Ad­vice at Vi­sion Day

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A CHAR­ITY set up to sup­port blind and par­tially sighted res­i­dents is host­ing an event so more peo­ple can ben­e­fit from its ad­vice.

Mac­cles­field Eye So­ci­ety is host­ing its third an­nual Vi­sion Day at Mac­cles­field Town Hall on Fri­day (May 12).

Vis­i­tors can meet a range of sup­pli­ers who pro­vide as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy of all types, along­side many lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions who can pro­vide sup­port and ad­vice re­lat­ing to in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.

Peo­ple can also learn about the char­ity’s 140 Club, which pro­vides vi­tal fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Alan Chappell, char­ity man­ager, said: “Much of our time is spent talk­ing to peo­ple in­di­vid­u­ally, whether in per­son or on the phone, aim­ing to as­sist where pos­si­ble to achieve in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.

“Many of our clients have for the first time learned the mys­ter­ies and ben­e­fits of smart­phones and tablets.

“Apart from this, we also like to have fun. Thriv­ing so­cial groups in Con­gle­ton and Mac­cles­field al­ways wel­come new at­ten­dees and soon we will start sim­i­lar drop-in groups in Poyn­ton and Wilm­slow.

“Ev­ery month our Au­dio Book Group meets to dis­cuss an in­ter­est­ing book from a free li­brary ser­vice.”

The char­ity em­ploys two part-time staff, man­ager Alan and ser­vice co-or­di­na­tor He­len van der Veken, and a team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, and re­ceives no in­come from govern­ment or con­tracts.

He­len and Alan re­cently raised £600 for the char­ity by tak­ing part in the Ro­tary Club of Mac­cles­field Cas­tle’s Swimathon.

The pair, along with fam­ily mem­bers, swam 224 lengths.

Mem­ber­ship of the 140 Club costs £15 a year and gives mem­bers a chance to win £50 in a monthly draw.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the char­ity or to join the club, go to www. mac­cles­field­eye­so­ci­ety.

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