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August 2019 Viewpoint
May 2019 Viewpoint
Barnet Vision Strategy 2013 - 16


Yoga for Visually Impaired People

Sunethra has organised a special Yoga Class for Visually Impaired people and their carers where the instructor will explain in words and guide rather than just show the class different Yoga poses. Classes take place on Saturdays at 3.45 pm at Trinity Church Hall, 15 Nether Street North Finchley, London N12 7NN. The first class begins on Saturday 14th September. Cost £10 per session. For more details, contact Sunethra on 020 8343 3450

BBSI General Meetings

Meet other visually impaired people, limber up, have a chat, cup of tea, listen to an informative talk, and enjoy social activities.

The meetings usually begin with a session of 'Joyful Movement' where the aim is to perform some gentle exercises to music where each movement is fully audio described. For those who would prefer not to take part, a member of Lapis, a qualified psychotherapist will lead a discussion. This is followed by Tea and Biscuits, the afternoon's entertainment and a Raffle. You are very welcome to attend any of our meetings


First Tuesday of the month 1.30-3.30pm. Note there is no meeting in August, and in January, the meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month.


St Mary’s Church Hall
Hendon Lane
N3 1TS

How To Get There

To get to our meeting by bus, the best one is the 125 which stops at the beginning of Hendon Lane, a short walk from the Church Hall. Alternatively, there are the buses 143, 326, 13 or 460, all of which stop a short walk from the venue. The closest tube station is Finchley Central. For further travel enquiries or further information about BBSI, please phone our Secretary, Lis on (020) 8349 4705.

Future Meetings

Please note: there is no meeting in August. We look forward to welcoming you back in September.

Tuesday September 3rd | Viv Li - Composer and Mandolinist,
The mandolinist-composer Vivian Li thrives between bluegrass and classical music. No two genres are more hard-set in their ways, but Li applies heat to tradition and the walls come tumbling down.

Tuesday October 1st | Kate Portal - Musician/Storyteller extraordinaire,. Kate's concertina and fiddle playing is an integral part of her performance and ways with words and music. There will be opportunities to join in the choruses.

Tuesday November 5th | Mind and Mood Peter Sartori runs a Mind and Mood group in Barnet and is an expert on many areas of Mental Health. He will discuss his work and how your mental health can be improved.

Previous Meetings

July | Sight and Sound Technology Sight and Sound showed us a range of low vision aids and other helpful assistive technologies including the Or-Cam which converts text into speech and is small enough to clip to a pair or spectacles.

June | The Memory Lane Singers We were delighted to welcome back The Memory Lane Singers who entertained us with their songbook, as well as a sing-a-long!,

May | 2 Talks: Eye Matter & MAB RNIB volunteer and vlogger Suzie Simons talked about Eye Matter, a new support group for VIPs, and Martin Greaves informed us of the support services available from Middlesex Association for the Blind (MAB).