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New peer support group launched in Nottingham to help people come to terms with sight loss

Blind and vision impaired people living in the Nottingham area now have a new way to get the help and support needed to enable them to begin to come to terms with a life-changing diagnosis of sight loss, thanks to a new peer support group due to be launched this week by local charity, My Sight Nottinghamshire.

The group will meet on Thursday evenings between 5:30pm-7:30pm in Forest Fields, Nottingham starting for a six week programme.

Facilitated by an experienced chair, with counselling experience who is visually impaired himself and so who knows from first-hand experience what it’s like to receive a diagnosis of sight loss, the new peer support group will provide people with the opportunity to come together for mutual support, to explore their feelings, discuss their concerns and fears and learn coping strategies so that they can begin to come to terms with what has happened to them and begin to re-build their lives.

In addition to the opportunity to talk to counsellors and to others in a similar situation, various speakers have been invited to the group from organisations across the city to offer advice and support. My Sight Notts has also arranged for a number of local inspirational visually impaired people who have survived dark times themselves and who are now leading fulfilled and independent lives to take part in group sessions and to talk about their experiences.

“Losing my eye sight was a very frightening experience, I felt really alone and didn’t know who to turn to for help,” explained Carl Veal who was diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa in his late twenties.

“It has taken me a very long time to come to terms with it, which is why I want to reach out to others, offering support to people going through a similar traumatic experience as myself.

“If the Peer Support Group offered by My Sight Notts helps others to come to terms with what has happened to them and start to rebuild their lives, than I will feel I have contributed to something really worthwhile.”

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