We all know the value of groups in the community. These often small but mighty local societies provide invaluable local support to blind and partially sighted people. We’re here to highlight the excellent work being done up and down the country.
Kay Saunders, Galloway's Society for the Blind volunteer and service user, explains what the organisation offers her.
"I have age-related macular degeneration and my introduction to the charity came when I needed a talking watch. Within no time of getting the watch, I got involved in arranging the new Galloway’s centre in Morecambe.
Also celebrating their 150th year, Galloway’s Society for the Blind has evolved and developed to provide a range of services to over 7,000 blind and partially sighted people across Lancashire and Sefton. The charity runs four Sight Advice Centres, including one in Morecambe.
"We called the new centre ‘Brew Me Sunshine’, because on the promenade is a statue of Eric Morecambe , the late comedian, so we came up with the idea that this would be the name of the place to come if you wanted to have a brew.
"The hub is central to the people in Morecambe. It is very easy to get to and people come in from the community. New people see others with vision impairments, and they feel reassured because they can see it is quite normal. And also we have this wonderful Ideas Store where people can come and get ideas for independent living".