Welcome to the Spring 2023 Newsletter.

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News from the Chief Executive

Welcome to the Spring 2023 Newsletter, our Summer Newsletter will be published soon.

Following on from the article in the winter newsletter, I am delighted to say that we held a very special Coronation Party on Thursday 4th May 2023 to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. The event included include music, a quiz, lots of bunting and balloons, a special Coronation cake and a buffet tea. Everyone was welcome and thank you to everyone who attended and the volunteers and staff who made it possible.

We will be holding a Sensory Exhibition here at 53 St Luke’s Terrace, Pallion, Sunderland on Wednesday 4th October between 10am and 2:30pm.

The Exhibition will be open to anyone interested in learning more about specialist equipment and assistive technology. We expect around 15 companies to attend which will give everyone a chance to see and experience equipment without the need to purchase it before ensuring it is right for them. Admission will be free. John Walls, our IT Officer, will also be on hand to offer advice and support. 

Work will soon commence on a new exhibition area within our building here at Pallion. We will be able to exhibit members artwork and photography together with craft work. We received funding from the Screwfix Foundation and both Pallion and Millfield Community Chests. We will have an official opening as soon as the work is completed.

COFFEE MORNING – SUNDERLAND – Second Wednesday of the month. Starts 10am till noon 

Wednesday 14th June


MEN’S GROUP – Second Monday of the month. Starts 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

We have a fantastic line up of speakers for the year ahead.

Monday 12th June – Making a difference NE



DIABETES GROUP – 4th Monday of the month. Starts 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Monday 24th April

Monday 22nd May

Monday 26th June


MACULAR MEETING – Fourth Wednesday of the month. Starts 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

Wednesday 28th June – TBC



Drop in for information or just a chat

Various support groups
Resource Centre
Loan of magnifying equipment
Braille mentoring
IT and Technology Support
Access to work/Job Club
British Wireless for the Blind Audio Equipment
Warm Spaces Venue

 If you require any further information on any of the above services please call Julie Stormont on 0191 5673939 and I will be happy to help.

Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am – 3pm and you are more than welcome to call into the office at Pallion for a cuppa and a chat.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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