FOUR SWANS VISION


            FOUR SWANS VISION

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If you are interested in any of these activities 
please contact us for more details on: 
 Phone:  07985 536216
or  

 Email:  [email protected]

  • Four Swans Vision offer the following activities:

  • Sports:

  • Four Swans Vision VI (Visually Impaired Persons') Sports Day - Hertfordshire's First Ever!

  • FSV Visually Impaired Persons' Tennis Club.

  • FSV Visually Impaired Persons' Guided Running.

  • FSV Visually Impaired Persons' Golf Lessons.


Other FSV Activities:

  • FSV Art Workshops.

  • FSV Ceramic Workshops.

  • Peer Mentoring Support.

  • Four Swans Vision Sensory Garden Raised Beds.

  • Four Swans Vision Sensory Garden Outreach Projects.


  • We also arrange trips to:

  • The theatre, audio described cinema, seaside, audio described/touch tours of museums and places of interest, football matches, Ten Pin Bowling, Top Golf, to name just a few.

  • In addition to the above, we also endeavour to fund raise via Tombola's to subsidize our Activities and Trips.


  • Scroll down for further details.


Sports:

 FSV Visually Impaired Persons' Tennis Club:


Four Swans Vision Visually Impaired Persons Tennis Club: Meet term-time on Fridays from 12 pm to 2 pm. 


Using specially adapted sound balls from Japan and short tennis rackets Visually Impaired Peoples Tennis is played on either a badminton court or the service lines of a regular sized tennis court.  Up to 3 bounces for Totally Blind Players and 2 bounces for Partially Sighted Players.  The player serving must say 'ready', then the receiving player shouts 'yes' then the serving player shouts  'play' immediately before they hit the ball to alert the opponent that the ball is imminently coming towards them.  VIP Tennis may be played with sighted players.



 


                                       

                  

 

                     


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Four Swans Vision VIP Guided Running:

 Below is a letter from Steve Parrianen:

 

Visually Impaired Persons' Running Steve's story...

 

I am lucky enough to have my sight and have enjoyed the benefits of running on a weekly basis for a number of years. I run a couple of half marathons each year with friends from a small running group called Team GFR and have run 2 marathons.

 

Any runner will agree with me when I say that it gives you a true unparalleled feeling of freedom and vitality. From a scientific perspective, running releases endorphins in the body that make you feel naturally high and alert keeping the brain in check when dealing with stress and other conditions.

 

After going to see a number of events at last year's London Olympics and Paralympics, where I saw so many inspirational and determined athletes competing, I decided that I wanted to try to support visually impaired people as a volunteer.

 

My life, like many that of many people, is pretty hectic with long working days, regular business trips, family and social commitments.  There are simply not enough hours in the day!!!!!  So could someone like me help?

 

I decided that I would approach a local voluntary community organisation in Waltham Cross called Four Swans Vision to offer my services as a guide runner.

 

Four Swans Vision are dedicated to improving the lives of Visually Impaired People aged 18 years and over and their guide/companion, founded to provide support and social activities for blind and partially sighted people. Their main objectives are to generate opportunities for Visually Impaired People (VIP), to engage in meaningful activities that both harness their enthusiasm and deliver real outcomes by empowering our members with new skills and knowledge. They offer friendship, understanding and encouragement, demonstrating that eyesight loss isn't a barrier to enjoying activities, it just means that adjustments have to be considered.

 

After meeting the truly inspirational co-founder and leader of Four Swans Vision, Fiona Musgrove, talking about the organisation, its goals and going through the formalities of registering as a volunteer, I was put in touch with a VIP, Tim, living a few miles away from my home. I spoke with him on the phone and we met up for a chat to discuss if we'd be compatible as running partners. That was in January 2013 and we haven't looked back! I drive over to Tim's place every Saturday morning at 8am and we go to different locations for a one to two hour run. We've developed a good understanding as we run together connected by our tether rope.

 

We both enjoy it and have formed a solid friendship. We're training to do the St. Albans Half Marathon on 9th June 2013.  Running together gives us a chance to talk about no end of topics although we have to pause periodically for shouts of "kerb up", "kerb down", "bear left", "straighten up" etc.

 

Tim is a really impressive guy and I've learned a huge amount from him and the daily life of a VIP. It has made me realise how lucky I am to have sight. He is the most positive person I've ever met!

 

Since starting the Visually Impaired Guide Running, a few of my regular running friends have become interested and one has joined Tim and I for some runs.  By expanding the base, it means that the running can continue even if I have an injury or am not able to make a session.  That said, reliability and consistency is the key to making the VI Running successful.

 

Anyone can do this if they're willing to make a regular commitment. My running takes up a couple of hours of my weekend. Not that much time in the overall scheme of things.

Guide runners need to be matched to the VIP's running pace and it's good if you are compatible as people!

