Visually-impaired people are VIPs at friendly group

CLOSE FRIENDS: Sudbury VIPs group meets three times a month for outings and social events for partially sighted people.
CLOSE FRIENDS: Sudbury VIPs group meets three times a month for outings and social events for partially sighted people.
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A Sudbury social group that organises activities for blind and partially-sighted people is keen to find new members.

Sudbury VIPs, which stands for visually impaired people, was founded three years ago and is part of West Suffolk Blind Association.

It has 35 members and meets three times a month – a coach outing on the first Wednesday of each month, a coffee morning at The Christopher Centre from 10am to midday on the second Wednesday and afternoon tea at St John’s Methodist Church from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on the last Wednesday.

Carole White, events organiser, said: “The idea is to bring visually-impaired people together and give them the confidence to go out in a safe environment.

“They can be among people who have the same problems. It helps to know you’re not alone.”

A team of seven volunteers, including Mrs White, help with the regular excursions as well as arranging transport for those struggling to get to meetings.

“On the whole, we tend to stick to the immediate area, places like Leavenheath, Lavenham and Long Melford,” said Mrs White, who lives in Great Cornard. “Family members are always welcome too.”

Anyone interested in joining Sudbury VIPs, either as a volunteer or member, can contact Mrs White by calling 01787 828203 or emailing cwhite5315@aol.com.