RNIB Connect

RNIB Connect Radio

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RNIB Connect Radio is the UK radio station for blind and partially sighted people to find out what is happening in the community. You can also contribute and share your stories by emailing radio@rnib.org.uk (mailto:radio@rnib.org.uk) . Get involved and join the conversation.

Other great podcast channels from RNIB Connect Radio

Conversations (https://audioboom.com/channel/conversations) - Blind and partially sighted people speaking about a wide range of topics.

Read On (https://audioboom.com/channel/readonair) - The Audiobook show all about accessible reading.

Tech Talk (https://audioboom.com/channel/techtalkpodcast) - Technology for blind and partially sighted people.

Sport (https://audioboom.com/channel/sport) - See sport differently.

The Happy Hour (https://audioboom.com/channels/5022411) - Mental health, mindfulness, and overall wellbeing.

Tracks of My Life (https://audioboom.com/channel/the-welsh-connection) - Take a journey through our guest's life.

Support (https://audioboom.com/channel/rnib-support) - Other podcasts from RNIB.

TV Guide (https://audioboom.com/channel/tv-guide) - Daily audio TV listings

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1053 episodes

1340: Charity Chief Exec’s Weekly Update 12/08/22

* Each week, RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell sits down with Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB, to look at some of the big stories coming from the UK sight loss charity. This week Matt talks about an ambitious Behavioural Change project, some potential awards for the charity and has a look back at some medal wins for Para athletes at this year's Commonwealth Games. If you, or someone you know, would like information on the support and services from RNIB, go to www.rnib.org.uk http://www.rnib.org.uk/ You can also call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or ask Alexa to call RNIB's Helpline. #RNIBConnect Image: Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB

9m
Aug 12
1339: The NFB Eastbourne Social Weekend Returns

* The NFB social weekend is back. Hywel Davies has all the details on how you can spend a weekend by the sea with the NFB this October. * If you'd like more information on the NFB's Eastbourne social weekend, you can call 020 8868 0096 or email londoneastbourne@nfbuk.org

7m
Aug 12
1338: Chris Fisher: Blind Professional Woodturner

* Time now to talk woodturning. David Hogg caught up with Chris Fisher, the UK's only blind registered professional woodturner. Chris talks about his sight loss and the struggles he faced coming to terms with it. He also details how he got into woodturning, his career highlights and his advice for those striggling with sight loss.

12m
Aug 10
1337: New Wellness Hub To Launch in North Wales

* A new online source of information around sight loss is about to launch, aimed at people living in North Wales and Chester. We find out how the project was put together and what it has to offer local residents. You'll find the Vision Support Wellness hub at www.visionsupport.org http://www.visionsupport.org from Friday August 26th.

8m
Aug 09
1336: Happy Book Lovers Day!

* Happy Book Lovers Day! Did you know that you can access over 37,000 Talking Book titles with just a simple voice command? Charity RNIB has worked with Amazon to develop and launch an RNIB Talking Books ‘skill’, which allows to access the charity's extensive audio-library by simply saying ‘Alexa, open RNIB Talking Books’. Find out how to use it as our Robert Kirkwood checks the skill out.  Image shows an elderly woman with white hair and bright blue headphones. She's smiling as she cups her hands around the earpieces. 

2m
Aug 09
1335: Why Are Guide Dog Refusals Still Happening?

* The Equality Act 2010 makes it against the law to discriminate against someone living with a disability.  This means business and services, such as taxis, restaurants and shops, are expected to make reasonable adjustments to ensure equal access.  * Yet despite this, lack of awareness still seems to lead to situations in which those rights are not protected.   * Keith Valentine is the Chief Exec of charity Fight for Sight and recently was told he wasn't allowed to bring his guide dog with him into a Sainsbury's store. Image shows Keith and his guide dog Dottie. 

