Sight loss support group appeals for volunteers to organise and run activities

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 March 2018

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A leading sight loss charity is appealing for volunteers to help run a support group for people with macular disease in Sandford.

The Macular Society is looking for people who would be willing to give up some of their spare time to help organise and run the group’s monthly meetings.

People are also needed to help with general tasks such as booking guest speakers.

Volunteers will be supported by the charity, which helps people to adapt to life with sight loss and regain their independence.

Judy Pride, Macular Society regional manager, said: “The Sandford Macular Support Group provides a real lifeline for people living locally with sight loss.

“The peer support offered by the groups is absolutely vital – it’s incredibly reassuring for people to know there are others who truly understand their situation.

“With more than 200 people in the UK being diagnosed with macular disease every day, the existence of our support groups has never been more important.

“If you have some free time and would be willing to help out once a month, either by helping to organise the meetings or assisting in some other way, we would love to hear from you.

“We will also be available to support our volunteers as they learn their new roles and provide any guidance they need going forward.”

As the UK’s population ages, increasing numbers of people are affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – the most common type of macular disease.

AMD is the leading cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 600,000 people.

The condition can rob people of their independence and leave them unable to drive or read.

The Macular Society funds research into a cure, but it relies solely on generous donations.

Sandford Macular Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month, from 2-3.30pm, in the activity room of Sandford Station Retirement Village, in Station Road.

It is one of more than 350 groups of its kind in the UK offering vital information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease.

The group’s next meeting is on April 4.

To volunteer, call Judy Pride on 01837 52365 or email judy.pride@macularsociety.org

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