We hold a number of Social and Peer Support groups across North Staffordshire. These range from meet-ups in cafes, to groups with speakers and activities. We have found that opportunities to meet other people who understand because of their shared experiences can have a massive positive impact on emotional wellbeing and confidence.

One attendee of our Hanley group said:

“Staffordshire Sight Loss Association is an amazing charity that brings people living with sight loss together. It eradicates that awful, lonely feeling when you feel like the only person in the world affected by it. We meet every two weeks at our local library and if someone is having a problem with something you can guarantee someone else has gone through it and has a solution. Thank you Staffordshire Sight Loss Association for opening up a new world to me.”

Come along, meet others, share experiences and tips and make friends. Some groups have a small charge to cover refreshments or activities.

Hanley Group:

Our Hanley social group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month in the JRR Tolkien Room which is on the first floor at Hanley library, on Bethesda Street. The group meets from 10.30am till 12.30 pm. It is a friendly informal group of all ages and we have a schedule of speakers and activities chosen by the group.

In the past we have been visited by other organisations such as Guide Dogs and Vision Aid, we have had interesting talks around history and childhood memories. We have had activities such as crafts, gentle exercise, Thai Chi and drumming and every quarter we have an open discussion session which is an opportunity to discuss any challenges you are facing or to share any tips that you may have. Each session costs £1 per person. Tea, coffee and cakes provided.

Future speakers and groups can be found on our events calendar or you can receive updates on what is coming up via our quarterly newsletter.

Leek Meet up

On the first Monday of each month we hold a meet-up at the White Hart Tea rooms on Stockwell Street in Leek from 10.30-12.30. Meet other people, have a coffee and a chat, share experiences, tips and ideas. A table is always reserved and our volunteer Gareth will be there to greet you and to introduce you to others.

More groups are coming soon…