RNIB's Connect Facebook groups are a supportive space for people affected by sight loss to talk to others in a similar situation about topics that matter to them, ask questions and share tips and stories.
Whether you're blind or partially sighted, or are a family member or friend of someone who is, our community-led groups can provide a safe environment for you to talk openly.
Our Facebook groups have been arranged according to geographic region. Become part of a community united by shared experiences by joining one of our groups today:
East of England: including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk.
East Midlands, England: including Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland.
London, England: including City of London and the 32 Greater London boroughs.
North West England: including Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside.
South East England: including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex.
South West England: including Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire.
West Midlands, England: including Cheshire, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire.
Yorkshire and the Humber, England: including East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire.
I was a bit cautious but when I started talking and telling people how I was feeling, I felt there was an instant connection. I found it so positive and helpful to find people like myself going through a similar experience. We could relate to each other and support one another.
Stephen, north-west England
We also have a UK-wide group for parents and carers of children and young people under 25 with vision impairment.
Sight loss is unique to everyone and sharing your personal experience can really help us design better services and support. Our Connect Voices network offers you the chance to get involved with RNIB’s work and share your experiences. You could take part in surveys, help us test products and there may be opportunities from other organisations too. Join our Facebook group and get involved from the comfort of your own home.
The majority of topics covered in the RNIB Facebook groups are started and led by community members. Each group has at least one RNIB staff member as a moderator. Staff moderators are supported by volunteers who assist in moderating the groups. The groups are actively moderated between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
The players of the People's Postcode Lottery are helping fund the running of these groups. We're so grateful to everyone's support.
Please read our Online Community Engagement Policy (Word document) to find out more about our Facebook groups and how they are run.