Bassetlaw Vision Loss Support Group returns for vital face-to-face meetings

The Macular Society Support Group will resume in-person meetings Thursday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Grove Methodist Church, Grove Street,

The group will then meet at the same time and place on the first Thursday of each month between 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Members of the Macular Society group

A leading charity for people with vision loss, The Macular Society, in conjunction with local people, organizes the group, which aims to offer information, encouragement and

friendship with those affected by macular disease and other sight loss conditions.

Volunteers are needed to help run the support group, such as attending group meetings, collecting meeting fees, or helping organize outings and social events.

Macular disease is the leading cause of vision loss 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, preventing them from driving, reading or seeing faces.

Many people have described the loss of sight as being similar to bereavement. There is still no cure and most types of disease are not treatable. Age-related macular degeneration is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.

Paul Holden, Macular Society regional director for the Central Midlands, said: “Our groups have not met since the start of the pandemic and we

know that this has been difficult for many people who rely on them for socialization and support.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to provide phone services to keep people as connected as possible, but to bring groups

face to face in a safe environment makes all the difference.

“The local group is welcome to all, whether new or existing members, people newly diagnosed with macular disease, their family, friends and

caregivers. We know that peer support can be very helpful and our groups can really help people gain confidence and become more independent. »

Each month the group invites guest speakers on a variety of topics, including macular conditions and the impact on daily life. Meetings are also social occasions where people can chat over a cup of tea.

Every day, approximately 300 people are diagnosed with macular disease. It is the leading cause of vision loss in the UK. It can affect people of all ages, even children, but it’s not clear why, and there’s still no cure.

Macular disease is isolating. It robs you of your sight, your independence, and your ability to do the things you love.

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For more information on the Retford Support Group, to learn more about becoming a volunteer or to RSVP for the next

support group meeting, please contact Paul Holden on 07769 494 087.

For more information about macular disease, call the Macular Society on 0300 3030 111 or email [email protected]

Virginia S. Braud