National Eye Health Week – Beacon @ Merry Hill

This year’s National Eye Health Week (NEHW) will take place from 24 to 30 September 2018, promoting the importance of eye health.

For NEHW 2018, Beacon has joined forces with intu Merry Hill to help shoppers understand the importance of eye health and the support available to those living with a visual impairment. With a special interactive stand, the public will have the chance to learn about living with sight loss and how Beacon can support them and their loved ones. We will be located on the lower mall near M&S all week and will be open from 10am – 4pm Monday through to Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday.  

Our activities and awareness sessions in Merry Hill involve interaction and will encourage people to take part and experience how Beacon makes a difference to those living with sight loss. Here is a flavour of the week ahead and other events:

Merry Hill

Monday 24 September – Fab Lab and opening event
On Monday we will kick off by showcasing interactive tools used by the Fab Lab. Members of the public will have the chance to get involved and learn how technological advancements are helping people with sight loss. This will include VI goggles, tablets with specially adapted apps and lots more.

Tuesday 25 September – Health & Wellbeing (Stourbridge)
The Stourbridge team will be hosting VI interactive games to help promote an active and social lifestyle. In addition, there will be a hoola hoop fitness class which will be run by an expert.

Wednesday 26 September – BBO evolve employment support, community activity team and Beacon Opticians
The BBO team be highlighting employment support available to those living with sight loss and or a disability through Beacon. Community activity team will be on hand to show their Tandem bike skills, whilst encouraging people to participate and discuss why sports activities help those living with sight loss. Staffordshire cricket will also be joining us to demonstrate VI cricket and will once again encourage public involvement. And in the afternoon Michaela Richards from Beacon Opticians Plus will be on hand to discuss lifestyle choices and the impact on eye health. 

Thursday 27 September – Craft and cooking sessions (Stourbridge)
The Stourbridge team will demonstrate their amazing craft skills such as flower arrangements. Later in the day there will be a VI cooking demonstration which will highlight everyday devices that help maintain independence.

Friday 28 September – Wolves F.C and Physio
On Friday Wolves Community Trust will be on site all day and will help demonstrate, with public interaction, basic football skills with sim specs. We will also have the pleasure of seeing the Championship Cup on display on our stand. Lee Tranter will be providing an insight into physical therapy and wellbeing support for those living with a visual impairment or a long-term condition.

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September – Beacon overview
On the two final days Beacon staff will be on hand to talk and showcase all areas of Beacon. There will be continued focus on interactive tools used by the Fab Lab – similar to Mondays event.