Emergency NOISE July 2020       Corona Virus Update: 31st July 2020

Dear Friend. We hope that you are keeping safe and well. We're aiming to update our website at least every fortnight, so please check back here for the latest news.

When will our office and activities re-start? We understand the extra difficulties during the current times. Safety is our main concern, and all of our support is for people who are vulnerable, including some who are particularly so. Although our office is still closed, risk assessments have been undertaken and adjustments made to enable some staff to work part-time, on key tasks to ensure we can continue our important work once we can re-open.

Vacancies for TWO Advisers within our Energy Project Team (Published 31st July 2020): Details are now available on our Vacancies page of this website.

Audio Books: We have a small selection which we can send to our clients. Most books are on CD, and there are also MP3 files and even a few on cassette. If you are interested, please contact Helen at NCBA (01670 514316). For MP3 files you will need to send her a USB stick to be copied on to. These can be obtained from Calibre, RNIB, or many shops.

Telephone Contact Service: Our fantastic team of volunteers (made up of individuals and groups, as well as volunteers from Lions, HealthWatch, Age UK, Alzheimers Society, and NCC) continues to to keep in contact with our vulnerable service users. Thank you as always to them all.

Volunteers are returning to work or other activities: About half of our phone service volunteers are not able to continue to give their time to calling our clients. We are grateful for their valuable support and wish them well.

Would you like to be called? If you would like us to allocate a volunteer to call you, please let us know using the contact details in point 4 below and we will arrange this as soon as we can.

New volunteers:  We welcome volunteers who have recently joined our team. They are helping to ensure continuity of support for clients who have asked for this. We always need more volunteers, so I would love to hear from you if you would like to join our phone service. Please email barry.frost@ncba.org.uk

Some useful contacts are shown below:

  1. For emergency support, telephone the Local Authority on 01670 536400‚Äč

  2. For help with things like transport to your GP, essential shopping, etc., please call the Northumberland Community Response team on 01670 620015

  3. If your matter is not urgent and someone is already contacting you (e.g. as part of a group or you already have someone assigned to you) please contact them

  4. If you do not already have someone contacting you and would like us to arrange this, please phone NCBA (01670 514316) or email Barry Frost at barry.frost@ncba.org.uk. We have tried to call every single one of our clients we have a phone number for, so if you haven't heard from us it could be because we do not have your current contact details. Please do get in touch to let us know.

Please look after yourself and make sure you follow the Government Advice.

We will be back as soon as we are able to. From the Team at Northumberland County Blind Association

In the mean time, please check out the following: