New Emotional Support Group piloting in Manchester

We're launching a pilot for an emotional support group; a confidential, safe space to talk about the emotional impact of living with visual impairment. It also allows the opportunity to listen to other's experiences, perhaps offering a different perspective or insight.

What happens at the group?

The group will meet weekly and spend 1 ½ hours talking about whatever feels important. This discussion will be facilitated by a qualified counsellor, who will ensure that everyone feels included and supported.

Going to a group for the first time can be daunting, but you can be sure of a warm welcome. People will understand how hard it can be to take that first step.

How can the group help me?

It can be helpful to meet with other people who understand what it’s like to live with visual impairment. The group can help you by –

  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and independence.
  • Offering a sense of helping others, as well as receiving support.
  • Building stronger, wider social connections, that can help us feel happier and more secure, and give us a greater sense of purpose.

Where is the group?

Our next emotional support group will be running from Tuesday 5th September, 10.30am-12pm for 12 weeks at Altrincham Eye Hospital. If you or someone you know would be interested in taking part, contact our First Step team on 0161 872 1234 or email

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