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THIS MONTH'S WALKS AND EVENTS

JULY 2021

Walk coordinator: EILEEN INGHAM; 07952241775; 01142814414. DOGS MUST BE ON LEADS AT ALL TIME UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED BY THE WALK LEADER

From time to time we take photos to update our web site and also SRSB's web site. If anyone does not wish to appear on group photos please make it clear at the beginning of the walk.

All walks will follow the Government guidelines on Covid 19 whilst walking for exercise and being guided. Please book in as early as possible for walks so we can sort out the details.

Whilst every effort is taken by walk leaders, members attending do so at their own risk. All members are required to wear good walking boots and bring their own rucksack food and drink as well as waterproofs where appropriate.


If you want to go on any of the walks below, you must first book-in with Hilary - please phone 01142306604. Let us make sure we can get the group out walking again looking forward to hearing from you. Many thanks Hilary.


WALKS

TUESDAY WALKS WITH DAVID CADET: 6TH JULY, 3RD AUGUST, 14TH SEPTEMBLER, 5TH OCTOBER, 2ND NOVEMBER, 14TH DECEMBER

SUNDAY 27TH JUNE - WOSBOROUGH WALK
Meet Pond Street 9.10 to catch the 9.31 no 2 bus to Worsborough Bridge where the walk will start 10.40.
This is a circular walk
Distance - 7 miles
The Terrain is mostly good paths.
The Leader is David Kayley (07840133768 on the day)
Please contact Martin 07747443812
mrmartinwing@gmail.com if you wish to join this walk. It is important for Martin to know where the guides will start the walk from to ensure there are enough guides to meet VI's at the bus stop.


TUESDAY 6TH JULY- Meet at Poundland High Street 9.55 to catch the 10.15 Purple route tram to Herdings Park where the walk will start 10.40.
The Route - This is an easy going walk on good tracks and country trails around the Moss Valley and the Norton area of Sheffield before returning to the Tram circular walk.
The distance is 4 miles
The Leader is David Cadet (07554143262 on the day).
Car drivers can park on Bowman Drive opposite the tram stop. This is the walk we had to cancel October 2019 due to the very bad weather.
Please contact Martin 07747443812 mrmartinwing@gmail.com if you wish to join this walk. It is important for Martin to know where the guides will start the walk - to ensure there are enough guides to meet VI's at the bus stop.


GROUP AGM Government permitting, we intend to hold our AGM on Wednesday afternoon 21st July at SRSB Mappin St. Light refreshments will be provided.


WALKING HOLIDAY 2021... Tuesday 14th September to Saturday 18th September We have additional places available if you are interested in joining us. We have 30 deposits paid on 19 rooms booked in the group's name for a short break in Kendal, Lake District. 4 Nights Dinner Bed & breakfast will cost 310 for a Twin and 320 for a single room. (Included in this is the Coach to and from Sheffield Interchange and Gratuities for the Hotel staff and Coach Driver). You will only need spending money.
I have been in touch with the Hotel and as long as the Government does not put any restrictions in place it will be business as normal. It will be our usual 35-seater Coach with the wider seats and our usual Driver Phil. This short break will be a bit different to our usual walking holidays - it is 4 nights with walking available on 3 days. We will only be having one group walk a day and because a lot of us have not been able to group walk, a day & because a lot of us have not been able to do much walking & feel unfit, I am referring to myself & those of us with sight loss, it will be easy going & not too arduous, so don't let the thought of the Lake district's hills put you off from coming.
At present we have 11 visually impaired members plus 4 guide dogs as well as guides booked on the holiday. Please contact me as soon as you can to ask about the holiday as the Hotel company would like me to get in touch & confirm numbers. The final balance will be required by the end of July. Payment can be made by cheque or direct into the Groups bank account. It will be so good to get away & see you all again. Keep well. Best Wishes. Hilary
Contact details:- hilarymyers16@gmail.com phone 0114 2306604

AGM
Wednesday 21st July
Government permitting, we intend to hold our AGM on Wednesday afternoon 21st July at SRSB Mappin St. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please send any photos or news items to chriswhittaker586@yahoo.co.uk and she will put them on our website - www.sviwg.co.uk

Please send articles for Newsletter to Gail Fagan 0114 2667764 email gail.fagan@guidemail.co.uk

FOR YOUR INFORMATION DOGS ON WALKS... This is by way of a reminder to everyone about how we should be taking care of dogs on walks. There was an incident on a walk recently where a Guide dog went missing and it took some time and a lot of retracing of steps to find her again. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE LOSING GUIDE DOGS!!!! So - let us just remind ourselves of the rules governing dogs on walks. Firstly, it is up to the leader to say when dogs can be let off the lead. In making their decision leaders will be bearing in mind that dogs should not be off the lead near roads, anywhere where there are livestock, either in the field we are in or adjacent fields. Nor should dogs be off the lead if we are walking on a narrow path where dogs running up and down the line of walkers runs the risk of knocking people over, especially if they pick up a stick in their mouths as some of them are prone to do. Once the leader has said that dogs may be let off the lead it is up to the guide dog owner to release their own dog but they must make sure that a sighted guide takes responsibility for keeping an eye on the dog. If the sighted guide is you - then YOU DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE DOG. Ask the guide dog owner to call the dog back the minute you spot a possible problem and let's be sensible about playing with the dogs. This can just get them over excited and distracts their attention from their owner as well as the potential danger of dogs chasing up and down the line of walkers. Please do not throw sticks, dogs get splinters in their mouths which can be quite dangerous. Finally - remember that dogs must be on leads for coffee and lunch stops. Christine

TRAINING ITEMS

SIGHTED GUIDE TRAINING...
It is some time now since we have had Sighted guide training. We now have Dyane Fisher one of our members who is well qualified in this field. If any of our new Guides would like to take part in this training (although we do not have a date yet) please contact Chris Hewitt after the 20th October as she is on holiday. Christine Hewitt on 0114 2366685 mobile 07730472606 or hewitt.c4@sky.com.

HOW TO GUIDE A BLIND PERSON....
Below is a link showing how to guide a VI person it will help our new guides, also well practiced members and also VI's. It is by Amar Latif who founded the company Traveleyes which specialises in holidays for VI's. I think it is extremely good, so perhaps members would like to take a look.
We are currently sorting a training day for new members and anyone who has already had training but would like a refresher. Thanks Gail
https://youtu.be/-jqepQ8yASM

CPR LIFE SUPPORT TRAINING...
Would you like to know how to possibly save someone's life? We have not had a training CPR day for some time and there are only 12 places on the course. If anyone wishes to go on this please contact David Cadet by text 07554143262 or email davidcadet81@gmail.com

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MEMBERS LEAVING ANY WALKS EARLY PLEASE LET THE LEADER OR BACK MARKER KNOW


HOLIDAYS FOR VIP's AND SIGHTED GUIDES... Traveleyes is a holiday company who specialise in holidays for Blind people and Sighted guides. They do short City breaks and World Wide Travel. Sighted guides can get a discount of up to 50 percent. For further information call 0113 8874275 or visit their web site traveleyes-international.com