IRIS is a local charity established by local visually impaired people dedicated to achieve Independence and Rehabilitation for those with Impaired Sight. Sight loss can be challenging, and people will deal with it in many different ways. Our approach at IRIS is to understand this, to reflect this in our person-centred approach, and to work with you so that you can face the future with some confidence.
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Below is the new activity calendar from October to December 2021.
Monday 4th October: A cuppa and a catch-up. After so long apart, let’s chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit and find out what we’ve all been up to over the last 20 months!
Monday 11th October: Songlink. A music related game where each team must guess a song and link another song title to it! Not that we’re a competitive bunch (haha!) but there will be scores recorded and an edible prize for the winning team!
Monday 18th October: Get Yourself Active. We’ll be joined by our friend Andy Molyneux from Everybody Sports and Recreation, for fun and games! It could be anything from golf to basketball to flapping a giant parachute or even archery! Yes archery!!!
Monday 25th October: Hannah Teaches Tech. You may remember a talk by Rob Pickersgill on the IRIS Podcast, offering assistance to help set our visually impaired members up in business? Well our very own Hannah Fairclough took him up on that offer and is now helping people to use their Apple devices. Hannah will tell us what she’s been up to and how she can enrich our lives by helping us to access new technology!
Monday 1st November: Domino Bingo! Using raised surface dominoes to feel the numbers we play fast and furious to win biscuits and snacks!
Monday 8th November: Hot Dogs and Fireworks. Recreating bonfire night with the sounds and smells, we’ll listen to the crackling bonfire and fireworks whilst eating hotdogs and maybe even some toasted marshmallows! Bring your hat and scarf too I believe it’s going to be windy with a hint of rain!
Monday 15th November: Get Yourself Active. We’ll be joined again by our friend Andy Molyneux from Everybody Sports and Recreation, for more games to get you moving whilst having fun! (And usually laughing a lot too!)
Monday 22nd November: Happy Birthday Carol! Join us for a delicious Morrison’s buffet to celebrate our Carol’s 70th birthday! Guaranteed to be lots of Beatles music and something lemony for dessert to honour Carol’s special day! (23rd!)
Monday 29th November: Sue’s Music! Joined by our lovely friend Sue Walker, she’ll play her instruments along to her husband Tim’s backing tracks as we sing along to all our old favourites and maybe some newer songs too!
Monday December 6th: Your Family Ancestry. Our very own Gwyn Griffiths will be helping us to delve into our ancestry in the first of a two part talk. He’ll explain how it all works and take some of our family details returning in the new year to divulge any secrets about our long lost relatives!!
Monday 13th December: Christmas lunch out at the pub! October discussions and negotiations are already afoot to decide the venue and menu for this years Christmas lunch!
Monday 20th December: Make And Bake!! Yay!! Woohoo! The return of one of your favourite activities! And what better bake for December than mince pies! I’m fancying a shallow open tart style with a pastry star on top! What do you think?
Located at: IRIS Vision Cheshire, 14 Chapel Street, Crewe, CW2 7DQ (open 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday).
The new name for Cheshire Centre for Independent Living.
We are Disability Positive. We help people to live well. We know it matters, because we live with disability and long-term health conditions too.
Our range of services are here to make your life easier if you receive a direct payment, employ a personal assistant or have care and support needs.
In the autumn of 2021 we launched our new counselling and befriending service. Do you need support to manage your mental health and stay well?
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There are so many different ways you can volunteer with us but however you do it, you’ll benefit from role specific training, gaining new skills and making an important and valued contribution to our work. We are always happy to hear from talented people who might be able to help us. The first step is to find out more here.
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If you’re returning from hospital, we make sure you have everything you need for your first days back at home.
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The Red Cross services are based around all the local hospitals. Our friendly, caring teams provide free, confidential and practical support to people in the first few weeks after discharge from hospital or after an illness. Staff and volunteers visit people in thier own homes to help them regain their confidence and get back to normal life. We can also offer support to carers who may need a few hours’ break to meet friends or go shopping.
Please call 01270 255141 ext 2789 or email: Leightonsupportathome@redcross.org.uk
We also operate AccessEquip which provides transport for people who are unable to travel to an independent living centre or retail shop to select equipment due to restricted mobility or lack of transport.
This service covers Nantwich and the surrounding rural areas, provided they are within the Cheshire East boundary. For help with accessing equipment please contact us:
We’re here to challenge ageism and discrimination and tackle the inequalities that exist in older age. We will focus our resources on the critical areas of health and care, loneliness and poverty and concentrate our efforts where we will have the greatest impact and reach.
Whatever happens as we get older, we all want to remain independent and live life on our own terms. That’s why, as well as offering regular friendly contact and a strong campaigning voice, Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility, bereavement and more….
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