We are just one of many organisations that provide services for people living with sight loss in North Staffordshire. Here is list of other organisations and community groups that may be of interest:

Update talking newspaper: a local audio news service for Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle under lyme. Includes local news, Sports updates, weather and information about other useful services and events. Available online or in the post on a USB stick. Free service

Website: www.updatestoke.org
Phone: 07500 870 689

Staffordshire Moorlands talking newspaper: Provision of a weekly ‘ Talking Newspaper’, using 3x newspapers: The Leek Post, Cheadle Times and The Biddulph Chronicle – for distribution to visually impaired local residents. Free service

Phone: 01538 381672
Email: [email protected]

RNIB: National Sight Loss charity offering a range of services and support. Services include:telephone advice line, legal rights advice, employment retention support, campaigns, talking books, telephone counselling, Living with Sight Loss Courses, Connect Radio plus more

Website: www.rnib.org.uk
Telephone: 0303 123 9999

The Macular Society Support for people who have eye conditions that affect the Macular (macular diseases).  Services and activities include: advice and information, counselling, telephone befriending, support groups, research and Skills for Seeing support

Local support group meets at Hanley library, Bethesda Street, Stoke-on-Trent on every 3rd Wednesday at 10.30am (except August and December)

Telephone: 0300 3030 111
Website: www.macularsociety.org

Wireless for the Blind Fund: specially adapted audio equipment including radios and CD players on a free loan to visually impaired people all across the UK. Criteria applies.

Website: www.blind.org.uk
Telephone: 01622 754757
Email: [email protected]

Guide Dogs: Services include Guide Dogs, My Guide Service, Sighted Guide Training, Campaigns and Children and Young People services

Website: www.guidedogs.org.uk
Telephone: 01270 662178

Blind Veterans: Rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support for blind veterans.

Website: www.blindveterans.org.uk
Telephone: 0800 389 7979

Beacon Vision: Wolverhampton based Sight Loss Charity has a ten pin bowling team in North Staffordshire and provides other services across South and East Staffordshire.

Website: www.beaconvision.org

Silverdale Methodist Church Blind and Partially Sighted club: Social group that meets every Friday with activities, speakers and refreshments

Website: www.silverdalemethodistchurch.org.uk/activities/blind-partially-sighted-club.html
Email: [email protected] (contact Elizabeth Glover) 

Torch Trust: Christian charity, services include accessible formats of Christian literature, Sight Loss friendly Christian holidays and fellowship groups. Stoke-on-Trent Fellowship group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 11am at the Vicarage, Church Street, Chesterton.

Contact for this group: Grace & Richard Smith [email protected]
website: www.torchtrust.org
Telephone number: 01858 438260

Calibre audio: National charity lending free audio books for anyone with a ‘print disability’

Website: www.calibreaudio.org.uk
Telephone: 01296432339

VI Talk: Sharing ideas, information and support. They have a directory of services, podcasts, blogs, facebook group, travel group and book group

Website: www.vitalk.co.uk
Telephone: 0161 298 8255

Eye Clinic Helpdesk: Royal Stoke University Hospital: Contact Andy and Dave at the Eye Clinic Helpdesk

Telephone: 01782 674332

Stoke on Trent City Council Sensory Team

Telephone: 0800 561 0015

Staffordshire County Council Sensory Team

Telephone: 0300 111 8000