Jan 2018 Guardian Gazette

We hope you all had a good Christmas break; we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all well for 2018.


It’s that time of year when we ask if you would like to be a member of MertonVision. You will find a membership letter and form in with this newsletter. Membership is £12 per year.

100 Club Winners

Congratulations to the following winners:


1st prize No. 94 Winifred Dawkins         £25.00

2nd prize No. 98 Diane Benjamin           £10.00

Bonus Prize No. 70 Richard Forrester  £100.00


1st prize No. 90 Simon Coates    £25.00

2nd prize No. 99 Chris Durban    £10.00

The cost is £12 per year, there is a draw every month and the more members we have the bigger the prizes.  There is also a chance of winning a bonus prize of £50 twice a year, and a Christmas bonus of £100.  If you would like to join, just give us a ring on 020 8540 5446.  This is an easy way to help support your charity.

MertonVision Website

We are very pleased to announce our new website, which is currently being designed, will be available to access by the end of February. The new website will initially contain the usual information regarding contacts and services, however, as time goes on we have plans to upload numerous new features and functions. The new website will be of a high quality platform allowing us to bring the most up to date features on Visual Impaired accessible websites. This will include: Podcasts, Audible Files, Personal Profiles/Stories, up to date technology and equipment through our on line Resource room, Links to other VI organisations, on line interaction, Facebook, Twitter etc.

We are still looking for a volunteer to help us maintain and administer our website. If you are interested in becoming our “Webmaster” please contact the office on 08540 5446.


First fundraiser of the year!

MertonVision Rave Saturday 13th January 2018

Wow! What can we say!

Thanks to two amazing DJ’s, a  sound and lighting crew second to none,  a brilliant set up team,  The Glitterballs face artists, neon painters, volunteers and ravers who came along to support us to raise funds for MertonVision.

Clients and people from all over London came to join in and show us their moves and get glittered up!

Mums and dads brought their kids along to introduce them to a new kind of music and the kids danced their little socks off.

We were also joined by some of the children from EyeCanDoIt who got glittered up ready for their Circus Skills workshop that followed the Rave!

We managed to raise an incredible £433 to help MertonVision to continue with our excellent service.

One of the organizers from Morning Gloryville, (an alcohol free rave that is held at The Ministry of Sound) was present and was really impressed with the music played by Dino Neutrino Ciancamerla and Dolan. They took us to other places with their music.

We intend to introduce more fun and interesting socials and activities here at MertonVision and welcome all to come along and join us. Other sight loss organisations are most welcome.

Penny Bettell

Events and activities sub-committee chair

New Activities

Yoga Class

New Yoga class every Monday from 11:00 till 12.00

£4 for members of MertonVision, £5 non-members.

Come along improve your health whilst you relax at our brand new weekly Yoga class for people with a visual impairment, led by Rachel.

Beginners welcome!

(You will be requested to complete a short health questionnaire before you sign up).

Yoga mats provided.

Zumba Class

MertonVision has teamed up with Illuminate Freedom (ILF) to bring VI Zumba to Merton! VI Zumba is ILF’s Latin-inspired, audio-described, gentle yet exhilarating dance fitness workout that is moving blind and visually impaired men and women of all ages and abilities towards joy and improved health. Lose weight, strengthen your muscles, get fitter and have lots of fun.

Our new Zumba class started in January, initially, sessions will be once a month. The next 2 sessions are booked for Friday 16th February and Friday 16th March at 11.00 am. If you would like to have a go just turn up on 16th February. Cost is £4 for MertonVision members and £5 for non-members.

New Accessible IT Group

Do you have any spare time once a month on a Friday morning?

Are you a confident IT user/enthusiast, who would be able to participate and help organise the IT Peer Support Group discovering the ever increasing accessibility with Tablets and mobile phones.

The group will get together to share tips and advice.

Our plan is for the group to commence at the beginning of April 2018.

If you think that you are the right person to lead the group, or just want to get involved please contact the office for further information.

Telephone: 020 8540 5446

New Talking Book Club

Are you a book worm and have a thirst for reading or listening to books?

Do you like participating in discussions?

Would you like to lead a group of clients who will discuss and recommend talking books that they have listened to?

If so, you may be the very person to lead our new Talking Book Peer Support Group!

The group will meet here at MertonVision once a month on a Friday morning, starting April.

If you are interested in leading or getting involved with this group, please contact the office for further information.

Telephone: 020 8540 5446

Forthcoming Events

Technology Day Tuesday 6th March 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m

Sight and Sound will be at MertonVision to demonstrate their latest equipment such as Orcam, video magnifiers, braille display and accessible software. Feel free to pop along to see their latest equipment.

Macular Society Group Monday 19 March from 10 a.m.

This group is for you if you have Macular Degeneration (MD).  It is good to meet other people who have the same eye condition, have a cup of tea/coffee and chat. Speaker to be advised.

No need to book just turn up on the day.