8m
Aug 08
1334: Charity Chief Exec’s Weekly Update 12/08/22

* Each week we chat with RNIB’s CEO Matt Stringer to discuss the big news affecting the charity. This week Matt starts his update by talking about the five new appointments to the RNIB's leadership Team.   Then to some of the great successes so far at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games by many blind and partially sighted athletes. Finally as August marks a year since the RNIB Talking Books Library has been available on Amazon Alexa smart speakers, Matt talks about the great partnership between Amazon and the RNIB as well as sharing some of the very positive feedback from blind and partially sighted people who are listening to their RNIB talking Books through their Amazon Alexa smart device. If you would like to know more about RNIB Talking Books Library or if you have any questions at all relating to sight loss, please do call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999, use your Amazon device and ask Lady A to call the RNIB and speak to one of our Sight Loss Advisors. There is also a great wealth of information and advice on the RNIB website-  https://www.rnib.org.uk Image: Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB

8m
Aug 05
1332: Netflix Makes Accessibility A Priority

* RNIB's Dave Williams recently caught up with Heather Dowdy, Lead for Accessible Products at Netflix to hear about why the streaming service is putting accessibility at the heart of what they do.  You can hear more from Heather and Dave's conversation on the RNIB Tech Talk podcast, Episode 421.  Image description: Heather is pictured standing smiling against a grey background. She is a black woman with shoulder length hair, and she is wearing an orange dress with a yellow necklace.

7m
Aug 05
1333: Accessibility in Astronomy: An interview with Jake Noel-Storr

* Now let's talk astronomy, Jake Noel-Storr, a lecturer in practical astronomy from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has written a paper titled Accessibility in astronomy for the visually impaired. * He spoke with David Hogg about the paper and some of his hopes for a more inclusive area of study for VI astronomers If you'd like to contact Jake or have any questions regarding his work then you can email him at j.noel-storr@rug.nl

4m
Aug 05
1288: Connect Voices Round Up 3 August 2022

* Max Conway, RNIB's National Involvement Coordinator, shares the latest opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to get involved in. Opportunities highlighted this week included: CALL OUT FOR WOULD-BE BLIND OR PARTIALLY SIGHTED MOVIE STARS TO BE PART OF A SHORT FILM ABOUT WET-AMD. Fixing US, a health engagement organisation focusing on patient journeys across all kinds of health conditions are looking for people living with Wet-AMD who would be willing to participate in a short film about their condition. DO YOU PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AND WOULD LIKE TO BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED MUSICIANS FACE? Rachel, a PhD student at the University of Plymouth, is looking to gather information from blind and partially sighted musicians to help aid the development of an accessible digital musical interface that will enable visually impaired musicians to play in an ensemble setting alongside sighted musicians.   To find out more about these items and how you can get involved with RNIB Connect Voices do visit - https://www.rnib.org.uk/connect-community/connect-voices-network/connect-voices-current-opportunities (Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath) 

4m
Aug 03
1331: Charity Chief Exec's Customer Update 30/07/2022

* Each week, RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell sits down with Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB, to look at some of the big stories coming from the UK sight loss charity. This week Matt talks about cost of living help for blind and partially sighted people, Netflix premiere with Audio Description, sight loss training for staff and the Commonwealth Games. If you, or someone you know, would like information on the support and services from RNIB, go to www.rnib.org.uk http://www.rnib.org.uk/ You can also call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or ask Alexa to call RNIB's Helpline. #RNIBConnect Image: Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB

8m
Jul 29
1329: Sensing Nature Guided Walks at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum Lead by Visually Impaired Volunteer Guides

