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 dialling in difficult, they can be dialled 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 telephone groups are listed below. However, there are also some Wales-wide ones being organised by RNIB which you may also enjoy. There is a living with sight loss group, a Welsh speakers group, an under 50s group, one focused on golf, one on technology and so on.

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.

Contact Jane on 07864 964833 or email Val on [email protected] to book or just to have a chat about them.

Of course, 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 Time Name of Group Details Frequency
Monday 11:30-12:30 11:00-11:45 Job Club Organised by Elite who support with job skills and job finding for the over 25s Weekly
1st Monday of month 12:45-1:45 Book Group Usually select a book to read and share but may focus on classics/favourite books for now Monthly
Monday 3:30-4:30 Talks 1 June – Etymology of sayings linked to St Fagan’s. Will advertise topics one week in advance
Tuesdays 10:00-10.45 Computer room catch up Social chat for those usually attending the computer room in Sight Life tbc
Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 Social chat General chat or may choose topics to chat about next time Weekly
Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 Elderfit Standing exercises. Strength and balance. Please book Weekly
Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 Social chat Catch up on everyone’s news. General chat Weekly
Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 Elderfit Seated exercise class over the phone. Please book for numbers. Weekly
Thursdays 10:00-11:00 Karate Arm positions and strengthening and history and philosophy of karate Weekly
Last Thursday of month 11.00-12.00 Shand Pioneers Group normally meets in the Croft pub, but is meeting by phone for the moment. Monthly
Thursdays 2:00-3:00 Drop in chat Pop in for a cup of tea with friends. Weekly
Fridays 11:00-12:30 Music Appreciation Discuss music with others with a similar interest. Please book. Fortnightly
Fridays 2.00-3.15 Quiz University Challenge style quizzing teams. Please book. Fortnightly

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].

Day/date Time Name of Group
Monday 10.00 – 11.00 City Centre group
Monday 11.30 – 12.30 Make the change
Monday

Monday

11.30 – 12.30

13.30 – 14.30

Laughter Yoga

City Centre group 2

Monday 15.00 – 16.00 Pontarddulais group
Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00 Mumbles group
Tuesday

Tuesday

Tuesday

11.30 – 12.30

11.30 – 12.30

13.30 – 14.30

Make the change 2

Chair Yoga

Make the change workshops

Tuesday 15.00 – 16.00 Men’s group
Wednesday 10.00 – 11.00 Chair exercises
Wednesday 11.30 – 12.30 Women’s group
Wednesday 13.30 – 14.30 Gorseinon group
Wednesday 15.00 – 16.00 Exercise group 2
Thursday 10.00 – 11.00 Make the change workshops
Thursday 11.30 – 12.30 Knitting group
Thursday 13.30 – 14.30 Women’s group 2
Thursday 15.00 – 16.00 Women’s 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 cue or in the shop and can get the things I need delivered.”