Staffordshire Sight Loss Association was set up to provide much-needed face-to-face services for people with sight loss in North Staffordshire however due to the COVID19 pandemic we had to suspend our in-person groups and services in March 2020 until it was safe to restart them. During that time we began to provide some online groups using the Zoom platform. We are now able to deliver In person Social groups and activities again. This has been welcome news for many people but we know that not everyone feels ready to attend these. We are therefore still providing some online groups and will continue to do so until they are no longer needed.
These groups are free to attend and for people who live in North Staffordshire.
Our Zoom social group and book club can be joined by video or telephone but our yoga class can only be joined by video. If you need any advice about using Zoom please get in touch.
Monthly Zoom video/ telephone social group
Join us on the third Monday of each month at 10.30am for our Zoom social group.
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. You can either access the group via video in which case you need a device such as a phone, tablet or computer that has a microphone / camera. Or you can access the group by telephone. 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. Or if you would prefer to access the group via telephone we can provide you with the telephone number.
It is an opportunity to meet others, have a chat and to share information, ideas and tips. We occasionally have guest speakers and quizzes
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 at 10.30am to discuss it.
Previous reads include:
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.
This is going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
Gone Fishing by Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse
The Fear Bubble by Ant Middleton
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
Jaws by Peter Benchley
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
Our next chosen book for our February 2022 meeting is Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The group would be open to meeting in person if there is demand for this
We now also have a closed group at our Facebook page for sharing information about books
Live Facebook Video Updates
You can join us at our Facebook page on the third Wednesday of each month from 10.30am where she will be giving a live video update on our services and those of other organisations.
The videos are interactive and you can make comments and ask questions in the comments section of the post and we will read these out during the video.
Get in touch for more information, previous videos available on our Facebook page.
Closed Facebook groups
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.
We also have our Facebook Parents Group where parents can come together to share information.
We now also have a Bookclub chat group for anyone who wants to share information about books, for example recommendations and reviews
Zoom Yoga classes
We have a Zoom video Yoga class each Thursday at 3pm. It is chair-based Yoga with some optional standing poses also. Moves are fully described and easy to follow. Classes last for approx 20-25 minutes. Get in touch for more information or an invite.