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Arcade Fire Tickets Competition for Visually Impaired Fans

March 12th, 2018 / View in own page?

Arcade Fire performing at Lollapalooza 2014 - Régine Chassagne vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for Arcade Fire and bass player Tim Kingsbury performing on a lilac lit stage.

“Arcade Fire @ Lollapalooza 2014” by Liliane Callegari is licensed under CC BY 2.0


The Canadian band Arcade Fire are playing at the SSE Arena Wembley on April 12, and we’ve got three tickets to give away to visually impaired fans. The lucky winners will also get a touch tour of the stage before the performance.

There are three tickets up for grabs. Two tickets are for visually impaired people, aged between 11-29 and the final ticket is for a sighted guide. The three tickets will be given away together to one lucky group.

How to enter

Taking part couldn’t be easier:
click through to our Facebook post announcing the competition and like and share the post by 5PM on Sunday 1st April.
Good luck!


World Book Day: Finding out more about audiobooks

March 1st, 2018 / View in own page?

Today is #WorldBookDay, a day all about celebrating books and reading.
For many visually impaired people, one form of accessing books, is via audiobooks, also known as talking books. These are books that are read out by a narrator and are usually recorded.
Sam Obigbesan, our project Assistant, blogs about the history of audiobooks and how the internet has changed the way we listen to audiobooks today.

Talking books, as their alternately known, have been in existence for over 70 years. To begin with, those recordings of books, poems and plays were mainly aimed at the visually impaired and print disabled population.
They gained more popularity since the 1970’s when cassettes were introduced. This meant that books did not have to be abridged when recorded. This meant that more people could have access to them.
Though there were recording companies that soled recorded books on tapes for commercial use, such as Brilliance audio, Chiver’s and Clipper audiobooks; those organisations were mainly for profit. Charities such as Librivox in the US and Calibre audio library in the UK, provided people that were not able to read print for one reason or the other with audiobooks that could either be sent via post or through online streaming.
Public libraries had at their disposal a number of titles that had enjoyed some commercial success. Providing readers an alternative to purchasing the CD’s which could cost quite a bit, as both the recording process and the distribution was costly.
That changed with the introduction of online downloads. The costs of distributions dropped by at least 40% and the sales of hardware for instance CD’s and cassettes dropped at least by half. Online sales, with Audable; an Amazon Company, increased, occupying 50% of the sales in the entire audiobook industry.
Those are the cold facts, but what about the human related element?

Why do people listen to audiobooks?

For visually impaired people, audiobooks provide a way to access print titles. Additionally, people also listen to audiobooks while driving, or while doing house work and some listen when they want to go to sleep.

Get more involved with #WorldBookDay

RNIB and Guide Dogs are providing the £1 World Book Day books in braille, audio and large print. To find out more, visit the World Book Day website.


Getting Great at the Everyday: Confidence & Wellbeing weekend

February 9th, 2018 / View in own page?

Two LOOK mentors walking along a country scene.  One of them is using a long cane.   April 13 – 15, New College Worcester.

Calling young visually impaired people and their parents/guardians.

Sign up to join LOOK staff and mentors for a fun weekend of activities designed to boost confidence, resilience and wellbeing. 

Alongside practical, fun workshops, there’ll be the chance  to share experience with  VI young people and their parents  with a resilience coach who is also a Mum of a visually impaired teen. We have a team of  superb blind and partially sighted mentors, mobility and Independent life skills experts on hand to inform, entertain and support you.
Like all LOOK weekends, it’s an opportunity to relax and meet new friends, while sharing our experiences of life with sight loss.
Workshops include:

  • Confidence in the Kitchen – improve your cooking skills
  • Outdoor games to  boost  mobility
  • Forest school fun
  • Self esteem boosting workshops
  • Q&A with LOOK mentors
  • Daily tech  solutions – come and learn about the apps that have changed so many lives

Who can come?

Young blind and partially sighted people aged 11+ can come with a parent/guardian.

How much does it cost?

£60 per parent and young person.

How can I book my place?

For more information and to book email or call   01432 376314.


LOOK Wellbeing Weekend

August 15th, 2017 / View in own page?

Look Wellbeing Weekend : 15-17 September 2017.
As part of our fabulous mentoring project, Look are excited to announce our first wellbeing weekend! Look mentoring brings young people with a vision impairment together
for peer support, through online messaging and a programme of face to face events. Mentors are aged 18-29 and mentees are aged 11-18.
The wellbeing weekend is designed for people interested in being a mentor. The focus of the event is on how to take care of our mental and physical wellbeing,
and how best to pass that knowledge on to our younger mentees. Workshops and discussions will include: coping with anxiety; sight-loss and stress; how
to get active; mindfulness and meditation; yoga; poetry; walks…. The event will take place in the gorgeous Herefordshire countryside, a taxi ride from
Hereford train station and a short stroll from the river wye. Accommodation, vegetarian  meals and Cake will be provided.
This event is free of charge to those who sign up for the Look mentoring project. You can find out more about our mentoring project


Please get in touch with Megan for more details.


LOOK-UK mentors win national award

July 26th, 2017 / View in own page?

On Wednesday 5th July, we attended the Brightside Trust Mentoring awards and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Some of LOOK’s mentors and mentees were shortlisted for two awards; mentee of the year and mentoring pair of the year.

We are delighted to inform you that Danielle and Jack won mentoring pair of the year! They were presented with a certificate and engraved trophy. This is a big achievement for LOOK and our mentors and mentees as our mentoring project is still in its pilot year.

A huge thank you to the Brightside Trust for the nomination and for such a wonderful evening.

Have a listen to the audio below which is of Danielle and Jack winning their award.



Celebrations at LOOK-UK as mentors are nominated for national award

June 30th, 2017 / View in own page?

Still in its pilot year, LOOK-UK’s mentors are making it an awards season, as some have been nominated for a national award. This is thrilling news for our mentors and mentees, whose names are up for the Brightside Trust Mentoring Award.

The Brightside Trust mentoring awards celebrate the inspiring stories of mentors and mentees nationwide. It works with over 9,000 mentees and 4,000 mentors across 60 projects, and has received 130 nominations for awards. A fantastic achievement for LOOK’s mentors. Winning mentors and mentees will be presented with a certificate and engraved trophy on the night. And the dress code is smart but not black tie

LOOK is delighted their efforts have been recognised. Of the nominees, Harriet has been shortlisted for the mentee of the year award, and Danielle and Jack have been shortlisted for mentoring pair of the year. You can find more information on the awards here. You can check out the shortlist for the awards  here. A huge thank you to Brightside Trust for this nomination and well done to our mentors and mentees. We wish them the best of luck.

Have a listen to the audio below, recorded by our Mentoring Coordinator, Megan Barker who discusses why these fantastic individuals and partnerships have been nominated for a Brightside Trust Mentoring Award.

Harriet – mentee of the year

Danielle and Jack – mentoring pair of the year