Staffordshire Sight Loss Association was set up to provide much needed face to face services for people with sight loss in North Staffordshire however the coronavirus pandemic has meant that we, like most organisations have had to suspend delivery of those types of services.

Due to this we have launched the following online groups and activities:

Zoom video social groups

Join us each Monday at 2pm for our Zoom video social groups.

Zoom is a video meeting platform where all attendees appear in a box on the screen and can then chat to eachother. You do not need a Zoom account to attend but you do need a device such as a phone, tablet or computer that has a microphone and preferably a camera. We will send you an email invite that will contain a link. Click on the link and it will take you into the meeting. Depending on how your device is set up you may need to download the Zoom app and/or enter the meeting password and ID.

If you would like to attend our Video social groups or would like advice about Zoom please get in touch on  07931327018 or at info@staffssightloss.onmicrosoft.com

Telephone social groups

If you are not online but would be interested in a Telephone Social Group then please get in touch. We are a community-led charity and are happy to set these up if there is demand for them.

Monthly book club

Do you enjoy reading or listening to audiobooks. If so, why not join our Audiobook club to meet like-minded people and share the experience of a good book.

Each month a book is chosen by a member of the group, everyone reads or listens to the book and then we all come together on the last Friday of the month to discuss it.

Previous reads:

May 2020: Kika and Me: How one extraordinary guide dog changed my world by Dr Amit Patel. We were lucky enough to be joined by the author Dr Amit Patel for this group.

June 2020: This is going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

At present due to the coronavirus, this group is taking place via Zoom video, get in touch for more information, dates can be found on our Events Calendar

Live Facebook Video Updates

You can join our Service Manager, Suzanne at our Facebook page every Wednesday at 10.30am where she will be giving a live video update on our services and those of other organisations. She will also be providing information on useful topics and chatting to guest speakers.

Previous speakers have included RNIB, Guide Dogs, British Wireless for the Blind Fund and producer of one of our local talking newspapers, Update.

The videos are interactive and you can make comments and ask questions in the comments section of the post and Suzanne will read these out during the video.

Get in touch for more information, previous videos available on our Facebook page.

Closed Facebook group

We have a closed Facebook group called ‘Staffs Sight Loss Chat’ where you can chat to others and share information, posts and experiences. To access the group send an invite request via Facebook which will be received and responded to by our Chair Andrea.

Coming soon… Zoom Video exercise groups

We are in the process of organising some Zoom video exercise classes, if you are interested get in touch. More information to follow….