* Time to explore the wonderful surroundings of Westonbirt, the National Arboretum as RNIB Connect Radio's Toby Davey joins one of their recent Sensing Nature Guided walks lead by two visually impaired Volunteer guides. * * The Sensing Nature Guided Walks were also part of 'Westonbirt Unseen’, a collaboration between Westonbirt, Andy Shipley of Natural Inclusion, Sarah Bell of Sensing Nature, and the University of Exeter. This initiative is part of the wider ‘Re-Storying Landscapes for Social Inclusion’ project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. * * Through the Sensing Nature Guided Walks Westonbirt's visually impaired guides lead bookers through an immersive and interactive sensory experience that aims to shift their perception, enjoy the arboretum at a slower pace and explore the trees of Westonbirt through their nonvisual senses. * * Toby's visit to Westonbirt begins with an interview with Mark and Mike the two visually impaired Volunteer Guides to find out why they wanted to get involved with the project and lead sighted people around Westonbirt on The Sensing Nature Guided Walks. Their involvement in the setup of the walks and how much of a collaborative process it was working on the walks with input from everyone involved. Then Mark and Mike went on to explain a bit more about the exercises that participants get involved in on the walks to use their senses apart from their sight to get closer to the trees, smells and sounds that are all around them in Westonbirt.   * Toby also captured elements of the sensing Nature Guided Walk along with some of the exercises mark and Mike invited bookers to do on the walk such as closing their eyes, feeling the ground through their feet, feeling the wind, listening to the sounds around them along with the smells of the trees, grass and leaves. In another exercise where Mark asked bookers to take a picture and memory of Westonbirt by looking around them and then closing their eyes and putting the images of what they saw into their memory to recall later and one exercise where bookers were invited to take a walk around the low branches of a tree to gage it's height.  * * At the end of the sensing Nature Guided Walk, Toby caught up with Cotty and Nick, two of the sighted bookers, to find out what the walk was like for them, how they found the whole walk and the exercises that Mark and Mike asked them to do.  Whether being asked to close their eyes and using their other senses gave them a different and maybe better experience of Westonbirt. Also for Cotty and Nick having just spent over an hour and a half on the walk with Mark and Mike did they feel that they had a better understanding around what life might be like for someone who is blind or partially sighted. * * The Sensing Nature Guided Walks at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum take place every second and fourth Friday of the month from April to September starting at 2pm and more details can be found by visiting the following website - * https://www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt/sensing-nature-walks (Image shows: A tall dark green Serbian spruce tree in the Arboretum that appears thin and needle-like in comparison to the surrounding trees. The sun is shining just out of shot, there is a slight lens flare at the top of the photograph and the sky is blue with a few small clouds.)

15m
Jul 28
1330: Sight Loss Story - Amin Afzal

* Everyone's sight loss journey is different. From different eye conditions, to being diagnosed at a different stage in life, no story is the same. * Which is why, here on RNIB Connect Radio we like to share stories from members of the community that reflect the wide variety of these experiences. * Today, joining our Paulina Kuchorew to share his own story is Amin Afzal, who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa 5 years ago. If you need support or would just like to speak with someone who understands sight loss, get in touch with RNIB Helpline. Call 0303 123 9999 or email: helpline@rnib.org.uk  * Image shows the RNIB Connect Radio logo. 

8m
Jul 28
1328: Visionary and Vision and Hearing Support!

* Each month we catch up with Visionary UK and a charty member organisation to find out about the amazing work being done across the sight loss sector. This month we're joined by the CEO of Vision and Hearing Support * To find out more about the work Visionary do, please visit their website here: Welcome to Visionary - Visionary https://www.visionary.org.uk/ To find out more about what Vision and Hearing Support do, please visit their website here: https://visionandhearingsupport.org.uk https://visionandhearingsupport.org.uk/ (Image shows: Visionary UK Logo, a pink and green cercal shape forming the image of an eye which Visionary in white text below on a dark grey background.)

