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Courses and Social Groups

The services and 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 Patients Support Group offers support to all patients of the hospital.  Come and join us for an informal coffee morning, including a speaker, on the first Monday of each month between 10am and 12.30pm.

Details of events are publicised on the Hospital's Eye Clinic Liaison events page but this is often out of date.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact:

Daria Hernet (ECLO)

tel 0117 342 9097 email  or

Mary McGrory (Patient Support Nurse)

tel 0117 342 9098 email


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Registered Charity Number 226227 (England and Wales) SC039316 (Scotland)

RNIB Connect is a diverse community led by blind and partially sighted people that brings together anyone affected by sight loss.

For current services, please refer to or call 0303 123 9999

Many connections are now made via 12 regional Facebook groups, including RNIB Connect Southwest England and RNIB Connect Wales


Life Cycle UK 

Two's Company

Registered Charity Number 1077575

Bristol based charity 'Two's Company' provides sociable group tandem rides for adults who experience sight loss or have a visual impairment.  They also run separate rides for young people, some of whom also have learning difficulties or other developmental delay, which means they are not able to ride by themselves on a solo bike but can still enjoy a ride on a tandem with a trained volunteer on the front.

All rides have a trained and qualified, DBS certified, ride leader.  They provide the bikes and can help with transport to and from the start of the rides and with other cycling equipment on request. All rides are free.

They would like as many people as possible to come along to one (or more!) of three taster days where anyone who is visually impaired or is a young person who might benefit, can try out riding on the back of a tandem bicycle with experienced volunteers.  They have a range of tandems suitable for adults and children and Life Cycle staff on hand to advise on which ride would be most suitable.  The events also provide the opportunity to meet some of Two’s Company’s  existing members, find out more about the group and the organised group rides and enjoy a cup of tea and cake. 

In 2019, they jointly ran these taster sessions with Ride Out Ride On

Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4LF on Saturday 22 June 2019

St Matthias Park, St Jude’s, BS2 0BA on Saturday 6 July 2019

The Create Centre, Bristol, BS1 6XN on Saturday 10 August 2019

all between 11am and 2pm

No dates are currently scheduled for 2020.

If interested please contact Robin at and he will send you further details.

Hospital and Other Links

Above & Beyond    

Blind Veterans UK

Bristol Eye Hospital                                  

Macular Society


National Eye Research Centre  


Royal National Institute of Blind People  


Royal Voluntary Service  




Somerset Sight         


Two's Company Lifecycle

Vision North Somerset