New club aims to support the working-age blind

Social Centre for the Blind, Hemel Hempstead
Social Centre for the Blind, Hemel Hempstead

An innovative new club for working-age blind and visually impaired people is to launch next week.

The volunteers at Hemel Hempstead’s Social Centre for the Blind, in Alston Road, say too many of their clubs and activities are geared towards elderly people with sight problems, who make up much of the blind and visually impaired population.

However, the younger generation who suffer the disability are also in need of companionship, and the new SightLife group is designed to not only offer social activities but also help with job advice and CV writing.

Centre manager Dawn Bunting said: “Our mission is to introduce activities that sighted people take for granted into the lives of others and to create opportunities that enrich lives and give them a reason to smile.

“We aim to bring blind and visually impaired people together to share new experiences and successes, to support each other in difficult times and to create imaginative solutions to everyday challenges.”

The club runs every Wednesday from 10am until midday, except during school holidays.

Call Dawn on 07825 330 648 or 01442 258550 if you are interested in joining the club, or can volunteer your time to help it run.