Local parent-led support groups

England

Gloucestershire

Look group – contact Hazel Saunders 01242 426802, Advisory Teaching Service, Matson Lane, Matson, Gloucestershire, GL44 6DZ

Wirral

Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted , or phone Lynne Sedgwick on 0151 652 8877. Support for parents of visually impaired children; social club; activities; advocacy service; volunteer home visits etc.

Durham

Look group – contact Tandy Watson 01207 272297, bill.watson@unn.ac.uk, 11 Bryans Leap, Burnoffield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 6BN

Accrington

Visually Impaired Children’s Support (VICS)   is a support and play group for families with visually impaired children.

Blackburn

Blackburn and District Blind society run a telephone helpline 01254 54143, a babies and toddlers group, an Acctionnaires club and a children’s group as well as an email support group

London

Look London – contact 0208 678 0555, Kings Avenue School, 127 Park Hill, London, SW4P 9PA

Middlesex

Middlesex Association for the Blind has a Children and Youth Support Network or email helen@aftb.org.uk or call 08458 380 480.

Hounslow

Look group – contact Sharon Burnham 0208 5663895, 11 Balfour Avenue, Hanwell, W7 3HS

Sussex

Look group – contact Wendy Peek 01273 832267, 51 Western Road, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9SU

Devon

Moorvision is a support group for anyone caring for a child (0-21yrs) who has a visual impairment. A chance to get together and talk through all the issues, including the feelings of isolation that many families of VI children feel. Newsletter, parents’ evenings and family days out.

Speakers are invited on topics including medical issues, education, large print & Braille books, audio cassettes and CDs, computer technology, benefits and lots more!

Meetings in Plymouth, Ivybridge, Torbay and Exeter and happily welcome families from all over Devon.

Contact Laura Hughes on 01752 892058 email info@moorvision.org or visit the Moorvision website

Dorset / Hampshire

Common Sense is a parent-led group for parents and carers of children with a visual impairment in Dorset and Hampshire. Common Sense website

Scotland

South Ayrshire

SAVIC was set up in the year 2000 by a group of parents of visually impaired children living in the South Ayrshire area who wanted to establish a support network for parents incorporating frequent meetings with speakers on useful subjects such as benefit entitlement for our children, explanations of the many eye conditions, local leisure facilities, mobility support etc.

Wales

Gwent

POPSY (Parents of Partially Sighted and Blind Youngsters) is a group based in Caerphilly, contact mail@popsy.org.uk

 

If you know of other local support groups that we should add to our list, please email details to webeditor@childhoodcataracts.org.uk