Herts Vision Loss

Herts Vision Loss is the new name for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.  You can also listen to our website by clicking on the Readspeaker Play button above. You can find out more about the options for audio playback by clicking HERE. There is also a range of visual accessibility settings available from the circular drop down menu on the top right of the screen.

Recent News:

HVL Quiz Night – 23rd March 2018 – Click on the link to find out more.

Sight Life Stevenage visit to The North Hertfordshire College’s professional hair and beauty training salon – Click the link to find out more. 

Art Therapy Event

We recently held an Art Therapy event at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind. Much fun was had, the atmosphere was buzzing as the students were able to explore art materials of their chose, creating many fantastic designs. Below are a few pictures taken on the day, with the permission of the parents/adults who took part.

Picture of some bejewelled clay

Some art in clay!

Everyone getting creative!


Our staff getting creative with some of the young people.

We shall be holding more events throughout the year.

Herts Vision Loss has been chosen by the Co-op to receive donations from Community Fund. This is great news and a great opportunity for us to raise funds that will support our work.

Anybody can easily become a Co-op member with a £1 joining charge. By presenting your membership card when you shop Herts Vision Loss will receive 1% of whatever you spend. Members also receive 5% on their card to spend next time they buy Co-op products.
To automatically donate to us you must select us as your chosen charity in your Co-op membership account.
There are two easy routes for signing up as a Co-op member:

Either online:

1) Join online by going to this web page: https://membership.coop.co.uk/new-registration
2) Once you have signed up you can choose Herts Vision Loss as your chosen charity.
3) If you are already a member you can sign in and add Herts Vision Loss as your chosen charity.

Or by phone and in person:

1) Go to any Co-op shop and buy a temporary membership card for £1.
2) Call the Co-op membership line on 0800 023 4708 and register your membership with the temporary card number. You can then nominate us as your charity.

Or: Call the membership line on 0800 023 4708 to join over the phone, you will have to type in your bank card details over the phone to pay the £1 joining fee.

To see how much has been raised for us so far you can click here: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/13494

Donations received will be used to pay for the “Cooking with Confidence” programme. This will offer cookery classes to visually impaired people in our area supporting them to sustain their independent living skills and increase confidence in the kitchen.

The Co-op funding will help us deliver cookery classes.
If you visit the three Co-op stores in Welwyn Garden City you may notice that they are supporting Herts Vision Loss as a named Co-op Community Fund charity. The stores are at Hall Grove, Shoplands and Cole Green Lane (Woodhall).
The Welwyn Garden City branch of Co-op Funeral Care is also supporting our cause. Using your membership card when making any purchase there also makes a 1% donation to us if we are your named cause. You can find their details online here: https://funeralcare.coop.co.uk/finder/welwyn-garden-city/AL7-4ST/1-southfield
The Co-op funding continues until the end of October 2018.

We are very grateful to the Co-op for supporting us and offering us this great opportunity to raise much needed funds.

Coop membership graphic



Older news: We have now added a section to the website which gives details of the Talking Newspapers in Hertfordshire, this can be found under area information on the top menu.

We held our Curry Night fundraising event at the Raj Mahal in Stevenage on the 12th September. Sixty people attended and fun night was had by all, we’ve had some great feedback from some of the guests. Together with our lively auction and raffle on the night we raised some £2400 in support of our charity. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event and contributed to making to it a memorable night. We look forward to organising a similar event next year.  Below is a picture taken by one of the guests on the night of guests enjoying their Indian cuisine.

Diners enjoying their food at the Curry Night

Diners enjoying their food at the Curry Night

Tandem Cycling trip:

After some months of planning a small group of people visited the Lee Valley Velodrome to try out Tandem Cycling on 30th August. This was the venue for the 2012 Olympic cycling in Stratford, the indoor banked circuit where Sir Chris Hoy won his gold medals, quite an imposing track in other words! Our riders went out on professional fixed wheel tandem bikes with no brakes. With the excellent tuition from the Velodrome’s Tandem pilot’s they all had an exhilarating couple of hours on the steeply banked track. By the end our riders where riding high up on the banked curves enjoying the thrill of the chase and the wind in their hair. It was a great trip and our group would recommend anyone give it a try, our thanks to Lee Valley Park for the opportunity enabling us to do this. Below are a few pictures from the day:

Group Picture at the Velodrome

Group Picture at the Velodrome

Sammy was keen to have a go!

Sammy the guide dog was keen to have a go!


Powering down the straight

Powering down the straight on a tandem


A tandem rider up on the banked curve

A tandem high on the banked curve


Finally, below is a short clip of two tandems on the track, there is very little audio as the track is fast and fairly quiet.