Volunteers wanted!

Volunteers are wanted to take part in a research project that is developed at the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU), Anglia Ruskin University (Young street campus, Cambridge). This research investigates how human locomotion is affected by time constraints and visual conditions. Your participation will help us identify what aspects of gait are affected by these factors, and potentially help inform future assistive interventions.

You can take part in the study if the following criteria apply to you:

1)           Aged 65 years and older (≥ 65 years old)
2)           Diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, or not having any eye disease (wearing glasses or contact lenses is OK for the study)

Taking part would involve one, approximately 2.5 hour visit, to the mobility lab in VERU. At the start of the session, you would participate in four non-invasive vision tests that you will have almost certainly encountered previously. The main aspect of the research will then involve walking and negotiating obstacles in the lab whilst your movements are non-invasively tracked using a motion capture system and a head mounted eye-tracker. You will be asked to perform the experiment whilst being provided with various movement time feedback.

If you would like to participate or want more information, please contact Dr Tjerk Zult (please see below for contact information).

Yours sincerely,

Tjerk Zult, PhD | Post-doctoral research fellow
Vision and Eye Research Unit | School of Medicine | Anglia Ruskin University
Young Street 213, CB1 2LZ, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1223698473 | E-mail: tjerk.zult@anglia.ac.uk

Cookery taster sessions!

Cam Sight is organising a series of cookery skills sessions for local people with blindness and low vision.

The sessions will be run by Cam Sight member of staff Nick Burr.  Nick worked as a chef before losing his sight and now he’s sharing not only his cookery skills but also his adapted techniques and experiences as a blind cook.

The first session is taking place on Saturday 28 April, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, at Impington Village College. The group will independently cook a tagliatelle ragu from scratch, starting with ordering the ingredients to the end result. Places available for people, 16 years and over living with low vision or blindness.

The sessions are free of charge as a donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Please contact Nick Burr at Cam Sight on 01223 420033 Ext. 29 or nick@camsight.org.uk to book a place.

Low Vision Day with Professional Vision Services

Low Vision Day at Cam Sight.   

Thursday 22 March, 10am – 3pm

Professional Vision Services (PVS), suppliers of the MagniLink  range of CCTV video magnification products, will be joined at Cam Sight’s Cambridge Centre by charities British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWFBF) and the Macular Society for a day of product demonstrations.

PVS will be showing the latest versions of their popular electronic magnifiers and BWBF their range of adapted audio equipment.  The Macular Society will be on hand to provide information and advice on macular conditions.

We look forward to welcoming you at Cam Sight, 167 Green End Road, Cambridge, CB4 1RW.

For further information please call 01223 420033 and ask for Jerry Gilbert or email jerry@camsight.org.uk.

Touch Tours at the Museum of Zoology and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Forthcoming Touch Tours at the Museum of Zoology & Fitzwilliam Museum.

Tuesday 23 January – Whale Tales at the Museum of Zoology.
2.15pm – 4pm FREE

Explore the museum of Zoology’s amazing handling box all about whales and the sea and hear about the remarkable conservation story in which a historic painting of a whale reappeared from underneath layers of paint in a seascape from the Fitzwilliam Museum. Meet at Zoology Entrance. Tea and coffee break provided. Guide dogs and companions welcome.


Tuesday 17 April – Things of Beauty Growing at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
2.15pm – 4pm FREE

Join exhibition curator, Helen Ritchie, in a tour of the Museum’s major exhibition of British studio pottery, Things of Beauty Growing, which showcases the history and ongoing practice of one of the most dynamic art forms in the UK today. The tour will be followed by a handling session of ceramics from the collection of Dr Shakeshaft, who bequeathed his large collection of studio pottery to the Museum in 2016. Meet at the Courtyard Entrance of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Tea and coffee break provided. Guide dogs and companions welcome.