Technology Day Tuesday 20th March 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

HumanWare and Dolphin will be demonstrating their latest equipment, CCTV’s, electronic magnifiers etc and accessible software here at MertonVision. Feel free to pop along to see their latest equipment and talking software.

Fun Disco – Knights Fantastic! Friday 27th April 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission £5.00

An evening not to miss!

Music of all kinds, Do you like to dance to music such as Jive, Jitterbug, Northern Soul, Tamla, Reggae, Stomp, Grunge, Grime, Calypso?

You name it! Our live DJ, Neil Long from Radio Jackie can play it!

Throw in a few games, Photo Booth and an auction and this will be our biggest event of the year.

Brilliant items for auction such as a tour of the Radio Jackie studio.

Get out your platforms, stiletto’s, trainers or pumps ready to strut your stuff.

If you don’t like dancing, you can still watch the fun whilst you enjoy a drink from our very reasonably priced bar.

Tickets for sale in advance to book yours please contact the office on 020 8540 5446. We can accept card payment over the phone.

For Sale

2 nearly new Floor Standing Lamps, cost £50


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Christine Robertson, William Llewellyn, Robert Bleasby, Eamon Farrelly, Una Maduro, Sylvia Wilson, Daphne Bath, Govindan Karunanithy, Louisa McGovern, Bill Seddon.

To their family and friends we offer our sincere condolences and thank you for donations to MertonVision in lieu of funeral flowers.

Low Vision Clinic

When spectacles no longer help you to see properly, a low vision aid or magnifier may help.  The aim is to maximize the remaining vision that you have, using a range of magnifiers, telescopes or other equipment which are prescribed and dispensed by an Optometrist.

Using a suitable magnifier could help you read print and not have to wait to ask someone to read it for you!  It may help you to check ‘sell by’ dates, cooking instructions, read correspondence and also labels when you go shopping.

If you would like to attend this clinic, the only criteria is that your sight is sufficiently poor that you need to use a magnifier for reading etc., and you have had a sight test at a high street opticians within the last year (even if you have been told that you are sight impaired and nothing can be done).  Our Low Vision Clinic is usually held on the first Tuesday of the month, just give us a call to make an appointment.

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service

We’ll help you if you’re feeling down, or anxious, or perhaps doing things that you know are not good for you. You might be having difficulties in your relationships with friends, or family, or experienced an upsetting change, or have more longstanding issues you’d like help with.

It can be helpful to talk to someone professional about your experiences and feelings. If you would like more information, please contact Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service on 020 8296 0030

Merton Sports and Social Club

MSSC is an integrated sports and leisure club, founded in the 1970’s, with both vision impaired and sighted members from within Merton and surrounding areas.  All ages and abilities are welcome.

What does the MSSC have to offer?

Weekly Socials, Tandem Cycling, Fitness Sessions, Walking, Swimming, Canoeing, Theatre Trips, Bowls, Darts, Quizzes

For details, please phone MSSC President Richard James on 07500 913 223 or email rjames.sensory@gmail.com

Merton Talking Newspaper

MTN produce a recording of the local news and a magazine once a week which is posted out on Fridays to all who request it.  If you would like to receive this on memory stick or by email please contact the MTN Studio direct on 020 8544 0551.

If you would like to receive the talking news on memory stick but do not have anything to play it on a Sovereign player can be provided, free of charge, on a permanent loan basis.  Again, either contact the Studio on the number above or Mertonvision on 020 8540 5446.

Volunteers needed for Merton Talking Newspaper

MTN are looking for people with a clear speaking voice to help with the recording. There is a Rota, so usually you would be asked to help on one Thursday evening per month.

Please contact the MTN Studio directly on 020 8544 0551 and leave a message.

Dates for your Diary 2018

Saturday 3 February – MSSC open day

Saturday 10 February – EyeCanDoIt, wire sculpture

Tuesday 6 March – Technology Day (Sight and Sound)

Saturday 10 March – EyeCanDoIt, Jewellery making

Monday 19 March – Macular Degeneration Group

Tuesday 20 March – Technology Day (Humanware, Dolphin)

Saturday 14 April – EyeCanDoIt, Laser tag

Friday 27 April – Knights Fantastic Disco

Saturday 12 May – EyeCanDoIt, Cycling (Battersea Park)

Monday 21 May – Macular Degeneration Group

Saturday 9 June – EyeCanDoIt, Bird World

Friday 29 June – MV Social

Saturday 14 July – EyeCanDoIt, Historic Dockyard

Monday 16 July – Macular Degeneration Group

Saturday 8 September – EyeCanDoIt, Kayaking

Tuesday 11 September – Technology Day

Monday 17 September – Macular Degeneration Group

The Guardian Gazette is produced in large print, special large print, braille, cd or memory stick and via email. If you no longer want to receive our newsletter or would like it in a different format, please let us know at:

MertonVision, The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2DX  Telephone No 020 8540 5446  or email us at info@mertonvision.org.uk