6m
Jul 25
1321: A Life Living with Sight Loss with Karen Wye

* In a series of interviews here on RNIB Connect Radio we are talking with a range of blind and partially sighted people to find out what life is really like living with sight loss, how they have coped throughout their life with the level of sight they have and the advice they would give to other people who might be starting to lose their sight or finding it difficult to cope with the level of sight they might have or have had during their life.  * * RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey caught up with Karen Wye from the sunny coast of the South East of England who has lived with Myopia since childhood and was registered as partially sighted in 2015. * * Karen began by telling Toby about her life before being registered as partially sighted, how she with the help of an RNIB Counsellor managed to get through what was quite a tricky time for Karen as not only having to deal with losing her sight she was also going through a bit of a tricky time in her home life too. Karen talks about how her grown up sons who have now left home don’t really understand her sight loss as they really think of Karen before she was registered as partially sighted. * * Karen also talks about the great support she has had from the RNIB since being registered back in 2015 and about all her volunteer work she does not only with the RNIB and the Connect Groups but also for Dorset Blind Association. * * If you are looking for support or advice around anything related to sight loss do either call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit the RNIB website - https://www.rnib.org.uk (Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath)

8m
Jul 25
1327: Richard Wheatley is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe

* The fringe is just around the corner, here on RNIB Connect Radio we've been catching up with some of the VI Comedians who will be performing this year. This time, Ellie chats with Richard Wheatley. To book tickets to Richards show, please visit this website Blindingly Obvious | Comedy | Edinburgh Festival Fringe (edfringe.com) https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/blindingly-obvious Image shows: Richard with a blue shirt and leather jacket on. 

7m
Jul 24
1326: Birmingham 2022 Festival — A Festival of Art and Culture for the Commonwealth Games and Beyond…

* The Birmingham 2022 Festival is a programme of art, theatre, performance and much more besides, on in and around Birmingham in the lead up to the commonwealth Games, during the games and into the early autumn too. * * RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey caught up with Louisa Davies, Senior Producer of the Birmingham 2022 Festival to find out more about this great programme of art and culture for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. * * Toby began by asking Louisa about the history of the link between the Commonwealth Games and the arts and culture which first started with the Manchester Games in 2002.  * * Louisa then shared with Toby some highlights of events from the programme for the Birmingham 2022 Festival including Creative City, On Record - an album of commissioned music by a range of artists from well known acts such as UB40 to new and upcoming bands like The Friendly Fire Band. As well as a wonderful project for families called Abundance - a garden play space at the Birmingham Treatment Centre along with talking about how access to the festival has been a key driver when planning and putting on the events programme with all of the commissions being able to gain additional support to enhance their access offer.  * * The Birmingham 2022 Festival runs in and around Birmingham during the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, during the games and into the early autumn. You can find more details about the programme of events for the Birmingham 2022 Festival by visiting the festival website- https://www.birmingham2022.com/festival/events  (Image Shows three dancers, one male two female, in front of Birmingham town hall, posing balanced on their right feet and leaning forwards. Their right arms are stretched out to the right and they are all holding a closed, multi-coloured umbrella. )

10m
Jul 23
1326: Vidar Hjardeng MBE - RSC Richard III, Audio Described Theatre Review

* RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey is joined again by Vidar Hjardeng MBE, Inclusion and Diversity Consultant for ITV News across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for the next in his regular Connect Radio audio described theatre reviews. * * This week Vidar was reviewing the Royal Shakespeare company’s production of Richard III at Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 16 July at 1.15pm with audio description by professional Describers Carolyn Smith and Annette Stocken. * * This is the last in Shakespeare's first history cycle of plays, a story of jealousy, manipulation and deceit, directed by Gregory Duran with Arthur Hughes playing the role of Richard of Gloucester. * * Vidar began by telling Toby that Richard III is his favourite Shakespeare play, one that he has seen a number of times and that the audio described matinee performance proved that to be no exception with a great performance by Arthur Hughes as Richard of Gloucester. * * Vidar continued by saying that the audio description by Carolyn and Anette was as usual up to their very high standard. There was a great touch tour prior to the audio described performance of the set, costumes and props, with Vidar saying that it was much appreciated to have the presence of almost all of the cast for the touch tour providing a great opportunity to speak to the Actors and find out more about their approach to the characters that they were playing on stage which is a real privilege and one that most of the sighted audience would like to have too. * * Toby and Vidar continued by talking about some of the more dramatic parts of the production and how they were brought to life through the audio description and how in many Shakespeare plays there is quite a lot of dialogue. Although you might be able to follow the plot with out any description you would miss some of the more subtle movements and expressions played out by the Actors in their roles and also how the use of lighting and props give more of a feel and emotion to the production. * * There will be another audio described performance of Richard III at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 7 October at 7.15pm and more details about this and other described performances can be found by visiting the access pages of the RSC website - https://www.rsc.org.uk/your-visit/access/ * (Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath)

