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. Our groups provide an opportunity to meet other people, and to share information, tips and experiences.

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.”

Some groups have a small charge to cover refreshments or activities, get in touch for more information.

Hanley Group:

Our monthly Hanley social group meets on the last Wednesday of each month at our offices on Albion Street in Hanley. The group meets from 10.30am till 12 pm in our Community Room on the 1st floor. It is a friendly informal group of all ages and we often have 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 we also have open discussion sessions that provide opportunities to discuss any challenges or to share tips and experiences. Suggested voluntary donation of £1 per person. Tea, coffee and cakes provided.

Dates can be found on our events calendar.

Newcastle Group:

On the second Wednesday of each month we have a group that meets at the Community Junction Cafe at Andrew Place in Newcastle under Lyme. The group meets from 10.30 am until around 12ish. A hot or cold drink will be provided but if you would like something to eat please bring some money with you.

We do not have speakers at this group, it is a friendly and welcoming group that meets for a chat and refreshments. Please not that the cafe does not open in school holidays, please get in touch if you are unsure if a group is being held.

Monthly Social group in Leek

On the second Friday of each month we hold a coffee morning at the Salvation Army on Salisbury Street in Leek. This takes place at the same time as our advice drop-in at the same venue. Refreshments provided and there is always equipment on display if you would like to try anything.

Monthly Social group in Biddulph

On the third Friday of each month we hold a coffee morning at the Town Hall on the High Street in Biddulph. This takes place at the same time as our advice drop-in at the same venue. Refreshments provided and there is always equipment on display if you would like to try anything.