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Courses and Social Groups


Please note that the courses listed on this page are not organised by the Friends.  If you are interested in any of them, please contact the respective organisers shown below.

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BEH Patient Support Services

Bristol Eye Hospital Patient Support Group


Laura Kirby, the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, runs a Patient Support Group at the Hospital.


The Patient Support Group is an invaluable source of support, information and advice for those who attend.  It is a chance to meet others with similar issues and to ask questions in a non-judgemental, confidential environment.  The group is free to join and is open to patients, relatives, friends and carers.


The Group meets 6 times a year, usually on the first Monday of even numbered months, from 10.30am to 12.00 noon in the Eye Hospital on Level 1.  The dates for 2017 are as follows:


6 February

Heather Banks, Scott Wood and Sophie Fox from Action for Blind People

6 March

Sandra Tweddell, Co-ordinator for Bristol diabetes support network (Diabetes UK)

3 April


18 April

Michael Greaney, Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in glaucoma and Fiona Grey, Lead Optometrist for glaucoma

Special roadshow when Clare Bailey and Ben Phipps discussed the effects of Macular Degeneration.

5 June

Liz Freeman from WeCare and Repair

7 August

 

2 October

 

4 December

 

 

Typically speakers can be a consultant, an optometrist, charities (such as Blind Veterans/Age UK), Bristol City Council or a nutritionist.

If you are interested in any of these, please call Laura Kirby on 0117 342 9097.

 

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RNIB ‘Living with Sight Loss’ courses

 

The courses (1, 2 or 6 day sessions) cover Assistive Technology, mobility, the services of Action for Blind People and RNIB, emotional support and counselling.  They are intended to increase confidence and awareness and give people the chance to meet others facing similar difficulties.

 

Where: In Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire.

 

When: Dates are arranged when there are sufficient numbers to organise a course. 

 

For more information or to put your name down, please:

 

email connect@rnib.org.uk or call 0303 1234 555

 

 

Brizzle Connect Social Group 

 

Brizzle Connect is all about bringing people together once a month to take part in events/activities which aim to be both informative and fun.  If you enjoy socialising, would like to try new activities, find it helpful to keep up to date with local services for visually impaired people and are keen to have your say about what we do at future gatherings then please do come and join us.

 

When:

 

11am-3pm, Tuesday 30 May 2017

11am-3pm, Tuesday 27 June

11am-3pm, Tuesday 18 July

 

Where: RNIB, 10 Stillhouse Lane, Bristol, BS3 4EB

 

Free lunch included, everybody welcome!

 

Please RSVP along with any dietary requirements to:

 

email ConnectSouthWest@rnib.org.uk or call 07710 069102

 

RNIBBringing together people affected by sight loss.

Registered charity number 226227 (England and Wales) SC039316 (Scotland)


Lifecycle Two's Company

Bristol charity Lifecycle offers tandem cycle rides for visually impaired adults or young people under 18 with visual impairments or developmental issues.

 

Tandem riding is a very sociable activity.  It is fantastic for wellbeing, building self-confidence, and providing physical activity for any level of ability.

 

Lifecycle’s Two’s Company offers this great experience free throughout 2017.  They provide the tandems, trained volunteers and ride leaders for each ride.  The rides all take place locally in or near Bristol.  Occasionally we also organise a themed ride, for example a trip to a Steam Train, Dawn Chorus, Bush-craft skills etc.

 

For more information about regular rides for young people and adults with a visual impairment please see our website https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/tandem-rides


Hospital and Other Links


The following links may be helpful.

 

Bristol Eye Hospital

 


Other Useful Links


Above & Beyond    

                                           

Action for Blind People


Blind Veterans UK

                                  

Macular Society

                                   

National Eye Research Centre  

                      

Royal National Institute of Blind People  

     

Royal Voluntary Service           

                        

Somerset Sight         

                                         

Two's Company Lifecycle


Vision North Somerset