7m
Jul 22
1324: Take an audio described tour round the Barbara Hepworth Gardens

* The Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Garden have lots of accessible events and touch tours you can head along too. Ellie's been finding out just what's on offer and get's a preview tour of what you could expect from the Talking Garden Tour To find out more about the Tate St Ives, please visit their website here: Tate St Ives | Tate https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives The next Talking Art event is taking place on Saturday 17th September, you can book by calling  01736 791177  Image Shows: Barbra Hepworth Gardens.© Bowness.

11m
Jul 22
1325: Metropolitan Police Working Closer with The RNIB…

* Following on from a request from a local West London group for blind and partially sighted people to join a series of self defence classes run by the Metropolitan Police in West London the Met decided to look into how accessible their crime prevention material was for visually impaired people. After initially contacting the RNIB for help and advice around how to make their crime prevention material more accessible, the Met and the RNIB started to forge a closer partnership to help make the Met’s services more accessible to blind and partially sighted people. * * The next steps in this on-going partnership between the Met and the RNIB was the recent roll out of the RNIB visual awareness e-learning training course for Officers and staff.  * * RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey was joined at the Met’s headquarters, New Scotland Yard in Central London by Stephen Weymouth RNIB Partnership Development Manager, Chief Inspector Karl Spour and Police Constable Lisanne Rice from the Metropolitan Police Service, West Area Devision. * * Toby began by asking Lisanne about that first connection with the local blind and partially sighted group came about and how things progressed to the RNIB visual awareness e-learning training. With Stephen then talking more about what is covered in the e-learning course and how the course helps businesses, organisations and service providers better meet the needs of their blind and partially sighted customers, clients and service users. * * Karl and Lisanne then talked about some of the feedback they have had from Officers and staff who have been through the first round of the RNIB visual awareness e-learning training course with some really positive comments on how the course has made a real difference in so many ways including how best to communicate with blind and partially sighted people. * * Karl then highlighted one piece of feedback from a Detective Sargent who has been in the Met for over 26 years who lost his own sight in 2014 who is still involved in live investigations and he said ‘taking the knowledge that is provided from the training and applying it to the community that we police, this will go a real long way to build trust and confidence within the community’ and his hope is that the training will  be spread across the whole of the Met. * * This is a great partnership between the Metropolitan Police and the RNIB with the hope that in the near future the RNIB visual awareness e-learning training will be rolled out for all Met Officers and staff with the hope that more Police forces will not only take up the e-learning course but also work with the RNIB like the Met has done to implement other services to in a way better meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people. * * If you work for or know of an organisation like the Metropolitan Police who would like to find out more about working closer with the RNIB and maybe rolling out the visual awareness e-learning training course or other ways of helping to make their services more accessible for blind and partially sighted people, do either make contact with Stephen Weymouth, RNIB Partnership Development Manager via emailing Stephen.Weymouth@rnib.org.uk or either call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit the RNIB website for more information - https://www.rnib.org.uk * (Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath)

16m
Jul 22
1325: Actor Laurie Davidson on Playing Jack in ‘Jack Absolute Flies Again’, A New Comedy at The National Theatre

