Local peer support group

National peer support group

  • Date and Time info: 3/07/2024 from 19:00:00 to 20:00:00
  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Online

This National Peer Support Group provides a welcoming, safe and friendly opportunity for people with inherited sight loss to meet up to share experiences, tips and information. Meetings are held quarterly - Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter and cover a range of different topics and guest speakers.

We are pleased to invite you to join us for our National Peer Support Group Summer meeting where we are delighted to welcome along Geoff Spink, Ambassador for British disability flying charity, Aerobility.

Aerobility is a UK based, registered charity. Founded in 1993, they change lives by providing anyone, with any disability with access to the magic and wonder of flight. They do this because taking the controls of an aircraft drives a focus on capability and encourages their flyers to ask the question ‘If I can fly an aeroplane, what else can I do?

A user lead organisation, Aerobility is run largely by disabled aviators, for disabled people. Through various fundraising initiatives and careful management strategies they allow disabled people to fly for a fraction of the commercial rate.

Geoff comes from an RAF family with both his mother and father serving overseas in World War II. This perhaps fostered his fascination with everything aeronautical, something that Geoff always ruled out pursuing on account of his severely impaired vision. Geoff instead pursued a career in journalism and spent the bulk of his working life at the BBC.

Geoff’s first encounter with Aerobility was as a BBC journalist at the Mobility Roadshow at Kemble Airfield. He was offered a short flight with Aerobility which he was only too happy to accept.

In 2022, Geoff completed Aerobility’s Virtual Aviation Experience (VAE) before applying for a flying scholarship after being asked why he hadn’t flown for real by his VAE instructor. A short time later Geoff was successful in applying for a five hour flying scholarship with the charity.

Since his scholarship Geoff has continued flying. He is aware that he will never pass a medical but is determined to reach a standard where he can fly without the instructor giving prompts or intervening, essentially as a safety pilot. He is also keen to help spread the word about the benefits of flying among the disabled community.

 

We hope you can join us to hear about what tailored experiences this great charity can offer to those who are blind or visually impaired, giving you the opportunity to pilot your own plane!

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Venue

This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

 

Please note that this meeting will be recorded and the audio only uploaded to our You Tube channel so please do not share any personal contact information. However, please feel free to share your experiences living with sight loss but only if you feel comfortable in doing so and remember that others outside of this meeting will be able to hear it on this public platform.