We run regular social groups in Macclesfield and Congleton which provide a relaxed and fun environment for people with visual impairments to meet. Our Activities and Resource Coordinator, Helen, is always looking for new activities and would welcome your ideas and feedback! We also offer a regular VI Book Group and various sports opportunities, as well as one-off events and trips, further details and upcoming dates can be found here.
You can also contact us to register your interest or to find out more about our activities and upcoming plans.
We are grateful to the Cheshire East Council Public Health team for PB funding to support the Congleton Social Group, and Macclesfield Council for funding to support the Macclesfield Social Group.
Equipment and Resource Centre
Our central office at 15 Queen Victoria Street includes a resource centre where we can show you various equipment to help you live independently. Including talking clocks and watches, liquid level indicators, over-glasses sunglasses, magnifiers, large lined notepads and lots of electronic magnifiers and technical equipment to make life easier. Drop in to the resource centre to see the range of equipment we have here and talk to us about other products that may be able to help you.
Technology and IT
Our IT Support volunteers can help with your computer challenges at home, or get in touch to arrange 121 support at our Resource Centre in Macclesfield. We have recently started hosting Action for Blind People’s ‘Online Today’ taster session, all about making tablets, iPads and phones work for you using magnification and speech functions through the accessibility features already part of the technology. Contact us for more information, support and advice – or to register to attend the next Online Today session.
Independent Living and Finance Advice
Our Independent Living Coordinator, David, can help assess your home and talk to you about finance help you may be entitled to. Please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.
Hospital Information Point
We are currently present during the Wednesday morning Eye Clinic at Macclesfield Hospital from 10:00am – 12 Noon. We have a room near the waiting room at the eye clinic where you can drop in for a conversation before or after your eye clinic appointment to access our information and advice. We aim to advise people about how they can continue to live a fulfilling and independent life through support networks, equipment and home assessments.
Our home visiting scheme pairs you with a volunteer who can visit you in your home and offer practical help such as sewing on buttons, reading correspondence or checking dates on food. We currently have a waiting a list for our befriending service, but please do still let us know if you would like to request a visitor as we may have a volunteer available in your area.