Life is too short to think about things without taking action.

If you'd like to be a Visually Impaired Guide Runner, please contact Four Swans Vision.

Steve.


 
Steve's story
 
I am lucky enough to have my sight and have enjoyed the benefits of running on a weekly basis for a number of years. I run a couple of half marathons each year with friends from a small running group called Team GFR and have run 2 marathons.
 
Any runner will agree with me when I say that it gives you a true unparalleled feeling of freedom and vitality. From a scientific perspective, running releases endorphins in the body that make you feel naturally high and alert keeping the brain in check when dealing with stress and other conditions.
 
After going to see a number of events at last year's London Olympics and Paralympics, where I saw so many inspirational and determined athletes competing, I decided that I wanted to try to support visually impaired people as a volunteer.
 
My life, like many that of many people, is pretty hectic with long working days, regular business trips, family and social commitments.  There are simply not enough hours in the day!!!!!  So could someone like me help?
 
I decided that I would approach a local voluntary community organisation in Waltham Cross called Four Swans Vision to offer my services as a guide runner.
 
Four Swans Vision are dedicated to improving the lives of Visually Impaired People aged 18 years and over and their guide/companion, founded to provide support and social activities for blind and partially sighted people. Their main objectives are to generate opportunities for Visually Impaired People (VIP), to engage in meaningful activities that both harness their enthusiasm and deliver real outcomes by empowering our members with new skills and knowledge. They offer friendship, understanding and encouragement, demonstrating that eyesight loss isn't a barrier to enjoying activities, it just means that adjustments have to be considered.
 
After meeting the truly inspirational co-founder and leader of Four Swans Vision, Fiona Musgrove, talking about the organisation, its goals and going through the formalities of registering as a volunteer, I was put in touch with a VIP, Tim, living a few miles away from my home. I spoke with him on the phone and we met up for a chat to discuss if we'd be compatible as running partners. That was in January 2013 and we haven't looked back! I drive over to Tim's place every Saturday morning at 8am and we go to different locations for a one to two hour run. We've developed a good understanding as we run together connected by our tether rope.
 
We both enjoy it and have formed a solid friendship. We're training to do the St.Albans Half Marathon on 9th June 2013.  Running together gives us a chance to talk about no end of topics although we have to pause periodically for shouts of "kerb up", "kerb down", "bear left", "straighten up" etc.
 
Tim is a really impressive guy and I've learned a huge amount from him and the daily life of a VIP. It has made me realise how lucky I am to have sight. He is the most positive person I've ever met!
 
Since starting the Visually Impaired Guide Running, a few of my regular running friends have become interested and one has joined Tim and I for some runs. By expanding the base, it means that the running can continue even if I have an injury or am not able to make a session. That said, reliability and consistency is the key to making the VI Running successful.
Anyone can do this if they're willing to make a regular commitment. My running take up a couple of hours of my weekend. Not that much time in the overall scheme of things.
Guide runners need to be matched to the VIP's running pace and it's good if you are compatible as people!
 
Life is too short to think about things without taking action.
 
If you'd like to be a Visually Impaired Guide Runner, please contact Four Swans Vision.
 
 
Steve 

 

    


Photo:  Steve Parrianen,

Four Swans Vision Volunteer & Guide Runner

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Thank you to Henry Tilly, the sports shop at Cheshunt pond, who very kindly donated six pairs of Four Swans Vision running vests.  Photo below: 

 

  
 
 


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FSV Visually Impaired Persons' Golf Lessons

Learn how to play Golf with PGA Advanced Professional Chris Payne.  Contact us by phone or email, details are above.
 

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Art Workshops

Art Workshops

   

Photo collage of Ceramic workshop and our works of art! :)

Four Swans Vision Art Workshops:  

 

 FOUR SWANS VISION

Dedicated to improving the lives of visually impaired people


Presents:

?Four Swans Vision Art Workshops?

 

 

 Art Workshop Three:  Day One

to commence:

12 March 2014 in the CVS Shop*

 

  Art Workshop Three:  Day Two

 

To commence:

 

19 March 2014 in the CVS Shop*

  

 

Art Workshop Three:  Day Three 

 To commence:

26 March 2014 in the CVS Shop*

 






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Please contact  FOUR SWANS VISION  on:

Phone:  07985536216

Email:  [email protected]


 *CVS Shop is the Shop with dark blue shutters, next to  Bartholomew Court.

**With Thanks to:  The National Lottery Good Causes for making this Project possible 

 Link to 'Four Swans Vision Art Workshop'  project on: National Lottery Good Causes Webpage:

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/four-swans-vision

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FOUR SWANS VISION

Dedicated to improving the lives of visually impaired people


Is Presenting:

?Four Swans Vision Art Workshops?


