We are committed to keeping you connected with, us, each other and the wider world.
With social isolation becoming a bigger issue than ever following the coronavirus emergency, we know how valuable keeping in touch and informed is. Following government guidance to restrict face to face contact, we have been working hard to find innovative ways of supporting blind and partially sighted people. We hope you find the information below helpful.
Latest ways to stay connected
Talking Together Service
Our telephone based social group service has a variety of interesting sessions including book clubs, quizzes and time to chat with others. For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 744148 and one of our sight loss advisors will find a session for you. This service is inclusive of any free minutes within your call package or charged at your local rate.
Online Communities & Groups
We are working hard to keep our online community connected and would encourage you to join too! 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’re all dreaming of the day we can be back at our walking groups, playing blind cricket and bowling in the sunshine. In the meantime though you can still get moving at home by following our weekly get active exercise videos found here and on our facebook page by visiting Galloway’s Get Active. If you’re interested in socialising with likeminded others who enjoy keeping active we also have a regular meetings on ZOOM. Please contact us on 01772 744148 for more information on how to join in
Assistive Technology Support
Lockdown has nudged us all online but if you’re struggling and would like some help our assistive technology service is there to guide you through it. In addition to one to one support we have a popular Talking Tech Tuesday and lots of support via our facebook page. We have also launched a Talking Tech Thursday Social from 3-4pm on Zoom. Please contact us on 01772 744148 for more information on how to join in.
Be My Eyes
This wonderful visual assistance app now includes specialist support from our sight loss team. More details can be found here but if you’re familiar with the app visit the specialist help section and use the Galloway’s logo to connect you with a member of the team.
Galloway's Alexa Skill & Talking News
Although we are unable to provide USB recordings of al our usual publications many can still be accessed via our website here or by using our Alexa skill. More details about our Alexa Skill and how to use it can be found here
Our friends at Sightline are available to help if you would like some befriending support at the moment. Our fantastic Galloway’s volunteers are signing up thick and fast to take your calls and provide a listening ear. Sightline is a free telephone-based befriending service for people affected by sight loss. Regular phone-based befriending can be arranged at a convenient time for you. Call 0800 587 2252 or visit www.sightline.org.uk for more information