* In the lead up to the two audio described performances of Richard Bean’s new comedy ‘Jack Absolute Flies Again’ at the National Theatre RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey chats with Actor Laurie Davidson who is playing Jack Absolute. * * Toby caught up with Laurie online from the heart of the National Theatre in London as ‘Jack Absolute Flies Again’ was in previews prior to the press night on Thursday 14 July to firstly find out more about this new comedy which is based on Sherridon’s the Rivals but set during World War II focusing on the lives of fighter pilots like Jack absolute. * * Laurie then talked about how his research into the lives of the young Second World War Fighter Pilots helped to form the character of Jack Absolute along with mentioning his own family connections to the Second World War. Then Toby and Laurie chatted about how those young people at the time would have experienced and coped with all their training to become fighter pilots. * * Toby and Laurie then talked about the role of the touch tours in the full experience of an audio described performance with Laurie talking about how blind and partially sighted patrons would be able to get up close and feel the layers of clothing he wears as Jack at the touch tours for ‘Jack Absolute Flies Agin’. Then to a more general discussion about access in theatre with Laurie talking about other productions he has been in where there have been touch tours, captioned performances and relaxed performances. * The audio described performances of ‘Jack Absolute Flies Again’ are on Friday 5 August, 7.30pm with the touch tour 6pm and also on Saturday 20 August, 2pm with the touch tour 12.30pm. * * More details about description and other access services at the National Theatre can be found by visiting the access pages of the National Theatre’s website - * https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/your-visit/access (Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath)

19m
Jul 21
1323: London Film Premiere: The Gray Man. Part 2

* The Gray Man premiered in London this week with a special AD screening at the BFI, laid on by RNIB and Netflix .  Connect Radio was there amid the stars. Part 2.

8m
Jul 21
1323: London Film Premiere: The Gray Man. Part 1

* The Gray Man premiered in London this week with a special AD screening at the BFI, laid on by RNIB and Netflix .  Connect Radio was there amid the stars. Part 1.

5m
Jul 21
1322: Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho

* The new Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho discusses his 3-point plan for the role, his love of audiobooks, and shares a poem he wrote specially to celebrate his appointment. 

10m
Jul 21
1321: Connect Voices Round Up 20 July 2022

* Max Conway, RNIB's National Involvement Coordinator shares the latest opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to get involved in. * * Opportunities highlighted this week included: * * RNIB’S STATE OF THE NATION TELEPHONE SURVEY! * The RNIB is currently conducting research to better understand the experiences of people living with a vision impairment in the UK today, and how those experiences affect their day-to-day lives. The RNIB would like to understand what’s most important to people – what’s difficult, easy, what’s missing from everyday life and what brings people joy. * The telephone survey will only only take 30 minutes and in taking part you will help the RNIB understand your experiences and needs and also influence the work that the RNIB does. * * BOOK LOVERS DAY SURVEY * RNIB is promoting its Talking Books service and the Amazon Alexa Talking Books skill for Book Lovers Day on Tuesday 9 August 2022. The RNIB is conducting a survey to better understand how blind and partially sighted people enjoy books.  * The results from the Book Lovers Day survey will feature in a press release which will highlight the different ways that blind and partially sighted people enjoy books. This press release will be shared with media in the days leading up to Book Lovers Day and possibly on different social media  * * JOIN RNIB’S COST OF LIVING FOCUS GROUP WITH THE UK GOVERNMENT! * As a blind or partially sighted person are you paying more to light your home, is it becoming harder to afford essentials like food, do you have a support worker/PA and are paying more for petrol? * If so, then you could be one of the 4 to 6 people that the RNIB is looking for to help show the UK Government how the rise of living costs is impacting on the lifes of blind and partially sighted people .  * * To find out more about these items and how you can get involved with RNIB Connect Voices do visit - https://www.rnib.org.uk/connect-community/connect-voices-network/connect-voices-current-opportunities * * (Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath) 

