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RNIB Connect Radio is the UK radio station for blind and partially sighted people to find out what is happening in the community. You can also contribute and share your stories by emailing radio@rnib.org.uk (mailto:radio@rnib.org.uk) . Get involved and join the conversation. Other great podcast channels from RNIB Connect Radio Conversations (https://audioboom.com/channel/conversations) - Blind and partially sighted people speaking about a wide range of topics. Read On (https://audioboom.com/ ...
 
Join the Ministry of Stories on unique adventures through lands of fire and dragons. Meet greedy unicorns and pig presidents and help us hunt for missing emojis and doughnuts. Each episode features a short story written and read by children who attend writing clubs at the Ministry of Stories. Created with the generous support of Matt Hill and Penguin Random House Audio. Thanks to our funders: the Breadsticks Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.
 
For the last few decades there's been a revolution in the knitting world, and we go behind the scenes to gain insight into what inspired and motivated the knitting superstars who were part of this exciting time. Join us every two weeks on Vogue Knitting Knitterviews as we interview the influencers who contributed to making the knitosphere what it is today. Brought to you by Penguin Random House Audio: “Listen while you knit."
 
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Sunday, June 20th is International Nystagmus Day, which will highlight the sight condition and the support services that are there for individuals and families. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Fiona Sandford, from Visionary UK, and Sue Ricketts, from Nystagmus Network, to learn more about the condition and what's out there in terms of s…
 
Following on from all the partnership working during the Coronavirus Pandemic, in 2020 RNIB has recently set up a new Strategic Engagement Team to lead on greater partnership working within both the sight loss and wider charity sectors to provide more choices and opportunities for blind and partially sighted people. In the first of a new regular fe…
 
Scottish Disability Golf and Curling has thousands of members, with more welcome to join, and aims to get everyone playing golf or taking to the ice for a round of curling. There are free lessons, with professionals, and you can play for fun, to increase your social circle or even compete at national and global levels, thanks to their new Scottish …
 
May 2021, saw several hundred pairs of runners, and walkers, hit the streets to raise money for the UK sight loss charity RNIB. People had to cover a marathon distance, 26.2 miles, over the month in pairs that could run, jog, or walk together, or in different areas. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Belinda Dreyer from RNIB to find out ho…
 
In Your Pocket is a feature packed pocket sized device that's completely accessible, using your voice. It can act like a standard phone, web browser, GPS device, Book Shelf and much, much more. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Louise from Real Sam, to find out why the device is great for blind and partially sighted people of all ages, an…
 
S6 E44: In this episode, meet actor and activist Chella Man, author and musician Joseph Bruchac, and artist and author Tyler Feder. Tune in to hear these authors talk about writing for kids and teens and the importance of visibility, body positivity, and how we can better learn to care for both ourselves and others within a community.Continuum by C…
 
S6 E45: In this episode, meet writer, performer, and educator Leona Godin, TV writer and podcast host Danielle Henderson, and Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, the husband and wife duo behind the band Johnnyswim. Discover why each author decided to write about personal subjects and what it was like recording them.There Plant Eyes by M. Leona…
 
In The Longest battle Emma Martins chats with people who have gone through a similar life changing situation to her own when Emma caught a virus in 2013 which completely changed her life for ever. The virus that Emma caught in Vietnam caused a brain aneurysm which in turn has severely affected Emma’s eyesight. In today's The Longest Battle Emma is …
 
As it is Diabetes Awareness Week this week, we thought it would be a good time to check in with Diabetes UK to find out what is happening this week, learn a bit more about the condition and highlight some of the support that is on offer from Diabetes UK. Connect Radio’s Toby Davey caught up with Douglas Twenefour, Deputy Head of Care at Diabetes UK…
 
Paul Ryb is a former banker who recently lost his sight. He got in touch with RNIB Connect Radio as he wanted to share his story. Over the next four episodes Paul will be sharing how employment, peer support, sport and the latest bio-tech has inspired him. Steven Scott sat down with Paul for this extended conversation and began by discussing the wo…
 
