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Whether you’re affected by sight loss, are blind or partially sighted or you know someone who is, this is your podcast. Your voice, your stories, your lives!

Latest Episodes

Removing barriers across borders - Richard Moore CEO Children in Crossfire

Children in Crossfire CEO Richard Moore shares his personal insights of the challenges and rewards of starting a global charity. Richard wanted to ‘give something back’ after he received so much compassion and support following a tragic injury that resulted in him being registered blind. Richard encourages listeners to not be afraid to reach out for help, and shares remarkable stories of the impact of the team’s work improving the lives of children and young people in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Some key quotes from this episode!: “Computerisation opened up a whole world for any blind person really.” “It’s all about forward planning and having the confidence to ask for help when you need. Whether it be in employment or not, I’m never afraid to ask for help. I think it’s an indication of strength. Any sighted person that thinks they get through the day without help from anybody, I think they’re bluffing. We all need help whenever those ‘some things’ come about.” “Much has been achieved and there’s much more to be done, and that’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.” “Life’s what you make it yourself sometimes.”

26 MIN2 w ago
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Removing barriers across borders - Richard Moore CEO Children in Crossfire

Up and Running with Marathon Man Tony Barclay

Marathon man Tony Barclay kindly joined us in the RNIB NI studio this month to tell us about the countless benefits of running. Tony founded VI Runners and Guide Runners NI and hopes to encourage more blind and partially sighted people to take up running, and more sighted runners to volunteer as guide runners to help others get out and enjoy the sport together. Tony said: “Believe you can do it; get off the sofa, get out and run. Enjoy the social benefits, the mental health benefits and the physical benefits and just be part of it! “You don’t have to run fast, you can walk, you can do a Couch to 5K; we’ve all the facilities in place to support you with this. Just reach out and have a go. You won’t regret it.” Get in touch! We’re always open to new topic ideas and eager to share local people’s experiences, tips and life hacks with others. Call us on: 028 9032 9373, email: craicon@rnib.org.uk (mailto:craicon@rnib.org.uk) , or tag @RNIBNI (https://twitter.com/RNIBNI) on twitter...

12 MINAUG 13
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Up and Running with Marathon Man Tony Barclay

John is a physiotherapist - he's also blind - John's story

John was working as a bookkeeper in Dublin when he realised he was going to lose more of his sight due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, and stumbled across the idea that he could retrain as a physiotherapist. He now runs his own practice in Derry/Londonderry and has a few words of wisdom to share in getting to grips with changes to your life due to sight loss. John says "Embarrassment is not a life threatening condition. It's uncomfortable, but it gets easier. Gaining confidence takes practice"

28 MINJUN 19
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John is a physiotherapist - he's also blind - John's story

Episode 15 - Local Blind Golf Champion Launches New Book

We were delighted to be joined by blind golf champion and now local Ballymena celebrity Drew Cochrane as he talked about his early life, sight loss diagnosis, subsequent depression and how he went on to discover the sport of blind golf, something he credits with saving his life. Drew talks candidly about his darkest days and how he went onto pen his life story in his book – From the Carry Row to Tokyo. Drew urges people to speak to someone about their mental health and take up a hobby or sport that focuses your mind, motivates you and connects you with likeminded people. If you would like to speak to someone about your sight loss, or about getting involved in the sport of blind golf, you can phone our Helpline on: 0303 123 9999.

23 MINAPR 25
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Episode 15 - Local Blind Golf Champion Launches New Book

Episode 14 - Talking tech with Leo

Leo, from Holywood loves all things tech, but it wasn't always that way. Leo is registered blind due to congenital cataracts and a few years ago decided it was time to get to grips with new phones and tablets. He describes how he hasn’t looked back since Technology Volunteer Anne got him started with an iphone

11 MINMAR 4
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Episode 14 - Talking tech with Leo

Craic On Episode 13 - Technology can change lives (A volunteer perspective)

Since 2013, Anne has been helping people who have experienced sight loss to upskill on the computer and use assistive technology such as ZoomText or JAWS in order to increase their chances in securing paid employment, or stay in their current job. More recently, she has been helping people get to grips with the latest phones and tablets to help make life that bit easier and enjoyable – from learning how to shop online, to keeping track of appointments and staying in touch with friends and family. We’re currently looking for more people like Anne who are willing to share some of their time to help people with sight loss get online and make the most of technology. Browse our current opportunities at rnib.org.uk/volunteering

16 MIN2018 DEC 31
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Craic On Episode 13 - Technology can change lives (A volunteer perspective)

Episode 12 - From construction to counsellor - Retraining in your 40s

Brian, from just outside Ballymena, shares how his life changed when his sight deteriorated significantly in his 40s due to rare genetic condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa. From working in construction, to going back to university and retraining as a counsellor, Brian shares how we came to terms with the significant change in his sight - in particular, the roles fundraising,technology training, and learning to use a cane, have played in shaping his new outlook on life. For support in employment, contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 to speak to a Sight Loss Advisor today.

