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the eye Galloway's Newsletter Spring 2020

Talking News

Our Talking News service is still in action! Although we have had to reduce the number of publications we send out, we are still offering the following: Lancashire Post, Chorley and Leyland Guardian, Lancaster Guardian/Morecambe Visitor and the Ormskirk Advertiser Talking News is available both over the internet and via the new Alexa Skill. We have also linked with our local newspaper Lancashire Post, who will upload our Talking News recording for that paper to its website, as well as publish BWBF links for its associated titles. This means even more people can hear us.


Still here for local people…

We are working every day to make courtesy calls to offer advice, useful contacts as well as a friendly chat to help reduce the feeling of isolation and loneliness. Although we aren’t able to provide our usual social group gatherings, we are working hard to keep our online community connected. We have launched a dedicated Coronavirus support group on Facebook, where we post up to date information and advice, as well as quizzes, live tech question and answer sessions, exercises and virtual walks. We have also created a Coronavirus information hub on our website, with information on local support initiatives


...and across the globe!

Galloway’s is working on collaborating with Be My Eyes, which is a globally used free app that connects blind and partially sighted people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call. We are really expanding our reach to support people who are visually impaired wherever possible!


‘Alexa, enable Galloway’s support through sight loss’

With social isolation becoming a bigger issue following the Coronavirus emergency, we all know how valuable keeping in touch with the outside world is. Following government guidance to restrict face to face contact, we have been working hard to find innovative ways of supporting you. So we have launched our very own Alexa skill! The Alexa skill will be a vital tool in ensuring people keep informed and connected. You can find out about our latest services, as well as listen to the talking newspapers we have on offer. If you have an Alexa enabled device at home, such as an Echo, simply say “Alexa, enable Galloway’s support through sight loss.” and then after that just “Alexa open Galloway’s support through sight loss” and you are ready to listen!


Trusts & Grants update

Our fundraisers have been in touch with our current funders and many have kindly agreed to a reallocation of resources or extending our grant time such as Sport England, Postcode Community Trust and One Stop Carriers for Causes which means we are able to use grants to support our new ambitions arising from Coronavirus. Many organisations have launched Coronavirus related funding opportunities which we are currently applying to. If any of our supporters have a story or quote that we could use to strengthen our application, we would be delighted to hear from you! Please contact Natalie on 01772 744148 or email


Get Active….from your home!

We understand that this period of isolation can mean getting the exercise we need daily can be difficult and James, our Get Active Coordinator, doesn’t take kindly to missing out on his daily exercise routines! So he has been busy producing short and simple guided exercise videos and guided walk videos to be shared on social media. Let us know if you have any guided home exercise routines which are  helping you to Get Active at the moment!