What’s still going on…

We’re still here for you

Sadly, coronavirus prevents us from seeing people face to face at the moment – but we’re still here for you. We’re still providing our members with the help, advice and information they need by telephone and online. We’re also keeping our social clubs going – keep reading for all the details you need to know!

What’s on in Cardiff…

If you fancy keeping in touch with old friends or meeting some new people, why not try joining one of our telephone groups? With just a simple landline call, you can be connected to a group of others with sight loss in Cardiff to have a general chat, have some fun or learn something new. Participants can dial in to calls themselves or if they find dialing in difficult, they can be dialed in by the group facilitator. Participants need a telephone number and a code to join the calls, which is why initially we need all new participants to contact us.

The Cardiff and Swansea telephone groups are listed below. However, there are also some Wales-wide ones being organised by RNIB which you may also enjoy. For more information of these groups, click here. If you want to be more physically, active, British Blind Sport will be running live workout weeks from Monday 2 November. For more information on these, click here.

Jason Grubb, Cardiff Council Rehabilitation Officer for people with a sight impairment, will be dropping in to some of the groups that meet for a social chat. Why not join one of the groups to see how he can help and share some common difficulties encountered by many people with a sight impairment? Please call us to book a slot for one of the groups.

Call Val on 07707 295121 or email her on [email protected] to book or just to have a chat about them. As always, please tell us what you would like us to do. We love to have your suggestions and feedback, so please get in touch and we will see what we can do.


Day/date Start Time Name of Group Details Frequency
First Monday of the month 10.00


Cardiff Macular Group (maximum of 8 to 10 per group so we may have two groups) Instead of meeting face to face this group will now meet by phone. Contact the office on 029 2039 8900 for more information

First group 10.00 to 11.00, second group 11.30 to 12.30

First Monday of the month 12.30 Book Club Telephone book club Monthly
Monday 2.00 Elderfit An hour of standing exercises between 2.00 and 3.00. Strength and balance class with Gareth. Weekly
Monday 3.30 Tea time chat Various topics. Funny stories, jokes and poems – come and share a smile and chat with others from 3.30 to 4.30

This week, Stuart Ling from Humanware will give us a short talk about some of the Low Vision products available through his company and through the Low Vision Scheme

Tuesdays 10.00 Computer Room catch up Social chat between 10.00 and 10.45 for those usually attending the computer room in Sight Life

Next one 19 January



Tuesdays 11:00 Coffee Morning Join us for a coffee and a catch up between 11.00 and 12.00 Weekly
Tuesdays 2:00  Elderfit An hour of standing exercises between 2.00 and 3.00. Strength and balance. Please book Weekly
Wednesdays 11:00 Yoga Group chat Catch up on everyone’s news. General chat between 11.00 and 12.00




Wednesdays 3.30 Cardiff Wellbeing An hour of informal, friendly fun chat sharing relaxation and stress busting tips between 3.30 and 4.30.

Note: This group is now full. If you are interested, please get in touch with Val who will see if there is sufficient interest to start another group

Thursdays 2.00 Elderfit An hour of seated exercises between 2.00 and 3.00. Strength and balance class with Gareth Weekly
First and third Thursdays of the month 12.30 South Wales Charles Bonnet Group (Esme’s Umbrella) A group dedicated to people who have Charles Bonnet Syndrome between 12.30 and 1.30

Next meetings 14 and 28 January



Last Thursday of month 11.00 Shand Pioneers The group normally meets in the Croft pub, but is meeting by phone for the moment between 11.00 and 12.00 Monthly
Thursdays 3.00  Men’s Group This is a new hour long group. Please get in touch with Val for more information. Weekly
Fridays 11.00 Music Appreciation group Discuss music with others with similar interests between 11.00 and 12.30. Please book.

The topic for 15 January is songs from musical theatre



Fridays 11:00 Quiz University Challenge style quiz for teams between 11.00 and 12.15. Please book.

Next quizzes 8 and 22 January

Fridays 2.00 Quiz University Challenge style quiz for teams between 2.00 and 3.15. Please book.

Next quizzes 8 and 22 January


What’s on in Swansea…

If you live in the Swansea Neath Port Talbot area and would like to find out more about the groups, or how we can help and support anyone experiencing sight loss or receiving a diagnosis of an eye condition, please do not hesitate to contact Anita on 07824 541982 or email [email protected]. For the November newsletter for Swansea click here (opens as a Word file).

Day/date Time Name of Group
Monday 10.00 – 11.00 City Centre group
Monday 11.30 – 12.30 Laughter Yoga
Monday 13.30 – 14.30 City Centre group 2
Monday 15.00 – 16.00 Pontarddulais group
Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00 Mumbles and Gorseinon group
First and third Tuesday of the month 11.30 – 12.30 Technology support group (5 and 19 January)
Fourth Tuesday of the month 11.30 – 12.30 Quiz group Two (26 January)
Tuesday 1.30 – 2.30 Make the change workshops
Tuesday 15.00 – 16.00 Men’s group
Wednesday 10.00 – 11.00 Chair exercise class
Wednesday 11.30 – 12.30 Women’s group
Wednesday 13.30 – 14.30 Wellbeing group
Wednesday 15.00 – 16.00 Chair yoga group
Thursday 10.00 – 11.00 Make the change group
Thursday 11.30 – 12.30 Knitting group
Second Thursday of each month 1.30 – 2.30 Quiz group One (14 January)
Third or fourth Thursday of each month 13.30 – 14.30 County Steering group


Here is some of the feedback we have received from our members on the telephone groups:

“I so enjoy the group calls. All I am doing at the moment is going for a short walk around the block. It is lovely to feel involved with others from the outside world.”

“I am so fortunate to have Sight Life. Although my cataracts are a nuisance, I am just so grateful for having had the opportunity to mix with such amazing people.”

“I just want to thank you for the enormous amount of work you have put into keeping us informed of such a wide range of issues and services. I know this will have been invaluable to many of us VIPs. Thank you.”

“I am so glad you called me today. I’m really happy, you’ve offered me so many different things! I would love to join the telephone groups, it will stop me being on my own and thinking about all the awful things going on in the world with Coronavirus at the moment.”

“I also wanted to say a personal thanks for passing on the info’ a few weeks’ ago on Tesco’s now taking on blind and VI people for their priority deliveries, an absolute life saver for me and I now have my weekly Tesco’s delivery, which is brilliant. I had real problems going into supermarkets with all this going on, but now I don’t need to worry about not being able to practice social distancing in the queue or in the shop and can get the things I need delivered.”