Beyond Light – Visual Non-Visual Network
is a non-profit organization made up of a group of various NGOs with the same objectives, these all provide information and referrals about living with visual impairment and all work to help blind people become independent. This network also allows for third parties or other organisations to sponsor, join not one but all the network affiliates with the same causes leading to a brighter future for all their associated members. The Visual and Non Visual network started as an initiative back in the late 1980s. To date, it continues evolving with ongoing projects and research. The former State Minister and Member of Parliament, Noel Farrugia, organised a board of a number of sighted and non-sighted constituency volunteers to experience sports events together. These included torball, tandem cycling, judo and swimming, chess also played an important part of the activity, practiced by visually-impaired or non-sighted persons from all over Malta. This was very revolutionary and visionary for its time, especially for Europe. In the late ’90s, Torball Association for the Blind was officially registered and has led many initiatives for both local and central government to raise awareness and assist visually impaired citizens with their day to day integration into society.
Later, with the help of the Visual and Non Visual network, Beyond Arts & Wellbeing Malta joint forces in late 2017 with their first joint participation in EM Agriculture Produce & Urban Pure Air Concept, a project coordinated by Green Isle Projects Ltd Malta & EM Malta, Torball Society of the Blind and Beyond Arts & Wellbeing Malta in cooperation with the Hon Clint Camilleri, Agriculture JNR minister & Environment Malta and the Chairman Mr. Conrad Borg Manche managed and launched the project.
Beyond Arts & Wellbeing Malta held an Art Exhibition in January 2018 at CASINO NOTABILE MDINA with the assistance from our Blind friends from the country of Georgia under the directorship of Mr. Karl Cutajar, Executive Exhibition Coordinator Parliamentary Secretary for the State of MALTA, Hon Anthony Agius Decelis MP Inaugurated the Exhibition and praised the idea of the Exhibition and the cooperation with other countries Beyond Arts & Wellbeing Malta held an Art Exhibition in January 2018 at CASINO NOTABILE MDINA with the assistance from our Blind friends from the country of Georgia under the directorship of Mr. Karl Cutajar, Executive Exhibition Coordinator Parliamentary Secretary for the State of MALTA, Hon Anthony Agius Decelis MP Inaugurated the Exhibition and praised the idea of the Exhibition and the cooperation with other countries
Mr. Joseph Stafrace former TORBALL Player announcing that he will take on board Art Workshop and coordinate with other Blind organisations to grow the interest. Since then, Beyond Arts & Wellbeing has continued to grow its Arts and wellbeing programs throughout Malta and has organised several other exhibitions.
Other successful Programs included “Festivals Malta” art beyond light workshop which was also healed in Xaghra Gozo.
Beyond Arts & Wellbeing and Torball Association for the Blind have continued to go beyond their initial objective and expended their horizon through other ventures, projects and programs, some of these included:
Agriculture Produce & Urban Pure Air
Art beyond light – Art Expression and exhibitions
IT and Mobile phone Courses for the visually impaired
Animal Therapy introduction and Care
In light of all these projects and programs raised in cooperation of multiple organisation the BEYOND LIGHT – VISUAL & NON VISUAL NETWORK was officially setup in 2018
This gives the ability to be stronger in number and to provide products and services to a wider audience – It also gives the opportunity for Various organisations to join forces for the greater good of Mankind.