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Zest: Socialising

How do you get out and about and meet new people if you are blind or have low vision? How can you read body language cues if you can’t see them?

This section is all about sharing ideas and tips on meeting new people and making the most of the social-side of life. Whether it be romance or friendship there are always those who have tips, tricks and ideas that they have developed on the way.

Share! Ask! and get yourselves mingling.

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  2. To suggest content please contact the admins at zest@visionaustralia.org

For one-on-one support, or to join a peer support group held by telephone or in person, contact Vision Australia on info@visionaustralia.org or call us on 1300 84 74 66.


*Please note that while we try to ensure the Zest pages have accurate information and resources, Zest is a place for people to share personal experiences and solutions. The information on these pages is not meant to be a substitute for professional assistance or advice.*

How do you get out and about and meet new people if you are blind or have low vision? How can you read body language cues if you can’t see them?

This section is all about sharing ideas and tips on meeting new people and making the most of the social-side of life. Whether it be romance or friendship there are always those who have tips, tricks and ideas that they have developed on the way.

Share! Ask! and get yourselves mingling.

Register for Participate Vision Australia here or login here

  1. Add your comments to the forums, start a new forum or ask a question below
  2. To suggest content please contact the admins at zest@visionaustralia.org

For one-on-one support, or to join a peer support group held by telephone or in person, contact Vision Australia on info@visionaustralia.org or call us on 1300 84 74 66.


*Please note that while we try to ensure the Zest pages have accurate information and resources, Zest is a place for people to share personal experiences and solutions. The information on these pages is not meant to be a substitute for professional assistance or advice.*

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  • New Years Plans!

    5 months ago

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    What did everyone get up to for new year? Did anybody brave their city centres and the crowds? how did it go?

    What did everyone get up to for new year? Did anybody brave their city centres and the crowds? how did it go?

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  • Engaged With Others

    by HeyBlinkin, about 1 month ago

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    Has anyone found a good way to meet new quiet people you are in close proximity to even though you can't see them. I often find myself on trains or standing next to people who don't say much if anything and I am personally never quite sure how to break the ice. I think I get self conscious about them not knowing which one of them I am speaking to or someone actually not being there lol. Maybe there's no way around it but I'm curious if anyone has come up with a creative way around it.

    Has anyone found a good way to meet new quiet people you are in close proximity to even though you can't see them. I often find myself on trains or standing next to people who don't say much if anything and I am personally never quite sure how to break the ice. I think I get self conscious about them not knowing which one of them I am speaking to or someone actually not being there lol. Maybe there's no way around it but I'm curious if anyone has come up with a creative way around it.

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    Hi, I'm a year 12 student who is conducting research for my HSC major work and I was wondering how you guys perceive beauty? Seeing so you guys cant see the images that the media portray as beautiful I was wondering if you perceive beauty to be an internal thing?

    Thanks

    Hi, I'm a year 12 student who is conducting research for my HSC major work and I was wondering how you guys perceive beauty? Seeing so you guys cant see the images that the media portray as beautiful I was wondering if you perceive beauty to be an internal thing?

    Thanks

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    Thought I'd share this. It is an Australian site that allows you to indicate what kind of needs you may have  and find someone to assist based on mutual interest, location, personality. The premise being that support workers aren't forced on anyone and that getting along matters. Check it out. Can help for things like personal care, transport, going out and doing activities in your community like events or even some kind of assistance at home that you may need from time to time.
    https://hireup.com.au/

    Thought I'd share this. It is an Australian site that allows you to indicate what kind of needs you may have  and find someone to assist based on mutual interest, location, personality. The premise being that support workers aren't forced on anyone and that getting along matters. Check it out. Can help for things like personal care, transport, going out and doing activities in your community like events or even some kind of assistance at home that you may need from time to time.
    https://hireup.com.au/

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    I went speed dating a month or so ago. Was an interesting experience. The host was cool though. He made it so the guys sat still and the women rotated from table to table so I didn't have to worry too much about it. Was in the middle of the city which was a bit interesting at times but highly recommend it. Has anyone else done it or had similar experiences? 13 6 minute dates was   very odd but it was cool.

