Course to transform life after sight loss

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A free two-day course being held next month aims to transform the lives of people living with sight loss in Sudbury.

The course – run by Action for Blind People at the Christopher Centre in Gainsborough Street – is designed to help boost confidence and develop independent living skills to make life less daunting for those coping with sight loss.

Bernie Reddington, from Action for Blind People, said losing your sight does not have to mean losing your independence.

“For someone newly diagnosed with sight loss, the future can seem very daunting and scary at first,” she said.

“The session is friendly, relaxed and we hope fun, with everyone benefiting from shared experiences in a structured and informal environment.

“It’s about boosting confidence, and learning new skills and techniques to deal with sight loss in order to live independently.

“The unique two-day Finding your Feet course is available to anyone in the area who is blind or partially sighted.

“Friends and family are also welcomed, as we appreciate that significant sight issues affect all aspects of life, including those closest to us.”

Taking place on May 11 and 12, the course has been organised in partnership with a number of local and national organisations, including Guide Dogs, Sensing Change and West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind.

The course aims to increase confidence, with modules addressing emotional well-being, independent living skills and making the most of leisure time.

Peer support will be a central theme, helping participants to support one another and share their experiences.

The sessions will provide information, advice, guidance and practical skills.

Places are free, but must be booked in advance by phoning 01603 455767 or by emailing bernie.reddington@actionforblindpeople.org.uk.