14 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Episode 12 - From construction to counsellor - Retraining in your 40s

RNIB Craic On Podcast Episode 11 - Joe on travel

We're talking all things travel and holidays this month, and caught up with recent Craic On presenter Joe Kenny. In this episode Joe shares about his new commute to work, his love of the 'Go Line' bus, and we dare to mention the hot topics of shared space, accessible websites, and the #JustAskDontGrab campaign. In fact, he talked about so much, we had to give him his own podcast. Just kidding, thanks so much for sharing Joe! We'd love to have a proper chat with more people like this on an ongoing basis. If you'd like to share your story (of your own journey with sight loss, or experiences/tips/views on any subject), contact us on 028 9032 9373 or email [craicon@rnib.org.uk](mailto:craicon@rnib.org.uk), and you could just be our next special guest! We can't promise we'll be able to feature everyone (if only this was our full time job!), but we'd love to hear from you and take it from there!

20 MIN2018 AUG 31
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RNIB Craic On Podcast Episode 11 - Joe on travel

RNIB Craic On Podcast Episode 10 - Travel and holidays

We're talking all things travel and holidays this month, with guest presenters Chloe and Judith (aka the Skit Twins). Kirstyand Robert (from RNIB NI's Comms team)have been out and aboutover the summer getting yourtips and views on all things travel and holidays, at home and abroad: • Andrea Begley talks about visiting one of the seven wonders of the world with specialist travel company TravelEyes • Robert joinsa group visit to Belfast City Airportfor a walkthroughusing Special Assistanceavailable • Kirsty speaks to a lady from Fermanagh talking about the importance ofgetting out and about in your own town and meeting up with others. We also caught up with Joe Kenny, previous Craic On presenter, but he talked too much and we had to give him his own podcast -Episode 11 out now! Further info: Check out @Skit_Twins on Twitter and Youtube for their latest antics. For more information on Special Assistance available to support you on your journey through: Belfast City Airport -call 028...

37 MIN2018 AUG 31
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RNIB Craic On Podcast Episode 10 - Travel and holidays

The Craic On Podcast Episode 9 - Youth takeover

A few new young voices in this special episode!Fromexplainingyoursight to new friends, tostarting secondary school andbig hopes for the future -we'velots ofchat about driverless cars, words of wisdom for anyone recently diagnosed withsight loss, andall about accidental trips to Newry and realising your childminder has a face! We think they did a fantastic job, if you think so too, leave a commentand share with a friend! #RealiseYourPotential#RNIB

35 MIN2018 JUL 11
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The Craic On Podcast Episode 9 - Youth takeover

Latest Episodes

Removing barriers across borders - Richard Moore CEO Children in Crossfire

Children in Crossfire CEO Richard Moore shares his personal insights of the challenges and rewards of starting a global charity. Richard wanted to ‘give something back’ after he received so much compassion and support following a tragic injury that resulted in him being registered blind. Richard encourages listeners to not be afraid to reach out for help, and shares remarkable stories of the impact of the team’s work improving the lives of children and young people in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Some key quotes from this episode!: “Computerisation opened up a whole world for any blind person really.” “It’s all about forward planning and having the confidence to ask for help when you need. Whether it be in employment or not, I’m never afraid to ask for help. I think it’s an indication of strength. Any sighted person that thinks they get through the day without help from anybody, I think they’re bluffing. We all need help whenever those ‘some things’ come about.” “Much has been achieved and there’s much more to be done, and that’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.” “Life’s what you make it yourself sometimes.”

26 MIN2 w ago
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Removing barriers across borders - Richard Moore CEO Children in Crossfire

Up and Running with Marathon Man Tony Barclay

Marathon man Tony Barclay kindly joined us in the RNIB NI studio this month to tell us about the countless benefits of running. Tony founded VI Runners and Guide Runners NI and hopes to encourage more blind and partially sighted people to take up running, and more sighted runners to volunteer as guide runners to help others get out and enjoy the sport together. Tony said: “Believe you can do it; get off the sofa, get out and run. Enjoy the social benefits, the mental health benefits and the physical benefits and just be part of it! “You don’t have to run fast, you can walk, you can do a Couch to 5K; we’ve all the facilities in place to support you with this. Just reach out and have a go. You won’t regret it.” Get in touch! We’re always open to new topic ideas and eager to share local people’s experiences, tips and life hacks with others. Call us on: 028 9032 9373, email: craicon@rnib.org.uk (mailto:craicon@rnib.org.uk) , or tag @RNIBNI (https://twitter.com/RNIBNI) on twitter...