Each week, RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell sits down with Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB, to talk about some of the latest news stories coming from the UK sight loss charity. This week Matt discusses Carers Week and some great news from publishers Penguin Random House, donating thousands of titles to RNIB's Talking Books service. If you'd like to ge…
 
More and more theatres and arts venues are opening up once again, bringing back, socially distanced, audiences and providing audio described events for blind and partially sighted patrons. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Anne Hornsby from MindsEye Arts, to look at some forthcoming attractions. You can find out about more audio described…
 
Ellie's been catching up with Colin from the Macular Society about their monthly virtual clinics. Ellie will be talking to Colin Daniels from the Macular Society once a month about the virtual clinic they are running, covering different Macular conditions. To find out more visit their website: www.macularsociety.org Image shows: Macular Society log…
 
The Rail Delivery Group has launched a brand new app, on I O S and Android, that allows a disabled rail traveller to book assistance for their journey. It works across the UK and across different rail operators to provide an easy to use, one stop, resource to make planning a journey easier. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Dominic Lund-C…
 
Charlotte Jones, RNIB's National Involvement Coordinator shares the latest opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to get involved in. Opportunities highlighted this week included: A request for help with testing tactile markings on bank cards, feedback on the use of E-Scooters and finally an opportunity for visually impaired house own…
 
The European Blind Union is an umbrella organisation that works with sight loss charities from across Europe, as well as national and local governments. They are beginning a programme of video releases that will help visually impaired people understand their rights, laid down by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabiliti…
 
S6 E43: In this episode, meet author Steven Rowley, poet Amit Majmudar, and author A.S. King. Listen in to learn what it was like for these authors to bring the characters and rhythms of their books to life, and how "the voices in their heads" translated into their narrative styles. Plus, behind-the-scenes insights, delightful mispronunciations, an…
 
S6 E42: In this episode, meet biologist Jonathan Balcombe, author and PBS host Steven Johnson, and journalist Michael Easter. This is an episode for curious minds: discover the essential role flies (yes, flies) play in our ecosystem, the reasons behind why we're living longer, and how to leverage the power of discomfort to improve health and happin…
 
New York based film maker Anthony Saldana’s documentary film ‘Straight Off The Canvas’ shines the spotlight on two American visually impaired artists and how art is being taught in a New York school for the blind by a visually impaired Teacher. Connect Radio’s Toby Davey caught up with Anthony all the way from New York City to find out more about '…
 
Traveling might not be an option at the moment but that doesn’t mean we can't learn about other cultures, Ellie's been finding out about how you can link up with blind and partially sighted people in Nepal, learn more about their culture and share our culture with them… To find our more about getting involved with VIP World Service, visit their web…
 
See Sport Differently is a new project, which will run for 3 years, created by RNIB, British Blind Sport and Sport England. It will look at all aspects of sport to make them more inclusive for blind and partially sighted people and encourage participation in a huge variety of sports and activities. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Alaina…
 
June 1st to June 7th 2021 is National Volunteers Week, where we celebrate the important work that volunteers to to help charities carry out their vital work. NVW is even more important this year, as we look at how volunteers have had to alter the way they carry out their work, and in some cases move to a different role, because of the ever changing…
 
Each week, RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell sits down with Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB, to discuss some of the latest news coming from the UK sight loss charity. This week there are concerns about a London council cutting ,QTVIs, teachers for visually impaired kids, a push on accessible food packaging and accessible till trials and we find out how…
 
Moorfields Eye Hospital in London is calling out for patient stories on the eye care services they have received from Moorfields over the last year or so during the Covid pandemic to shape the future of eye care services. Connect Radio’s Toby Davey caught up with Mark Redhead and Irenie Ekkeshis from Moorfields to find out more. Mark began by talki…
 
June 1st to June 7th 2021 is National Volunteers Week, where we celebrate the important work that volunteers to to help charities carry out their vital work. NVW is even more important this year, as we look at how volunteers have had to alter the way they carry out their work, and in some cases move to a different role, because of the ever changing…
 
