Social Inclusion is vital to many people and at ESVS we look to provide varied and flexible social events to suit every age and group. Whilst most of our groups are quite traditional we are constantly exploring new, modern ways of helping people to get together. The groups are looking at using WhatsApp and some already have Facebook pages dedicated to their club. We are actively working with the groups to provide this kind of flexibility and service.
We currently provide 15 social groups run by 200 volunteers. These offer a vital lifeline to over 500 of our members who would experience social isolation and exclusion without the opportunity to get together once a month.
The social groups meet monthly in various locations such as village halls and provide a social atmosphere for up to 60 blind and partially sighted people including, outings, entertainment and the opportunity to meet friends. Our volunteers drive members to the groups, provide refreshments, support and assist, organise entertainment and sit on each group’s committee.
Outings can range from trips to gardens, National Trust properties, places of interests, theatre, teas and lunches. All of these would not be possible without the social groups and the help of the volunteers. Thus ensuring that our members are not excluded because of their vision impairment.
In Brighton and Hove we are now also able to provide a wonderful new group specifically for those who are deaf/blind. This group covers a whole range of ages and abilities and provides some vital social inclusion for the members.
ESAB Viable provide a varied and interesting social diary for younger people living in Brighton and Hove.