Helpers needed for sight loss group

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

A SIGHT loss char­ity is call­ing for vol­un­teers to help run a sup­port group for peo­ple with mac­u­lar dis­ease based in Maesteg.

The Mac­u­lar So­ci­ety is ap­peal­ing for any­one who would be will­ing to give up some of their time to help at the group’s meet­ings, with sup­port from the char­ity’s ser­vices and vol­un­teer­ing team. The group is also look­ing for peo­ple to as­sist with gen­eral tasks such as book­ing speak­ers and help­ing with mak­ing tea and cof­fee.

In­creas­ing num­bers of peo­ple are be­ing af­fected by age-re­lated mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion (AMD), the most com­mon type of mac­u­lar dis­ease. AMD is the lead­ing cause of sight loss in the UK, cur­rently af­fect­ing more than 600,000 peo­ple.

Adele Fran­cis, Mac­u­lar So­ci­ety re­gional man­ager, said: “Our mac­u­lar sup­port groups pro­vide a real life­line for peo­ple liv­ing with sight loss. The peer sup­port of­fered by the groups is ab­so­lutely vi­tal – it’s in­cred­i­bly re­as­sur­ing for peo­ple to know that there are oth­ers who truly un­der­stand their sit­u­a­tion.”

The group meets on the sec­ond Mon­day of each month, from 10.30am12.30pm, at the Her­itage Suite, Maesteg Health and Well­be­ing Cen­tre, Hartshorn House, Neath Road, Maesteg CF34 9EE. Its next meet­ing will be held on Mon­day, June 11.

Con­tact Adele Fran­cis on 01639 843236 / 07494 468007, or email adele. fran­cis@mac­u­lar­so­ci­

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