Art Workshop Two:  Day One

to commence:

29 January 2014 in the CVS Shop*

 

  Art Workshop Two:  Day Two

 

To commence:

5 February 2014 in the CVS Shop*

  

 Art Workshop Two:  Day Three

To commence:

19 February 2014 in the CVS Shop*




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Please contact  FOUR SWANS VISION  on:

Phone:  07985536216

Email:  fourswans[email protected]


*CVS Shop is the Shop with dark blue shutters, next to  Bartholomew Court.

**With Thanks to:  The National Lottery Good Causes for making this Project possible 

 Link to 'Four Swans Vision Art Workshop'  project on: National Lottery Good Causes Webpage:

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/four-swans-vision

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FOUR SWANS VISION

Dedicated to improving the lives of visually impaired people


Is Presenting:

?Four Swans Vision Art Workshops?


Art Workshop One:  Day One

to commence:

9 October 2013 in the CVS Shop

  

   Art Workshop One:  Day Two

 

To commence:

13 November  2013 in the CVS Shop 

 

 Art Workshop One:  Day Three

To commence:

20 November  2013 in the CVS Shop




Please contact  FOUR SWANS VISION  on:

Phone:  07985536216

Email:  [email protected]


*CVS Shop is the Shop with dark blue shutters, next to  Bartholomew Court.

**With Thanks to:  The National Lottery Good Causes for making this Project possible 

 Link to 'Four Swans Vision Art Workshop'  project on: National Lottery Good Causes Webpage:

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/four-swans-vision

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**With Thanks to:

The National Lottery Good Causes for making

this Project possible 

 

 Link to 'Four Swans Vision Art Workshop'

project on: National Lottery Good Causes  

Webpage:

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/four-swans-vision

 

**With Thanks to:

The National Lottery Good Causes for making

this Project possible 

 

 Link to 'Four Swans Vision Art Workshop'

project on: National Lottery Good Causes  

Webpage:

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/four-swans-vision

 

**With Thanks to:

The National Lottery Good Causes for making

this Project possible 

 

 Link to 'Four Swans Vision Art Workshop'

project on: National Lottery Good Causes  

Webpage:

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/four-swans-vision

 

 Link to 'Four Swans Vision Art Workshop'

project on: National Lottery Good Causes  

Webpage:

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/four-swans-vision

 

 

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 Link to 'Four Swans Vision Art Workshop'

project on: National Lottery Good Causes  

Webpage:

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/four-swans-vision

 

 

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 Link to 'Four Swans Vision Art Workshop'

project on: National Lottery Good Causes  

Webpage:

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/four-swans-vision

 

 

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Peer Mentoring Support
 
Providing much needed emotional support for V.I. people and their carers/companions.
 
 

 

With thanks to B3 Living and Dave Hewitt of 

Hertfordshire County Council for making these

projects possible    

 

  

 
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Sensory Garden Beds & Outreach Projects
Four Swans Vision Sensory Garden Raised Beds at Holmesdale Tunnel open Space.
 
Check out our raised Sensory Garden beds - either side of the seat in-front of the artwork by the yellow path.
 
 
From this...
 
 
  
 
 
 To this!!!...

 
 
  
  
 Dahlia
 

  Sea Holly - Bethlehem

   

  Sea Holly - Bethlehem

  

  Dahlia

 

  Hart's Tongue Fern

  

  Sedum Spectabile

  

  Marjoram

   

  and last but not least, here is a Daddy Long

Legs... 

  

 

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Four Swans Vision 
Sensory Garden Outreach Projects
  
  •  A chance to experience gardening as visually 
impaired person.  Using other senses when sight is
 
restricted with blindfolds to simulate being V I.

*  Plant up a pot or hanging basket, with  carefully

selected plants to represent smell, touch and some

plants, taste which are senses use in compensation.

 

*  Learn how to recycle food containers, bottles,

newspapers etc to make pots to plant herbs and

other plants in.

 

*  Get out and about and meet new friends while

learning about gardening.

  

*  Growing your own has its health benefits too and

can be a cheaper alternative to shop bought food.

  

*  Everyone is welcome and it is a chance for Four

Swans Vision Members to work with their

community.

 

 Four Swans Vision

Sensory Garden Outreach Project No 1:
 
Date:   Sunday 14th July 2013

 Time:  11am - 3pm

 Venue:  Holmesdale Open Space Gateway, 

 Waltham Cross.

 

   
 Four Swans Vision
Sensory Garden Outreach Project No 2:
 
 Date:   Sunday 22nd September  2013

  Time:  12 noon - 5pm 

 Venue:  Albany Park, Hertford Road, Enfield.  EN3 5PA.

  Four Swans  Vision               Sensory Garden Outreach Project No 3

Photo collage of our FSV Sensory Garden Outreach Project - Event No 3 on Saturday 12th April 2014, 11am to 3pm.

 With thanks to Enfield Council's Residents Priority

Fund for making these projects possible 

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