Group offers support for sight loss

Extra sight-loss support can be found in Morpeth as a new group is formed.

The Macular Society has teamed up with residents in Northumberland to establish a support group for people affected by macular degeneration.

The age-related condition affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight-loss in the UK.

The new group, which meets for the first time today, aims to offer information, encouragement and friendship, as well as the chance to learn from others’ experiences and become more independent.

Morpeth resident Eileen Turner, who will be joining the sessions, said: “I have been a member of the Macular Society for many years. I am pleased that there is a group starting in my area. I look forward to meeting other people with macular degeneration.”

The sessions will be held at Northumberland County Blind Association in Reiver House, Staithes Lane, and will include guest speakers.

Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.

Michelle Dutton, Macular Society Regional Support and Development Manager

Chief Executive Lorraine Dryden said: “We are very pleased to be working with the Macular Society and look forward to developing further collaborative opportunities for people affected with macular conditions throughout the county.”

Macular Society Regional Support and Development Manager Michelle Dutton said: “This new group is here for anybody affected by macular degeneration. We want to encourage people to come along. Friends and family are also very welcome.

“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful. Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.”

The group will meet from 1pm to 3pm. For more information call 0300 303 0111.