Booking essential. Contact 01223 332904 or education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk


Sampson Orchestra concert in aid of Cam Sight

We are extremely grateful to the Sampson Orchestra for their continued support.  Their next concert will be on Sunday 28 January at 7.30pm at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

Entitled Romance and Revolution the programme will include:

Rachmaninov   Piano Concerto No 1
Shostakovich  Symphony No 10
Khachaturian  Masquerade Suite

Tickets are available from Sally Nott at Cam Sight on 01223 420033 Ext. 25 or sally.n@camsight.org.uk

Full price £18
Concessions £16
Students £10
Under 16 £5

Charity of the Year 2018



We are thrilled and delighted to be chosen by ctm IT support as their Charity of the Year for 2018.

ctm are a local company based in Stow-cum-Quy who design, install and support IT networks for small and medium sized businesses. We are very much looking forward to working with them throughout 2018 to raise awareness and funds for our services supporting local people with low vision and blindness.



The Black Bull Whittlesey

A huge thank you to publican Rose and bar attendant Jude from the Black Bull public house Whittlesey for your generosity and hospitality. The Black Bull hosts our Whittlesey Support group free of charge, every third Wednesday of the month from 10.30am to 12 noon. We are truly grateful for your support.

Cam Sight runs monthly meetings across Cambridgeshire for adults living with low vision or blindness, their carers, and their family members. The groups provide an opportunity to meet others within the community with similar experiences. By sharing tips on how to do things differently and helping one another, great friendships are formed.

Groups meet on a weekday morning or afternoon for members to enjoy a range of different activities from guest speakers, entertainment, quizzes, and light refreshment. Members are kept updated on the newest equipment and support available from Cam Sight and other local and national organisations.

Groups are currently held in:

•    Bar Hill
•    Bourn
•    Burwell
•    Cambridge
•    Chatteris
•    Cottenham
•    Fulbourn
•    Girton
•    Haslingfield
•    Histon and Impington
•    Linton
•    Littleport
•    Melbourn
•    Sawston
•    Soham
•    Stapleford
•    Whittlesey
•    Wisbech

People from neighbouring villages are most welcome to attend.

If you would like to join one of the groups, talk to Lulu Kirby, Community Support and Rural Support Worker, by emailing lulu@camsight.org.uk or calling 01223 420033 Ext.24.

Charity Christmas car parking in Cambridge

Cam Sight is delighted to be a beneficiary of this year’s Christmas Car parking campaign by the Rotary club of Cambridge South.

Every Saturday and Sunday – plus during the period between Christmas and New Year – volunteers from Cam Sight, other local charities and Rotary Cambridge South, will be staffing three car parks, at:

• Cambridge Assessment, Park Terrace, CB1 2EU
• Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, CB2 1EW
• Downing Site, Tennis Court Road, CB2 1GA.

All funds raised through parking fees will go towards local charities, including Cam Sight, so please show your support by using these car parks if you are driving into Cambridge in the run up to Christmas.

A huge thank you to Rotary Cambridge South for your continued support.

Fundraising and Promotions Officer

Job Vacancy – Fundraising and Promotions Officer.

We are seeking the above post, 30 hours per week – £19,430 pro rata.

We are looking for a self-motivated team player to join our team in the role of Fundraising and Promotions Officer. The aim of this role is to raise funds, to promote the profile and image of Cam Sight, and to increase awareness of Cam Sight in the community.

Please download the following to find out more about the role:

Cam Sight Fundraising and Promotions Officer Job Description
Cam Sight Fundraising and Promotions Officer Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please return the application form and the equal opportunities to us. Closing date for applications is Sunday 10 December 2017.

Interviews will be held on Monday 18 December 2017.

Vote for Cam Sight!

We need your help to win funding to continue running our Emotional Support service please. We have entered the Aviva Community Fund competition and are trying to get enough votes from friends, family and supporters for our project to be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

Please register on their website and search for Cam Sight Emotional Support for Visually Impaired People. You get 10 votes to use how you want. You can give all your votes to Cam Sight or spread them around amongst up to 10 projects. The choice is yours!

Thank you very much for your continued support.