12 MINAUG 13
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Up and Running with Marathon Man Tony Barclay

John is a physiotherapist - he's also blind - John's story

John was working as a bookkeeper in Dublin when he realised he was going to lose more of his sight due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, and stumbled across the idea that he could retrain as a physiotherapist. He now runs his own practice in Derry/Londonderry and has a few words of wisdom to share in getting to grips with changes to your life due to sight loss. John says "Embarrassment is not a life threatening condition. It's uncomfortable, but it gets easier. Gaining confidence takes practice"

28 MINJUN 19
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John is a physiotherapist - he's also blind - John's story

Episode 15 - Local Blind Golf Champion Launches New Book

We were delighted to be joined by blind golf champion and now local Ballymena celebrity Drew Cochrane as he talked about his early life, sight loss diagnosis, subsequent depression and how he went on to discover the sport of blind golf, something he credits with saving his life. Drew talks candidly about his darkest days and how he went onto pen his life story in his book – From the Carry Row to Tokyo. Drew urges people to speak to someone about their mental health and take up a hobby or sport that focuses your mind, motivates you and connects you with likeminded people. If you would like to speak to someone about your sight loss, or about getting involved in the sport of blind golf, you can phone our Helpline on: 0303 123 9999.

23 MINAPR 25
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Episode 15 - Local Blind Golf Champion Launches New Book

Episode 14 - Talking tech with Leo

Leo, from Holywood loves all things tech, but it wasn't always that way. Leo is registered blind due to congenital cataracts and a few years ago decided it was time to get to grips with new phones and tablets. He describes how he hasn’t looked back since Technology Volunteer Anne got him started with an iphone

11 MINMAR 4
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Episode 14 - Talking tech with Leo

Craic On Episode 13 - Technology can change lives (A volunteer perspective)

Since 2013, Anne has been helping people who have experienced sight loss to upskill on the computer and use assistive technology such as ZoomText or JAWS in order to increase their chances in securing paid employment, or stay in their current job. More recently, she has been helping people get to grips with the latest phones and tablets to help make life that bit easier and enjoyable – from learning how to shop online, to keeping track of appointments and staying in touch with friends and family. We’re currently looking for more people like Anne who are willing to share some of their time to help people with sight loss get online and make the most of technology. Browse our current opportunities at rnib.org.uk/volunteering

16 MIN2018 DEC 31
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Craic On Episode 13 - Technology can change lives (A volunteer perspective)

Episode 12 - From construction to counsellor - Retraining in your 40s

Brian, from just outside Ballymena, shares how his life changed when his sight deteriorated significantly in his 40s due to rare genetic condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa. From working in construction, to going back to university and retraining as a counsellor, Brian shares how we came to terms with the significant change in his sight - in particular, the roles fundraising,technology training, and learning to use a cane, have played in shaping his new outlook on life. For support in employment, contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 to speak to a Sight Loss Advisor today.

14 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Episode 12 - From construction to counsellor - Retraining in your 40s

RNIB Craic On Podcast Episode 11 - Joe on travel

We're talking all things travel and holidays this month, and caught up with recent Craic On presenter Joe Kenny. In this episode Joe shares about his new commute to work, his love of the 'Go Line' bus, and we dare to mention the hot topics of shared space, accessible websites, and the #JustAskDontGrab campaign. In fact, he talked about so much, we had to give him his own podcast. Just kidding, thanks so much for sharing Joe! We'd love to have a proper chat with more people like this on an ongoing basis. If you'd like to share your story (of your own journey with sight loss, or experiences/tips/views on any subject), contact us on 028 9032 9373 or email [craicon@rnib.org.uk](mailto:craicon@rnib.org.uk), and you could just be our next special guest! We can't promise we'll be able to feature everyone (if only this was our full time job!), but we'd love to hear from you and take it from there!

20 MIN2018 AUG 31
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RNIB Craic On Podcast Episode 11 - Joe on travel

RNIB Craic On Podcast Episode 10 - Travel and holidays

We're talking all things travel and holidays this month, with guest presenters Chloe and Judith (aka the Skit Twins). Kirstyand Robert (from RNIB NI's Comms team)have been out and aboutover the summer getting yourtips and views on all things travel and holidays, at home and abroad: • Andrea Begley talks about visiting one of the seven wonders of the world with specialist travel company TravelEyes • Robert joinsa group visit to Belfast City Airportfor a walkthroughusing Special Assistanceavailable • Kirsty speaks to a lady from Fermanagh talking about the importance ofgetting out and about in your own town and meeting up with others. We also caught up with Joe Kenny, previous Craic On presenter, but he talked too much and we had to give him his own podcast -Episode 11 out now! Further info: Check out @Skit_Twins on Twitter and Youtube for their latest antics. For more information on Special Assistance available to support you on your journey through: Belfast City Airport -call 028...

37 MIN2018 AUG 31
Comments
RNIB Craic On Podcast Episode 10 - Travel and holidays

The Craic On Podcast Episode 9 - Youth takeover

A few new young voices in this special episode!Fromexplainingyoursight to new friends, tostarting secondary school andbig hopes for the future -we'velots ofchat about driverless cars, words of wisdom for anyone recently diagnosed withsight loss, andall about accidental trips to Newry and realising your childminder has a face! We think they did a fantastic job, if you think so too, leave a commentand share with a friend! #RealiseYourPotential#RNIB

35 MIN2018 JUL 11
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The Craic On Podcast Episode 9 - Youth takeover