Post date: 
Friday, 19 October 2018
Hazel Kelly

Hazel set up a group that aims to provide support for people with sight loss 

I became partially sighted almost overnight and struggled emotionally. RNIB supported me to become a Connector and I met others with sight loss. I set up a community group, led on fundraising for Corstorphine’s Community Talking Book, and invited others to join me for ‘Coffee, Cake and Chat’ through local Churches, Libraries and RNIB. A total of 36 people came to that first meeting of Corstorphine Connect Sight Loss Group, and we’ve never looked back. We now meet every month on a Saturday, supporting each other by sharing suggestions and making new friends, including the carers. There’s been a Christmas party, a Burns Supper, quizzes and much more. We even had an outing to see ‘The Kelpies’, which was sponsored by our local Specsavers. Coming up to our anniversary, I can reflect on an amazing year, where helping others to connect through the group has helped me regain my confidence and my mojo!

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