The Motability Scheme that provides cars to disabled people, have just launched their ‘Everyday Freedom’ campaign to raise awareness of the Motability car scheme to disabled people including blind and partially sighted people who might not be aware that they are eligible for the scheme. Our own Sandra Gayer presenter of Music Box here on Connect Ra…
 
Many of us are used to putting our thoughts and memories down on paper, to reflect on or to give others in insight into our lives. In the 21st century, the Blog is the new way to give the world a snapshot of our thoughts, our hopes, what we find funny or even what clothes we like to wear. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke with Anna Tylor, Ch…
 
June 1st to June 7th 2021 is National Volunteers Week, where we celebrate the important work that volunteers to to help charities carry out their vital work. NVW is even more important this year, as we look at how volunteers have had to alter the way they carry out their work, and in some cases move to a different role, because of the ever changing…
 
Find out from James Adams from RNIB and Claire Forde MSYP about the exciting new opportunity for one blind or partially sighted young person in Scotland to get involved in the Scottish Youth Parliament! You can get in touch with Haggeye and find out more about this opportunity, you can call: 07821 637 317 or email: Haggeye.Mailbox@rnib.org.uk Image…
 
There are many ways blind and partially sighted people input into the work of the RNIB and the Customer Involvement Advisory Group is one way this happens top level here at the RNIB Connect Radio's Toby Davey caught up with Dave Aldwinckle, RNIB Head of Innovation and Customer Voice to find out more about the group. Dave explained to Toby about the…
 
June 1st to June 7th 2021 is National Volunteers Week, where we celebrate the important work that volunteers to to help charities carry out their vital work. NVW is even more important this year, as we look at how volunteers have had to alter the way they carry out their work, and in some cases move to a different role, because of the ever changing…
 
S6 E41: In this episode, meet New York Times bestselling author John Green, New York Times best-selling biographer Ronald C. White, and veteran journalist and author Daniel Barbarisi. Listen in to discover what it was like for these authors to voice their work out loud (even when that means capturing President Lincoln's unique vocal cadence). Plus,…
 
S6 E40: In this episode, meet Cindy McCain, wife of the late Senator John McCain, activist and recording artist Sho Baraka, and NBA Champion, All-Star, and Olympian Chris Bosh. Listen in as these authors talk intimately about the intersection between our gifts and life's obstacles, and the transformative experiences that can arise from being in tou…
 
Animals can be a big support for people going through all kinds of things in their lives, including sight loss. Ellie's been speaking to Charlotte who started horse riding after losing her sight and hasn't looked back since To find out more about Charlottes Story, you can follow her Instagram at, @crb_blind.rider Images shows: Charlotte stood with …
 
If you have Charles Bonnet Syndrome and want to speak to other people who also have the condition you might want to pay attention, Ellie Marsh has been talking to the organisers of Esme's Friends who run groups for people with CBS... To find out more, you can visit their website here: www.charlesbonnetsyndrome.uk Image: Esme's Umbrella logo, an umb…
 
If you or someone you know had Charles Bonnet Syndrome you can find help and support on the Esme's Umbrella website. Ellie has been catching up with the founder of the campaign to find our more about how it started, where it's at and where it's going... To find out more, visit their website here: www.charlesbonnetsyndrome.uk Image: Esmes Umbrella L…
 
We're all looking for things to do but no matter what your interest Metro Blind Sport will have a group or activity for you, Ellie Marsh has been catching up with Martin Symcox to see what groups they are offering as we come out of lockdown. To find out more about Metro Blind Sport, you can visit their website at: www.metroblindsport.org Image: RNI…
 
The Wreckin' Rowers are four friends who have signed up to compete in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a gruelling 3000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean this coming December. They hope to raise 100k for RNIB and The Severn Hospice. Lockdowns restrictions have severely limited their time spent in the water and when they did return recently,…
 
June 1st to June 7th 2021 is National Volunteers Week, where we celebrate the important work that volunteers play in helping charities carry out their vital work. NVW is even more important this year, as we look at how volunteers have had to alter the way they carry out their work, and in some cases move to a different role, because of the ever cha…
 
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