PAB are now offering virtual activities for members

 

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At PAB we have been working hard to find new ways of bringing activities to you. We will be offering a virtual get together with quizzes and discussion topics and possibly a book club. The plan is to use Zoom which some of you may already be familiar with but don’t worry if not as we will set up support to get you up and running.As time moves on we are hoping to offer socially distanced delivery of craft and baking boxes with online support and as rules relax it would be lovely to have a few small and very localised get togethers even if we still have to socially distance at least we can chat.

Our first virtual quiz took place on Tuesday 30th June and was a great success, although new to everyone who took part we still had lots of fun and it was wonderful to chat to our lovely members once again.

PAB are also happy to announce that the Tech group will be holding monthly Zoom meetings on the first Monday of each month at 2pm, the first meeting will take place on Monday 6th July 2020. 

If you are interested in joining in at the Tech group or any of the activities we hope to try in the coming months then please contact Jacqui, our activities co-ordinator by calling the office on 01733 344844 and leave a clear message with your name and contact number or by email at activitiescoordinator@mypab.org.uk and Jacqui will get back to you.

We will need to know what you are interested in and will also ask what technology you will use, do still get in touch even if you only have a landline as we are able to include you in our activities. We will support you to access the help you need getting set up and will then invite you to our next virtual get together.

Remember this is new and challenging for all of us but let’s come together, reach out to each other, be adventurous and find some fun in our virtual community.

We look forward to hearing from you all.

Social distancing rules are carried out at all times, we are happy to discuss this with you if you have any concerns.

Under normal conditions, as well as insuring that the day to day lives of our visually impaired people are improved, we also work hard to insure that people continue to have a good social life, keep involved in the community, and maintain a healthy body and mind.

Coming to terms with having a sight problem can be tough and dealing with the emotional and practical impact of changes to your sight can be overwhelming. Talking to people who have gone through, or are going through similar experiences can be a great comfort. That’s why the PAB organises, or has involvement with lots of social outings and sporting events throughout the year. Being around people who refuse to let sight loss stop them enjoying a busy social life can be an inspiration for everyone and just the encouragement some people need. Many of our activities are run by Visually impaired people, so they know firsthand the difficulties and fears that new members may face.

We want visually impaired people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities for improving physical health and self esteem. With some modest adaptations of rules and equipment, many sports are still accessible and widely played – for example playing cricket with a size 4 audible ball, or using a sighted or audio guide to help guide you to the tee in golf. There are also sports such as “goalball”, which are played by blind and partially sighted people only.

Whether it is taking part in a leisure activity, being a spectator, or just getting away from it all, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy. These pages show some of the regular activities our members take part in and details about each event. If you used to participate in a sport or event that we are not involved in yet, and need help finding a suitable venue, please contact us and we will do our best to work with you to find somewhere suitable.

Social activities are also a great opportunity for careers too. Maybe you would appreciate a short break from caring to rest and relax, or perhaps you would like to join in the activities where you can meet other carers and have a good chat or swap advice and support.

In some circumstances we can provide transport but due to our funding needs, this is not always possible. If you would like to take part in an event or activity but are having difficulty getting there, please contact us and we will try our best to organise something for you.

If you have an event or social activity that you would like us to promote or feature, please get in touch by telephoning the office on 01773 344 844.

Why not contact PAB today and try out our virtual activities?

PAB Christmas party
PAB members visit to Mile Tree Brewery , Peterborough during February
Enjoying the poppies