    I went speed dating a month or so ago. Was an interesting experience. The host was cool though. He made it so the guys sat still and the women rotated from table to table so I didn't have to worry too much about it. Was in the middle of the city which was a bit interesting at times but highly recommend it. Has anyone else done it or had similar experiences? 13 6 minute dates was   very odd but it was cool.

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    Hi

    I am from brisbame and am 18 I was looking for a group of mates to hang out with male and female around my age 

    Hi

    I am from brisbame and am 18 I was looking for a group of mates to hang out with male and female around my age 

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  • find the right one

    by Alkrty, 6 months ago

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    I am 34 years old looking for someone to be my partner for life - i am not quite sure if this the right way to introuduce to myselfe to people - thanks

    I am 34 years old looking for someone to be my partner for life - i am not quite sure if this the right way to introuduce to myselfe to people - thanks

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  • Socialising!

    by BeckySupportCoordinator, 7 months ago

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    Hi everyone,

    I am a Community Support Coordinator at Vision Australia and just wanted to let everyone know about our programs we have here!

    Here at Vision Australia we run many programs and outings that you may be interested in checking out!

    Next year 9am-12pm first three Wednesdays of the month we will be holding swish here at Coorparoo. Swish is a fast, invigorating game.  It was developed by blind people in Australia and has been played here for many years. It is played on both a recreational and competitive level; and allows blind, vision impaired and sighted people to...

    Hi everyone,

    I am a Community Support Coordinator at Vision Australia and just wanted to let everyone know about our programs we have here!

    Here at Vision Australia we run many programs and outings that you may be interested in checking out!

    Next year 9am-12pm first three Wednesdays of the month we will be holding swish here at Coorparoo. Swish is a fast, invigorating game.  It was developed by blind people in Australia and has been played here for many years. It is played on both a recreational and competitive level; and allows blind, vision impaired and sighted people to compete on almost equal terms.

    Swish is like is like playing table tennis, but instead of hitting a ball over a net, the ball is hit under a net and must travel along the surface of the table. The net is at a height that so that those players with various degrees of sight do not have an advantage over blind players. The ball has bells in it to make it audible and it is about the size of a tennis ball and made of plastic with holes in it; and the bat is rectangular with a handle.

    Come along and give it a go!

    We also have plenty of other activities you can participate in such as outings Thursday nights, Friday and starting from next year on weekend outing a month.


    For more information I am available on 0737272345 or 0737272209 or email:

    becky.walker@visionaustralia.org


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  • Socialising!

    by Reza_r3za, 7 months ago

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    Hey 

    Im so happy that you guys started Zest

    A little bit about me: 31Yo, working full time as estimator and half blind, i have one eye.

    This make it so difficult for socialising. I am in friend zones of so many girls that i guess because i have one eye i cant approach them so i really need to find a place that there are some people exact like me then we can understand each other and maybe find a partner. 

    I am really keen to be in ,in any activities. 

    Hey 

    Im so happy that you guys started Zest

    A little bit about me: 31Yo, working full time as estimator and half blind, i have one eye.

    This make it so difficult for socialising. I am in friend zones of so many girls that i guess because i have one eye i cant approach them so i really need to find a place that there are some people exact like me then we can understand each other and maybe find a partner. 

    I am really keen to be in ,in any activities. 

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    So when I got to 18, I was unsure how I'd go about proving my age in clubs, pubs etc. I have some friends who are blind or low vision and I was surprised how many didn't realise what their options were. Luckily, a family friend who wasn't blind suggested it to me so I knew. You can get a proof of age card which works the same way for any member of the public who doesn't drive and who doesn't feel like lugging their passport around. It's a good way to make sure you never ruin a day or night out....

    So when I got to 18, I was unsure how I'd go about proving my age in clubs, pubs etc. I have some friends who are blind or low vision and I was surprised how many didn't realise what their options were. Luckily, a family friend who wasn't blind suggested it to me so I knew. You can get a proof of age card which works the same way for any member of the public who doesn't drive and who doesn't feel like lugging their passport around. It's a good way to make sure you never ruin a day or night out. At least it was for me.

    For more info check out the link below:

    http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/transport-and-regional/registration-and-licences/proof-of-age-card

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