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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE -

Society Operations
Wednesday 29th July


I know that many of you are anxious to know when normal resumption of activities in the Society can begin and this has been the focus of discussion between myself and the Board. The last 4 months has been very difficult for everyone, especially those that are most isolated but everyone has been following the guidance and I am delighted that due to everyone’s diligence we have only had one Member that we know of, become ill with the virus and make a full recovery, which is fantastic.

However, the virus is still living in society. We do not want to reverse all the good work everyone has put in by staying at home to avoid illness, and due to the age and vulnerability of the majority of our Members we have made the decision that activities within the Society will be suspended until at least January 2021.

We have not made this decision lightly, health officials are anticipating a second wave of the virus and with the seasonal flu and norovirus season approaching, we felt that we could not put any of our Members at risk.

We do realise that this will be hugely disappointing to many of the Members that attend activities, but please remember that we have the best interest of our Members and staff at the heart of all our decisions and we are not prepared to put anyone at unnecessary risk.

Our staff will carry on working from home and we will continue to make our weekly welfare phone calls to those that still wish to receive them and I will be putting together a schedule of home visits for those that request them. We will also be looking into facilitating meetings between 2/3 Members who wish to meet with their friends from the Society for a cup of tea and a chat, ie arranging transport to bring one friend to another but this would need to be in line with government guidance and following all social distancing and PPE guidance.

The Resource Room will remain closed but staff can assist with any aids or equipment you may require, and our vast audiobooks library is available to all Members, just give us a call and let us know which books you like and we can drop them off to your home.

Our staff will be still be available to contact on 227101, so if you are ever feeling like to need to chat to somebody we will still be at the end of the phone.

Please continue to take care and stay safe.


Alison Rae

On behalf of the Board of Directors.


Directory of available assistance;

 

National Helpline for vulnerable people - 0800 111 4000

Food & Grocery deliveries The Food Train Dundee – tel 801944

Dundee Volunteer & Voluntary Action food delivery – tel 305705

Feeling Strong Dundee – applications to be made online www.feelingstrong.co.uk or contact 227101 for assistance

Scott Brothers Butchers – premade boxes of fruit, veg and dairy along with meat deliveries to vulnerable and those self isolating, tel 819417

Clementines of Broughty Ferry – free delivery of fruit, veg, dried pasta, soup and meal bags etc, tel 738939

Les Turriff Fruit & Veg – 773838

Snappy Shopper – online delivery service from local shops www.snappyshopper.co.uk

TeleTaxis – are making deliveries to the vulnerable and those self isolating – tel 825825

Befriending/Companionship

RNIB Talk & Support Services - Contact the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999 to find out more or alternatively email helpline@rnib.org.uk  

The Food Train Friends – tel 810944

Community Companions, Dundee Volunteer & Voluntary Action  - tel
Clare 07983707168 or Efi 07939154330

Blether Tigether - Tel 413072

DIAL-OP Keeping the people of Dundee informed and helping them to feel connected, safer and valued, tel 305757

 

** Blue Badge Parking

Dundee City Council Blue Badge Section  have confirmed that they have been given government guidance this morning that any Blue Badges that have expired since January or are due to expire will be able to be used until the 30th September and no parking charge notices will be issued for expired badges.

Please can you share this with anyone you know that may be concerned about their blue badge.


Thank you and take care, 

Alison Rae,  on behalf of the Board & Staff   


Dundee Blind and Partially Sighted Society was founded in 1879 and is a local independent charity providing services to the citizens of Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and North East Fife.


DBPSS is working towards a world where all people who are blind or partially sighted enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else.

We provide a wide range of services to people with a visual impairment and we advise Members on all aspects of support services in relation to their visual loss.

The Society is funded by donations through our Facebook page and legacies - people ofter confuse us as being part of some national organisation e.g. RNIB or Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, but we are not part of these organisations and we are not funded by them.

DBPSS offers its Members a extensive calendar of social activities throughout the year, these include Bingo, Craft Club, Lunch Club, a Reminiscence Group, Games Afternoons, our very popular Armchair Aerobics, and weekly outings amongst others.  These activities are aimed at ensuring that Members are able to participate in and benefit from activities similar to those enjoyed by their sighted peers.  We have our own transport system which gives door to door service, making it more convenient and easier for Members to attend.

DBPSS recognises that the social activities offered are a vital lifeline to its Members, it offers them an opportunity to meet and engage with their contemporaries, participate in group outings and share experiences. 

Check out our Monday outings for February if you would like to attend any of the activities please give us a call on 227101.

Although we offer these services to all, we are not a day care centre and cannot offer services to those that require one-to-one personal care unless accompanied by a carer. 

If you would like to become a Member, we would love to hear from you.


We also offer accessible room hire and catering to outside organisations who wish to hold events, please see our Meeting Rooms for Hire page for further information  

 

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