Visually Impaired Club celebrates first anniversary

Borehamwood Times: Their first anniversary event showed off their range of activities, including boccia and new age curling. Their first anniversary event showed off their range of activities, including boccia and new age curling.

A social club for visually impaired residents has celebrated its first anniversary.

The Visually Impaired Club was set up last year by the Radlett, Elstree, Borehamwood and Shenley Talking Newspaper Committee along with the Rotary Club.

Situated in the Maxwell Park Community Centre, Borehamwood, the club enables blind people and those with visual impairments to meet up, have fun and take part in sport.

Rotarian David Clout organised the event and said: "People love coming here. They can do all sorts of activities and people are glad there is now somewhere they can go and meet similar people.

"We try to take them out from time to time and mix it up a little bit if we can. We have put in a lot of work to be able to do that and we’re now hoping to raise money for a proper day out to somewhere nice."

Their first anniversary event showed off their range of activities, including boccia and new age curling.

Volunteer Sasha Cappoci, whose son Michael, 28, attends the club, has made a number of games accessible for those with visual impairments, such as bingo using braille or snakes and ladders using different textures and raised surfaces.

She said: "A lot of games for the visually impaired are made for children, but it is really difficult to find anything like them for adults.

"I really enjoy making things and like using my hands, so a lot of the activities used are things I have had to make myself. It gives me that nice warm feeling when I see how happy my games have made people."

The event was well attended by members of the community and councillors, including Sandra Parnell.

She said that this club is the highlight of many people's week and it was good to see its success a year on: "They have all worked very hard for this club and for the community, and everyone gets along together.

"More people are getting involved now and I am pleased to see it is really making a difference."

Anyone over 25 is invited to attend on Fridays, at The Maxwell Park Community Centre from 1.30pm to 4pm.

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