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Why we need more support for blind and partially sighted people during the coronavirus crisis

Photo of Vicky (right) standing next to her husband (left) who is sat on a chair

Former Royal Blind School pupil, Vicky Haylott is a singer-songwriter and former music teacher, while her husband Robbie is a software engineer. They are both completely blind. The couple live in Dalkeith with their three children: Aiden, 14, who has no vision and attends the Royal Blind School, and seven-year-old twins, Blake and Freya, who are both sighted. They believe they are among many blind and partially sighted people who feel abandoned in the midst of the measures being taken to deal with the impact of coronavirus.

Posted: 15/04/2020

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LISTEN TO: How Royal Blind services are continuing during COVID-19

LISTEN TO: How Royal Blind services are continuing during COVID-19

Our Director of Services Hawys Kilday featured on RNIB Connect Radio recently.

Hawys speaks about how we are continuing to support our service users during the health crisis.

Posted: 10/04/2020 | Education, Adult Services, Care for Older People

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WATCH: Our urgent appeal for help

WATCH: Our urgent appeal for help

 

Nicola Dow, Deputy Manager at Royal Blind's care home Jenny's Well, is asking supporters to dig deep and support Royal Blind's urgent appeal if they can.

"Together with our care home in Edinburgh, we are going through roughly 200 face masks per day to care for our residents," Nicola says.

Watch Nicola's video to learn more.

Posted: 09/04/2020 | Care for Older People

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How are you staying fit?

How are you staying fit?

Ciaran, who is one of our young residents in our care services, has been taking part in regular exercises with Senior Care Worker Glenn.

Together the pair have been lifting weights, doing sit-ups and doing step exercises too!

Posted: 07/04/2020 | Education

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Care home residents enjoying tea parties, albeit at a distance

Care home residents enjoying tea parties, albeit at a distance

Social distanced tea parties are being introduced at a Royal Blind care home.

The return to tradition is helping our residents socialise during the coronavirus pandemic.

Seated four metres apart as an extra precaution, residents took their tea in groups of three at Jenny’s Well care home in Paisley on Thursday.

Posted: 05/04/2020 | Care for Older People

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Care home residents sing war-time classic for families

Care home residents sing war-time classic for families

Spirits are high at our Royal Blind’s care homes.

Jenny’s Well care home residents came together to sing a rousing rendition of the war-time classic “We’ll Meet Again” earlier this week.

The 1939 song, sung by English singer Vera Lynn, was popular during WWII when soldiers left their families, friends and loved ones to fight in Europe.

Posted: 26/03/2020 | Care for Older People

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Children's artwork welcomed by care homes

Children are being encouraged to draw what see from their window

 

What’s the view from your window?

Children are being encouraged to draw what they can see from their window, and to post or email that artwork to Royal Blind care homes for older people.

“We’d love to share children's artwork with the older people staying in our care,” said Stephanie Kirkwood, Meaningful Activities coordinator at Jenny’s Well care home.

Posted: 26/03/2020 | Education, Care for Older People

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Royal Blind providing child care for 'key worker' staff in nursing and care

Royal Blind providing child care for 'key worker' staff in nursing and care

Children attending Royal Blind's new child care provision are finding the bright side of recent dark times.

Scottish schools have closed, leaving many of our nursing and care staff requiring child care for their children. 

We need our staff more than ever. The people with visual impairments who we care for need one-on-one support during this difficult time.

So, we’ve made arrangements so existing after-school care staff can care for our nursing and care staff's children, during this crucial time.

Posted: 25/03/2020 | Education, Care for Older People

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A telephone service for families

A Jenny's Well resdients write a message for her loved ones

Royal Blind staff are working hard to keep care home residents in touch with their families.

As per government advice, family visits to residents at Royal Blind’s care homes and residential units have been suspended.

This protocol protects care home residents because the risk of visitors unintentionally transmitting the COVID-19 virus to care home residents is removed.

Posted: 24/03/2020 | Care for Older People

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Braille Lego bricks for Royal Blind School pupils

Braille Lego bricks for Royal Blind School pupils

The Royal Blind School was chosen by the LEGO Foundation to try out the first braille Lego bricks in the world.

Lego have created a new braille version of its famous bricks which have been made especially for young people who have a vision impairment.

Each coloured block features a braille letter made from the familiar Lego circular studs, as well as a printed letter. Also included are numbers and some maths symbols. The bricks have been handmade but will go into mass production around the world this year 

Posted: 10/02/2020 | Education

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