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Google live transcribe in action

We have tested google live transcribe. Watch this short video to see how it works!

Laundry Lens app review

Laundry Lens for iPhone users

Coalition member Brian has kindly written up an app review for us all to introduce us to an app called Laundry Lens which is available to iPhone users.

What is it and who is it for?

The Laundry Lens app is for anyone who wants to know what the symbols on their clothing labels mean!  It is particularly helpful for those of us with low vision or people who are completely blind to give some help when it comes to washing clothing.

What does the app do? 

The app allows the user to access information on the tags on their clothing to identify the symbols and washing instructions.  As an example, the instruction to avoid tumble drying or to wash on a low heat or to not iron.

How much does it cost?

The app is completely free

How easy is it to use?

The app is simple and straightforward to use.  It is a very handy little app.

You will need to start by finding the app in the app store by searching for ‘laundry lens’ and then downloading it.  Once the app is downloaded from the App Store you simply point your phones camera over the garment label and it quickly scans all the symbols very quickly.  At the bottom of the screen is a blue bar that says instructions and once this is selected it will show you all the symbols on the screen and the instructions of how to wash your clothing.  It is best to use voice-over when using this application as it does not announce straight away.  It can read all the instructions from the clothing label. 

How do I get it?

The link to the app on the app store is here:

What do the screens look like?

Brian has included two screen shots of each stage and they are below:

Screen shot 1

Screen shot 2

What about android users? 

This app is not currently available for android users but there are a few different android alternatives which we would love a member to review for us – please get in touch if you are interested! 

Meet Pete!

Peter Dommett has just joined the Coalition team as the Project Manager for Tech to Community Connect.  Pete has created a wonderful blog post on his career in the Police force. (please attach the picture).


Image description: the image is a caricature  of Pete with various artefacts around him that represent bits of his career.  Most notably, he is wearing a rubber ring (read on to find out why!) and has as the machinery needed for distilling gin around him!  There is a crashed police car behind Pete and a ball and chain around his ankle.    

In Pete’s own words

Hello!  My name is Pete and I have just joined the Coalition. 

The attached print was created by my team on my retirement.

When you look at the photo you will see a number of elements the relate too along And I feel a very interesting career. we start in uniform and my career was mainly in uniform as I was never a fully trained detective. After training school at Ashford in Kent I was posted to Brighton as a beat officer covering the sea front and the pier. It was here 1 October evening that the first item on the pictures becomes relevant. A young lady taken to the water having swallowed an overdose of medication and was intent on dying by suicide. Arriving with my partner I was quickly dispatched into the sea to bring her back to safety an ambulance. I was never a strong swimmer but was very proud of what I did but only slightly upset when I discovered my partner was the force swimming champion. After a number of years at Brighton I transferred to mid Sussex and it is here that the police car in the picture becomes important. At 5:30 in the morning after Seven days of 12 hour nights I managed to turn a Ford Sierra lean burn police car upside down on a nearly straight Rd. There was then a famous conversation when I called up and said NB02 assistance needed. And the reply was NB02 change location and try again. In desperation I called once more NB02 I’m sorry I’m upside down and cannot change location.

After mid Sussex I worked at a number police station before promotion in 1995 as a Sergeant I ended up working in the cellblocks or as we call it police custody. This gives you the ball and chain around my leg in the picture. I enjoyed being a Sergeant working not only in an office but also with community teams keeping people safe. 2001 saw my promotion to inspector whilst working at headquarters. I returned to Brighton for five years where I saw all manner of wonderful and difficult things in that seaside city. I left Brighton and was briefly promoted to Chief Inspector and once again I ran the custody Department for Sussex Police.

I was fortunate when I was headhunted to work in counter terrorism policing for seven years. In the picture you see the explosives the top secret documents and spyglasses to demonstrate this posting. I could tell you so much about it but would have to shoot you afterwards. My final two years where was As a district commander returning to mid Sussex. As an experienced inspector i had time to indulge a number of my interests. One of which was to get a local gin distillery to make a charity gin for the chief constable’s charity for that year. it was called Bobby gin but sadly oh I suppose funnily in one email to the chief constable I called it booby gin. All in all at interesting 30 years with so much more done then this picture shows but it still makes me smile. 

Virtual adventures from home

Please see two presentations which give you some information on what you can do from home during the lockdown. A lot of links to virtual tours, museum visits, sports, beaches and much more!

Virtual Adventures From Home – week 1

Virtual Adventures From Home – The Beach and Coast

Word only versions of the documents are below:

Virtual Adventures From Home week 1

Virtual adventures from Home – beach and coast


Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, all our meetings, events and activities are running virtually at the moment to safeguard our members, staff and volunteers.  We are offering video conferencing, telephone conference, SMS text relay and email relay into all of our activities.

Staying safe


  • To access the Surrey Community helpline for help, please call 0300 200 1008 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm), text 07860 053465 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) or Textphone (via text relay) 18001 0300 200 1008 and the Sign Language Video Relay (8am to  6pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm at the weekends). Outside these hours a web form is also available and is published on this page.


  • For medical information please use NHS 111 online:, or call NHS 111 or, in an emergency 999 as you usually would.


Staying connected

It is more important than ever that we stay connected, for this reason, we have introduced a weekly community-wide virtual café and a daily ‘walk and talk’.  You can find out about the weekly café here, and about our daily walk and talk here.

For information on all our activity during April and May (and how to join) please see the following pages.

  • For an over-view of April and May see here. If you prefer to see a printable calendar format please check out April, May or June.
  • For joining instructions for DENS see here.
  • For joining instructions for our Special Interest Groups (such as Surrey Vision Action Group and the LTNC) see here.
  • For joining instructions for the Independent Mental Health Network see here.
  • For joining instructions for FoCUS see here.


How to access Zoom conferencing

  • For a plain text guide on how to install the zoom app for the first time please see here
  • Easy read instructions for Zoom:

Easy read: what do I need for a video meeting

Easy read: why can’t we have our usual meeting

Easy read what to do just before the video meeting

Easy read using zoom for the first time and downloading the app

If you would like one to one support to get started please just let us know and we will book you a support appointment.



You can contact staff as usual by email or on their mobile phones or by SMS text or phone to 07563 997 932.  Please note that our office is closed, our staff team are working from home at the present time.   

Please keep in touch with us and please follow all the precautions that are advised.  With all our best wishes, the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People team.