The Ipswich Blind Society is managed by a Board of Trustees of which there are currently ten members and which meet every three months. The Board comprises a mix of visually impaired and sighted, retired and working members from across all walks of the local Community.
On a day-to-day basis the Society employs a Secretary, a Community Care Supervisor and a Community Worker. The Society's Accountants are An Accounting Gem Ltd, Knightsdale Road, Ipswich, and its Auditors are Scrutton Bland, Museum Street, Ipswich.
However, we would like to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of our Society, that is our first rate team of Volunteers who all work so hard and demonstrate such tremendous commitment to ensure the continued smooth running of all our activities including our new Telephone Befriending Service, our IT training, all our clubs, coffee mornings, outings, holidays and guided walks. Thank you so much, we wouldn't be able to do it without you.
How the Ipswich Blind Society meets its objectives:
- Our office at 19 Tower Street is open and manned by our Secretary for face-to-face and telephone enquiries from 9 am to 1 pm, Monday to Friday.
- We operate an Equipment and Information Resource Centre at Tower Street where aids are displayed, demonstrated and sold, and where equipment may be used in the office by any IBS member.
- We employ two Community Workers to visit all new IBS members as well as our less mobile members at home.
- We facilitate the running of a Men's Club, a Mixed Club, a club for younger members called Blink, and a number of Bowls Clubs.
- We organise annual outings and holidays.
- We produce a newsletter three times a year called "Foresight" which includes news, an interview, a competition, a survey, items for sale and a calendar of activities. These can also be produced on Audio Cassette upon request
- We attend the Suffolk Low Vision Service Committee and the Suffolk Sensory Forum which meets quarterly and we liaise with Sensing Change.
- We distribute wirelesses for the British Wireless for the Blind.
- We organise exhibitions in Ipswich for suppliers and manufacturers of aids for the visually impaired.
- We organise monthly guided walks providing transport and ending with a visit to a local public house.
- We operate a Telephone Befriending Service to tackle loneliness and provide social contact whereby members can request a regular telephone call as often as they wish from one of our visually impaired volunteers.
- We provide IT training to help visually impaired members operate their own specialist computer software.
- We hold Coffee Mornings at Tower Street every month
- We organise a Quarterly Lottery whereby half the proceeds are allocated to prizes and half to the IBS.
- A handyman service
- A support vehicle equipped to carry wheelchair users