Valli Opticians at the Kirklees Fairtrade schools conference

Valli Opticians at the Kirklees Fairtrade schools conference image

Moin Valli, of Valli Opticians,  Katie Beetlestone, Helen Robinson and Sophie Bebb of Fair and Funky, the conference organisers

Last week, as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, Valli Opticians took part in the fair&funky Kirklees Fairtrade schools conference, delivering a presentation to teaching staff about visual stress.  As avid supporters of local community initiatives, Valli Opticians were delighted to participate in the conference, held at the Creative and Media Studio School at Netherhall Campus.

The conference, which brought together children from primary schools from across Kirklees, celebrated the fairtrade movement through creative arts and educational workshops. While at the conference, Managing Director Moin Valli also delivered a presentation to teaching staff about visual stress.

In addition to raising awareness of the fairtrade movement, the conference provided Continuing Professional Development for teachers in some specially developed workshops and presentations. As a business which actively supports fairtrade, Valli Opticians were one of the conference sponsors and supports the aim of helping to develop an understanding of fair trade and how it can be taught within a busy classroom timetable.

At Valli Opticians we make a point of offering all of our clients a fairtrade beverage while they wait for their sight test or when they are choosing their spectacles.

Visual Stress affects dyslexia sufferers, but it can also affect non dyslexics too.  In some, this condition can cause visual perceptual problems, which interfere with reading. The symptoms can occur despite normal vision and affects 15% of children. Valli Opticians offer the full range of services for these types of reading difficulties in school children including Intuitive Colorimetry, which allows the prescribing of precision tinted lenses. Colour prescribed in this way leads to significant improvement in reading.

Yorkshire based Valli Opticians now has practices in Lockwood, Honley, Meltham and Mytholmroyd, alongside SD Haigh Opticians in Almondbury, Mamtora Opticians in Hebden Bridge, Barbara Watson Eyecare in Wakefield and Henry J Rose Opticians in Hull.

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