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Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation

Extra Braille Bar on Tuesday

National Braille Week will soon be upon us, and we are planning a special event to mark this important occasion in the calendar.

As such, we have decided to break with our usual routine and host our next Braille Bar on Tuesday 5 October, in place of a Masterclass. No registration required – just turn up and have your braille questions answered by our panel of experts.

It starts at 7:30 PM and you can join the Braille Bar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88035088878?pwd=NHdkR2s1aDZsV1RCUmpQNWh3YWNaQT09

We Are Recruiting a New Treasurer

The Braillists Foundation seeks to co-opt a volunteer with expertise of managing the finances of a small Charitable Incorporated Organisation to its Board of Trustees.

The successful candidate will be responsible for day-to-day financial administration, financial monitoring, reporting on the health of the finances to the other Trustees on a monthly basis, and the production of annual accounts in line with the regulations of the Charity Commission in England and Wales. He/she will also be responsible for the monitoring and assessment of the accounts in which the Braillists Foundation deposits its funds, recommending changes to the account portfolio to the Board as they become necessary and overseeing their implementation in accordance with the wishes of the Trustees.

The Treasurer is a full Member of the Board of Trustees, with all associated rights and responsibilities, and will be expected to participate in monthly Board meetings via online/telephone conference call. The expected amount of time required to undertake the full remit of this post should not usually exceed three hours per month.

For further details, please download the job description.

A New Role for Matthew

Many readers will know that Matthew Horspool has been Secretary of the Braillists Foundation since it was registered in January 2020, and latterly has also acted as Treasurer. However, he also maintains a very busy lifestyle at Coventry Cathedral and, with the number of services and events there increasing following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, he has decided that the time is right for him to step down from these roles. His official final day as a Trustee was last Friday, and the Board are now finalising plans for his succession.

This is not quite goodbye, though: some of the grant funding from the newly renamed Churchill Fellowship announced in June has been put towards a new role of General Manager, which Matthew has agreed to fill. Starting today, he will be working for the Braillists for the whole day on Tuesday and half a day on Friday, and in this new capacity will still be monitoring the Help address, producing the Braillecast podcast and keeping the website and newsletter up-to-date. He will also be responsible for other day-to-day management functions and driving forward some exciting new projects which we will be announcing over the coming months.

We look forward to working with Matthew in his new role and continuing to shape and develop the Braillists in the coming months.

Latest Podcast: Braille Displays and Other Products from Computer Room Services (Episode 30)

Published on 17th August

How many listeners remember Talks? The popular screen reader for Series 60 and other phones running the Symbian operating system. It first came to the market in the early 2000s, and perhaps its most well-known proponent in the UK was Steve Nutt, the man behind Computer Room Services. His expertise when it comes to mobile phones is unparalleled and, unphased by the slow demise of Symbian, he's now just as well-known for his knowledge of Android. There's more to Steve than phones though. His company offers assistive technology training and consultancy; braille transcription; and sells a wide range of products including digital audio recorders, talking gadgets, talking book machines, speech synthesizers and other assistive software and, most notably for this podcast, an assortment of braille products. In addition to flagship displays from VisioBraille and Esys, he also sells the full range of leather cases from Executive Products, including a case for the popular Orbit Reader 20. Call Computer Room Services: 01438 742286 Also In This Episode
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Find out more at braillecast.com

Free Slates and Styluses Still Available!

We still have some A4 braille frames and styluses to give away to anyone living in the UK or Ireland. All we ask is that, if we send you some equipment and you decide you no longer want it, you agree to give it away rather than selling it.

For introductions to using this kit, please see recordings of our previous Masterclasses, available at braillists.org/media or via the Braillecast podcast.

To request your free equipment, please email Stephanie on equipment@braillists.org or call her on 020 3893 3392. Please be sure to include your postal address when you write to her, otherwise she won’t know where to send it!

Paper for the A4 hand frame can be obtained from a number of suppliers – please see the page at braillists.org/braille/consumables for more information.

N.B. logistics are being handled by our partner, Vision Through Sound CIC. Your data will therefore be held by them in addition to the Braillists Foundation. However, please be assured that they will only use your data in order to dispatch Braillists Foundation products and will not use it for their own marketting purposes.

If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can ask on the Braillists’ email forum for advice on similar resources in your country.

Links and Meeting IDs for our Regular Events

Masterclasses, First and Third Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 PM

Registration Link: https://is.gd/RUH5vc

Meeting ID: 824 7645 2710

Passcode: 123456

Braille Bar, Second and Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 PM

Join Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88035088878?pwd=NHdkR2s1aDZsV1RCUmpQNWh3YWNaQT09

Meeting ID: 880 3508 8878

Passcode: 123456

Book Club, every Thursday at 6:00 PM

Join Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89353220947

Meeting ID: 893 5322 0947


For more information, visit braillists.org/events. To join by phone, refer to the instructions at braillists.org/events/instructions. Our events are carefully moderated in line with our policy at braillists.org/events/moderation. Note that all events take place in the UK and are listed in UK time.

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