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.
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 and with lived experience.
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 itself reduces 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 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 coffee mornings in Braintree, Chelmsford, Takeley, Witham, Epping and Harlow as well as two venues in Saffron Walden.
Chelmsford – held the first and third Wednesday between 10:30 and 14:00 at our Chelmsford Centre: 17 Cottage Place, Chelmsford, CM1 1NL.
Braintree – coffee mornings are held on the first Monday of the month between 10:30 and 12:00 at Yumi Café, 8 Little Square, Braintree, CM17 1UT.
Takeley – coffee mornings are held on the last Friday of the month between 10:30 and 12:00 at The Old School Community Café, Dunmow Road, Takeley CM22 6SB.
Harlow – coffee mornings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month between 10.30 and 12.00 at the Baptist Church Hall, 98 Potter Street Harlow, CM17 9AW.
Saffron Walden Bowls Club – 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.
Saffron Walden Community Link – coffee mornings are held on the first Tuesday of the month between 9.30 and 11.30am at Community Link, 1a Market Street, CB10 1HX.
Witham – coffee mornings are held on the first Thursday of the month between 10:30 and 12:00 at Witham Community Hub, 17 The Grove Shopping Centre, Witham, CM8 2YT.
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.