Support 4 Sight first started running coffee mornings for its members in Saffron Walden over 20 years ago.
Coffee mornings offer those with visual impairment or blindness the chance to meet up and share experiences with others in the same or a similar situation.
No matter how much one may care or be professionally trained in this area, the best people to problem solve issues around visual impairment or blindness are usually those affected.
One of our members described a group of visual impaired or blind people as a community. Support 4 Sight recognises this and sees the value of gathering people with sight-loss together because, after many years’ experience, we know such communities not only learn from one another and that this in itselfreduces isolation, they also forge valuable friendships and bonds.
Our coffee mornings, as well as reducing isolation, also encourage independence and the spirit needed to socialise.
Going out, eating out or just meeting other people with sight-loss can, for some, be difficult, embarrassing and simply not worth the effort. Experiencing social events with other people who really understand helps so much.
Support 4 Sight now has 9 coffee mornings in Braintree, Chelmsford, Great Dunmow, Witham, Epping and Harlow as well as Saffron Walden.
Each month we have helped to reduce isolation of in excess of 165 people.
At Support 4 Sight we run regular social trips, these are usually run in areas where we hold our coffee mornings.
In the winter months we normally go out for pub lunches but when the warmer weather arrives we go on boat trips, visits to country parks and historical buildings. We are always open to suggestions for other venues to visit.
These social trips are a great way to meet other visually impaired people, and make some new friends.
Our most popular trips last year were our Boat trips, RHS Hyde Hall and Imperial War Museum Duxford.
Braintree coffee mornings are held on the last Thursday of the month between 10:30 and 12:00 at Church House, St Michaels Lane, Braintree, CM7 1EY.
Braintree Sensory Support Group is held second Wednesday of the month between 14:00-15:30 at Baptist Church, Blyths Meadow, Coggeshall Road, Braintree, CM7 1EY.
Chelmsford coffee afternoons are held on the last Wednesday of the month between 13:30 and 15:00 at Broomfield Village Hall, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7AH.
Great Dunmow coffee mornings are held on the second Thursday of the month between 10:30 and 12:00 at Banks Court, Chequers Lane, Great Dunmow, CM6 1UD.
Harlow Potter Street coffee mornings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10:30 – 12:00 at the Baptist Church Hall, 98 Potter Street Harlow, CM17 9AW.
Harlow Wrights Court coffee mornings are held on the last Monday of the month between 10:30-12:00 at Wrights Court, Potter Street, Harlow, CM17 9BB.
Saffron Walden coffee mornings are held on the last Tuesday of the month between 10:30 and 12:00 afternoon at The Bowls Club, Abbey Lane Saffron Walden, CB10 1DG.
Witham coffee mornings are held on the first Thursday of the month between 10:30-12:00 at Witham Hub, Unit 17, Newlands Shopping Centre, Witham, CM8 2AP.
Epping coffee mornings are held on the second Monday of the month between 10:30am and 12:00pm at Epping Library, St Johns Road, Epping, CM16 5DN.