News from VisualEyes Torbay


With funding from Devon Community Foundation, a new video has been produced which outlines the issues visually impaired people face and the help which is available to them.

This video will also give an insight into the workings of VisualEyes Torbay. It explains how they are trying to bring the message to any sight impaired person in Torbay that there are options available to them. Through their work, they aim to lift people’s involvement once more back into the community, and support them, so that they have choices over their lives and daily activities.

VisualEyes are not medical experts, but hope to share their common experiences of their Sight Loss journey and how they can help each other along the way.

The local Charity actively meets up to 150 individuals on a monthly basis and supports them to socialise and pursue outside interests.

VisualEyes are encouraging you to share this information widely through the Health Service and wider community because it is important that they reach as many people as possible.

You can find out all about Visualeyes and the video by visiting

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!