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New Sight Loss Support Group in Filey

New Sight Loss Support Group in Filey

Published by Jon Burke at 9:07am 8th May 2020.

A new support group which aims to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by sight loss living in and around Filey, is set to launch with a telephone meeting later this month (May).

The Filey Macular Society Support Group, which has been organised by leading sight loss charity the Macular Society and Royal Voluntary Service Sightloss, will hold its first meeting at 11am on Tuesday 19 May. As the group will not be able to meet face-to-face due to the coronavirus outbreak, the first meeting will be held by conference call.

The group will then hold telephone meetings at the same time on the third Tuesday of each month, until social distancing measures have been lifted and it is safe for them to meet face to face. The ongoing aim of the group will be to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease.

Macular disease is the biggest cause of blindness in the UK. Nearly 1.5 million people are currently affected and many more are at risk. The disease can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, leaving them unable to drive, read or see faces. Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement. There is still no cure and most types of the disease are not treatable. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.

Macular Society regional manager, Joanne Reader, said:

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with RVS Sightloss to launch this new group. Although our face-to-face services have had to be suspended for the time being, it’s absolutely vital that the people who need our support continue to receive it. 

This group is here for anybody affected by sight loss and we want to encourage as many people as possible to call in to our meetings. Friends and family are also very welcome too.

It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful. Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.”

Treasurer for RVS Sightloss, Tony Mollica, said:

“The RVS Sightloss group is looking forward to collaborating with the Macular Society. By working together, we can ensure people with sight loss living in and around Filey have access to all the support they need.”

If you would like to take part in the group’s first telephone meeting, please contact Joanne Reader on 07376 398 916, or email joanne.reader@macularsociety.org, or Tony Mollica on 07557 093 353, or email rvssightloss@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

For general information on macular disease, call the Macular Society on 0300 3030 111 or email help@macularsociety.org

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