244

Information and Equipment Day
Basingstoke – 20th October 2017

At the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church

Western Way, South Ham, Basingstoke RG22 6ER

between 10.00 – 3.00.

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators had their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. A great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Basingstoke area.

Event exhibitors include: Pamtrad, Optima, Optelec, Dolphin, Calibre,  Macular Society, Sight and Sound, Torch Trust, Computer Room Services, Vision Aid, Enhanced Vision. OrCam and Open Sight will be showcasing the innovative personal ‘reading’ device (My Eye).

Information and Equipment Day
Fareham – 21st March 2018

At the Farneham Hall

Osbourn Road, Fareham PO16 7DB

between 10.00 – 3.00.

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators had their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. A great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Fareham area.

 

Past Events

Equipment and Information Day Portsmouth – 15th March 2017.

Portsmouth Library, Civic Centre, Portsmouth, PO1 2DX

Attendance was free, between 10.00 – 3.00.

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators had their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. A great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Eastleigh area.

Event exhibitors included: Pamtrad, Optima and Associated Optical for magnification ideas, Sight and Sound and Dolphin for computer solutions, Synapptic for mobile phones and Professional Vision Services for assistive devices, OrCam and Open Sight will be showcasing the innovative personal ‘reading’ device, Also attending will be the MD Society, Action for Blind People, Torch Trust and Vision Hotels.

For further details, call Pam on 023 8064 6380 or email: pam@opensight.org.uk

Nearest parking was at the Isambard Brunel multi-storey, Alec Rose Lane, Portsmouth, Po1 2BX. (Approx. 180 yards)

Equipment and Information Day – Eastleigh – 27th October 2016

Wells Place Centre,  Wells Place, Eastleigh, SO50 5LJ

Attendance was free, between 10.00 – 3.00.

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators will have their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. This is a great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Eastleigh area.

Event exhibitors in attendance were: Pamtrad, Professional Vision, Sight and Sound, Macular Society, Action For Blind, Calibre, Torch Trust, Optima, Associated Optical, Vision Hotels, Enhanced Vision, Synaptic.

Equipment and Information Day- Milford On Sea – 13th September 2016

Milford On Sea Community Centre, Sea Road, Milford On Sea, Lymington, SO41 0PH

Attendance was free, between 10.00 – 3.00.

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators had their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. A great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Milford On Sea area.

Event Exhibitors in attendance were: Pamtrad, Professional Vision, Sight and Sound, Macular Society, New Milton Talking News, Action For Blind, Dolphin Computer Access, Calibre, Torch Trust, Complete Care, Optima, Associated Optical, Vision Hotels.

Ready to Rock School’s Summer event in aid of Open Sight – 17th July 2016

Eastoke Corner seafront

Free entry, starting at 12.30pm

The young, teenage and adult rockers, from the Portsmouth, Petersfield, Havant and Waterlooville rock schools, played rock songs from across the decades in aid of Open Sight

We brought nearly 200 people to the island which was fantastic. Add in the Islanders and other visitors and we pulled in a pretty big crowd, with most of them spending the whole day at the Plaza being entertained throughout the afternoon by our students. It was such a buzz for all of our young, teenage and adult rockers!

The event was part of the Havant Borough Council backed Playing On The Plaza season.

For more information contact Mark via www.readytorockschool.com

Family Event – 25th June 2016

Staunton Country Park, Middle Park Way, Havant, PO95HB

Starting at  9.45am, Cost: £10 donation the cost of the activities.

Open Sight and the Specialist Teachers Advisers, Visual Impairment Team, were pleased to host an Open Sight Family Event at Staunton Country Park.  The event was open to children aged 0-16 with a visual impairment and where there are enough spaces available,  siblings were very welcome too.

During the morning children joined the park staff for an animal and sensory session at the farm. This was followed by a picnic lunch and donkey rides. There was then more free time to look round the farm and visit the adjoining country park.

Equipment and Information Day- Aldershot – 25th May 2016

The Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, GU11 1NX

Attendance was free, between 10.00 – 3.00.

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators will have their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. This is a great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Eastleigh area.

Exhibitors in attendance are: Pamtrad, Optima, Professional Vision, Sight and Sound, Enhanced Vision, Humanware, Synapptic, Vision Hotels, Dolphin – Computer Access, Calibre, See Ability, Macular Society.

Annual General Meeting 2016 – 26th March 2016, 4pm

Annual General Meeting of Hampshire Association for the Care of the Blind trading as  Open Sight will be held at The Wells Place Centre, Wells Place, Eastleigh, SO50 5LJ