What’s still going on…

We’re here for you

Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic is still preventing us from seeing people face to face at the moment – but we’re still here for you. So what’s still going on? 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. All groups last an hour.

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 you? You can also 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 11.00 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. Monthly
Second 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 Weekly
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 13 April



Tuesdays 11:00 Coffee Morning Join us for a coffee and a catch up between 11.00 and 12.00 Weekly
Wednesdays 11:00 Yoga Group chat Catch up on everyone’s news. General chat between 11.00 and 12.00 Weekly


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
Thursdays 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. This group is currently weekly. Weekly
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
Thursdays 4.30  Ramblers Group Chat Catch up with Rambler friends Weekly
Fridays 11.00 Music Appreciation group Discuss music with others with similar interests between 11.00 and 12.30. Please book.

Next one 23 April – subject TBA



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

Please book. Next quiz 16 April

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

Please book. Next quiz 16 April


New Initiatives in Rhondda Cynon Taf

We’re delighted that RCT’s Young at Heart social group will resume its meetings on Friday 29 January. Meetings will take place between 11.00am and 1.00pm over Zoom. Activities will vary each week and will include baking, arts and crafts, quizzes, music and more. Suggestions always welcome!

Our seven-week Be Active programme – which took place over Zoom in November and December – was a great success. Working in partnership with the Cambrian Village Trust, the programme included sessions on baking, arts and crafts, fitness and mindfulness, storytelling, music and quizzes. We are planning to run a second Be Active programme starting in March. Ideally, we need a cohort of ten people. If you’re interested, please get in touch. Here’s some feedback from the first programme to inspire you:

“It makes a difference (Zoom) to on phone, it’s good to see people smile and nice to see everyone”

“The group has got me up in the morning. A Friday is something to look forward to. It helps with isolation, having company.”

“I’m not arts and crafty, I can’t sing but I don’t mind having a go. I do surprise myself when pushed slightly. It’s a good group, a bit nutty, makes us all a part of something together and what we’re all good at”.

We’re delighted to present a NEW initiative for RCT – fitness sessions with Gareth from Elderfit. These will take place over Zoom between 3.30pm and 4.30pm every Monday. The sessions will focus on strength and balance, and are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Calling all make up fans. On Wednesday 31 March between 2.30pm and 4.00pm Sight Life RCT will be running its very first make up session via Zoom. The first of seven weekly sessions, it will concentrate on an introduction to the programme, useful equipment and items and preparation hints and tips. Future sessions will cover eye make up, foundation, lips and cheeks. We’ll be posting hints and tips on make up application over the next few weeks, so watch this space! Contact Carys for more information, and the Zoom link.

Any questions or queries please get in touch with Carys who can explain in more detail. Carys can be contacted on 07753 305 631.

What’s on in Swansea…

Swansea and Neath Port Talbot also have a range of telephone groups available to members. All groups last an hour. 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 Start Time Name of Group
Monday 10.00 City Centre group
Monday 11.30 Laughter Yoga
Monday 1.30 City Centre group 2
Monday 3.00 Pontarddulais group
Tuesday 10.00 Mumbles and Gorseinon group
Tuesday 1.30 NEW! Music Entertain Sing Speak (MESS) Group – different professional artists each week who either sing or do a talk about various subjects,
First and third Tuesday of the month 11.30 Technology support group (next one 16 February)
Second Tuesday of the month 11.30 NEW! Coming in March – Tea and Chat with Richard and Trisha (a space to talk about day to day stuff connected to sight loss)
Fourth Tuesday of the month 11.30 Quiz group Two (next one 23 February)
Tuesday 1.30 Make the change workshops
Tuesday 3.00 Men’s group
Wednesday 10.00 Chair exercise class
Wednesday 11.30 Women’s group
Wednesday 1.30 Wellbeing group
Wednesday 3.00 Chair yoga group
Thursday 10.00 Make the change group
Thursday 11.30 Knitting group
Thursday 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. This group is currently weekly.
Second Thursday of each month 1.30 Quiz group One (next one 11 March)
Third or fourth Thursday of each month 1.30 County Steering group
First Friday of the month 2.00 NEW! Art Group with the Glyn Vivian Art Centre


RNIB telephone groups

There are also some Wales-wide telephone groups being organised by RNIB Connect which you may also enjoy. For more information on these groups, click here.

British Blind Sport 

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.

Disability Sport Wales

Disability Sport Wales has just launched a wide variety of free inclusive online sessions. Each activity is taking place weekly, live on Zoom. The activities will run for 6 to 8 weeks initially. There are inclusive sessions for children and adults including Yoga, Street Dance, Multisport, Teen Fit, and Mixed Martial Arts plus more….

To see all the sessions or book spaces, click on this link and scroll through to see all the sessions.

Joanna Coates McGrath (Disability Sport Wales’ Disability Sports Development Coordinator) is also running a free weekly Family Fun session being delivered by SportFit Wales on Zoom. Sessions are on Sundays at 11am for families with a disabled child aged 3 to 10. Join them for 30 minutes of fun games everyone can play together using things you would find at home. To register click here or to register in Welsh cliciwch yma

Feedback on Sight Life’s telephone groups

Here is a selection of the comments we’ve received from our members about the telephone groups. If you want to join in, please get in touch.

“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.”