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Newsletter Spring 2018

VIM Members Meetings

Venue - Hope and Market Square Church, Three Salmons Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8DS

These meetings are normally held monthly at 2 PM on the second Monday each month.

Why not come along enjoy a cup of tea and chat to like minded people with similar issues?

Room 24

Magnifiers and many other products which are useful for the visually impaired are available for demonstration in Room 24 at Kier Hardy Health Centre, Georgetown. Why not join one of our coffee mornings which are held every two months. Contact Owen for details of the next on

Time to spare

Volunteers are needed in the Merthyr area (one or two hours a week). Full training will be given and expenses will be paid.

Our current treasurer will soon be moving to pastures new, so we are keen for someone to take his place.

For more information contact Owen Jones on 01685 386167 or email

Open Day

VIM will be having an Open Day at Kier Hardy Health Centre on 3rd Oct – times to be confirmed.

Free  Audio Books

RNIB's Talking Books service will be completely free for all blind and partially sighted people in the UK.  Over the last year, we've added thousands of new books to our library - we currently have 60,000 items in accessible formats including braille, giant print and 23,000 Talking Books. We've also added more choices to access Talking Books such as USB sticks and digital downloads.

If you would like more information about the Talking Books Service, please contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 (lines are open from Monday to Friday between 8.45am and 5.30pm)


We are arranging a tour of the botanic gardens in Carmarthen in June. Contact Owen (details at end of newsletter) for more details.

Finding your Feet

We have just completed the latest course and are looking to run another in a month or two. We will be renaming it ‘Living with Sight Loss’, if you (or your families) would like to take part or need more information please contact Dr Morgan Evans or Owen Jones (details at the end of this letter).

Morgans Tips

Make it easy to locate electrical outlets and light switches, oven dials and doorknobs by using colour contrasts. You can use a coloured card boarder around a light switch for example.

In your wardrobe you can develop your own system of identifying clothes and colours by using safety pins, i.e. put no safety pins on red clothes, 1 safety pin on blue clothes etc. You can also use a colour reader or a free colour detection app.

Contact :

Dr Morgan Evans on 01685 722135

or Owen Jones on 01685 386167