Caring group hopes for show of support
JUST two months after setting up her emotional support group for blind people, Susan Aiken says she wants to expand it.
The Blind and Partially Sighted support group (BAPS) has around 10 people coming to fortnightly meetings at the Willows centre in Brookfield Road.
Now Susan, who started BAPS after she lost her sight six years ago, says she and co-founder Chris Gilkes want to increase the sessions to once a week.
She said: “It’s on a fortnightly basis at the moment, but the group members keep pushing for a weekly basis, so we will need more funding for that.”
Last Tuesday, 15 people from the group met to hear Jed Stacey from Guide Dogs for the Blind speaking about how to train and look after dogs.
Anyone who can help with funding, or would like counselling and support, should call Susan on 07796 403487.
Initial funding for BAPS came in the form of a £1,900 Community Champion grant from the Kent Community Fund.
Founder Susan Atkins with visitor from Guide Dogs for the Blind Jed Stacey and his dog