5m
Jul 20
1318: Extra Cash Help For Those Struggling With Cost Of Living Increases

* UK sight loss charity has lots of information on it's website to help blind and partially sighted people, who are struggling with the cost of living increases. * RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell will be talking, regularly, with Dominic Milne, from the charity's Legal Rights Service, to bring you the latest on the support that's out there, including welfare payments that you may be entitled to. * This time, they're looking at the extra government payments for those on means tested benefits and extra money for those who receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP). * If you'd like more advice or support, go to www.rnib.org.uk http://www.rnib.org.uk * You can also call the Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or ask Alexa to call RNIB's Helpline. * #RNIBConnect Image: RNIB logo

6m
Jul 19
1317: Human Threads Multi-Sensory Exhibition

* Human Threads is a multi sensory exhibition exploring ways to involve people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in the creative process, and is currently on at Tramways in Glasgow. Curated by Artlink in partnership with the Cherry Road Learning Centre. Ellie and David went along to find out what it's all about...   To find out more about Human Threads please visit their website here: To find out about all the different events taking place at the exhibition, please visit this website: (Image shows: the Human Threads Exhibition. Beanbags, the large silk black and white sheet and the blue platform in the background)

11m
Jul 19
1320: RNIB See Work Differently Work Placement Scheme - A Real Game Changer for Blind and Partially Sighted Job Seekers….

* There are many barriers and issues that blind and partially sighted people face when trying to get onto the career ladder whether that is looking for your first job or returning to employment after a period out of work. * * The RNIB recently launched a new programme called the See Work Differently Work placement scheme to help blind and partially sighted people get into or return to work. The first six successful applicants of the See Work Differently Work Placement scheme will be starting their placements in August and RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey was joined by Kudirat Adeniyi, RNIB Employment Manager to find out more about the See Work Differently Work Placement Scheme. (Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath)

9m
Jul 19
1319: RNIB's Audio Description Petition Has Been Delivered

* RNIB has been campaigning for better access to audio description for on demand services. Hywel Davies spoke to RNIB's AD Technology Manager Sonali Rai about what happens next now that the petition has been delivered to the government.

5m
Jul 18
1314: Guide Dogs Launches ‘Open Doors’ Campaign and Smartphone App Around Access Refusals

* Access refusals is something that many Guide Dog Owners face in their day to day life, some times more often than not, whether that might be when visiting restaurants, pubs, cafes, shops or many other businesses and service providers. * * Well Guide Dogs have just launched their new ‘Open Doors’ Campaign and smartphone App to support Guide Dog Owners, educate businesses and service providers and seek to strengthen the law around access refusals too.  * * RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey was joined by Guide Dogs Lead Regional Policy and Campaigns Manager, Clive Wood to find out more about the ‘Open Doors’ campaign and smartphone app. * * Clive began by telling Toby how the new campaign and smartphone app came from research they have done around access refusals and also request from Guide Dog Owners, how the app will be used to log and gain a better understanding around access refusals as well as helping to strengthen and tighten the law for Guide Dog Owners. * * Clive also talked about how Guide Dogs will be supporting Owners around the access refusals that they log through the ‘Open Doors’ app and how Guide Dogs will be following up those refusals as well as pointing out that Guide Dog Owners can as always contact Guide Dogs in the normal ways through their guideline number and email address to report any access refusals too.  * * Toby also asked Clive about what advice Guide Dogs might give to Owners around videoing or audio recording access refusals and in a way naming and shaming business owners and service providers through social media. Clive mentioned that it is better to complain first before naming and shaming on social media and also stated that Guide Dogs is there to advise owners around videoing access refusals. * * If you would like to support and find out more about the Guide Dogs ‘Open Doors’ campaign along with details on how to download the smartphone app then do visit thee following page of the Guide Dogs website - * https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/blog/how-guide-dogs-is-combatting-illegal-access-refusals * (Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath)

9m
Jul 18